UK seeks future cyber-security stars

UK seeks future cyber-security stars

Image copyright Matt Crypto Image caption Bletchley Park is host to a centre developing cyber-based lessons for school pupils A £20m initiative to get schoolchildren interested in cyber-security has been launched by the UK government. The Cyber Discovery programme is aimed at 15 to 18-year-olds and involves online and offline challenges themed around battling hackers. […]

Apple delays launch of smart speaker

Apple delays launch of smart speaker

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Apple first unveiled its HomePod smart speaker in June Apple is delaying the release of its HomePod smart speaker until 2018. The electronics giant said the device, which was due to be released in December this year, still needed development work. It said the HomePod would be ready to […]

Germany bans children’s smartwatches

Germany bans children’s smartwatches

Image copyright NCC Image caption The German telecoms regulator urged parents to destroy children’s smartwatches A German regulator has banned the sale of smartwatches aimed at children, describing them as spying devices. It had previously banned an internet-connected doll called, My Friend Cayla, for similar reasons. Telecoms regulator the Federal Network Agency urged parents who […]

Gamers’ anger halts Star Wars Battlefront II payments

Gamers’ anger halts Star Wars Battlefront II payments

Image copyright EA Games Games publisher EA has suspended in-game purchases in its latest Star Wars title Battlefront II, following criticism from players. Gamers had complained that unlocking popular characters such as Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader took too long unless they paid for credits. EA said in-game purchases would be halted because it did […]

Net filters help avoid dodgy domains

Net filters help avoid dodgy domains

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption It can be hard for consumers to work out if sites they are visiting are legitimate A free service that helps stop consumers visiting websites known to be malicious has been set up by IBM and two other industry bodies. The Quad 9 service requires people to change the […]

Unilad Facebook account blocked

Unilad Facebook account blocked

Image copyright Unilad/Facebook Facebook appears to have blocked an account for the hugely popular viral news website Unilad. The account which has 34 million followers and posts viral videos and news stories, appears to be inaccessible with any attempt to load the site’s Facebook page generating an error message. It is unclear why the account […]

Gamers’ anger halts Star Wars Battlefront II payments

Gamers’ anger halts Star Wars Battlefront II payments

Image copyright EA Games Games publisher EA has suspended in-game purchases in its latest Star Wars title Battlefront II, following criticism from players. Gamers had complained that unlocking popular characters such as Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader took too long unless they paid for in-game credits. EA said in-game purchases would be halted because it […]

Fullscreen ‘YouTube Red rival’ to close in January

Fullscreen ‘YouTube Red rival’ to close in January

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Comedian Grace Helbig had a talk show on Fullscreen Online talent management firm Fullscreen is closing the subscription video platform it set up last year to rival YouTube’s premium tier. The service promised to produce “higher quality” programmes featuring popular YouTube and social media stars. Fullscreen said it had […]

Far-right accounts lose Twitter verified tick

Far-right accounts lose Twitter verified tick

Image copyright Getty Images/PA Image caption Richard Spencer and Tommy Robinson have lost their blue badges Twitter has stripped several far-right accounts of their “verified” badge, after changing its policy. Among them are Jason Kessler who helped organise a far-right march in Charlottesville, and white supremacist Richard Spencer. English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson also […]

Cyber-bullying: Prince’s ‘stop, speak, support’ code of conduct

Cyber-bullying: Prince’s ‘stop, speak, support’ code of conduct

Image copyright PA Image caption Social media was Felix’s life, his mum Lucy Alexander says Facebook and Snapchat are trialling a new, more direct way to help young people bullied online, following an intervention by Prince William. The social media platforms will help those in need of emotional support to access counsellors. The prince, together […]

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