Silicon Valley firms compete to hack R2-D2

Several top Silicon Valley companies took part in a competition to hack an R2-D2 robot. The aim of the event was to promote tech careers to children. Video journalist: Dave Lee Silicon Valley firms compete to hack R2-D2

Jack Dorsey saddened by Japan’s ‘Twitter killer’

Jack Dorsey saddened by Japan’s ‘Twitter killer’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Takahiro Shiraishi was arrested after police found several people’s body parts in his home Twitter’s chief executive has said a case in which an alleged serial killer is said to have lured victims by searching the social network for suicidal thoughts is “extremely sad”. But Jack Dorsey added that […]

Jack Dorsey saddened by Japan’s ‘Twitter killer’

Jack Dorsey saddened by Japan’s ‘Twitter killer’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Takahiro Shiraishi was arrested after police found several people’s body parts in his home Twitter’s chief executive has said a case in which an alleged serial killer is said to have lured victims by searching the social network for suicidal thoughts is “extremely sad”. But Jack Dorsey added that […]

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

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

Image copyright Getty Images Facebook and Snapchat are set to bring in ways to directly help young people bullied online, following an intervention by Prince William. The move is part of a code of conduct drawn up by a taskforce of technology companies, children’s charities and parents headed by the prince. It aims to encourage […]

Jack Dorsey saddened by Japan’s ‘Twitter killer’

Jack Dorsey saddened by Japan’s ‘Twitter killer’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Takahiro Shiraishi was arrested after police found several people’s body parts in his home Twitter’s chief executive has said a case in which an alleged serial killer is said to have lured victims by searching the social network for suicidal thoughts is “extremely sad”. But Jack Dorsey added that […]

Face ID iPhone X ‘hack’ demoed live with mask by Bkav

A Vietnamese cyber-security firm has shown the BBC how a mask can be used to unlock Apple’s new iPhone X. The demo took place about a week after Bkav first claimed to have undermined the handset’s security. But other experts have cast doubt on what the “hack” amounts to. Apple has not commented beyond referring […]

Star Wars Battlefront II game faces further backlash

Star Wars Battlefront II game faces further backlash

Image copyright EA Games publisher EA has faced further criticism over its latest Star Wars game, Battlefront II. Many players were unhappy about the credits that unlock key Star Wars characters. The number required has now been reduced but so has the number that can be earned through gameplay. The alternative is to purchase them. […]

UK cyber-defence chief accuses Russia of hack attacks

UK cyber-defence chief accuses Russia of hack attacks

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The National Cyber Security Centre said the UK’s energy sector had been targeted One of the UK’s cyber-defence chiefs has accused Russia of having attacked Britain’s media, telecommunications and energy sectors over the past year. Ciaran Martin, chief executive of GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), added that Russia […]

UK supermarkets try face-based ID and payment system

UK supermarkets try face-based ID and payment system

Image copyright Yoti A new facial recognition app from British start-up Yoti could be trialled in two supermarkets, following a deal with self-service till maker NCR. It would enable shops to check the age of customers buying restricted products such as alcohol and knives, without human intervention. The free-to-consumer app works by pairing a selfie […]

Votes in 18 nations ‘hacked’ in last year

Votes in 18 nations ‘hacked’ in last year

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption China disrupted use of WhatsApp prior to official government conferences, the report says Elections in 18 separate nations were influenced by online disinformation campaigns last year, suggests research. Independent watchdog Freedom House looked at how online discourse was influenced by governments, bots and paid opinion formers. In total, 30 […]