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Month: September 2017

Apple Macs and PCs at risk from boot bug

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Machines get help to start or “boot” via their EFI Apple Mac computers are being exposed to security risks because core software is outdated, research suggests. Duo Security found that 4.2% of the 74,000 Macs it tested ran insecure versions of software that helps get the machines running. It said the figure was likely to be replicated in the global population of Macs and worse on PCs. Apple welcomed the […]

Social media warned to crack down on hate speech

Image copyright Getty Images The EU is urging social networks to be more proactive in both preventing and swiftly removing hate speech. It has produced a list of guidelines that include the increased use of automation to stop removed content being reposted, and removing flagged content more quickly. Tech firms will be monitored by the EU in the coming months, the commission said. One MEP said automation should not determine the suitability of content. The […]

Elon Musk: Rockets will fly people from city to city in minutes

Image copyright SPACEX Image caption Artwork: The BFR would assume the roles performed by current SpaceX vehicles People will soon be able to fly from city to city within minutes, rocket and car entrepreneur Elon Musk says. Mr Musk made the promise at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide, Australia. A promotional video says the London-New York journey would take 29 minutes. Mr Musk told the audience he aimed to start sending people to […]

Net 'not ready' for vital security update

Image copyright felixR Image caption The domain name system directs computers to the servers holding sites people want to visit A plan to update the security around some of the net’s core address books has been delayed. Net administrative body Icann put its plans on hold after it emerged that some ISPs and large firms were not ready to make the change. It feared that tens of millions would lose net access if the change […]

Twitter's Russia briefings 'inadequate' – US senators

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionVirginia Senator Mark Warner was very disappointed by Twitter’s briefing The US Senate Intelligence Committee has criticised Twitter for offering an “inadequate” appearance in briefings on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Democratic Senator Mark Warner said the briefings were “deeply disappointing”. The social network earlier said it had shut down about 200 accounts linked to a Russian misinformation campaign. It follows a review by Facebook […]

Social media terms 'jargon-busted' for teens

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Instagram raised concerns over the simplified terms and conditions A set of jargon-busting guides that teach children about their rights on social media sites has been published. Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield said Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp and YouTube had “not done enough” to clarify their policies. She simplified the websites’ terms and conditions with privacy law firm Schillings. But Instagram said the simplified version of its terms contained “a number […]

Ikea buys odd jobs firm TaskRabbit

Image copyright Ikea Tired of having to build your Ikea Billy bookshelves yourself? The Swedish furniture giant’s latest purchase means it will be easier to get someone else to do it for you, as long as you are willing to pay. The firm is buying US start-up firm TaskRabbit, which allows users to hire people to help them assemble furniture as well as a host of other chores like house cleaning or lawn mowing. The […]

GoPro Fusion aims to take 360-degree video mainstream

Image copyright GoPro Image caption The Fusion uses two lenses to create a 360-degree view of the world around it Action camera specialist GoPro has announced its first model to take 360-degree videos and photos. The Fusion also features built-in image stabilisation, spatial audio capture and can be used underwater. The US company is in need of a hit product – it posted a net loss for each of its past seven financial quarters creating […]

HSBC Beta app will 'nudge' over-spenders

Image copyright PA HSBC UK is testing a new smartphone app that will help people track what they spend money on, and will “nudge” them if they exceed their spending limits. Customers will also be able to add accounts from 21 rivals including Lloyds and NatWest, to keep track of all their balances in one app. The app will be trialled with 10,000 customers before launching in 2018. Similar money-tracking features have proved popular for […]

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg rejects Trump bias claims

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: “Trump says Facebook is against him. Liberals say we helped Trump” Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has dismissed comments made by Donald Trump that the site has always been against him. The US president accused the social network of “collusion” on Twitter, branding it “anti-Trump”. He made the same claim against the New York Times and the Washington Post. Facebook will shortly hand over 3,000 political […]

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