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Month: January 2018

Kitty Perry and the copyright lessons for seven-year-olds

Image copyright Intellectual Property Office Image caption Nancy and the Meerkats face up to some harsh commercial realities, before battling Kitty and co A campaign to teach children about copyright infringement on the internet, is employing cartoons and puns on pop stars’ names, to get the message across. Even its makers admit it is a “dry” and “niche” subject for a cartoon aimed at seven-year-olds. But the Intellectual Property Office adds learning to “respect” copyrights […]

YouTube singer Chrissy Chambers wins revenge porn case

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Chrissy Chambers, seen on the left, makes YouTube music and comedy videos with her fiancee Bria Kam A US YouTube personality has been awarded damages from a British ex-boyfriend who posted videos of them having sex onto the internet. Chrissy Chambers became a leading “revenge porn” campaigner after she was alerted to the clips. The High Court in London heard that the accused – who cannot be named for […]

Drone hit newly erected crane during Kent site survey – report

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The highest crane was not in place when the drone pilot inspected the flight site A pilot has flown a drone into a crane, according to an air-accident report. The pilot had planned the drone flight in Kent with four reference points, all at 400ft above ground level – higher than three existing cranes on the site. But another crane was erected after his site safety visit, and on […]

BT guarantees broadband speeds for two new services

Image copyright Reuters Image caption BT will pay some customers £20 if their internet speeds drop below 100Mbps Consumers are being guaranteed minimum speeds of 100Mbps in two new ultrafast broadband services from BT. Those who signed up to either package would get £20 compensation if their internet download speed fell below 100Mbps, up to four times a year, according to BT. But only 250,000 homes will be able to access the services – a […]

Bitcoin dips below $10,000 for first time since December

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bitcoin came close to crossing $20,000 in December Bitcoin has traded below $10,000 for the first time since early December. The value of one bitcoin fell to $9,958 (£7,222) before making a slight recovery, according to a price index run by the news site Coindesk. However, it later fell again dipping just below $9,200. That represents a drop of more than 53% since it peaked close to $19,800 five […]

Hackers steal $400,000 of crypto-currency

Image copyright EPA Hackers have stolen $400,000 (£290,000) of the virtual currency Stellar Lumen in an online attack on Saturday. The group hijacked the server that hosts BlackWallet, a web-based wallet application that stores lumens and stole 669,920 from users’ accounts Stellar Lumen is thought to be the eighth most popular virtual currency in the world. According to tech news site Bleeping Computer, BlackWallet tried to warn users about the attack via forums. However, many […]

CES 2018: Time machine camera lets you record 'missed moments'

A wearable camera is in development that allows users to record events that have already happened. The Roader is being pitched as having “time machine” powers thanks to its ability to start recordings 10 seconds before its record button is pressed. The idea is to let owners capture unexpected events that would otherwise have been missed. The Dutch company involved showed off a prototype of the device to BBC Click at last week’s CES tech […]

Denmark Facebook sex video: More than 1,000 young people charged

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A police superintendent said the charges come as a warning to young people never to share sex videos. More than 1,000 young people have been charged by police in Denmark with distributing sexually explicit material. They are accused of using Facebook Messenger to share indecent video clips of two 15-year-olds having sex. Police said it could amount to distribution of indecent images of children, as the two people filmed […]

Ford to boost investment in electric cars by 2022

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ford used the show to unveil its new Ranger 2019 pick-up truck Ford says it will boost its investment in electric vehicles to $11bn (£8bn) in the next five years, more than doubling a previous commitment. Chairman Bill Ford said the car maker would have 40 hybrid and fully electric vehicles in its range by 2022. It comes as countries around the world put more pressure on car makers […]

Malware populates children's apps with porn adverts

Image copyright AFP Image caption Infected apps have now been purged from the Play store Malware that displays explicit pornographic adverts has been found lurking in 60 apps available on Google’s Play store. Many of the apps infected with the malware are aimed at children, and some have been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times. The malware also promotes fake security programs and tries to get people to sign up to expensive services. Google said […]

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