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Bitcoin surges above $14,000 to new high

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption At the start of the year Bitcoin was valued below $1,000 Bitcoin crossed $14,000 (£10,460; €11,870) on Thursday, surging $2,000 in less than 24 hours. The cryptocurrency began the year below $1,000 but continues its sharp rise despite warnings of a dangerous bubble. Bitcoin hit the latest milestone during early trading in Asia, according to the website Coindesk.com. The new record high comes just days before the launch of […]

Google's 'superhuman' DeepMind AI claims chess crown

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Alpha Go Zero was more successful at playing with white pieces than black Google says its AlphaGo Zero artificial intelligence program has triumphed at chess against world-leading specialist software within hours of teaching itself the game from scratch. The firm’s DeepMind division says that it played 100 games against Stockfish 8, and won or drew all of them. The research has yet to be peer reviewed. But experts already […]

PM's internet safety adviser urges end to password sharing

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Baroness Shields has advised password-sharing MPs to rethink their approach to cyber-security The prime minister’s special representative on internet safety has said that MPs should not be sharing their work computer passwords with staff. Baroness Shields’s advice follows an admission by three Conservative MPs that they had given their login details to their assistants. There have also been suggestions that the practice is relatively commonplace. Sharing passwords is not […]

Nintendo games to appear on rival console

Image copyright Nintendo Nintendo is to release some of its popular games on a rival manufacturer’s console for the first time in decades. Some of the company’s older games from the discontinued Wii console will appear on the Nvidia Shield set-top box in China. Historically, Nintendo has rarely licensed its original games and characters to rival console-makers. The Japanese gaming giant does not currently sell its latest console, Nintendo Switch, in China. The video games […]

Google Amazon row leads to restricted YouTube access

Image copyright Amazon Image caption Amazon’s Fire TV devices are advertised as providing access to YouTube Google plans to stop Amazon’s Fire TV streaming devices being able to use YouTube from the start of 2018. The search giant has also blocked a workaround that Amazon introduced to restore YouTube access to a screen-based version of its smart speaker. Experts say the steps mark an escalation of a business row in which consumers have been caught […]

'One-third of teenage girls sexually harassed online'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Girls are more likely than boys to be victims of online sexual harassment Nearly a third of teenage girls have been sexually harassed online by children their own age, a study from charity Childnet suggests. Some 31% of girls aged 13-17 have been targeted with unwanted sexual attention, compared with 11% of boys. One in 10 of the 1,559 teens interviewed reported receiving threats of sexual violence, including rape. […]

Millions caught in virtual keyboard app data breach

Image copyright AI.type Image caption An example of an Ai.type keyboard theme Security researchers claim to have found the personal data of 31 million Android users of the keyboard app Ai.type after finding an open database online. The app offers themed keyboards for phones and tablets. The researchers claimed data left visible included names, phone numbers, locations and Google queries. The boss of the Israeli company behind the app admitted the breach but said most […]

CryptoKitties craze slows down transactions on Ethereum

Image copyright www.cryptokitties.co A new craze for virtual kittens is slowing down trade in one of the largest crypto-currencies. CryptoKitties lets players buy and breed “crypto-pets” on Ethereum’s underlying blockchain network. The game’s developers told the Bloomberg news agency that CryptoKitties was a “key step” to making blockchains more accessible. But its popularity has underscored one of the technology’s biggest downsides: its lack of scalability. Etherscan has reported a sixfold increase in pending transactions on […]

Drone collisions 'worse than bird strikes for planes'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Drones have been reported in close proximity to aircraft with two reported collisions A US study into drone safety has suggested that collisions with aircraft are more damaging than bird strikes. It said current aircraft manufacturing standards are not appropriate for the growth in drone use but stopped short of saying such hits could be fatal. The US Federal Aviation Authority said it will work with drone-makers to develop […]

Electric black cabs hit London's roads

Image copyright LEVC Electric black taxis have hit London’s roads under plans to improve air quality but critics say their cost will put drivers off “going green”. The cab costs £55,599 up from £45,000 for the newest petrol equivalent. Chris Gubbey, boss of manufacturer the London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) insists the cab will “play a major role in helping to improve air quality”. The launch comes weeks ahead of rules requiring new cabs in […]

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