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Uber and Volvo strike deal for 24,000 self-drive cars

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Volvo hopes to sell tens of thousands of vehicles to Uber under the deal Uber has struck a deal to buy up to 24,000 self-driving cars from Volvo. The agreement envisages that the pick-up service will purchase the vehicles over the course of three years beginning in 2019. Uber began testing prototypes made by the carmaker last year in the US. One expert said the announcement “makes a good […]

Childcare website glitch leaves families struggling

Image copyright Matthew West Image caption Matthew and Sarah say government childcare payments for their sons suddenly dried up “It’s the difference between us being able to get by every month and actually struggling to put food on the table.” Matthew West says a glitch on a government website means childcare payments for his two sons have dried up and the family are having to use credit cards to make ends meet. They are among […]

Hacking pioneer John Draper faces sex misconduct claims

Image copyright Peter Fuller/Getty Images Image caption Mr Draper became famous after finding a way to make free phone calls in the US A lauded hacker and privacy campaigner has been accused of historic cases of sexual misconduct and harassment. John Draper – who uses the nickname Captain Crunch – is famous in part for having helped Apple’s co-founders get started. The allegations include claims of unwanted sexual contact with male teenagers at tech events […]

Drone maker DJI in cyber-security row over bug bounty

Image copyright Getty Images Drone maker DJI has accused a cyber-security researcher of hacking its servers. Kevin Finisterre claims that he accessed confidential customer data after finding a private key publicly posted on code-sharing site Github. He approached the firm, which offers a “bug bounty” reward of up to $30,000 (£23,000) for security weaknesses discovered in its systems. DJI said the server access was “unauthorised”. The data Mr Finisterre was able to see included “unencrypted […]

Independent streams fake 'live' space video on Facebook

Image copyright The Independent The Independent online newspaper has streamed a video it described as “live from space” on its Facebook page – but the footage was recorded in 2015. More than 180,000 people viewed the video during the “live” broadcast, with at least 2,000 sharing the post. The stream was ended shortly after the BBC contacted the paper and it has since been deleted. A spokesman for the Independent said it regretted “the human […]

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 go on shop shelves in the US, UK and Australia “early in 2018”. The news is a blow to its […]

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 settings on their home router so web addresses can be checked. It uses 19 separate lists of web-based threats to […]

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 had such watches to destroy them. One expert said the decision could be a “game-changer” for internet-connected devices. “Poorly secured […]

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 has been down since Friday morning although a second Unilad account has since been created, but in stark contrast to […]

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 not want the controversy to “overshadow” the game. But it said the ability to buy game currency would return. ‘Insidious’ […]

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