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Blue Planet II comes to iPlayer in 4K HDR

Image caption This simulated image shows – on the right-hand side – the advantage of using high dynamic range The BBC’s Blue Planet II programme is to become its first TV series to be made available in 4K resolution and high dynamic range (HDR) colour via its iPlayer catch-up service. All seven episodes of the marine-themed show are being made available to UK-based owners of select TVs. Until now, the BBC had only released programmes […]

Beyonce 'unlikely' to use burner email

Image copyright Getty Images Experts say it is “unlikely” that Beyonce changes her email address every week as claimed by singer Ed Sheeran. “I have an email address that I email – that actually changes every week,” he said during an interview about working with her on a duet. The reporter, from Entertainment Tonight, then suggested that Beyonce was good at “hiding” and he agreed. He laughed during the interview but his comment has fuelled […]

UK government mulls Bitcoin regulation

Image copyright Getty Images Anti-money laundering regulations should be updated to include Bitcoin and other virtual currencies, the UK Treasury has said. The Metropolitan Police says criminals are using crypto-currency cash machines to launder money in London. The government’s aim is part of a broader update to the EU rules which are under negotiation. The update, revealed in Parliament last month, would mean that traders would no longer be able to operate anonymously. ‘Self-police’ Bitcoin […]

Apple Mac security issue may reoccur

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Apple released the software fix twice as an early version broke existing features for some users A software fix Apple released to close a serious Mac security bug may not have fixed the problem on some machines. The bug meant anyone with physical access to a Mac running High Sierra could get admin access to the machine. Wired magazine has found that the bug returns if Mac owners upgrade […]

Facebook and Google targeted in Australian media probe

Image copyright Getty Images Australia’s competition regulator has begun an inquiry into whether the influence of Facebook and Google has harmed the media sector. It will investigate whether the disruption of the news media by the US tech giants has been detrimental to consumers and publishers. The government ordered the inquiry as part of wider media reforms. Traditional media companies have been squeezed by online rivals and suffered a sharp drop in advertising revenues. The […]

Barclays axes free Kaspersky product as a 'precaution'

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Barclays has stopped offering free Kaspersky anti-virus products to new customers following an official warning about Russian security software. The bank emailed 290,000 online banking customers on Saturday to say the move was a “precautionary decision”. UK cyber-security chiefs are warning government departments not to use software from Russian companies for systems relating to national security. Barclays said it treated the security of its customers “very seriously”. A spokesman for Kaspersky […]

UK proposes 'snoopers' charter' changes

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Communications services can be told to collect metadata The government has proposed changes to the Investigatory Powers Act (IPA) after accepting that some parts of it are “inconsistent with EU law”. The IPA governs the collection and use of communications data by law enforcement agencies. In December 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that some aspects of the legislation were incompatible with EU law. A […]

Supermarket liable for staff data leak

Image copyright Chris Radburn Image caption More than 5,000 current and former employees are seeking compensation from Morrisons Morrisons has been found liable for the actions of a former member of its staff who stole the data of thousands of employees and posted it online. Workers brought a claim against the company after employee Andrew Skelton stole the data, including salary and bank details, of nearly 100,000 staff. The High Court ruling now allows those […]

Cyber-thieves seek to cash in on Bitcoin boom

Image copyright AFP Image caption Bitcoin is valuable but hard to mine so many are now turning to other crypto-coins Bitcoin’s booming value has driven a huge rise in crypto-currency themed malware, say security firms. In one month, anti-malware software company Malwarebytes said it stopped almost 250 million attempts to place coin-mining malware on to PCs. Symantec said it had seen a “tenfold” increase in the amount of malicious code connected with crypto-cash. Cyber-thieves are […]

Tesla mega-battery in Australia activated

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The battery has been installed in Jamestown, South Australia The world’s largest lithium ion battery has begun dispensing power into an electricity grid in South Australia. The 100-megawatt battery, built by Tesla, was officially activated on Friday. It had in fact provided some power since Thursday due to demand caused by local hot weather. South Australia has been crippled by electricity problems in recent times. Tesla boss Elon Musk famously […]

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