Snapchat map update raises child safety worries

Image copyright SNap Image caption Snap Map lets people track their friends An update to Snapchat that shows publicly posted images on a searchable map has raised safety concerns among parents. Snap Map lets people search for places such as schools and see videos and pictures posted by children inside. It also lets people locate […]

Router hack risk not limited to Virgin Media

Image caption Virgin Media’s Super Hub 2 had a weak default password A weakness that left thousands of Virgin Media routers vulnerable to attack also affects devices by other providers, security experts warn. Virgin Media’s Super Hub 2 was criticised for using short default passwords that could easily be cracked by attackers. But experts say […]

Facebook launches initiative to fight online hate speech

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Facebook says it will support and train NGOs to spot and respond to hate speech and extremism Facebook is launching a UK initiative to train and fund local organisations to combat extremism and hate speech. It comes a week after the social network announced steps of its own to remove […]

Could XPrize tablets replace teachers in Tanzania?

An estimated 250 million children around the world cannot read, write, or demonstrate basic arithmetic skills. Many of these children are in developing countries without regular access to quality schools or teachers. The Global Learning XPrize is a challenge to teams around the world to develop software and apps for tablets that could help youngsters […]

Virgin Media urges password change over hacking risk

Image copyright Getty Images Virgin Media has told 800,000 customers to change their passwords to protect against being hacked. An investigation by Which? found that hackers could access the provider’s Super Hub 2 router, allowing access to users’ smart appliances. A child’s toy and domestic CCTV cameras were among the vulnerable devices. Virgin Media said […]

Yahoo closes internet prodigy’s news app

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr D’Aloisio launched the Yahoo News Digest app at 2014’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to great fanfare Yahoo has announced it is shutting down its award-winning News Digest app at the end of this month. It was launched in 2014 and is based on a technology developed […]

UK rail ticket machines hit by IT glitch

Image copyright PA Rail ticket machines across the UK fell out of service this morning preventing commuters from using them to pay fares. On-screen messages said they had “no online connectivity”, making them unable to send payment card details. The issue began at about 06:00 BST. A spokesman for the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) told […]

Siri storm caused by economist’s comments

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption When it comes to virtual assistants, do you trust a male or a female voice more? A leading economist has inadvertently caused a storm by saying he preferred the voice on the iPhone Siri virtual assistant to be male because he felt that made it more trustworthy. Sir Christopher […]

WhatsApp rises as a major force in news media

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption WhatsApp is owned by Facebook, so its rise potentially gives its parent even more influence over the media WhatsApp is becoming one of the prevailing ways people discover and discuss news, according to a study. But use of the messaging app appears to vary widely between countries. In Malaysia, […]

Green light for UK driverless car road trials

Green light for UK driverless car road trials

Image copyright PA Image caption Connected cars will alert the driver if an emergency vehicle is nearby A demonstration of driverless cars in Nuneaton will be followed later this year by trials on public roads. Autodrive – a collaboration between Jaguar Land Rover, Ford and Tata Motors – showed off how autonomous cars can talk […]