US libraries hit by ransomware attack

US libraries hit by ransomware attack

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption No ransom was paid to the library attackers Libraries across the city of St Louis are gradually regaining control of their computer systems, following a malware attack several days ago. Criminals broke into the systems of 17 libraries, disabled them and demanded a ransom. It meant people were unable to […]

Australia plans biometric border control

Australia plans biometric border control

Image copyright AFP Image caption Iris and facial recognition systems are increasingly being used in airports The Australian government is planning to allow 90% of travellers to pass through passport control without human help by 2020. With a $100m (£80m) budget, it has begun the search for technology companies that could provide biometric systems, such […]

Yahoo sale delayed following security breaches

Yahoo sale delayed following security breaches

Image copyright Flickr American search giant Yahoo says it will complete the sale of its core internet assets to telecoms firm Verizon later than originally planned. The $4.8bn (£4bn) deal was thrown into doubt last year after Yahoo revealed two vast data security breaches at the company. Hundreds of thousands of user accounts were affected […]

Cambridge scientists consider fake news ‘vaccine’

Cambridge scientists consider fake news ‘vaccine’

Image copyright PA The appearance of fake news on websites and social media has inspired scientists to develop a “vaccine” to immunise people against the problem. A University of Cambridge study devised psychological tools to target fact distortion. Researchers suggest “pre-emptively exposing” readers to a small “dose” of the misinformation can help organisations cancel out […]

New seat alert app for pregnant commuters

New seat alert app for pregnant commuters

Image copyright 10x A new app launches in the UK on Monday aimed at helping pregnant women get seats on public transport. Babee on Board consists of two companion apps that communicate via Bluetooth. Once an alert is triggered, people nearby with the app receive a message saying there is someone who needs to sit […]

How we built India’s biggest robot company

Media captionHow GreyOrange is becoming India’s home-grown robotics giant In 2008, engineering student Samay Kohli wanted to build a humanoid robot, but his professor told him it would not be possible. Along with his fellow student Abhay Singhal, not only did they achieve that task, but they have also built GreyOrange, a multi-national robotics company […]

Google placed its own ads first, study claims

Google placed its own ads first, study claims

Image copyright Google Image caption In the study, all 1,000 search results pages for the term ‘laptop’ were led by links to Chromebook, a Google product. Adverts for Google products occupied 91% of the top ad slots on the firm’s search results pages, in a study done for the Wall Street Journal. Advertising data firm […]

Nintendo signals end for Wii U

Nintendo signals end for Wii U

Image copyright Getty Images Nintendo has signalled the “end of life” for its Wii U games console, which was first released in 2012. Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo America, told Polygon that Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild would be the company’s final game for the device. “We really are at the end of […]

Paedophile Adam Isaac groomed boys on Minecraft

Paedophile Adam Isaac groomed boys on Minecraft

Image copyright South Wales Police/Getty Images A man who groomed young boys through the online game Minecraft has been jailed for two years and eight months. Adam Isaac, 23, from Merthyr Tydfil, previously admitted eight sexual offences against children. Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court heard he targeted two boys, aged 12 and 14, and asked them […]

Amazon and Apple end exclusive deal on audio books

Amazon and Apple end exclusive deal on audio books

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Amazon bought audio book supplier Audible in 2008 Apple and Amazon have ended a deal that tied them into an exclusive contract for the supply and sale of audio books. The deal was signed before 2008 when Amazon bought audio book supplier Audible, which had the Apple iBooks contract. Pressure […]

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