Germany votes for 50m euro social media fines

Germany votes for 50m euro social media fines

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Facebook risks large fines unless its community managers handle extremist content quickly enough Social media companies in Germany face fines of up to 50m euros ($57.1; £43.9m) if they fail to remove “obviously illegal” content in time. From October, Facebook, YouTube, and other sites with more that two million […]

Citizens Advice warning over ‘phantom goods’ scams

Citizens Advice warning over ‘phantom goods’ scams

Image copyright Getty Images A rising number of people are being caught out by “phantom goods” scams – when items are bought online but are never delivered, Citizens Advice says. Cars, flights, furniture and insurance are among the goods and services which buyers think they are getting at a bargain, but which do not exist. […]

Cyber-attack was about data and not money, say experts

Cyber-attack was about data and not money, say experts

Image copyright EPA Image caption Businesses and organisations in the Ukraine were hit hard by the malware The Petya malware variant that hit businesses around the world may not have been an attempt to make money, suspect security experts. The malicious program demanded a payment to unlock files it scrambled on infected machines. However, a […]

The one law of robotics: Humans must flourish

The one law of robotics: Humans must flourish

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Could robots harm humans? The science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov wrote about controlling intelligent machines with the three laws of robotics: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm A robot must obey orders given to it by human […]

Ocado trials driverless delivery van in London

Ocado trials driverless delivery van in London

Media captionOcado tests driverless deliveries in London Ocado has shown off a prototype driverless van designed to deliver goods at short distances. The vehicle, a cross between a small milk float and a large tuk-tuk, spent two weeks completing autonomous loops of a two-mile (3km) semi-pedestrianised area of Greenwich, south-east London. The electric CargoPod has […]

Future Energy: LA crystals turn cars into energy source

Future Energy: LA crystals turn cars into energy source

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Los Angeles is a city designed for cars and gridlock is a growing issue but can California turn traffic into good vibrations? Los Angeles is the car capital of the world with traffic a part of daily conversation as people estimate how many hours they will be stuck in […]

Inmarsat’s European short-haul wi-fi spacecraft launches

Inmarsat’s European short-haul wi-fi spacecraft launches

Image copyright ESA/CNES/ARIANESPACE Image caption The EAN will use a satellite that was launched from French Guiana on Wednesday by an Ariane rocket A new Europe-wide wi-fi service for aeroplanes came a step closer on Wednesday night with the launch of a key satellite from French Guiana. Airline passengers will soon be able to connect […]

Tax software blamed for cyber-attack spread

Tax software blamed for cyber-attack spread

Image copyright Microsoft Image caption Microsoft has published some of the ransomware code A global cyber-attack that affected companies around the world may have started via corrupted updates on a piece of accountancy software. Fingers are increasingly pointing to a piece of Ukrainian tax-filing software, MEDoc, as the source of the infection, although the company […]

Under-screen fingerprint sensor unveiled

Under-screen fingerprint sensor unveiled

Image copyright Vivo Image caption Vivo is showing off a prototype device with the new sensor in China Qualcomm has announced a fingerprint ID sensor designed to be fitted underneath smartphone and tablet screens. It said the component could also work with wet fingers or underwater and could be used to measure heart rates. The […]