Judge sacked for trolling people on online news stories

Judge sacked for trolling people on online news stories

Image copyright Google Maps Image caption One of the cases Dunn-Shaw commented on was at Canterbury Crown Court A judge has been sacked for using a pseudonym to post abusive comments on a newspaper website about cases he was involved in. Recorder Jason Dunn-Shaw, of Maidstone Chambers in Kent, wrote scathing remarks about people involved […]

AI wins $290,000 in Chinese poker competition

AI wins $290,000 in Chinese poker competition

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A team of six human players were beaten by the artificial intelligence system An artificial intelligence program has beaten a team of six poker players at a series of exhibition matches in China. The AI system, called Lengpudashi, won a landslide victory and $290,000 (£230,000) in the five-day competition. […]

Microsoft patches serious Word bug ‘targeted by scammers’

Microsoft patches serious Word bug ‘targeted by scammers’

Image copyright Getty Images A bug in Word apparently targeted by scammers trying to steal banking logins will be patched, Microsoft has said. The previously undetected, or “zero-day”, vulnerability had been reported over the weekend. Then, on 10 April, cybersecurity firm Proofpoint announced it had discovered an email campaign targeting the bug that aimed to […]

Imax reveals European cinema expansion plan

Imax reveals European cinema expansion plan

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Imax presents 2D and 3D movies on screens larger than the norm Imax has struck a deal to more than double the number of its large screens in European cinemas run by the continent’s biggest operator. AMC – which owns Odeon among other brands – plans to create 25 […]

In-flight call ban should be upheld says US watchdog

In-flight call ban should be upheld says US watchdog

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Regulators in favour of upholding the ban said it would be a victory for Americans who valued quiet A ban on the use of mobile phones during airline flights in the US looks likely to be upheld. The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Ajit Pai, said a […]

Broadband prices penalise loyal customers – Citizens Advice

Broadband prices penalise loyal customers – Citizens Advice

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Citizens Advice says many customers are unaware of price rises The cheapest broadband prices shoot up by an average of 43% or £113 a year, after introductory deals end, Citizens Advice has said. The charity said more than a third of customers were unaware of the price increases. The […]

Russian arrested in Spain ‘over mass hacking’

Russian arrested in Spain ‘over mass hacking’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Much of Pyotr Levashov’s alleged activity involved ransomware Spanish police have arrested a Russian programmer following US allegations of large-scale hacking. Pyotr Levashov was held in Barcelona on Friday and is remanded in custody. Spanish police said Mr Levashov controlled a botnet called Kelihos, hacking information and installing malicious software […]

Ocean tech: Robot sea snakes and shoal-swimming subs

Ocean tech: Robot sea snakes and shoal-swimming subs

Image copyright Eelume Image caption The self-propelling Eelume robot moves like a snake through the water In the near future, ocean search-and-repair specialists won’t need arms or legs, according to one vision. In fact, they are destined to be much more slithery. “We try to get people to move away from the word snake because […]

Plane-tracking app explores airspace in 3D

A new app lets people explore UK airspace in 3D and see hundreds of planes flying in almost real-time. Airspace Explorer is based on software used by air traffic controllers at the company NATS, although some planes are hidden from view. Plane-tracking app explores airspace in 3D

Google’s AI seeks further Go glory

Google’s AI seeks further Go glory

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption AlphaGo will challenge some of China’s top Go players later this month Google has challenged China’s top Go player to a series of games against its artificial intelligence technology. It said the software would play a best-of-three match against Ke Jie, among other games against humans in the eastern […]