Children ‘blackmailed’ for sexual images in online video chats

Children ‘blackmailed’ for sexual images in online video chats

A surge in the use of video chats and live-streaming among children is leaving them vulnerable to abuse, the NSPCC has warned, calling for a social network regulator to be introduced. A survey of 40,000 children aged seven to 16 found a quarter had used the services. On video chats, 10% had been asked to […]

Dating site scam victims lose £2,000 to fraudsters

Dating site scam victims lose £2,000 to fraudsters

Image copyright Getty Images The majority of those tricked in “rom-cons” after meeting people on dating sites lost more than £2,000, research by Barclays suggests. Fraud experts have said that thousands of people have lost millions of pounds in online dating scams. Barclays found those aged 45 to 64 were most likely to be victims, […]

Spotify ad banned for causing ‘distress’ to children

Spotify ad banned for causing ‘distress’ to children

Image copyright Spotify Image caption The advert featured a doll surprising young people A Spotify ad has been banned for “unjustifiably” distressing children. The advert mimicked a horror film and showed young people being menaced by a scary doll when they played a particular song. In its ruling, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said the […]

Robot ‘talks’ to MPs about future of AI in the classroom

Robot ‘talks’ to MPs about future of AI in the classroom

Media captionRobot tells MPs: “I am Pepper and I am a resident robot at Middlesex University” Pepper has become the first robot to appear at a UK parliamentary meeting, talking to MPs about the future of artificial intelligence in education. The robot is currently based at Middlesex University, working with students and appearing at events. […]

Huawei’s Watch GT has no time for Android’s Wear OS

Huawei’s Watch GT has no time for Android’s Wear OS

Image copyright Huawei Image caption The Watch GT can run for up to a month between charges, but lacks an app store Huawei has decided not to use the wearable-tech version of Android in its latest smartwatch, opting instead for an in-house operating system. The company said the decision to use Lite OS was taken […]

Tiny Palm smartphone baffles gadget fans

Tiny Palm smartphone baffles gadget fans

Image copyright Palm Image caption US basketball player Stephen Curry is one of the ambassadors for the new Palm phone A tiny Android smartphone designed to be a “companion phone” to a full-sized device has been launched in the US – using the brand name Palm. The handset is the size of a credit card […]

Fortnite cheat YouTuber sued by Epic Games

Fortnite cheat YouTuber sued by Epic Games

Image copyright EPic Games A YouTube gamer who posted videos of himself cheating at Fortnite is being sued by its developer Epic Games. Brandon Lucas has attracted 1.7 million subscribers to his Golden Modz channel, where he plays modified or hacked versions of Fortnite and other games. He also runs a website where he sells […]

UK cyber-centre thwarts hostile hackers

UK cyber-centre thwarts hostile hackers

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The NCSC believes most of the attacks it repelled were perpetrated from within nation states hostile to the UK The UK’s top cyber-defence centre has stopped Britain falling victim to almost 1,200 attacks in the last two years, its annual review reveals. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) was […]

Virgin Media faces ‘power issue’

Virgin Media faces ‘power issue’

Image copyright Getty Images Virgin Media says it is investigating a problem which has left many customers in London without internet access and TV services. The company tweeted that the problem “might be fixed this evening”, but said a separate “system issue” left it unable to provide more information. The problems were first reported on […]

Snapchat adds selfie filters for cats

Snapchat adds selfie filters for cats

Image copyright AFP Image caption Snapchat can now add virtual bread to cats Snapchat’s augmented-reality selfie filters now work on cats, the photo-sharing app has announced. Previously, its facial-recognition technology could apply the filters to only humans and some breeds of dog. Now, cat owners can use Snapchat’s Lenses to decorate their pet with hats, […]