Xbox steps back on VR plans

Xbox steps back on VR plans

Image copyright AFP Microsoft has stepped back from suggestions it will bring virtual reality games to its Xbox consoles. When the company announced its newest console, in 2016, it said the device would be capable of delivering “high-fidelity virtual reality”. But, now, it says it does not have any specific plans to bring VR to […]

O2 changes post policy after racist hate mail sent out

O2 changes post policy after racist hate mail sent out

Image caption The leaflets were addressed to “Mr Isis Terroriste” and “Mr Getout Ofengland” O2 will no longer use names on some of its mailouts, after the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme found it had sent racist hate mail to a British-Iraqi family’s home in north London. Two items were addressed to “Mr Isis Terroriste” and […]

Instagram longer videos: How new IGTV feature will work

Instagram longer videos: How new IGTV feature will work

Image copyright Instagram Instagram has released a long-form video feature which allows users to post hour-long clips. IGTV lets users create content exceeding the current maximum 60-second clip limit for the first time. It’s not clear if the longer videos would include adverts or if users would be paid for their content as they are […]

‘Disastrous’ copyright bill vote approved

‘Disastrous’ copyright bill vote approved

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The changes could put an end to user-generated content, warn critics A committee of MEPs has voted to accept major changes to European copyright law, which experts say could change the nature of the internet. They voted to approve the controversial Article 13, which critics warn could put an […]

Council demanded payment card details via email

Council demanded payment card details via email

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Residents were told they had to email in the payment form to apply for a parking bay suspension A London council’s data protection efforts are under review after it told residents to email in their payment card details for parking bay suspensions via a Word document. Islington Council had […]

BT fined for five million spam emails

BT fined for five million spam emails

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The ICO acknowledged that BT did not deliberately break the rules BT has been fined £77,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office, after it sent nearly five million nuisance emails to customers. The investigation found that the telecoms company did not have customers’ consent for such direct marketing. The 4.9 […]

Bithumb: Hackers ‘rob crypto-exchange of $32m’

Bithumb: Hackers ‘rob crypto-exchange of $32m’

Image copyright EPA Image caption Local reports describe Bithumb as South Korea’s biggest crypto-currency exchange A leading crypto-coin exchange has halted trade after declaring that hackers had stolen some of the digital currencies it stored. Seoul-based Bithumb said that 35bn won (£24m; $31.6m) worth of cyber-cash had been “seized” overnight, adding that it would fully […]

Facebook ordered to explain deleted profile

Facebook ordered to explain deleted profile

Image copyright Azra Sabados Facebook has been ordered by a UK high court judge to reveal who told it to delete the profile of a jazz musician and his band, six months after he died. The Times reports that the firm said it had acted on a request but had declined to reveal to the […]

The $300 system in the fight against illegal images

The $300 system in the fight against illegal images

Image copyright Christian Haschek A security researcher has built a system for detecting illegal images that costs less than $300 (£227) and uses less power than a lightbulb. Christian Haschek, who lives in Austria, came up with the solution after he discovered an image showing child sex abuse had been uploaded on his image hosting […]

Amazon Echo comes to Marriott hotels

Amazon Echo comes to Marriott hotels

Image copyright Amazon Amazon’s digital assistant Alexa will be installed in some US Marriott-owned hotels, following a partnership between the two firms. Its functions will include ordering room service, housekeeping and providing concierge advice, the firm said. The Wynn Resorts chain in Las Vegas installed the Amazon Echo in around 5,000 hotel suites in 2016. […]