A sex doll that can talk – but is it perfect Harmony?

A sex doll that can talk – but is it perfect Harmony?

Image caption Harmony is more than a sex toy, according to RealDoll founder Matt McMullen Harmony is a new type of sex doll – one that can move and talk. Her head, eyelids and lip movements are fairly crude and her conversation is even more limited. But she is part of a new robotics revolution […]

Lyft strikes self-driving deal with Google’s Waymo

Lyft strikes self-driving deal with Google’s Waymo

Image copyright Getty Images US ride hailing business Lyft has formed a partnership with the Google owner’s self-driving car unit Waymo to help develop self-driving vehicles. Lyft is Uber’s biggest rival in the US. Many firms, including Uber, are racing to develop driverless cars, which they hope can be paired with journey-booking systems to revolutionise […]

Ransomware cyber-attack: Who has been hardest hit?

Ransomware cyber-attack: Who has been hardest hit?

The WannaCry ransomware cyber-attack has hit more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries since Friday, Europol says. Governments, hospitals and major companies have all found themselves battling the malware, which demands money in return for unfreezing computers. Russia ‘hardest hit’ The virus tried to infect more computers in Russia than anywhere else, according to an […]

Global cyber-attack: Security blogger halts ransomware ‘by accident’

Global cyber-attack: Security blogger halts ransomware ‘by accident’

Media captionLISTEN: How ‘Malware Tech’ became an ‘accidental hero’ A 22-year-old UK security researcher has told the BBC how he “accidentally” halted the spread of ransomware affecting hundreds of organisations, including the UK’s NHS. The man, known online as MalwareTech, was analysing the code behind the ransomware on Friday night when he made his discovery. […]

Cyber-attack: Europol says it was unprecedented in scale

Cyber-attack: Europol says it was unprecedented in scale

Image copyright Webroot Image caption The ransomware has been identified as WannaCry – here shown in a safe environment on a security researcher’s computer A cyber-attack that hit organisations worldwide including the UK’s National Health Service was “unprecedented”, Europe’s police agency says. Europol also warned a “complex international investigation” was required “to identify the culprits”. […]

The rise of the tweenage vlogger

The rise of the tweenage vlogger

Image copyright George Christou Image caption Nikki Lilly found a new hobby as a YouTuber when a medical condition caused her to give up swimming and dance Nikki Christou, 12, known in the vlogging world as Nikki Lilly, makes YouTube videos about baking, make-up and a rare medical condition known as arterial venous malformation (AVM), […]

Massive ransomware infection hits computers in 99 countries

Massive ransomware infection hits computers in 99 countries

Image copyright Webroot Image caption The ransomware has been identified as WannaCry – here shown in a safe environment on a security researcher’s computer A massive cyber-attack using tools believed to have been developed by the US National Security Agency has struck organisations around the world. Computers in thousands of locations have been locked by […]

Ransomware infections reported worldwide

Ransomware infections reported worldwide

Image copyright Webroot Image caption The ransomware has been identifed as WannaCry – here shown in a safe environment on a security researcher’s computer A massive ransomware campaign appears to have infected a number of organisations around the world. Computers in thousands of locations have apparently been locked by a program that demands $300 (£230) […]

NHS cyber-attack: GPs and hospitals hit by ransomware

NHS cyber-attack: GPs and hospitals hit by ransomware

Media captionThe ransomware involved has been defeated before, reports the BBC’s Chris Foxx NHS services across England and Scotland have been hit by a large-scale cyber-attack, which is being treated as a major incident. The prime minister said the incident was part of a wider attack affecting organisations around the world. Some hospitals and GPs […]

Ransomware attacks reported in Europe

Ransomware attacks reported in Europe

A massive ransomware campaign appears to have attacked a number of organisations across Europe. Screenshots of a well known program that locks computers and demands a payment in Bitcoin have been shared online by parties claiming to be affected. There have been reports of infections in Spain, Italy, Portugal, Russia and Ukraine. It is not […]