Facebook’s hidden battle against ad-blockers

Facebook’s hidden battle against ad-blockers

Image copyright AFP The methods Facebook uses to thwart ad-blocking technology have been criticised by web developers. The social network injects dozens of lines of code in every page to make it harder for ad blockers to detect and hide sponsored posts. But that makes the website less efficient and stops software such as screen […]

China’s new games censors take tough stance

China’s new games censors take tough stance

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Video games have been linked to myopia and addiction in China A panel of censors set up to vet mobile video games in China has signalled it will be hard to please. State media reports that of the first 20 titles it assessed, nine were refused permission to go […]

Fortnite: Gamer charged with assault during live stream

Fortnite: Gamer charged with assault during live stream

Image copyright Getty Images A Sydney gamer has been charged after he was heard allegedly assaulting a woman during a live stream of the hugely popular game Fortnite. The 26-year-old man who goes by the handle MrDeadMoth was arrested after someone saw the video and reported it to police. In the video, that went viral […]

Bionic 3D-printed arm ‘gives confidence’ to young amputees

A Bristol-based robotics company, Open Bionics, has developed the world’s first medically-certified 3D-printed artificial arm for amputees. The Hero Arm, with its artificial hand, can fit children as young as nine years old. Its motor is controlled by muscles on the residual limb, allowing the user to carry out many tasks as if the hand […]

‘Outdated’ IT and old computers found in Welsh schools

‘Outdated’ IT and old computers found in Welsh schools

Image copyright Ridofranz/Getty Images Technologies such as smartphones are not reflected in “outdated” IT qualifications being taught in schools and colleges, says a watchdog. A review by Qualifications Wales found students are ahead of the curve and already know the technology before they are taught about it. It added many schools are using old computers […]

O2 4G data network restored after day-long outage

O2 4G data network restored after day-long outage

Image copyright Getty Images Mobile operator O2 has said its data networks have been restored after a day of disruption for smartphone users. A statement on its website, published early on Friday, said the 4G network was working again, having been affected from about 05:30 GMT on Thursday. It said the slower 3G data service […]

O2 services to be ‘fully restored by early hours of Friday’

O2 services to be ‘fully restored by early hours of Friday’

Image copyright Getty Images O2 has said it anticipates all its data services will be “fully restored” during the early hours of Friday. The mobile operator said it had started to return its 4G service to its network, following disruption which began at about 05:30 GMT on Thursday. It said the slower 3G data service […]

Facebook defends Mark Zuckerberg’s exposed emails

Facebook defends Mark Zuckerberg’s exposed emails

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Facebook has faced several scandals over the course of 2018 Facebook’s staff feel like they are under siege. Every few days there seems to be a fresh accusation or leak that paints the social network in the worst possible light and calls into question whether it poses a threat […]

O2 and Ericsson issue joint apology over data disruption

O2 and Ericsson issue joint apology over data disruption

Image copyright Getty Images O2 and its mobile network equipment supplier Ericsson have issued a joint apology to the millions of customers hit by disruption to its data services. O2 chief executive Mark Evans said the firm would work with Ericsson through the night to resolve the problems. Mr Evans said Ericsson had given assurances […]

YouTube deletes cheating videos after BBC investigation

YouTube deletes cheating videos after BBC investigation

Media captionYouTubers have been ignoring the site’s ban on essay-writing adverts YouTube has deleted thousands of videos promoting academic cheating in the last week after a BBC Trending investigation. The videos all advertised essay-writing services, which can lead to serious penalties for students. Facebook and Google have been asked by a regulator to stop making […]