UK seeks to secure smart home gadgets

UK seeks to secure smart home gadgets

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Web-connected security cameras are among many devices hijacked and use for cyber-attacks Makers of smart home devices are to be encouraged to make their gadgets secure against hack attacks. The UK has published a voluntary code of practice for manufacturers that shows how they can proof their creations against […]

Bloodhound supersonic car hits financial roadblock

Bloodhound supersonic car hits financial roadblock

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The car is essentially built; it just needs funding to go and set records The project to race a car at over 1,000mph has run into a financial roadblock with the company behind the venture going into administration. The Bloodhound supersonic vehicle is all but built but needs a […]

Social media moderators: Blur your eyes

Social media moderators: Blur your eyes

Image copyright Facebook Image caption People working in content moderation see the worst that the internet can throw at them “When I left, I didn’t shake anyone’s hand for three years. I’d seen what people do and how disgusting they are. I didn’t want to touch anyone. I was disgusted by humanity.” Roz Bowden is […]

An online decency moderator’s advice: Blur your eyes

An online decency moderator’s advice: Blur your eyes

Image copyright Facebook Image caption People working in content moderation see the worst that the internet can throw at them “When I left, I didn’t shake anyone’s hand for three years. I’d seen what people do and how disgusting they are. I didn’t want to touch anyone. I was disgusted by humanity.” Roz Bowden is […]

Is it the end of the supermarket checkout till?

Is it the end of the supermarket checkout till?

Image caption Vandana Pankhania Radia says she would use the new app Supermarket customers may soon have to get used to a new way of paying for their shopping. Marks & Spencer has become the latest food retailer to test an app which allows people to buy their shopping without having to use a till. […]

Facebook shuts down ‘spammy’ politics pages

Facebook shuts down ‘spammy’ politics pages

Image copyright EPA Image caption President Trump has warned social media firms about political bias Facebook has removed more than 800 pages and accounts that sought to profit from politically themed spam. In a blog, Facebook said the 559 pages and 251 accounts abused the network to try to make people visit sites that make […]

Apple hires engineers from UK company Dialog

Apple hires engineers from UK company Dialog

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Apple uses Dialog’s chips in its iPhones, iPads and Watches Apple is adding 300 computer chip engineers to its team after striking a deal to hire them from one of its British suppliers. It is paying Dialog Semiconductor $300m (£227m) for the acquisition, which also includes some of the […]

Virtual lives: Could VR change how we think of others?

Researchers are studying whether “embodiment” – where you can see and control a virtual reality body – has effects in the real world. Some experiments have suggested that giving people a virtual body can improve cognitive abilities and enhance their interest in a particular subject or reduce racial bias and domestic violence. BBC Click finds […]

US weapons systems can be ‘easily hacked’

US weapons systems can be ‘easily hacked’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Most weapons systems, including the F-35 jet, were found to be vulnerable to cyber-attack Some of the most cutting-edge weapons in the US’s military arsenal can be “easily hacked” using “basic tools”, a government report has concluded. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) found “mission-critical” cyber-vulnerabilities in nearly all weapons […]

WhatsApp fixes ‘big deal’ video crash bug

WhatsApp fixes ‘big deal’ video crash bug

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The bug made answering some video calls risky Answering a booby-trapped video call via the WhatsApp messaging service could force the app to crash and close, a security expert has found. The bug was a “big deal” said researcher Tavis Ormandy, who is part of the team that found it. […]