VIDEO: DiCaprio lurks at £11,400 phone launch

Media playback is unsupported on your device Leonardo DiCaprio lurks at £11,400 Solarin phone launch 31 May 2016 Last updated at 22:04 BST Hollywood stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy turned up for the London launch of a new smartphone. Sirin Labs says its Solarin handset offers such celebrities military-grade security – but its £11,400…

Facebook copy created in North Korea

Facebook copy briefly surfaces in North Korea 31 May 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Dyn Networks Image caption The StarCon social network was hosted inside North Korea A clone of the Facebook social media site has briefly appeared in North Korea before quickly going offline. Hosted on the StarCon.net.kp address in North Korea…

Iran closes borders on messaging apps

Iran closes borders on messaging apps 31 May 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Instant messaging apps must store data about Iranian users inside the country, Iran has ordered. The new rule comes from Iran’s Supreme Council of Cyberspace and firms have been given one year to comply. Campaign group Privacy International…

Web firms pledge to tackle online hate

Web firms pledge to tackle online hate speech 31 May 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Reuters Image caption Successive terror attacks in Europe underlined the need to tackle online extremism and hate speech, said the Commission Microsoft, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook have pledged to remove hate speech within 24 hours, in support of…

MySpace and Tumblr hit by ‘mega breach’

MySpace and Tumblr hit by ‘mega breach’ By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor 31 May 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Tumblr Image caption A total of 65,469,298 Tumblr account details are being offered for sale Hundreds of millions of hacked account details from social networks MySpace and Tumblr have been advertised for sale…

EU data watchdog rejects privacy deal

Data watchdog rejects EU-US Privacy Shield pact 30 May 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has said a data transfer pact between the EU and US needs “significant improvements”. The EU-US Privacy Shield agreement was supposed to safeguard EU citizens’ personal information when stored in the…

Australia to sell £8m of seized Bitcoin

Australia to sell £8m of seized bitcoins By Chris Foxx Technology reporter 30 May 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Reuters A collection of bitcoins worth about £8m, which had been confiscated by police in Australia, will be auctioned off in June. The 24,518 bitcoins will be sold mostly in blocks of 2,000 –…

Cooling technologies become red hot

Cooling technologies set to become red hot sector By Roger Harrabin BBC environment analyst 27 May 2016 From the section Technology Media captionIce blocks make fridges less ‘stupid’ On a warming planet, demand for cooling is increasing. But if we obtain that cooling from electricity generated by fossil fuels, it makes warming worse. So, the…

Cameroon Cardiopad inventor wins award

Cameroon’s Cardiopad inventor wins African engineering award 27 May 2016 From the section Africa Image copyright Sala Lewis Image caption Mr Zang, right, received the prize at a ceremony in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Cameroonian inventor Arthur Zang has won a £25,000 ($37,000) prize for his device that does heart examinations. The Cardiopad is a…

Apple fights call to block Facetime

Apple fights call to block Facetime and iMessage 27 May 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Apple Image caption VirnetX wants Apple to be prevented from offering its Facetime and iMessage services A patent-licensing firm is seeking to force Apple to suspend its Facetime and iMessage services claiming it has suffered “irreparable harm” as…

Chinese backlash over Windows 10 push

Chinese backlash over Windows 10 upgrade push 27 May 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Microsoft has been keen to get users of Windows 7 and 8 to upgrade Microsoft is facing criticism from Chinese users about the way it is trying to persuade people to upgrade to its Windows…

Three announces mobile ad-block trial

Three announces mobile ad-blocking trial 27 May 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Three Mobile service provider Three has confirmed it will block advertising on its network for a day-long trial in June. In February, the company said it wanted to give its customers “control, choice and greater transparency” over the adverts they received.…

Paypal founder is ‘comic book villain’

Paypal founder is ‘vindictive comic book villain’ 27 May 2016 From the section Business Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Thiel said Gawker had been ‘bullying people’ Gossip site Gawker has called Paypal founder Peter Thiel a comic book villain who mounted a “vindictive campaign” of lawsuits against the site. Gawker lost a $140m…

Google defeats Oracle in Java code case

Google defeats Oracle in Java code copyright case 27 May 2016 From the section US & Canada Image copyright Reuters Image caption Google’s uses Java in its Android smartphone operating system Google has won a major US court battle with software firm Oracle after a jury ruled it did not unfairly appropriate parts of the…

Highest capacity Atlantic cable planned

Tech firms plan the highest capacity Atlantic data link 26 May 2016 From the section Business Image copyright Getty Images Microsoft and Facebook have announced plans to build the highest capacity data link between the US and Europe. The tech companies will help design the subsea cable which will run between Virginia in the US…

An appreciation of the floppy disk

The long legacy of the floppy disk 26 May 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright AP Image caption The Pentagon is not alone in still using floppy disks but unique in using them for its nuclear missile fleet The technology world may seem to be locked in an endless cycle of renewal – but…

Robots ‘being taught to feel pain’

Researchers teach robots to ‘feel pain’ 26 May 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Leibniz University of Hannover Image caption The robot’s nervous system would categorise pain into light, moderate and severe Researchers from Germany are developing an artificial nervous system aimed at teaching robots how to feel pain. As well as allowing robots…

Isis addresses spark PayPal confusion

Thames Isis addresses spark PayPal confusion 26 May 2016 From the section Oxford Image caption Kim Wallace’s payment for a crochet kit raised security alerts at PayPal PayPal customers with addresses containing the word “Isis” fear their accounts are being blacklisted. Residents of streets such as Isis Close say payments were halted or delayed due…

Think tank: ‘Misogyny rife on Twitter’

Misogyny rife on social media, says think tank By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter 26 May 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright AP Image caption Twitter boss Jack Dorsey has pledged to tackle abuse on the platform A study into the number of aggressive and abusive tweets sent from UK Twitter accounts suggests large-scale misogyny…

WIRED Awake: 10 must-read articles for 26 May

Qilai Shen/In Pictures/Corbis Your WIRED.co.uk daily briefing. Today, Three will be trialling a network-level ad-blocking feature in June, Google has threatened to publish figures showing which mobile phone providers are failing to send out Android updates promptly, Foxconn has reportedly replaced 60,000 factory staff with robots and more. Get WIRED Awake sent straight to your inbox…

US nuclear force ‘uses floppy disks’

US nuclear force ‘still uses floppy disks’ 26 May 2016 From the section US & Canada Image copyright ADAM BUTLER Image caption Eight-inch floppy disks date back to the early days of computer systems The US nuclear weapons force still uses a 1970s-era computer system and floppy disks, a government report has revealed. The Government…

Xiaomi Mi Drone poses price challenge

Xiaomi Mi Drone poses price challenge to DJI 25 May 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Xiaomi Image caption Xiaomi plans to sell two different versions of the Mi Drone Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has announced its first drone, pricing it significantly lower than a comparable model by the market leader DJI. The Mi…

Microsoft hangs up on phone workers

Microsoft hangs up on smartphone workers 25 May 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Satya Nadella made the cuts two years after his predecessor acquired Nokia’s phones business Microsoft has announced plans to cut up to 1,850 jobs as part of efforts to scale back its smartphone business. The firm…

Foxconn replaces ‘60,000 with robots’

Foxconn replaces ‘60,000 factory workers with robots’ 25 May 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Workers have complained in the past about conditions in Foxconn’s factories Apple and Samsung supplier Foxconn has reportedly replaced 60,000 factory workers with robots. One factory has “reduced employee strength from 110,000 to 50,000 thanks…

Titanfall 2 leak teases larger maps, new gameplay

Titanfall 2? Artwork surfacing on Reddit claims to be from Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall 2 Reddit / Titanfall © Electronic Arts / Respawn Entertainment Gameplay details and alleged concept art for upcoming shooter Titanfall 2 appear to have leaked ahead of the game’s formal reveal. Artwork and gameplay mechanics appeared on Reddit. The anonymous poster cites “inside sources” claiming…

Huawei sues Samsung for patent infringements

JUNG YEON-JE / Stringer / Getty Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei has filed a lawsuit against Samsung for allegedly infringing of eleven different patents. In the lawsuits, filed in the USA and China, Huawei is seeking compensation from Samsung for “[persisting] in imprinting, selling and offering for sale a substantial volume of standard-compliant products that use…

Microsoft u-turn on “nasty trick” pop-up

Microsoft u-turn on “nasty trick” pop-up By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter 25 May 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Microsoft has u-turned over changes it made to a pop-up encouraging users to upgrade to Windows 10. Users were angry that clicking the cross to dismiss the box meant that they had agreed…

Netflix faces locally-made quota in EU

Netflix and Amazon face locally-made quota in EU 25 May 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Netflix Image caption The European Commission wants greater prominence given to locally-made content On-demand video streaming services face a call that at least 20% of the catalogues they offer to EU subscribers should be made locally. The European…

Apple is reportedly making an Echo competitor

Apple is reportedly making a speaker to compete with the Amazon Echo Amazon Apple is working on an Amazon Echo competitor, says The Information.  The company will also be creating a “development kit” for Siri, giving third-party developers access to the system. This will be the more immediate move, according to The Information, with the Echo…

WIRED Awake: 10 must-read articles for 25 May

Getty Images Your WIRED.co.uk daily briefing. Today, Huawei is suing Samsung over its use of Huawei patents in both China and the USA, Apple is reported to be developing a household digital assistant to rival Amazon’s Echo, a new study has found that giving antibiotics to cattle increases their production of greenhouse gases, and more. Get…

Toyota hails a ride with Uber

Toyota hails a ride with Uber 25 May 2016 From the section Business Image copyright Getty Images Carmakers Toyota and Volkswagen have struck separate partnerships with rideshare companies Uber and Gett. The Japanese company will invest an unspecified amount in Uber and offer new leasing options for its drivers. Toyota said the two companies would…

Huawei sues Samsung over patents

Huawei sues Samsung over patents 24 May 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Huawei says it has struck patent deals with several other tech firms Huawei is suing its tech rival Samsung over claims that its patents have been infringed. The Chinese firm said it was pursuing its South Korean…

Review of anti-terror bulk data powers

May promises review into counter-terror bulk data powers By Nick Watt Political editor, Newsnight 24 May 2016 From the section UK Politics Image copyright PA Theresa May has agreed to establish an independent review to examine the operational case for powers which allow for the bulk collection of data. The home secretary made the offer…

Microsoft accused of “nasty trick”

Microsoft accused of Windows 10 upgrade “nasty trick” By Zoe Kleinman Technology reporter, BBC News 24 May 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Microsoft Microsoft has faced criticism for changing the pop-up box encouraging Windows users to upgrade to Windows 10. Clicking the red cross on the right hand corner of the pop-up box…

Evolutionary engineer wins tech prize

Evolutionary engineer Frances Arnold wins €1m tech prize By Jonathan Webb Science reporter, BBC News 24 May 2016 From the section Science & Environment Image copyright Millennium Prize Image caption Prof Arnold works in the department of chemical engineering at Caltech US engineer Frances Arnold has won the Millennium Technology Prize for pioneering “directed evolution”.…

Google’s Paris HQ raided in tax probe

Google’s Paris HQ raided in tax probe 24 May 2016 From the section Business Image copyright Getty Images French finance officials have raided the Paris offices of US internet giant Google as part of a tax fraud investigation. Reports say about 100 tax officials entered Google’s offices in central Paris early in the morning. Police…

Overwatch aimed for e-sports domination

Overwatch aimed for e-sports domination By Chris Foxx Technology reporter 24 May 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Blizzard World-of-Warcraft-maker Blizzard has released its first original gaming franchise in nearly two decades. Overwatch – a first-person shooter – also marks the first time the studio has launched a title worldwide on PC and consoles…

Apple releases iOS 9.3.3 beta

Sean Gallup / Getty The latest update to iOS has been released, but for the time being it’s only available to developers. iOS 9.3.3 beta 1 can now be downloaded from Apple’s Development Centre for testing on iPhones, iPads and iPod touches. It is available for devices registered to test pre-release versions of iOS and…

Xbox One is about to get a torrent client

Xbox OneMicrosoft Xbox One users could soon have access to a torrent client compatible with the multimedia gaming console. As announced at Build Developer Conference back in March, the upcoming Windows 10 Anniversary Update – due to be rolled out this summer – sees Microsoft bring the PC operating system and Xbox One closer together.…

Juries ‘could enter virtual crime scenes’

Juries ‘could enter virtual crime scenes’ following research 24 May 2016 From the section Stoke & Staffordshire Media captionGaming technology may help juries enter virtual crime scenes Virtual reality technology used in the gaming industry could be adapted to recreate crime scenes for juries, researchers have claimed. A Staffordshire University project has experimented with technology…

Facebook to revamp Trending Topics

Facebook to revamp Trending Topics By Zoe Kleinman Technology reporter, BBC News 24 May 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Facebook has announced changes to the way it runs its Trending Topics feed, following an internal investigation. There will be more training for staff and the feed will no longer rely on…

WIRED Awake: 10 must-read articles for 24 May

Shutterstock Your WIRED.co.uk daily briefing. Today, Zika researchers have for the first time found a wild Aedes aegypti mosquito infected with the virus, Spotify’s revenues grew 80 per cent in 2015, Facebook has announced a shake-up of its Trending news feed operation and more. Get WIRED Awake sent straight to your inbox every weekday morning by…

Spotify revenue and losses on the rise

Spotify sees both revenues and losses rise 24 May 2016 From the section Business Image copyright Reuters Spotify has seen revenue reach 1.95bn euros ($2.2bn;£1.5bn) in the past year, but the Swedish music streaming platform has yet to make a profit. Losses deepened at the industry leader which offers music over the internet for free…

Teenager faces Mumsnet hacking charge

Mumsnet hacking: Haslemere teenager faces cyber attack charges 23 May 2016 From the section Surrey Image copyright Mumsnet Image caption Users were made to reset their passwords as a “precautionary measure” following the attacks in 2015 A teenager has been charged with a hacking attack on Mumsnet, which caused the parenting site to reset its…

Oculus anti-piracy update cracked

Oculus anti-piracy update cracked in a day 23 May 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Reuters An anti-piracy update for the Oculus virtual reality platform has been cracked within a day of release. The update lets games verify that they were legitimately purchased and are running on an approved Oculus device. It also breaks…

Waterstones to stop selling e-books

Waterstones to stop selling e-books as it ties up with Kobo 23 May 2016 From the section Business Image copyright Getty Images The UK’s largest book retailer Waterstones has announced it will stop selling digital books. The company will instead divert its e-book customers to digital book specialist Kobo. Waterstones boss James Daunt said Kobo…

Google rethinks Ara modular smartphones

Google rethinks Project Ara modular smartphones By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor 23 May 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Google Image caption Project Ara handsets will be able to contain up to six modules adding functions Google has rethought its plans for a modular smartphone and now plans to release a less customisable…

Anger over Facebook plus-size ad ban

Anger over Facebook plus-size ad ban By Zoe Kleinman Technology reporter, BBC News 23 May 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tess Holliday had not given permission for the image to be used Australian feminist group Cherchez La Femme has expressed its fury after Facebook rejected an advert it created…

Fitbit’s heart rate tracking is ‘inaccurate’, study claims

Fitbit devices on display at CES Getty Images / Justin Sullivan Fitbit’s wristbands don’t accurately measure heart rates and fail to provide a “meaningful estimate” of beats per minute (bpm), a study has claimed.  Researchers from California State Polytechnic University say the PurePulse technology, that tracks a person’s heart rate in Fitbit’s wearables, is “inaccurate”…

Microsoft ‘terror content’ crack-down

Microsoft cracks down on ‘terrorism content’ 23 May 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Reuters Microsoft has announced a new policy to remove “terrorist content” from its consumer-focused online services. It said material endorsing a terrorist organisation or its acts, or that encouraged people to join such groups, would be banned. The rule will…

Apple backs down in row over Palestinian game

Liyla and the Shadows of WaRasheed Abueideh Apple has reversed its position not to allow a game by Palestinian developer into the App store. The iPhone maker had previously said that Liyla and the Shadows of War could not be categorised as a game because of its political nature. Conversely, Apple has allowed Israeli Heroes – an Angry Birds-alike…

Paramount drops Star Trek Axanar fan film lawsuit

Axanar Productions / Star Trek © CBS Studios / Paramount Paramount has dropped a lawsuit against a high-budget Star Trek fan film, Star Trek Axanar. The movie studio had previously claimed that Axanar infringed “innumerable copyrighted elements of Star Trek, including its settings, characters, species, and themes.”. The fan film is set 21 years prior to the first episode of…

Japan cash machines hit by $12.7m theft

Japan ATM scam using fraudulent cards nets $12.7m 23 May 2016 From the section Asia Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many Japanese bank machines neither accept foreign cards nor operate around the clock Cash worth 1.4bn yen ($13m; £8.8m) has been taken from cash machines in Japan using credit cards created with data stolen…

London’s Night Tube to start on 19 August

TfL London’s Night Tube service will launch on 19 August, mayor Sadiq Khan has announced. A 24-hour service will start first on the Central and Victoria lines, with the Piccadilly, Jubilee and Northern following in the autumn. The launch should reduce average nigh-time journeys by 20 minutes, according to Transport for London. Central Line trains…