Celebrity YouTube promotion fee ‘$187,000 on average’

Celebrity YouTube promotion fee ‘$187,000 on average’ 31 August 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kim Kardashian recently promoted hair vitamins on her official Instagram account YouTube personalities charge an average of $187,500 (£143,000) for each sponsored video, a talent agency says. San Francisco based Captiv8 said internet “influencers” with…

Dropbox hack ‘affected 68 million users’

Dropbox hack ‘affected 68 million users’ 31 August 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright dropbox Image caption Dropbox has accumulated more than 500 million registered accounts since it launched in 2007 A Dropbox security breach in 2012 has affected more than 68 million account holders, according to security experts Last week, Dropbox reset all…

How the blockchain could make you thousands through car shares and selling electricity

Thursday 25 August 2016 George Frey / Stringer / Getty In the not-too-distant future, billions of smart things in the physical world will likely be sensing, responding, communicating and sharing data. Generating, buying and selling their own electricity. Doing everything from protecting our environment to charging our homes and managing our health. Cities and regions…

Facebook lets users prompt danger alert

Facebook lets users prompt danger alert By Zoe Kleinman Technology reporter, BBC News 30 August 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Facebook is to enable members to trigger its Safety Check service themselves if a dangerous event occurs near them. Until now, it could only be activated by Facebook staff. Safety Check…

Inside Wish, the world’s ‘largest virtual shopping mall’ taking aim at Amazon

Wednesday 24 August 2016 Wish allows manufacturers to sell directly to users Giovanna Giuliano When ex-Google engineer Peter Szulczewski and ex-Yahoo! developer Danny Zhang launched an app called Wish in 2011, their aim was “to build the largest shopping mall on Earth”. They had previously worked on tailoring ads to search-engine queries, but believed the technology was…

WIRED Awake: 10 must-read articles for August 30

Tuesday 30 August 2016 Getty images Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, Facebook’s new human-free Trending news features fake stories, mosquitoes can pass Zika to their offspring, SETI astronomers are investigating a mysterious radio burst first captured by Russian telescopes last year and more. ADVERTISEMENT Get WIRED Awake sent straight to your inbox every weekday morning…

Apple facing record bill for Irish tax

Apple facing record bill for Irish tax 29 August 2016 From the section Business Image copyright Getty Images Apple could be ordered to pay billions of euros in back taxes in the Republic of Ireland by European Union competition officials. The final ruling, expected on Tuesday, follows a three-year probe into Apple’s Irish tax affairs,…

Iran rolls out domestic internet

Iran rolls out domestic internet 29 August 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Iran already limits what sites its citizens have access to Iran has announced it has completed the first phase of its plan to operate a “national internet”. An inauguration ceremony was held on Sunday by the country’s…

Uber suspends services in Abu Dhabi

Uber suspends services in Abu Dhabi 29 August 2016 From the section Business Image copyright Justin Sullivan Taxi-hailing company Uber has suspended its service in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Rival service Careem has also put its service there on hold, after some of its cars were stopped by authorities. Uber,…

Destiny’s Sparrow Racing League is returning – and it could become a permanent fixture

Sunday 28 August 2016 Activision / Bungie Destiny’s Sparrows – agile, zippy hoverbikes that players use as high-speed ground transports between missions – aren’t just tools to speed up traversal around Bungie’s sci-fi worlds. ADVERTISEMENT The vehicles gave rise to one of the most popular limited time events ever to grace Destiny, the Sparrow Racing…

‘First Apple computer’ sells for $815,000

‘First Apple computer’ sells for $815,000 26 August 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Charitybuzz Image caption Prototype Apple 1s were manually soldered and used for debug testing A prototype Apple 1, a holy-grail item in electronics memorabilia, has been sold for $815,000 (£618,000). Apple co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak built just 200…