NatWest and RBS banking app fails

NatWest and RBS banking app fails 28 April 2017 From the section Business Image copyright Getty Images The Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest banking app failed to work for nearly an hour on Friday morning. The RBS Group said in a statement that both app and online banking services were still running slowly. Many…

Amazon ‘style assistant’ divides opinion

Amazon ‘style assistant’ divides opinion By Zoe Kleinman Technology reporter, BBC News 28 April 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Amazon Amazon’s new smart speaker, the Echo Look, received a mixed reaction following its unveiling this week. Some say it could inspire confidence while others voiced privacy concerns. The $200 (£154) gadget, not yet…

India: Kashmir social media ban criticised

India: Kashmir social media ban criticised 28 April 2017 From the section India Image copyright Abid Bhat Image caption The social media ban came after a series of clashes between civilians and security forces Authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir have announced a one-month ban on 22 social media services, including Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp. The state…

Nintendo Switch off to ‘strong start’

Nintendo says Switch will help double profits 27 April 2017 From the section Business Image copyright Nintendo Image caption Some users have reported “annoying” screen glitches Nintendo says the success of its new Switch console will help it to double annual profits. It has become the fastest-selling games console in the Japanese firm’s history, with…

Stay safe online: Experts reveal 10 ways to protect yourself and your business from hackers

Lizzie Gill ADVERTISEMENT On the back of last year’s success, WIRED Security returns to King’s Place in London on September 28. The one-day event brings together policymakers, hackers, enterprises, regulators, security software specialists, data brokers, cryptographers, social media companies, academics, startups, law enforcement and the intelligence community to discuss the next level of cyber threats.…

UK falls further down the World Press Freedom Index

Lisa-Blue / Getty Images Reporters Without Borders (RWB) has published the 2017 rankings for the World Press Freedom Index – a system for rating the freedom of the media and journalists across the world. ADVERTISEMENT It reveals that “media freedom is proving increasingly fragile”, due to “poisonous rhetoric”, “inadequate” protection for journalists and their sources.…

US regulator wants to reverse net neutrality

US regulator wants to reverse net neutrality 26 April 2017 From the section Business Image copyright Eric Thayer/Getty Image caption FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was named by President Donald Trump in January. Top US communications regulator Ajit Pai has proposed reversing net neutrality rules for internet service providers. The Obama-era measures prohibit broadband providers from…

UK protests over access to Twitter data

UK protests over access to Twitter data 26 April 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright AFP Image caption The government has said it is “protesting” against the decision to restrict access to data The British government is protesting against Twitter’s decision to withdraw access to user data used to investigate potential terrorist plots. The…

Rings, moons and ‘tiger stripes’: the best images from Cassini’s groundbreaking mission

Cassini conducted the first radio occultation observation of Saturn’s rings on May 3, 2005 Titan’s northern seas Sunlight glints off Titan’s northern seas in this near-infrared, colour mosaic from Cassini Credit NASA/JPL/Univ. Arizona/Univ. Idaho Saturn equator This picture was taken from a vantage point about 28 degrees above Saturn’s equator. The image was taken with…

Ted 2017: Scary robots that want to be useful

Ted 2017: Scary robots that want to be useful By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter, Vancouver 26 April 2017 From the section Technology Image caption SpotMini went down well with the Ted crowd Boston Dynamics founder Prof Marc Raibert came to the Ted (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference with a new message about his military-funded robots…