YouTube ‘made wrong call’ on Syria videos

YouTube ‘made wrong call’ on Syria videos 23 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Google Image caption The Qasioun News Agency channel, which documents the war in Syria, was temporarily removed YouTube has reinstated thousands of videos documenting violence in Syria that were removed “mistakenly”. Several videos were flagged as inappropriate by an…

The best watches for motoring

If high auction prices for classic TAG Heuers are any indicator – not to mention the litany of vintage-inspired chronographs the watch industry is producing – retro is very much in fashion for motoring watches. WIRED puts five of the best dive watches to the test WIRED puts five of the best dive watches to…

DoJ narrows Trump protesters data demand

DoJ narrows Trump protesters data demand 23 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Large protests were held in Washington DC on 20 January, the day of President Trump’s inauguration Visitors to an anti-Trump website will probably not have their internet protocol addresses turned over to the Department of Justice,…

Identity theft at epidemic levels, warns Cifas

Identity theft at epidemic levels, warns Cifas By Kevin Peachey and Chris Johnston BBC News 23 August 2017 From the section Business Image copyright PA Identity theft is reaching “epidemic levels”, according to a fraud prevention group, with people in their 30s the most targeted group. ID fraudsters obtain personal information before pretending to be…

Crypto-cash investors duped in funding scam

Crypto-cash investors duped in funding scam 22 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The popularity of Bitcoin kicked off a rush to mint novel e-currencies Cyber-thieves are believed to have stolen about $500,000 (£390,000) in the Ethereum crypto-currency, with an investment scam. The thieves hijacked the website of finance…

The essence of whisky, with Glenfiddich

The taste of success was with the UK winners of Glenfiddich’s World’s Most Experimental Bartender competition, held in London in August. The renowned Scotch whisky brand is seeking collaborations which reach beyond the drinks world, shaking up traditional entry points and experiences for present and potential whisky lovers alike. Competition in the UK final was…

Samsung’s Bixby rolled out in 200 countries

Samsung’s Bixby rolled out in 200 countries 22 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Samsung’s voice-controlled digital assistant Bixby is being rolled out in 200 countries from today. It is Samsung’s equivalent of Apple’s Siri and Google’s Assistant – which is pre-installed already in Samsung phones as they run the Android…

China relaunches world’s fastest train

China relaunches world’s fastest train 22 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A high-speed train crash led to an investigation which found widespread corruption in the railway ministry China’s fleet of high-speed trains is set once again to become the world’s fastest. The top speed of the Fuxing or…

Android Oreo released by Google

Android Oreo released by Google 21 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Google Image caption Android Oreo continues the sweet-themed naming convention of Google’s mobile operating system Google has released the latest version of its Android mobile operating system (OS), which is named after Oreo chocolate biscuits. It adds a new “picture-in-picture” mode…

The next media revolution will come from driverless cars

University of Michigan Mobility Transformation Center Driverless cars are here to stay, whether they are Elon Musk’s tenuously-funded Teslas or mainstream manufacturers’ more staid visions. As the world’s road safety experts and infrastructure specialists brace themselves for the coming storm, though, a long anticipated media revolution is also nearing: the advent of the ‘third living…

Australia blocks another 59 popular pirate sites

Australia blocks another 59 popular pirate sites 18 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption 340 domains relating to pirate sites will soon be blocked in Australia Australia’s federal court has ordered internet service providers (ISPs) to block dozens of popular pirate sites. The crackdown prevents users from accessing 59…

Very few girls took computing A-level

Very few girls took computing A-level By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter 17 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The problem begins at primary school, according to the BCS A worrying statistic for the tech industry was revealed in freshly-released A-level data – only 9.8% of those completing a computing…

Robots can now heal themselves

Science Museum / Heritage Lottery Fund Roboticists have designed soft robots that can heal themselves. ADVERTISEMENT Cutting your hand or tearing a muscle are both injuries that heal over time for living organisms. But what if robots could heal too? New research published in the Science Robotics Journal suggests this may be the case in…

Game of Thrones struck by fresh leak

Game of Thrones struck by fresh leak By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor 16 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright HBO Image caption HBO’s Spanish and Nordic offshoots streamed the episode early Game of Thrones’s next episode has been pirated and shared online in the latest leak to hit the fantasy TV series.…