Instagram hack: Celebrity contact details revealed

Instagram hack: Celebrity contact details revealed 30 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The social network said its high-profile users were specifically targeted Instagram has revealed a flaw in its systems revealed “a number of” stars’ phone numbers and email addresses to cyber-attackers. The Facebook-owned social network has emailed…

Cyber-flaw affects 745,000 pacemakers

Cyber-flaw affects 745,000 pacemakers 30 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Wireless models of St Jude-branded pacemakers can now receive a firmware update A total of 745,000 pacemakers have been confirmed as having cyber-security issues that could let them be hacked. The Food and Drug Administration revealed that 465,000…

The best laptops for students

Lenovo You may have spent the last two weeks on the beach, but there’s no getting away from it: it’s nearly time to go back to school. ADVERTISEMENT Whether you’re off to immerse yourself in fluid dynamics or Gide, need a lightweight laptop for lectures or a powerhouse for creative software, or simply want something…

Customer data stolen at games store Cex

Customer data stolen at games store Cex 30 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright cex Second-hand gadget and video games retailer Cex has said up to two million customers have had their data stolen in an online breach. The company said the stolen data included customers’ names, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers and…

This building was inspired by pianos

Music Box, the new residence of the London College of Creative Media (LCCM), was designed to bring music and technology closer than ever. “It should feel like you’re at work producing cutting-edge music,” says LCCM’s principal Darius Khwaja, who founded the college with Geoff Hemsley in 2002. Fifteen years on, it’s moving to a new…

Snapchat: We call police to check facts

Snapchat: We call police to check facts 29 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Reuters Image caption Snapchat and Facebook take contrasting approaches to fact-checking their users’ posts Snapchat has said its in-house team of journalists play a key role in helping it cover the news accurately. As an example, the social network…

Bitcoin boss urges cautious investment

Bitcoin boss urges cautious investment By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter 29 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright TED Image caption Bitcoin Foundation’s Llew Claasen sees huge potential for crypto-currency in Africa The head of the Bitcoin Foundation, Llew Claasen, has urged people to invest “no more than they can afford” in the crypto-currency.…

Turing letters found in old filing cabinet

Turing letters found in old filing cabinet 29 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Manchester University Image caption The 147 letters detail Turing’s research and show what life was like in post-war Manchester Almost 150 letters by computer pioneer Alan Turing have been unearthed in a storeroom at the University of Manchester. The…

Nintendo to close Miiverse social network

Nintendo to close Miiverse social network By Chris Foxx Technology reporter 29 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Nintendo Image caption Other players’ posts appear in some games Nintendo has announced that its Miiverse social network will be closed down on 8 November. The platform lets players post messages and drawings on game-related…

Can VR help diagnose dementia?

Sea Hero Quest In 2015, Wolfgang Kampbartold met a Berlin-based professor-turned-inventor in his efforts to diagnose dementia. Kampbartold listened as the professor turned over a crude collection of cardboard and screws in his hands, explaining how the contraption of his own making was designed to test basic skills in at-risk groups. ADVERTISEMENT Dementia is already…

Apple’s iPhone 8 and the risky race to zero product conformity

As smartphone design reaches its optimal state, manufacturers must embrace a new way of thinking Google/WIRED While I’m looking forward to the upcoming announcement of the iPhone 8 (or iPhone X… or just iPhone), as a potential customer I’ve become more and more dissatisfied with the iPhone’s lack of real character or differentiation, despite its engineering excellence and technological prowess. Though there’s promise of technological advancements, like bezel-less screen and…

This stylish African architecture will blow you away

African Architecture – beyond Cape Town’s Sun-drenched cluster of beachfront modernism, at least – gets scant attention in the building and design press. But across the continent, young talent, both national and international, as well as the occasional heavy-hitting starchitect, are creating innovative, low-cost and sustainable buildings which offer lessons for architects and developers around…

EE broadband network suffers fault

EE broadband network suffers fault 29 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption EE has advised affected users to restart their routers EE’s UK home broadband customers have been affected by a fault that has prevented them from using the internet. Down Detector indicates the nationwide problem began at about…

This startup is growing diamonds

For centuries, people have gone to great lengths and extraordinary costs – from the baked Namib Desert to the ice-locked Canadian tundra – to pull diamonds out of the Earth, endlessly searching for the dead volcanoes that thrust those transmuted carbon relics from the planet’s core and into a special place in our imaginations. But…

YouTube football team Hashtag United ‘living the dream’

YouTube football team Hashtag United ‘living the dream’ By Zoe Kleinman Technology reporter, BBC News 26 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Hashtag United Image caption The team show off their new kit and distinctive “hashtag” hand sign “We’re average footballers living the professional footballer dream,” says Seb Carmichael-Brown, vice-captain of amateur side…

China is overrun with unicorns

memphisslim/iStock Since the beginning of 2017, China has seen its fair share of unicorns. No, not the national animal of Scotland. We’re talking about startups valued in excess of $1 billion. ADVERTISEMENT In 2017, 41 global technology companies have reached unicorn status, according to data intelligence platform CB Insights. Of those, 15 are from China.…

Google’s real legal headache has nothing to do with James Damore

James Damore Twitter: James Damore Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc., is reeling from a string of allegations from current and former employees, not to mention the federal government, calling out sexism, political discrimination, and systemic underpayment of women and minorities. Oh, and then there’s James Damore. ADVERTISEMENT Earlier this month, Damore, a white male former…

India’s dodgy mass surveillance project should concern us all

DESHAKALYAN CHOWDHURY/AFP/Getty Images India is undertaking the world’s largest biometric ID card project – Aadhaar, also dubbed the “the world’s biggest mass surveillance project“. The government seems unaware, or unconcerned, that because of an inadequate legal framework for protecting citizens’ privacy this project will have catastrophic consequences. This overzealous project is obtaining demographic and biometric…

YouTube stars win fair use legal battle

YouTube stars win fair use legal battle By Chris Foxx Technology reporter 24 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright YouTube/h3h3 Productions Image caption Hila and Ethan Klein have millions of followers on YouTube Videomakers Ethan and Hila Klein, who run the YouTube channel h3h3 Productions, have won a legal battle over copyright in…

Samsung working on home smart speaker

Samsung working on home smart speaker 24 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Samsung’s DJ Koh Samsung has confirmed it is developing its own voice-controlled “smart speaker” for the home, to rival devices by Amazon and Google. DJ Koh, head of Samsung’s mobile division, told CNBC News: “I am…