Apple ‘to buy Shazam for $400m’

10 December 2017 Image copyright Shazam Apple is close to buying the music recognition app Shazam for about $400m (£300m), media reports say. Shazam, a UK company founded in 1999, allows people to use their smartphone or computer to identify and buy music through a snippet of sound. Shazam, which says it has more than…

Calls for Twitch to police ‘sexual streaming’

Calls for Twitch to police ‘sexual streaming’ 9 December 2017 Image copyright kovaciclea Image caption High-profile streamers are complaining about the way Twitch enforces its guidelines Scroll through the In Real Life (IRL) section of streaming site Twitch and you could be forgiven for thinking, now and then, that you have landed on a camgirl…

Bitcoin: ‘I’m part of a crazy wave’

By Lucy Hooker & Josh Cheetham Business reporters, BBC News 8 December 2017 Image copyright Alessandra Sollberger In its early days, Bitcoin might have been dismissed as a quirky tech sector fad. But it is rapidly evolving into the mainstream and has already made some people rich. If once Bitcoin was seen as a tool…

Legend of Zelda: wins big at the Game Awards

Legend of Zelda: wins big at the Game Awards – BBC Newsbeat ]]> This site is optimised for modern web browsers, and does not fully support your version of Internet Explorer ‘; $(‘.headerBar’).prepend(notify); } Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild won three awards at the 2017 Game Awards in Los Angeles. It…

Uber’s licence suspended in Sheffield

7 December 2017 Image copyright EPA Uber has had its licence suspended in Sheffield after it failed to respond to official requests about its management, the city council has said. The firm, also fighting a ban in London, can still operate in Sheffield until 18 December and can appeal against the decision, the council said.…

Steam stops accepting payments in bitcoins

Steam stops accepting payments in bitcoins 7 December 2017 Image caption Steam is a massively popular way of getting hold of video games Online game service Steam has stopped accepting payments made with the Bitcoin virtual currency. In a statement, development studio Valve, which runs Steam, said “high fees and volatility” had driven it to…

Bitcoin surges above $13,000 to new high

6 December 2017 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption At the start of the year Bitcoin was valued at $1,000 Bitcoin has surged above $13,000 (£9,710; €11,020) to a new record high despite warnings the digital currency’s rapid rise could be a dangerous bubble. The coin has seen its value double in the last month…

Nintendo games to appear on rival console

6 December 2017 Image copyright Nintendo Nintendo is to release some of its popular games on a rival manufacturer’s console for the first time in decades. Some of the company’s older games from the discontinued Wii console will appear on the Nvidia Shield console in China. Historically, Nintendo has rarely licensed its original games and…

Sad poop emoji gets flushed after row

6 December 2017 Image copyright Getty Images Plans to introduce a “frowning pile of poo” emoji have been flushed from the latest proposals by the group in charge of creating the symbols. The symbol was floated as one of many to be introduced in 2018, but it angered typographers who said it was “embarrassing” to…

CryptoKitties craze slows down transactions on Ethereum

CryptoKitties craze slows down transactions on Ethereum 5 December 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright www.cryptokitties.co A new craze for virtual kittens is slowing down trade in one of the largest crypto-currencies. CryptoKitties lets players buy and breed “crypto-pets” on Ethereum’s underlying blockchain network. The game’s developers told the Bloomberg news agency that CryptoKitties…

Electric black cabs hit London’s roads

5 December 2017 From the section Business comments Image copyright LEVC Electric black taxis have hit London’s roads under plans to improve air quality but critics say their cost will put drivers off “going green”. The cab costs £55,599 up from £45,000 for the newest petrol equivalent. Chris Gubbey, boss of manufacturer the London Electric…

Nissan to trial robo-taxis in Japan

5 December 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Nissan Image caption Nissan’s Easy Ride could launch in Japan in early 2020s Carmaker Nissan plans to test self-driving taxis on Japanese roads from March next year. The company is partnering with Japanese software company DeNA, which operates online services for the gaming, healthcare and automotive…

Blue Planet II comes to iPlayer in 4K HDR

5 December 2017 From the section Technology Image caption This simulated image shows – on the right-hand side – the advantage of using high dynamic range The BBC’s Blue Planet II programme is to become its first TV series to be made available in 4K resolution and high dynamic range (HDR) colour via its iPlayer…

Beyonce ‘unlikely’ to use burner email

4 December 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Experts say it is “unlikely” that Beyonce changes her email address every week as claimed by singer Ed Sheeran. “I have an email address that I email – that actually changes every week,” he said during an interview about working with her on a…

UK government mulls bitcoin regulation

4 December 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Anti-money laundering regulations should be updated to include Bitcoin and other virtual currencies, the UK Treasury has said. The Metropolitan Police says criminals are using crypto-currency cash machines to launder money in London. The government’s aim is part of a broader update to the…

Regulator warns MPs over shared passwords

4 December 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright UK Parliament Image caption The MP Nadine Dorries wrote on Twitter that all her staff had her login details The UK’s data privacy regulator has cautioned MPs about sharing work computer passwords. It follows tweets by two Conservative Party MPs over the weekend claiming that they…

Apple Mac security issue may reoccur

4 December 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Apple released the software fix twice as an early version broke existing features for some users A software fix Apple released to close a serious Mac security bug may not have fixed the problem on some machines. The bug meant anyone with…

Barclays axes free Kaspersky product as a ‘precaution’

Barclays axes free Kaspersky product as a ‘precaution’ 2 December 2017 From the section UK Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Barclays has stopped offering free Kaspersky anti-virus products to new customers following an official warning about Russian security software. The bank emailed 290,000 online banking customers on Saturday to say the move was a “precautionary decision”.…

‘Snoopers’ charter’ changes put forward

1 December 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Communications services can be told to collect metadata The government has proposed changes to the Investigatory Powers Act (IPA) after accepting that some parts of it are “inconsistent with EU law”. The IPA governs the collection and use of communications data by…

Cyber-thieves seek to cash in on Bitcoin boom

Cyber-thieves seek to cash in on Bitcoin boom 1 December 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright AFP Image caption Bitcoin is valuable but hard to mine so many are now turning to other crypto-coins Bitcoin’s booming value has driven a huge rise in crypto-currency themed malware, say security firms. In one month, anti-malware software…

Tesla mega-battery in Australia activated

1 December 2017 From the section Australia Image copyright Reuters Image caption The battery has been installed in Jamestown, South Australia The world’s largest lithium ion battery has begun dispensing power into an electricity grid in South Australia. The 100-megawatt battery, built by Tesla, was officially activated on Friday. It had in fact provided some…

Cable-laying drone wires up remote Welsh village

Cable-laying drone wires up remote Welsh village 30 November 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Openreach Image caption The drone helped string the fibre-broadband cables across the remote Welsh valley A drone has helped bring superfast broadband services to an isolated Welsh village. Cable company Openreach used the drone to avoid having to lay…

Facebook disables ethnicity advert targeting system

Facebook disables ethnicity advert targeting system 30 November 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Advertisers could choose to exclude groups such as wheelchair users, ProPublica found Facebook has temporarily turned off a system that let advertisers choose which ethnic and minority groups saw their ads. It said it would…

Elon Musk bids to build Chicago travel pods

Elon Musk bids to build Chicago travel pods 30 November 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Reuters Elon Musk’s infrastructure firm, the Boring Company, will compete to build a new transport link in Chicago. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is exploring options for a high-speed link between O’Hare Airport and the city centre, and is considering…

Classified Pentagon data leaked on the public cloud

Classified Pentagon data leaked on the public cloud 29 November 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Classified Pentagon data was left exposed for years on a publicly accessible server Classified Pentagon data was mistakenly left exposed on an unsecured public cloud server, cyber-security researchers have discovered. The 100GB of data…

Bank deputy warns of Bitcoin bubble risks

29 November 2017 From the section Business Image copyright Getty Images Investors should be aware of the risks from the rapid rise in the price of digital currency Bitcoin, a Bank of England deputy governor has warned. Bitcoin’s value passed a record $11,000 (£8,200) on Wednesday after a sharp but often volatile rise this year.…

Is Apple getting sloppy?

By Chris Baraniuk Technology reporter 29 November 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Users are not used to finding major flaws in Apple’s products Well, you don’t see that every day – Apple is rushing to fix a major security bug. It has been revealed that users of its new…

Trump Twitter account retweets incendiary videos

Trump Twitter account retweets incendiary videos 29 November 2017 From the section US & Canada Image copyright Getty Images Donald Trump’s Twitter account has retweeted three inflammatory videos from a British far-right group. The first tweet from Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of Britain First, claims to show a Muslim migrant attacking a man on…

Yahoo ‘hacker-for-hire’ pleads guilty

29 November 2017 From the section Technology A Canadian man has pleaded guilty to charges related to a 2014 hack attack at Yahoo, which affected 500 million user accounts. Described by US law officials as a “hacker-for-hire”, Karim Baratov admitted hacking web-mail accounts on behalf of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB). The number of…

Bitcoin crosses $10,000 milestone

29 November 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bitcoin’s value has fluctuated widely during its nine-year existence The value of one bitcoin has gone past $10,000 (£7,493). The virtual currency reached the benchmark for the first time, just days after it passed $9,000. It caps a remarkable rise in value…

Mum defends teen in gaming lawsuit

28 November 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Epic Games A mother has written a letter in defence of her 14-year-old son who is facing a lawsuit over video game cheats in the US. Caleb Rogers is one of two people facing legal action from gaming studio Epic Games for using cheat software to…

Ethical hackers to boost NHS cyber-defences

Ethical hackers to boost NHS cyber-defences 27 November 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright PA Image caption About one-third of UK health trusts were caught out by the WannaCry ransomware worm The NHS is spending £20m to set up a security operations centre that will oversee the health service’s digital defences. It will employ…

Twitter blocks New York Times by mistake

27 November 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Twitter has apologised to the New York Times for the “inconvenience” caused Twitter has acknowledged that a day-long block of one of the New York Times’s accounts was imposed in error. The @nytimesworld team, which covers international events, has about 1.9 million…

YouTube investigates ‘disturbing’ autofill results

YouTube investigates ‘disturbing’ autofill results 27 November 2017 From the section Technology Image caption YouTube said it had changed the auto-fill system to remove the phrases YouTube has changed the way its autofill feature works after reports that some word combinations brought up paedophilic phrases. Over the weekend many people reported that typing “how to…

Bitcoin approaches $10,000 a piece

27 November 2017 From the section Business comments Image copyright Getty Images Virtual currency Bitcoin is at a record high of $9,700 after jumping 4.5% so far on Monday. The move takes it to 20% above the level it stood at on Friday, according to the Luxembourg-based Bitcoin exchange, Bitstamp. It started the year at…