Google removes cupcake calorie counter from Maps

Google removes cupcake calorie counter from Maps

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some users did not want to be told how many cakes they had walked Google has decided to remove an update to Maps that shows users how many calories they would burn if they walked to their destination. It follows what the search giant described as “strong user feedback” […]

UK TV drama about North Korea hit by cyber-attack

UK TV drama about North Korea hit by cyber-attack

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kim Jong-un’s officials described Opposite Number as being “slanderous” North Korean hackers targeted a British television company making a drama about the country, it has emerged. The series – due to be written by an Oscar-nominated screenwriter – has been shelved. In August 2014, Channel 4 announced what it […]

Wi-fi security flaw ‘puts devices at risk of hacks’

Wi-fi security flaw ‘puts devices at risk of hacks’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Most wi-fi devices could be at risk The wi-fi connections of businesses and homes around the world are at risk, according to researchers who have revealed a major flaw dubbed Krack. It concerns an authentication system which is widely used to secure wireless connections. Experts said it could leave […]

Huawei Mate 10 uses AI to distinguish cats from dogs

Huawei Mate 10 uses AI to distinguish cats from dogs

Image caption The phone takes account of the fact cats’ eyes are more reflective than dogs’ Huawei says it has given its latest smartphones advanced object-recognition capabilities to help them take better photos than the competition. The Chinese company says the artificial intelligence-based technology can even distinguish between cats and dogs in a split-second, allowing […]

Why Pinterest boss Tim Kendall takes a daily ice bath

Why Pinterest boss Tim Kendall takes a daily ice bath

Image caption Pinterest president Tim Kendall When you think of the giants of Silicon Valley, Pinterest may not immediately spring to mind. But with 200 million active users and a recent valuation of $12.3bn (£9bn), the platform that started out in 2012 as a quirky online scrapbook has quietly become a hot commodity for advertisers […]

40 years since the launch of the Atari 2600

40 Years ago, video games changed forever with the launch of the Atari 2600. The iconic console would go on to sell 30 million units in its lifetime and make Atari a household name. 40 years since the launch of the Atari 2600

Microwave breakthrough helps boost hard drive sizes

Microwave breakthrough helps boost hard drive sizes

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Web giants and large firms rely on cheap hard drives to store information in data centres The data-storing abilities of hard drives could soon swell to 40 terabytes (TB) and beyond, says Western Digital. Currently the largest hard disk drive (HDD) that stores data on spinning disks can hold about […]

US voices frustration with ‘warrant-proof’ encryption

US voices frustration with ‘warrant-proof’ encryption

Image copyright Reuters The US deputy attorney general says the use of “warrant-proof encryption” in popular apps and operating systems, is hampering law enforcement. Several apps encrypt communications end-to-end, which stop messages being legible if intercepted by criminals or law enforcement. In a speech, Rod Rosenstein said law enforcers were increasingly thwarted by such encryption. […]

Equifax removes webpage after malware issue

Equifax removes webpage after malware issue

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The massive data breach affects even more UK customers than first admitted Equifax has taken down a customer help web page amid concerns over malware linked to the site. The firm said it took down the link for credit report assistance “out of an abundance of caution”. The problem did […]

Branson’s Virgin Group invests in Hyperloop One

Branson’s Virgin Group invests in Hyperloop One

Image copyright Virgin Image caption Hyperloop One claims its pod-based system is more “sustainable” than current transport options The Virgin investment group has taken an undisclosed stake in Hyperloop One, one of several companies trying to create a pod-based transport system. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Virgin’s founder, Sir Richard Branson, […]

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