BT offers broadband for 99% of UK by 2020

BT offers broadband for 99% of UK by 2020

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some remote homes have struggled to get decent broadband connections BT has offered to provide the infrastructure for 99% of premises in the UK to get broadband speeds of at least 10 megabits per second by 2020. It means government-imposed rules to allow those living in remote areas to […]

Power firms alerted on hack attack scenarios

Power firms alerted on hack attack scenarios

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ukraine’s energy grid has been attacked twice by hackers Power firms around the world are being warned about how to spot if they are being targeted by hackers who shutdown parts of Ukraine’s electricity grid. The warnings have emerged from analysis of the malware used in an attack in Ukraine […]

Kasparov: ‘Embrace’ the AI revolution

Kasparov: ‘Embrace’ the AI revolution

Image caption Mr Kasparov’s message got a warm reception from the tech-savvy crowd at DefCon Humans should embrace the change smart machines offer society, says former chess world champion Garry Kasparov. In a speech at Def Con in Las Vegas he said the rise of artificially intelligent machines would not be a huge threat to […]

Deception tech helps to thwart hackers’ attacks

Deception tech helps to thwart hackers’ attacks

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption D-Day was aided by a massive disinformation campaign which fooled the Nazi high command In World War II, the Allies employed all kinds of sneaky tricks to deceive their enemies into thinking they had more troops and weapons at their disposal than they actually had. The camouflage techniques of […]

West Highlands worst for UK broadband

West Highlands worst for UK broadband

Image caption The parliamentary constituency that covers Skye was the worst in the UK for broadband The parliamentary constituency of Ross, Skye and Lochaber is the worst area in the UK for broadband, new figures show. A total of 65.6% of connections in the rural constituency were below the UK government’s proposed minimum standard of […]

Hackers ‘could make car wash attack’

Hackers ‘could make car wash attack’

Image copyright Youtube Image caption Researchers said they could make the car wash “strike anyone” using it Researchers say they have found a way to hack an internet-enabled carwash and make it “attack” users. They warned criminals could easily exploit the Laserwash car washes, making their doors close too early or their roller arms crush […]

Using cheap magnet, hacker beats protections on a "smart" handgun.

This week the world’s elite hackers are gathering in Las Vegas for Def Con, the largest underground hacking event of the year. The BBC’s North America technology reporter met a hacker who had circumvented protections on a handgun designed to make it impossible for unauthorised people to shoot. Cyber-hacks season: Smart gun hacked with cheap […]

Amazon’s race to make Alexa smarter

Amazon’s race to make Alexa smarter

Image copyright Amazon Image caption The recently released Echo Show is the range’s first to include a screen Amazon’s range of smart speakers and their artificial intelligence assistant Alexa have proved to be a huge sales hit. But the product is still a shadow of what the man in charge – Dave Limp – and […]

Gay ‘dad dating’ game is a surprise hit

A dating simulator that lets people flirt with gay, bisexual and trans “dream dads” has become a top-seller on the online game store Steam. The BBC’s Chris Foxx asked the co-creators of Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator why they wanted to build the title and whether it was based on stereotypes. Read and watch […]

BBC Three to show major e-sports tournament

BBC Three to show major e-sports tournament

Image copyright Gfinity Image caption Gfinity already holds e-sports events at its arena in west London The BBC is to broadcast a major e-sports tournament over the next six weeks. It will show coverage of the Gfinity Elite Series contest every weekend on BBC Three online. Some 160 gamers will compete in front of live […]