Rolls Royce develops propulsion system for flying taxi

Image copyright Rolls-Royce Image caption The EVTOL could carry four to five passengers for 500 miles, Rolls-Royce says Engine maker Rolls-Royce has designed a propulsion system for a flying taxi which it says could take to the skies as soon as early next decade. The British firm said it had drawn up plans for an […]

Twelve Russians charged with US 2016 election hack

Image copyright EPA The US Department of Justice has charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking Democratic officials in the 2016 US elections. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said the dozen accused used spear phishing emails and malicious software. He said the hackers also stole data on half a million voters from a state election […]

Facebook will not remove fake news – but will ‘demote’ it

Image copyright Reuters Facebook says it will not remove fake news from its platform because it does not violate its community standards. The social network is currently running an advertising campaign in the UK that declares “fake news is not our friend”. But it said publishers often had “very different points of view” and removing […]

Fake Twitter users: Celebrities lose followers amid crackdown

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Twitter has defended its decision, saying it will ‘build trust’ Some of the world’s biggest celebrities have lost millions of Twitter followers after the company cracked down on “locked” accounts. US singer Katy Perry, the most-followed user on Twitter, and Lady Gaga lost about 2.5 million followers. Barack Obama […]

YouTube blackout in middle of England match

Image copyright YouTube Image caption The service launched last year in the US US viewers watching the England v Croatia football World Cup semi-final on YouTube TV were left frustrated when the service went down in the middle of the match. The outage also disrupted viewing of a men’s quarter-final match at Wimbledon. YouTube apologised, […]

Stolen sensitive drone files sold on dark web

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tank tactics manuals were offered for sale from a separate source Sensitive documents about US military drones and manuals describing how to handle insurgents have been offered for sale on the dark web. Cyber-security company Recorded Future said some of the data had been stolen from a US Air Force […]

Cambridge Analytica staff set up new firm

Image copyright Auspex Image caption Ex CA employees promise Auspex will be an ethical consultancy Former staff from scandal-hit Cambridge Analytica (CA) have set up another data analysis company. Auspex International will be “ethically based” and offer “boutique geopolitical consultancy” services, according to its website. CA was shut down by its parent company, SCL Elections, […]

NHS still reliant on ‘archaic’ fax machines

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Doctors are using old-fashioned fax machines to communicate Hospitals are still reliant on “archaic” fax machines with thousands still in use, a survey shows. Senior doctors said the continued use of the outdated technology was “ludicrous”, and modern forms of communication were urgently needed. The poll, by the Royal […]

Facebook scandal: Who is selling your personal data?

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Facebook data scandal has led to close scrutiny of data brokers Offering handy parenting tips and £200 worth of vouchers, Emma’s Diary may have seemed like the perfect website for new parents to sign up to. But in exchange for free nappies, they also gave consent for their data […]

Apple employee ‘stole driverless car secrets’

Image copyright Reuters A former Apple employee has been accused of stealing the company’s self-driving car secrets and trying to flee to China with them. Xiaolang Zhang worked on Apple’s driverless car project but allegedly planned to move to Chinese autonomous vehicle start-up Xiaopeng Motors, the company says in court documents. He was arrested at […]