TED 2019: How to kill a zombie rumour and fix Facebook

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Zombie rumours – false stories that refuse to die – are proliferating online From so-called zombie rumours – viral online stories that refuse to die – to the difference between misinformation and fake news, much of the talk at TED 2019 has been about the need to improve online […]

Samsung Galaxy Fold launch events delayed in China

Image caption The Samsung Galaxy Fold is supposed to be released on 26 April Samsung has postponed two launch events for its folding smartphone, days after several early reviewers said the screens on their devices had broken. In April, Samsung let several reviewers, including the BBC, try its new Galaxy Fold smartphone. But some found […]

An alternative way to capture childhood on your phone

Parents are desperate to record childhood memories and the smartphone has allowed them to do this like never before. But what is the best way to go about it? If all the videos you took of your children growing up were damaged and you could keep only the pictures or the sound, which would it […]

Millions using 123456 as password, security study finds

Image copyright AFP Image caption Liverpool FC topped the list of Premier League club names used as passwords Millions of people are using easy-to-guess passwords on sensitive accounts, suggests a study. The analysis by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) found 123456 was the most widely-used password on breached accounts. The study helped to […]

Hacking ‘hero’ Marcus Hutchins pleads guilty to US malware charges

Image copyright Getty Images A British man hailed as a hero for stopping a global cyber-attack that was threatening the NHS has pleaded guilty to US malware charges. Marcus Hutchins, 24, has pleaded guilty to two charges related to writing malware – or malicious software – court documents show. Writing on his website, Hutchins said […]

TED 2019: The start-ups launching in space

Image copyright Rocket Lab Image caption Rocket Lab has had five successful launches from a base in New Zealand Peter Beck is a space entrepreneur with a rocket and launch pad in New Zealand that has permission for flights “every 72 hours for the next 30 years”. The 25 satellites his firm Rocket Lab has […]

Facebook scraped email contacts of 1.5 million users

Image copyright Reuters Facebook “unintentionally” uploaded the email contacts of more than 1.5 million users without asking permission to do so, the social network has admitted. The data harvesting happened via a system used to verify the identity of new members, Facebook asked new users to supply the password for their email account, and took […]

TED 2019: The online campaign that ended a beard ban

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Workers wanted the right to have “a neatly trimmed beard” Three years ago workers at US grocery chain Publix began an online campaign to reverse a ban on facial hair. Seventeen-year-old Brandon Wesley started his Let Us Have Beards campaign on coworker.org, a platform aimed at giving workers who […]

Samsung’s folding phone breaks for reviewers

Image copyright Samsung Image caption Samsung’s folding phone was shown off for the first time earlier this year Earlier this week, Samsung sent out its remarkable new folding smartphone to a number of media outlets, including the BBC. Perhaps now it wishes it hadn’t. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman: Skip Twitter post by @markgurman End of Twitter […]