Skin betting: 500,000 children gamble every week, Gambling Commission warns

Skin betting: 500,000 children gamble every week, Gambling Commission warns

Image caption University student Ryan Archer’s love of gaming spiralled into gambling when he was 15 About half a million children and young people gamble every week, a Gambling Commission report is expected to show. The regulator has warned that children as young as 11 are using so-called skin betting websites, which let players gamble […]

Apple Shazam: Why is the US company buying the music app?

Apple Shazam: Why is the US company buying the music app?

Image copyright Shazam Image caption London-based Shazam originally required users to dial a number and play a song down a phone line before it became an app Scan your eyes over Apple’s just-published list of the year’s most popular iPhone apps, and there’s one notable omission: Shazam. In fact, it’s been a while since the […]

HP laptops found to have hidden keylogger

HP laptops found to have hidden keylogger

Image copyright HP Image caption Hundreds of HP laptop models were affected Hidden software that can record every letter typed on a computer keyboard has been discovered pre-installed on hundreds of HP laptop models. Security researcher Michael Myng found the keylogging code in software drivers preinstalled on HP laptops to make the keyboard work. HP […]

Facebook: Jokes ‘no excuse’ for harassment

Facebook: Jokes ‘no excuse’ for harassment

Image copyright Stephen Lam Facebook has published its internal workplace harassment policy in part to help other companies, chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg has said. The policy’s definitions of harassment include unwelcome sexual advances, threats, insensitive jokes and innuendo. It states that it is no defence to pass off an offensive comment as a joke […]

Apple ‘to buy Shazam for $400m’

Apple ‘to buy Shazam for $400m’

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 100 million monthly […]

Paddington 2: The challenges of making the film

Framestore’s animation director, Pablo Grillo, tells BBC Click about how they made the visual effects featured in Paddington 2. See more at Click’s website and @BBCClick. Paddington 2: The challenges of making the film

Bitcoin: ‘I’m part of a crazy wave’

Bitcoin: ‘I’m part of a crazy wave’

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 for money launderers and drug dealers, it has recently become as commonplace a […]

Calls for Twitch to police ‘sexual streaming’

Calls for Twitch to police ‘sexual streaming’

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 site. Scattered among the artists, cooks and professional eaters are […]

Apple HomeKit flaw left smart gadgets vulnerable

Apple HomeKit flaw left smart gadgets vulnerable

Image copyright Getty Images Apple has fixed a security flaw in its HomeKit system that could have let unauthorised people control smart home gadgets such as door locks and lights. The bug appeared in the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system iOS 11.2, and could have let criminals unlock internet-connected doors. A researcher disclosed […]

Spotify and Tencent Music buy stake in each other

Spotify and Tencent Music buy stake in each other

Image caption UK pop star Dua Lipa was one of Spotify’s most-streamed artists this year Two of the world’s most popular online music streaming services are buying shares in one another. Spotify and China’s Tencent Music Entertainment will buy minority stakes in each other, the companies have said. Neither the value of the deal nor […]