$100m prize fund offered for Fortnite game play

Image copyright Epic Image caption Epic Games is offering $100m prize fund for Fortnite players Publisher Epic Games has announced that it will be offering a prize pot of $100m (£74m) for Fortnite competitions. The prize fund has been set aside for the first year of competitive play of the the game due to start […]

F-35 stealth fighter sees first combat, in Israeli operation

Image copyright Israel Defense Forces Image caption Israel has ordered 50 F-35s The US-made F-35 stealth fighter has seen its first ever combat action, flying in an operation for the Israeli air force. The air force chief showed an image of jets over Beirut, Lebanon, and said the planes had “already attacked twice on two […]

Could smartphones replace bank branches?

Image copyright Getty Images Banks now send more than 16 text alerts every second in an indication of how much we now rely on smartphones rather than computers to manage our money. Some 512 million alerts were sent last year telling people their salary had been paid in or that they were heading into an […]

Sony takes controlling stake in EMI Music Publishing

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Alicia Keys’s songs are published by EMI Sony is buying a controlling stake in EMI Music Publishing, giving it control over two million songs by artists from Queen and Carole King to Alicia Keys and Pharrell Williams. The $2.3bn (£1.7bn) deal will make Sony the world’s biggest music publisher. […]

Apple Powerbeats headphones in ‘sweat-proof’ legal action

Image copyright BeatsbyDre Image caption The Powerbeats headphones’ advertising showed images of people using them while working up a sweat A US judge has ruled legal action against Apple over its Powerbeats headphones can go ahead “in part”. Seven customers, from various US cities, say the headphones do not hold their charge for as long […]

Greenwich University fined £120,000 for data breach

Image copyright University of Greenwich The University of Greenwich has been fined £120,000 ($160,000) by the Information Commissioner. The fine was for a security breach in which the personal data of 19,500 students was placed online. The data included names, addresses, dates of birth, phone numbers, signatures and – in some cases – physical and […]

Children’s phone data exposed on cloud server

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Teensafe app monitors calls, texts and web browsing The Apple and Android IDs of more than 10,000 children were left unprotected on Amazon cloud servers for months, reports ZDNet. The data was found on one server run by Teensafe, which makes an app parents can use to monitor […]

‘Sharenting’ puts young at risk of online fraud

Image copyright Getty Images “Sharenting” – where parents share personal information about their children on social media – is the “weakest link” in risking online fraud and identity theft, warns Barclays. The bank says parents are compromising their children’s future financial security with so much online sharing. Barclays forecasts by 2030 it could cost almost […]

U-turn over Facebook chief’s EU meeting

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Zuckerberg previously answered two days of questions from US lawmakers In a change of plan, the public will be able to watch Mark Zuckerberg’s response to European Parliament leaders’ privacy concerns. The body’s president, Antonio Tajani, has tweeted that tomorrow’s 75-minute meeting would be livestreamed. Earlier, news that […]

Smart luggage firms close because of airline battery rules

Image copyright Raden Two smart luggage firms have closed in May, with both blaming changes to airline policies regarding how lithium batteries can be taken on board planes. Raden and Bluesmart said the changes, by several major airlines in December 2017, had made business impossible. The new rules meant that luggage batteries had to be […]