Galileo sat-nav system experiences service outage

Image copyright PA Europe’s satellite-navigation system, Galileo, has suffered a major outage. The network has been offline since Friday due to what has been described as a “technical incident related to its ground infrastructure”. The problem means all receivers, such as the latest smartphone models, will not be picking up any useable timing or positional […]

‘My son spent £3,160 in one game’

Image copyright Getty Images This week we told the story of the family whose children emptied their parents’ bank account buying players in the video game Fifa. It generated a big debate about whether parental controls are sufficient, how much responsibility lies with mum and dad – and the ethics of encouraging young players to […]

Facebook ‘to be fined $5bn over Cambridge Analytica scandal’

Media captionHow the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal unfolded US regulators have approved a record $5bn (£4bn) fine on Facebook to settle an investigation into data privacy violations, reports in US media say. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been investigating allegations that political consultancy Cambridge Analytica improperly obtained the data of up to 87 million […]

Cambridge Analytica: ‘US regulators approve $5bn Facebook fine’

Media captionHow the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal unfolded US regulators have approved a record $5bn (£4bn) fine on Facebook to settle an investigation into data privacy violations, reports in US media say. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been investigating allegations that political consultancy Cambridge Analytica improperly obtained the data of up to 87 million […]

Google probes leak of smart speaker recordings

Image copyright PA Media Image caption Recordings of rows and confidential data were found in the leaked information Google is investigating how 1,000 conversations recorded by one of its smart speakers were leaked. Belgian broadcaster VRT exposed the recordings made by Google Home devices in Belgium and the Netherlands. The search giant said the recordings […]

Bombardier wing makers win top engineering award

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The A220, formerly the CSeries, has carbon composite wings approximately 10% lighter than the metal equivalent A Belfast-based team of aerospace designers has won a top engineering award for its work on an eco-friendly jet wing. The Bombardier working group received the Royal Academy of Engineering’s MacRobert Award for its […]

Automated facial recognition trials backed by home secretary

Image copyright Getty Images Home Secretary Sajid Javid has given his backing to the police in their trials of facial recognition cameras. The surveillance software, which is designed to help spot suspects in public spaces, has been trialled by several forces, including the Met. Civil liberties campaigners have criticised the technology, which is the subject […]

Social media used by fraudsters to advertise benefit scam

Image caption Scam victim Sophie Vickery says comments on social media encouraged her to go ahead with the application Fraudsters are using social media to promote a scam exploiting loopholes in the welfare benefit Universal Credit. BBC News has found Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat pages plugging the scam, which can leave victims owing hundreds. Separately, […]

Google’s DeepMind goes undercover to battle gamers

Image copyright Blizzard Image caption AlphaStar can play as any one of Starcraft II’s three races Gamers in Europe are being invited to take on a bot developed by some of the world’s leading artificial intelligence researchers. But there’s a twist: players will not be told when they have been pitted against it. The tests […]

Apple Watch bug allowed iPhone eavesdropping

Image copyright Apple Apple has disabled the Walkie-Talkie app on the Apple Watch, because of a flaw that let users eavesdrop on other people’s iPhones. The Walkie-Talkie app let two people who had accepted an invitation send and receive short audio messages. But Apple said it had been “made aware” of a flaw that “could […]