Police shoot dead man after alleged Call of Duty ‘swatting’ hoax

Police shoot dead man after alleged Call of Duty ‘swatting’ hoax

Media caption‘Swatting’ call released: “I shot him in the head and he’s not breathing any more.” A man has been arrested after an alleged “swatting” prank call led to police shooting dead a 28-year-old man. Andrew Finch was shot at his front door on 28 December in Wichita, Kansas. Police surrounded the home after receiving […]

Apple apologises for slowing older iPhones down

Apple apologises for slowing older iPhones down

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The company has announced a range of measures to “regain the trust” of customers Apple has apologised after facing criticism for admitting it deliberately slows down some ageing iPhone models. The company now says it will replace batteries for less and will issue software in 2018 so customers can monitor […]

John McAfee says his Twitter account was hacked

John McAfee says his Twitter account was hacked

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr McAfee has attracted several controversies in his long career John McAfee has said his Twitter account was hacked and used to promote lesser-known crypto-currencies. The cyber-security pioneer has rebuffed suggestions that the alleged incident undermined his own credentials saying: “I have no control over Twitter’s security”. But he […]

Apple to release source code for pre-Mac computer Lisa

Apple to release source code for pre-Mac computer Lisa

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Lisa was generally regarded as a flop for Apple The source code for Apple’s Lisa, the computer that pre-dated the Mac, is to be released, allowing anyone to tinker with an important slice of IT history. The Computer History Museum (CHM) announced that it had recovered the code and […]

Failed satellite programmed with ‘wrong co-ordinates’

Failed satellite programmed with ‘wrong co-ordinates’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The rocket carrying the satellite and other equipment launched from Vostochny cosmodrome The loss of a multi-million pound weather mapping satellite was due to programming errors, the Russian deputy prime minister has said. Dmitry Rogozin said Meteor-M had been programmed for take-off from a different space station. Speaking to […]

Troll alert tool banned by Twitter

Troll alert tool banned by Twitter

Image copyright Getty Images Twitter has shut down a crowd-sourced effort to expose fake accounts posting racist messages on the social network. The Imposter Buster bot automatically replied to tweets posted by fake accounts, to warn other people. However, Twitter suspended the bot after a large number of “spam complaints” were filed against it, according […]

Tech 2017: BBC News Online’s biggest technology stories

Tech 2017: BBC News Online’s biggest technology stories

Image copyright Getty Images/Reuters For many, 2017 will be defined by fake news and the fight-back against it. Others will point to the blog that uncovered sexism and sexual harassment at Uber, helping force the resignation of the ride-hailing firm’s founder and paving the way for other controversies to be uncovered. Gamers may prefer instead […]

Workplace robots could increase inequality, warns IPPR

Workplace robots could increase inequality, warns IPPR

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The IPPR said robots would not take all our jobs, but could increase pay inequality The government must intervene to stop automation driving up wage inequality, a think tank has warned. The Institute for Public Policy Research said robots would not necessarily be bad for the economy. However, it […]

Vietnam army hires censors to fight ‘internet chaos’

Vietnam army hires censors to fight ‘internet chaos’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Vietnam’s young population has helped boost the popularity of social media The Vietnamese military has built up a force of more than 10,000 internet censors, according to local reports. A People’s Army leader is quoted as having said that the “cyber-troops” had been tasked with tackling “wrongful views” and […]

Edward Snowden’s Haven app ‘catches spies’

Edward Snowden’s Haven app ‘catches spies’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Edward Snowden has lived in exile in Russia since 2013 and does not carry a mobile phone US whistle-blower Edward Snowden has helped create an Android app designed to protect the possessions of journalists and human rights defenders. The software uses sensors – including a phone’s camera, microphone, gyroscope […]

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