AlphaBay and Hansa dark web markets shut down

Image copyright US Department of Justice Image caption AlphaBay went offline earlier this month Two of the largest dark web marketplaces have been shut down following a “landmark” international law enforcement investigation. The AlphaBay and Hansa sites had been associated with the trade in illicit items such as drugs, weapons, malware and stolen data. Police […]

Bitcoin swings as civil war looms

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bitcoin’s value has dipped and soared as opinion about whether it will split has shifted The value of the virtual currency Bitcoin has always been volatile. Even so, there has been particular turbulence in recent days as fears of a “civil war” among its adherents first grew and then […]

Google Maps adds the International Space Station

Image copyright Google Image caption Street View allows users to move around 17 different areas in the space station The International Space Station has become the first “off planet” addition to Google Maps’ Street View facility. Astronauts helped capture 360-degree panoramas of the insides of the ISS modules, as well as views down to the […]

OnePlus admits 911 emergency call glitch

Image copyright AFP Image caption Chief executive Pete Lau with the OnePlus 5 Phonemaker OnePlus has admitted a glitch in some of its devices prevented people making calls to the emergency services. The issue was highlighted on Reddit, where a customer showed their OnePlus 5 phone restarting when a 911 emergency call was placed. Others […]

Meet Rob Spence, the film-maker with the camera eye

Rob Spence is a film-maker who is blind in one eye. Nine years ago he replaced his eye with a tiny video camera. The camera is not connected to his optic nerve but sends its footage to a receiver. He has used his camera eye to record segments for a mini documentary about cyborgs – […]

Google to add ‘news feed’ to website and app

Image copyright Google Image caption A continuous feed of news articles, videos and websites will appear on the Google homepage Google is adding a personalised Facebook-style news feed to its homepage – Google.com -to show users content they may be interested in before they search. It will display news stories, features, videos and music chosen […]

Instagram tops cyber-bullying study

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption A life led online can cause young people to feel anxious, inadequate and afraid suggests new report Research from anti-bullying charity Ditch the Label suggests social media is making youngsters more anxious. Forty per cent said they felt bad if nobody liked their selfies and 35% said their confidence was […]

Virgin complaint bans Sky broadband ad

Virgin complaint bans Sky broadband ad

Image copyright Sky Sky has had another TV broadband advert banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) following a complaint from rival Virgin Media. The advert featured the cast of The Secret Life of Pets, with one dog becoming frustrated with its broadband connectivity. Virgin Media challenged a claim in the ad that Sky broadband […]

Social networks ‘lead to anxiety and fear in young’

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption A life led online can cause young people to feel anxious, inadequate and afraid suggests new report Research from anti-bullying charity Ditch the Label suggests social media is making youngsters more anxious. Forty per cent said they felt bad if nobody liked their selfie and 35% said their confidence was […]

Google Glass smart eyewear returns

Image copyright Google Image caption Glass Enterprise Edition will be sold by software developers who have partnered with Google Google is to sell a revamped version of its smart glasses to businesses, more than two years after the original version of the product was cancelled. The company said Glass Enterprise Edition had improved battery life […]

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