Subtitling systems contain ‘widespread’ security threat

Image copyright 123foto Image caption Media players treat subtitle files as trusted sources potentially letting attackers exploit them Film fans could be vulnerable to attack by hackers who hide malicious code inside files that provide subtitles, a security firm has warned. Checkpoint Software found loopholes in the way four popular media players handle subtitles. Poor […]

Theresa May: Online extremism ‘must be tackled’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Theresa May will urge world leaders to do more to combat online extremism, saying the fight against so-called Islamic State is “moving from the battlefield to the internet”. Speaking about counter-terrorism at the G7 summit in Sicily, the PM will say more pressure should be put on tech companies to […]

Nokia 3310 sparks wave of nostalgia as it goes on sale

Media captionRory Cellan-Jones swaps his smartphone for a retro Nokia 3310 The rebooted Nokia 3310 has gone on sale, nearly 17 years after the original made its debut. The phone, which has a two megapixel camera and relies on 2.5G connectivity to offer only limited internet access, is being sold for £49.99. The battery is […]

Google plans to track credit card spending

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Google can use location data to close the gap between the physical and digital worlds although users can block this Google is planning to track billions of credit and debit card sales to compare online ad clicks with money spent offline. Google Attribution will allow advertisers to see whether […]

Just A Baby app matches hopeful parents

A new dating app lets people search for sperm and egg donors, surrogate mothers and lovers. The makers of Just A Baby say anybody who wants to have a child can sign up, and hope it will be useful for single people, same-sex couples or people who have not had a child but want one. […]

Samsung S8 ‘eye security’ fooled by photo

Image copyright ccc Samsung’s eye-scanning security technology, used on the new Galaxy S8 smartphone, has been fooled with a photograph and a contact lens. The iris-scanner can be used to unlock the phone simply by looking at it, which Samsung says provides “airtight security”. But researchers at Chaos Computer Club had easily tricked the device […]

Microsoft launches new Surface Pro

Image copyright Microsoft Image caption The new Surface Pro keyboard has a similar fabric finish to the Surface laptop Microsoft has launched a “faster, more powerful” Surface Pro tablet, with a battery life of 13.5 hours. The device, which weighs 770g (1.69lb) and has a 31cm (12.3in) screen, will cost from $799 in the US […]

Apple and Nokia to ‘co-operate’ after settling patent row

Image copyright PA Apple and Nokia have settled a dispute over the use of patented technology in smartphones and agreed to “co-operate”. In December, Nokia sued Apple claiming the company had breached 32 technology patents covering displays, user interfaces and video encoding. The two companies have now signed a deal allowing Apple to use the […]

Google’s AI takes on champion in fresh Go challenge

Google’s AI takes on champion in fresh Go challenge

Image copyright Google Image caption The game is being analysed and live-streamed on YouTube Google DeepMind’s AI system, AlphaGo, has won the first of three matches it is playing against the world’s number one Go player, Ke Jie. It follows its historic win against Lee Se-dol last year, described by experts as a breakthrough moment […]

Amazon adds live TV channels to Prime Video

Image copyright Amazon Image caption Amazon is adding live TV to Prime Video Amazon has announced it will offer live television channels via its Prime Video service, for an extra fee. People will be able to subscribe to popular channels such as Discovery and Eurosport individually, without paying for a bundle of channels. Until now, […]