Uber and Volvo strike deal for 24,000 self-drive cars

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Volvo hopes to sell tens of thousands of vehicles to Uber under the deal Uber has struck a deal to buy up to 24,000 self-driving cars from Volvo. The agreement envisages that the pick-up service will purchase the vehicles over the course of three years beginning in 2019. Uber […]

Hacking pioneer John Draper faces sex misconduct claims

Image copyright Peter Fuller/Getty Images Image caption Mr Draper became famous after finding a way to make free phone calls in the US A lauded hacker and privacy campaigner has been accused of historic cases of sexual misconduct and harassment. John Draper – who uses the nickname Captain Crunch – is famous in part for […]

Hammond: Driverless cars will be on UK roads by 2021

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The chancellor admitted he had yet to experience a driverless car himself Driverless cars could be on UK roads within four years under government plans to invest in the sector. Chancellor Philip Hammond told the BBC the objective was to have “fully driverless cars” without a safety attendant on […]

UK seeks future cyber-security stars

Image copyright Matt Crypto Image caption Bletchley Park is host to a centre developing cyber-based lessons for school pupils A £20m initiative to get schoolchildren interested in cyber-security has been launched by the UK government. The Cyber Discovery programme is aimed at 15 to 18-year-olds and involves online and offline challenges themed around battling hackers. […]

Apple delays launch of smart speaker

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Apple first unveiled its HomePod smart speaker in June Apple is delaying the release of its HomePod smart speaker until 2018. The electronics giant said the device, which was due to be released in December this year, still needed development work. It said the HomePod would be ready to […]

Germany bans children’s smartwatches

Image copyright NCC Image caption The German telecoms regulator urged parents to destroy children’s smartwatches A German regulator has banned the sale of smartwatches aimed at children, describing them as spying devices. It had previously banned an internet-connected doll called, My Friend Cayla, for similar reasons. Telecoms regulator the Federal Network Agency urged parents who […]

Net filters help avoid dodgy domains

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption It can be hard for consumers to work out if sites they are visiting are legitimate A free service that helps stop consumers visiting websites known to be malicious has been set up by IBM and two other industry bodies. The Quad 9 service requires people to change the […]

Unilad Facebook account blocked

Image copyright Unilad/Facebook Facebook appears to have blocked an account for the hugely popular viral news website Unilad. The account which has 34 million followers and posts viral videos and news stories, appears to be inaccessible with any attempt to load the site’s Facebook page generating an error message. It is unclear why the account […]

Gamers’ anger halts Star Wars Battlefront II payments

Image copyright EA Games Games publisher EA has suspended in-game purchases in its latest Star Wars title Battlefront II, following criticism from players. Gamers had complained that unlocking popular characters such as Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader took too long unless they paid for credits. EA said in-game purchases would be halted because it did […]

Fullscreen ‘YouTube Red rival’ to close in January

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Comedian Grace Helbig had a talk show on Fullscreen Online talent management firm Fullscreen is closing the subscription video platform it set up last year to rival YouTube’s premium tier. The service promised to produce “higher quality” programmes featuring popular YouTube and social media stars. Fullscreen said it had […]