Internet pioneer Robert Taylor dies

Internet pioneer Robert Taylor dies

Image copyright Gardner Campbell/Wikipedia Image caption Robert Taylor helped bring about the creation of the internet One of the founding fathers of the internet, Robert Taylor, has died. While working at the Pentagon in the 1960s, he instigated the creation of Arpanet – a computer network that initially linked together four US research centres, and […]

Google takes Android search blow in Russia

Google takes Android search blow in Russia

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Google has struck a deal in Russia but is still fighting its case in the EU Google has promised to allow rivals’ search engines and apps to be pre-installed on phones running its versions of Android in Russia. The concession follows an out-of-court deal with the country’s competition watchdog. […]

Microsoft patched ‘NSA hack’ Windows flaws before leak

Microsoft patched ‘NSA hack’ Windows flaws before leak

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The leaks indicate the Swift bank transfer messaging system was compromised via third-party services Microsoft says it had already fixed software flaws linked to an alleged breach of the global banking system before they were exposed last week. On Friday, a group called the Shadow Brokers published details of […]

Hermes begins trial using self-driving robots in London

Hermes begins trial using self-driving robots in London

Image copyright SIMON BIRT Image caption Deliveries are carried in a compartment accessible via a code sent to the customer’s smartphone Courier company Hermes has announced a trial of self-driving robots in the London borough of Southwark. The six-wheeled robots from Starship Technologies will be used to collect parcels rather than deliver them. The project […]

Cleveland Ohio Facebook killer hunted by police

Cleveland Ohio Facebook killer hunted by police

Media captionThe suspect said he was looking for victims in a video posted on Facebook Police in Ohio are searching for a man who fatally shot a “random” victim and posted the footage on Facebook. The suspect, Steve Stephens, later said in a separate video post that he had killed 13 people and was looking […]

The woman whose phone ‘misdiagnosed HIV’

The woman whose phone ‘misdiagnosed HIV’

Image copyright Mozilla Image caption Women and girls in Kenya are three times more likely than men and boys to be ‘gifted’ a mobile phone but this may come with a price Esther sells water on the side of the road in Kenya for a few dollars a day. She also owns a smartphone and […]

Meet Tarzan – the robot designed to monitor crops

A robot designed to swing between cables suspended over crop rows to monitor plants has been developed by US university Georgia Tech. The prototype robot, called Tarzan, will gather information about the plants and send it to the farmer. The team plan to test Tarzan on a soybean farm later this year and believe it […]

Drones flying into prisons to be examined by new police team

Drones flying into prisons to be examined by new police team

Image copyright PA The Prison Service and police are to pool intelligence to stop drones flying drugs and mobile phones to prison inmates in England and Wales. They will forensically examine captured drones to try to find out who was flying them. The invention of easy-to-fly, remote-controlled aircraft has caused a huge security headache for […]

Can Toshiba escape fate of corporate Japan’s zombie hordes?

Can Toshiba escape fate of corporate Japan’s zombie hordes?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Another of Japan’s corporate behemoths faces the prospect of biting the dust Once a household name, Toshiba is now bleeding billions of dollars and frantically trying to reassure investors that it will not succumb to the kiss of death. But it also faces another fate: becoming the most high-profile […]

Industrial strategy ‘must help’ UK creative industries

Industrial strategy ‘must help’ UK creative industries

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The creative sector is said to support 2.9m jobs in the UK Creative companies are becoming increasingly important to the UK’s future economic success and should be at the heart of the government’s new industrial strategy, a trade body says. The Creative Industries Federation says film-making, music, advertising and […]