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, […]

Windows 7 hardest hit by WannaCry worm

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The WannaCry outbreak got started by infecting a small number of vulnerable machines The majority of machines hit by the WannaCry ransomware worm in the cyber-attack earlier this month were running Windows 7, security firms suggest. More than 97% of the infections seen by Kaspersky Lab and 66% of […]

Virtual rabbits ‘culled’ in Second Life

Image copyright Ozimals Thousands of rabbits have been “culled” in the Second Life virtual world. The web server sustaining them has been deactivated after a legal threat from a company claiming to have designed them. Added to Second Life in 2010, Ozimals bunnies were collectible pets that players could breed. Some owners had secured an […]

Bitcoin hits $2,000 trading high point

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bitcoin’s value has fluctuated sharply over the last four years The value of Bitcoin has hit a new high with each individual coin now worth more than $2,100 (£1,615). The valuation caps a strong month for the virtual currency, with its value growing by more than 65% in a […]

UK firm designs ‘world’s most affordable solar lamp’

Image copyright Inventid A UK design consultancy has teamed up with a giant Chinese manufacturer to produce what they say is the world’s most affordable solar lamp. Manchester-based firm Inventid designed the SM100 solar light, which retails for $5 (£3.85) in African countries. It was developed in collaboration with China’s Yingli and charity Solar Aid. […]

Leaks ‘expose peculiar Facebook moderation policy’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The guidelines Facebook uses to decide what users see are ‘confusing’ say staff How Facebook censors what its users see has been revealed by internal documents, the Guardian newspaper says. It said the manuals revealed the criteria used to judge if posts were too violent, sexual, racist, hateful or […]

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