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Snapchat map update raises child safety worries

Snapchat map update raises child safety worries

Image copyright SNap Image caption Snap Map lets people track their friends An update to Snapchat that shows publicly posted images on a searchable map has raised safety concerns among parents. Snap Map lets people search for places such as schools and see videos and pictures posted by children inside. It also lets people locate […]

Router hack risk 'not limited to Virgin Media'

Router hack risk 'not limited to Virgin Media'

Image caption Virgin Media’s Super Hub 2 had a weak default password A weakness that left thousands of Virgin Media routers vulnerable to attack also affects devices by other providers, security experts suggest. Virgin Media’s Super Hub 2 was criticised for using short default passwords that could easily be cracked by attackers. But experts raised […]

'I lost my eye'

'I lost my eye'

Image copyright Francis Ahiale Image caption When Francis Ahiale lost his left eye in a work accident, an insurance payout helped him cope About two billion people have no insurance, but micro-payments via mobile phone are helping give low-income households the cover they need. When Francis Ahiale was trying to remove a car tyre from […]

WhatsApp rises as a major force in news media

WhatsApp rises as a major force in news media

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption WhatsApp is owned by Facebook, so its rise potentially gives its parent even more influence over the media WhatsApp is becoming one of the prevailing ways people discover and discuss news, according to a study. But use of the messaging app appears to vary widely between countries. In Malaysia, […]

Netflix lets children call TV shots

Netflix lets children call TV shots

Image copyright Netflix Image caption Children can decide which characters to interact with in a Puss in Book spin-off of the Shrek movies Netflix is launching two interactive children’s TV shows that let audiences determine the on-screen action. The animated programmes ask youngsters to choose between two options at several points in their plots. The […]

Grand theft auto

Grand theft auto

Image copyright Charles Henderson Image caption Charles Henderson found he still had smartphone access to his old car even though he’d sold it Charles Henderson loved his “awesome” convertible, particularly the fact that he could start, lock and unlock it remotely via his mobile phone. It was one of the first connected cars that synchronise […]

Legal threat shuts down GTA game toolkit

Legal threat shuts down GTA game toolkit

Image copyright Rockstar games Image caption The toolkit let people modify the basic elements of the GTA game Players of Grand Theft Auto are up in arms after legal threats forced the closure of a popular toolkit used to make add-ons or “mods” for the game. GTA creator Take-Two issued a “cease and desist” letter […]

Mobile operator Three fined over 999 call issue

Mobile operator Three fined over 999 call issue

Image copyright Three Mobile phone firm Three has been fined £1.9m for weaknesses in its system that is supposed to ensure anyone can make emergency calls at any time. A loss of service in 2016 revealed that uninterrupted access to emergency calls was vulnerable to a single technical problem, regulator Ofcom said. Its investigation concluded […]

Programmers who use spaces 'paid more'

Programmers who use spaces 'paid more'

Image copyright maciek905 Image caption Code can be easier to read when it is properly indented Computer programmers who use spaces as part of their coding earn $15,370 (£12,000) more per year than those who use tabs, a survey of developers has revealed. The survey found the salary difference stretched across different languages, countries and […]

NHS cyber-attack was 'launched from North Korea'

NHS cyber-attack was 'launched from North Korea'

Image copyright PA Image caption GCHQ can detect the work of hackers around the globe British security officials believe that hackers in North Korea were behind the cyber-attack that crippled parts of the NHS and other organisations around the world last month, the BBC has learned. Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) led the international […]

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