School bomb hoax suspect arrested in US

Image copyright ReutersImage caption LA’s airport was one target for the Apophis hacker group An American man accused of deluging schools and Los Angeles’s airport with hoax bomb threats has been arrested. Timothy Dalton Vaughn is suspected of being part of the Apophis Squad hacker group that was allegedly behind the pranking spree. One member […]

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Apple to investigate Saudi app

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption The app makes it easier for men to prevent women from travelling, human rights group claim A Saudi Arabian app that can be used to track women and prevent them from travelling will be investigated by Apple, its chief executive has said. In an interview with NPR, Tim Cook said […]

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Elon Musk named as Twitter boss favourite

Image copyright Getty/ReutersImage caption Mr Musk (left) is Mr Dorsey’s favourite, despite some rather controversial tweets Elon Musk has been named as Twitter boss Jack Dorsey’s favourite tweeter in an interview about how to tackle abuse. The singling out of the Tesla boss has raised eyebrows because Mr Musk’s tweets have often proved controversial. One […]

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Overwatch and Call Of Duty maker to cut 800 jobs

Image copyright Activision Blizzard Video games publisher Activision Blizzard has announced it will lay off about 800 people, despite reporting record revenue in 2018. The company made $7.5bn (£5.8bn) last year, up from about $7bn in 2017. Its chief executive, Bobby Kotick, said the results were “the best in our history” but did not “realise […]

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MPs immerse themselves in VR questions

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Virtual reality is being integrated into a range of industries but remains unregulated, MPs heard Experts have called for more regulation of immersive technologies such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). It comes as UK MPs open an inquiry into the effects of such technologies on individuals and […]

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Ordnance Survey to launch mapping drone

Image copyright Ordnance Survey Mapping organisation Ordnance Survey plans to launch a solar-powered drone to capture higher quality images of the Earth. Its Astigan craft will fly higher than commercial airliners at 67,000 ft (20,400m), and could circle the Earth for 90 days before it needs to land. It will collect images and data for […]

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Russia plans to ‘unplug’ from internet

Image copyright ReutersImage caption The net independence plan is seen as a way for Russia’s government to get more control over online life Russia is planning to briefly disconnect from the internet as part of planning for a future cyber-war. The test will mean data passing between Russian citizens and organisations stays inside the nation […]

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Paris to sue Airbnb over ‘illegal ads’

Image copyright Getty Images The city of Paris is suing Airbnb for €12.5m (£11m) over 1,000 adverts for what it says are illegal rentals. Homeowners in the city can rent out their properties for only 120 days per year. They must register themselves as a business and display their registration number on any advertising. Under […]

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Trump’s wall: Mind the gaps

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: Nick Kwek toured the border dividing the US state of Arizona and Mexico’s Sonora “We gotta get outta here!” cries Agent Daniel Hernandez of US Border Patrol. Moments earlier a hurled rock from over the fence whacked the tin roof next to us with an almighty […]

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