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Hacking pioneer John Draper faces sex misconduct claims

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 […]

Tech to cut young drivers' insurance bills

Tech to cut young drivers' insurance bills

Image copyright Getty Images The cost of insuring a car has never been higher. For young people it is not uncommon to be quoted amounts in excess of £4000 a year – sometimes more than the car is actually worth. Not long ago, the only option for young drivers was “black box” insurance to help […]

UK seeks future cyber-security stars

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. […]

Gamers' anger halts Star Wars Battlefront II payments

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 […]

Cyberbullying: Mum's story of loss inspires prince to act

Cyberbullying: Mum's story of loss inspires prince to act

Image copyright PA Image caption Social media was Felix’s life, his mum Lucy Alexander says The Duke of Cambridge, inspired by a mother’s story of loss, has launched a code of conduct to beat cyberbullying. Lucy Alexander’s son, Felix, killed himself aged 17 after years of being bullied on social media. The prince, together with […]

Star Wars Battlefront II game faces further backlash

Star Wars Battlefront II game faces further backlash

Image copyright EA Games publisher EA has faced further criticism over its latest Star Wars game, Battlefront II. Many players were unhappy about the credits that unlock key Star Wars characters. The number required has now been reduced but so has the number that can be earned through gameplay. The alternative is to purchase them. […]

Facebook critic Max Schrems faces partial setback

Facebook critic Max Schrems faces partial setback

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Schrems has been involved in a series of complaints against Facebook since 2011 An Austrian privacy campaigner seeking to stop Facebook from transferring personal data out of the EU has been dealt a partial setback by one of Europe’s top law officers. Max Schrems has been told that […]

Huddle's 'highly secure' work tool exposed KPMG and BBC files

Huddle's 'highly secure' work tool exposed KPMG and BBC files

Image copyright Getty Images The BBC has discovered a security flaw in the office collaboration tool Huddle that led to private documents being exposed to unauthorised parties. A BBC journalist was inadvertently signed in to a KPMG account, with full access to private financial documents. Huddle is an online tool that lets work colleagues share […]

Apple fixes iPhone letter 'i' bug

Apple fixes iPhone letter 'i' bug

Image copyright APple Apple has addressed a glitch that caused some iPhones to unexpectedly start auto-correcting the letter “i” to a capital “A” and a question mark. The issue emerged when people updated their phones to version 11.1 of the iOS operating system. In a tweet, Apple said people could “fix it by installing the […]

Can a chatbot help you find love?

Can a chatbot help you find love?

Image copyright Getty Images I’ve been nervously chatting to Lara on the dating platform Match.com for two minutes. She’s flattered me about my age (“so young!”) and she says she’s going to take care of me. I like her already – but Lara is not real. She – or rather, it – is a chatbot, […]

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