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Tim Cook required to fly only by private jet

Tim Cook required to fly only by private jet

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Apple requires its chief executive Tim Cook to use only private jets for personal safety Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook has been ordered by the firm to use only private jets for both business and personal transport. In documents filed with the US markets regulator, Apple said the policy […]

Edward Snowden's Haven app 'catches spies'

Edward Snowden's Haven app 'catches spies'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Edward Snowden has lived in exile in Russia since 2013 and does not carry a mobile phone US whistle-blower Edward Snowden has helped create an Android app designed to protect the possessions of journalists and human rights defenders. The software uses sensors – including a phone’s camera, microphone, gyroscope […]

Apple changes rules on app 'loot boxes'

Apple changes rules on app 'loot boxes'

Image copyright EA Image caption Battlefront II was changed to remove a way to pay for loot crates and rewards Apple has changed the rules around how games on its app store use loot boxes. These boxes are random rewards for gameplay and often give players benefits and power-ups that can be used in games. […]

The glitch that stole Christmas: How to handle smart tech gifts

The glitch that stole Christmas: How to handle smart tech gifts

Image copyright Getty Images Although the rush to connect everything from toys to toothbrushes, cars to sex toys, and any number of household appliances to the internet, seems inexorable, there is little regulation protecting your cyber-security. Not surprising then that there has been a raft of stories this year highlighting the vulnerabilities that are coming […]

Can your online reputation be bleached?

Can your online reputation be bleached?

Image copyright Science Photo Library Are companies “bleaching” their online reputations clean? Legislation that protects websites from lawsuits is cleansing negative comments from online forums, BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours has been told. Companies that threaten Section 5 defamation notices say they are a legitimate defence against false statements. But one forum claims they […]

Medical marvels

Medical marvels

Image copyright Tanusree Chaudhuri Image caption Tanusree Chaudhuri (centre) with two of her remote-working research colleagues Tanusree Chaudhuri, 34, was pregnant with her first child when her supervisor told her she would have to give up her dreams. She was doing a doctorate in computational biology and aspired to improve people’s health. “He told me […]

Bitcoin slump sees trades suspended on certain exchanges

Bitcoin slump sees trades suspended on certain exchanges

Image copyright Getty Images Bitcoin plunged on Friday, extending a fall that saw the crypto-currency lose more than a third of its value from a record of nearly $20,000 (£15,000). The crypto-currency’s price dipped below $11,000 on Friday, according to the Coindesk exchange website, before recovering to about $12,000. Amid the swing, three Bitcoin-related exchanges […]

Facebook strikes music deal with Universal

Facebook strikes music deal with Universal

Image copyright Getty Images Facebook has reached a licensing agreement with a major music label that will allow users to post and share music on the social media network. The global, multi-year deal with Universal Music Group (UMG) addresses copyright issues raised by unauthorised use of its artists’ material. The firms also said they were […]

GCHQ says cyber-spies 'over-achieved' say MPs

GCHQ says cyber-spies 'over-achieved' say MPs

Image copyright PA Image caption GCHQ can detect the work of hackers around the globe The UK has substantially increased its hacking capabilities in recent years, an official report says. This includes the ability to attack other country’s communications, weapons systems and even infrastructure. The details were revealed in the annual report of the Intelligence […]

Facebook grilled on Britain First page by MPs

Facebook grilled on Britain First page by MPs

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Yvette Cooper read out a series of abusive threats made to MPs on Twitter Facebook has said it is reviewing the future of Britain First’s profile page, following the removal of its leaders’ pages from Twitter. The social network said it was “very cautious” about removing political speech. The details […]