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Machines v hackers

Machines v hackers

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Smart machines are helping businesses defend themselves against hackers There is a gaping hole in the digital defences that companies use to keep out cyber thieves. The hole is the global shortage of skilled staff that keeps security hardware running, analyses threats and kicks out intruders. Currently, the global […]

Premier League gets Kodi piracy court order

Premier League gets Kodi piracy court order

Image copyright EPA Image caption The Premier League says the court order will help it tackle piracy The Premier League has secured a court order to help tackle rights-infringing video streams of football matches via so-called Kodi set-top boxes. The order gives the league the means to have computer servers used to power the streams […]

Jaguar ad 'encouraged unsafe driving' rules watchdog

Jaguar ad 'encouraged unsafe driving' rules watchdog

Image copyright Jaguar Landrover Image caption The Jaguar XE’s infotainment system can show data from a Bluetooth-connected phone An advertorial article published in the Guardian about a new Jaguar car has been rebuked by the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). The regulator said the story was “irresponsible” because it was likely to encourage unsafe driving […]

Stress express

Stress express

Image copyright iStock Image caption Business travel can be stressful even at the best of times Travelling for business may sound glamorous, but it can actually be pretty stressful. Booking tickets and hotels, co-ordinating journey times, coping with queues and scrums for taxis, can all leave you frazzled before you’ve even entered the room to […]

Has wearable tech had its day?

Has wearable tech had its day?

Image copyright Nordic Walkers / Facebook With the clicking of poles and a determined stride, the Winchester Nordic Walking group is a distinctive sight as its members pound the Hampshire countryside. The day I bumped into them, all but one was using some form of fitness tracker. A few Fitbits, a Garmin smartwatch, a couple […]

IBM gives out-of-office patent to public

IBM gives out-of-office patent to public

Image caption People have been routinely using out-of-office systems for many years IBM has been granted a patent for its out-of-office email system but has promised that it won’t enforce it. The “invention”, officially recognised in January, is described by the digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) as “stupid patent of the month”. The […]

Bitcoin buyer

Bitcoin buyer

Drew Llewellyn bought his first Bitcoin in 2011. Over the years, he has paid up to £899 ($1,100) and as little as £14.70 ($18) for one Bitcoin, as the value of the digital currency has dramatically risen and crashed. But now, for the first time, one Bitcoin has topped the value of an ounce of […]

Love on the line?

Love on the line?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Do you know who you’re really flirting with online? It’s a Friday night and I’m about to meet a hot date I hooked up with on a dating app. But how do I know he’s really who he says he is? After all, online dating fraud is on the […]

Can Snapchat keep its young fans?

Can Snapchat keep its young fans?

Image copyright Snap Image caption There are now glasses for Snapchat, with a built-in camera As the owner of the Snapchat messaging app targets a valuation of about $24bn (£20bn), one question hangs in the air: will it stay cool? Users of the popular service are wondering how Snapchat might change as efforts to make […]

Londoner accidentally gets Uber to Croydon, via Bristol

Londoner accidentally gets Uber to Croydon, via Bristol

A man in London has ended up paying £467 for an Uber after accidentally going via Bristol. Aaron Wray, 18, was trying to get to Croydon from Brixton – both in London – on Sunday, in a journey that should have taken 30 minutes. But Uber claims he entered the wrong destination on the app […]