Apple tackles iPhone one-tap spyware flaws

Apple tackles iPhone one-tap spyware flaws

Image copyright AP Image caption The texts had been sent to human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor Flaws in Apple’s iOS operating system have been discovered that made it possible to install spyware on a target’s device merely by getting them to click on a link. The discovery was made after a human rights lawyer alerted […]

WhatsApp users to receive adverts

WhatsApp users to receive adverts

Image copyright AP WhatsApp says it will begin sharing more data with Facebook and will start letting some companies send messages to users. It is the first time the company has changed its privacy policy since the firm was bought by Facebook in 2014. WhatsApp will now share users’ phone numbers with the social network, […]

Microsoft Excel blamed for gene study errors

Microsoft Excel blamed for gene study errors

Image copyright ALFRED PASIEKA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Microsoft’s Excel has been blamed for errors in academic papers on genomics. Researchers trying to raise awareness of the issue claim that the spreadsheet software automatically converts the names of certain genes into dates. Gene symbols like SEPT2 (Septin 2) were found to be altered to “September 2”. However, […]

Lawnmower prompts Northern Lights alert

Lawnmower prompts Northern Lights alert

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The aurora is caused by the interaction of charged particles from the Sun with the Earth’s magnetic field A lawnmower has been blamed for wrongly triggering sensors that predict when the Northern Lights will be visible in the UK. A red alert issued via the Aurora Watch mailing list was […]

Italy quake rescuers ask locals to unlock their wi-fi

Media captionDrone shows extent of Italy quake destruction Rescue teams searching for earthquake survivors in central Italy have asked locals to unlock their wi-fi passwords. The Italian Red Cross says residents’ home networks can assist with communications during the search for survivors. On Wednesday a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck central Italy and killed more than […]

Uber adds advance bookings in London

Uber adds advance bookings in London

Image copyright Reuters Transport app Uber has allowed customers in London to book journeys up to 30 days in advance. Until now, passengers could order a car only when they were ready to ride. Passengers may still be charged a higher “surge price” at the time of their scheduled ride if there is high demand […]

Mower prompts Northern Lights alert

Mower prompts Northern Lights alert

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The aurora is caused by the interaction of charged particles from the Sun with the Earth’s magnetic field A lawnmower has been blamed for wrongly triggering sensors that predict when the Northern Lights will be visible in the UK. A red alert issued via the Aurora Watch mailing list was […]

Asian companies have world’s worst cybersecurity says study

Asian companies have world’s worst cybersecurity says study

Image copyright Thinkstock Many Asian organisations are badly defended against cyber-attacks, a year-long investigation by US security company Mandiant indicates. The median time between a breach and its discovery was 520 days, it says. That is three times the global average. Asia was also 80% more likely to be targeted by hackers than other parts […]

Apple accused of iPhone 6 ‘touch disease’ defect

Apple accused of iPhone 6 ‘touch disease’ defect

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus first went on sale nearly two years ago Apple has been accused of failing to address a “design flaw” said to be causing many iPhone 6 and 6S handsets’ screens to flicker and become unresponsive to touch. The repair specialist iFixit published a […]

Why Pokemon Go may have passed its peak

Why Pokemon Go may have passed its peak

Image copyright Press Association Image caption Pokemon Go broke week-one App Store records, according to Apple It is quite possibly the biggest gaming phenomenon of the smartphone age – but is Pokemon Go’s popularity dwindling? Since the augmented-reality app launched in July, Pokemon Go has swept up gamers in a craze of monster-catching across the […]

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