Harry Potter wand teaches children to code

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Apple files stored by teen in ‘hacky hack hack’ folder

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The boy hacked Apple because he was a fan of the firm, reports from the court case say A teenage boy from Australia has pleaded guilty to hacking into Apple’s network and downloading internal files, according to reports. The 16-year-old accessed 90 gigabytes worth of files, breaking into the […]

Body scanners to screen LA subway riders

Image copyright Thruvision Image caption The Thruvision camera can detect concealed objects Body scanners will be used on the Los Angeles subway to screen passengers for explosives and weapons, the local transport authority has announced. It is the first mass transport system in the US to adopt the technology. Portable scanners will be used to […]

Elon Musk was ‘not on weed’ when tweeting about taking Tesla private

Image copyright Reuters Elon Musk has attempted to explain his controversial tweet about taking Tesla private, saying he was “not on weed” at the time. The electric carmaker’s founder has been facing intense scrutiny about the 7 August tweet which said he wanted to take Tesla private at $420 a share. He told the New […]

Motorola phone ‘brazen copy’ of iPhone X

Image caption Spot the difference: the P30 and iPhone X Smartphone brand Motorola has been criticised for revealing a “shameless” copy of the iPhone X as its new model. Many phone-makers have copied the look of the iPhone X, which has a smaller bezel around the screen and a “notch” at the top that houses […]

President Trump relaxes US cyber-attacks rules

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The previous rules required multi-agency sign-off President Trump has signed an order relaxing rules around the use of cyber-weapons, the Wall Street Journal reports. It is a reversal of guidelines, drawn up under President Obama, which required a large number of federal agencies to be involved in any decision […]

FBI sought Google location data of many to catch robber

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Google is under fire for keeping location data when users have switched off the function The FBI requested location data from Google covering 100 acres (0.4 sq km) as part of an investigation into a series of robberies in US city Portland, reports Forbes. The request for data on […]

Virgin Media broadband teams ‘left holes in walls’

Image copyright Andrew Mabbitt Image caption Andrew Mabbitt says it has been six weeks since the damage occurred Virgin Media has been accused of leaving holes in people’s walls and not following up complaints to fix the damage. One customer said he has so far waited six weeks to have a 10in (25.4cm) crater-like hole […]

Children ‘at risk of robot influence’

Image copyright University of Plymouth Image caption The children were asked to compare lines on a screen, with robots offering their opinions too Forget peer pressure, future generations are more likely to be influenced by robots, a study suggests. The research, conducted at the University of Plymouth, found that while adults were not swayed by […]

Twitter suspends Alex Jones for one week

Image copyright EPA Image caption Alex Jones will not be able to post new messages or comment on others’ posts for a week Twitter is blocking the right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from posting to its platform for a week. The InfoWars broadcaster’s past tweets will, however, remain viewable to others while his account is […]

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