Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales creates news service Wikitribune

Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales creates news service Wikitribune

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jimmy Wales hopes to get enough donations to hire a team of journalists Wikipedia’s co-founder Jimmy Wales is planning a news service that combines the work of professional journalists and volunteers. His goal is for Wikitribune to offer “factual and neutral” articles that help combat the problem of “fake […]

Driverless cars trial set for UK motorways in 2019

Driverless cars trial set for UK motorways in 2019

Image copyright Getty Images A consortium of British companies has unveiled a plan to test driverless cars on UK roads and motorways in 2019. The Driven group also plans to try out a fleet of autonomous vehicles between London and Oxford. The cars will communicate with each other about any hazards and should operate with […]

YouTube restores ‘wrongly blocked’ LGBT videos

YouTube restores ‘wrongly blocked’ LGBT videos

YouTube has modified its content filter after complaints it had blocked political and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) videos. Restricted mode is an optional filter designed to hide content that may be judged unsuitable for children. But many prominent LGBT video-makers said their videos had been targeted. YouTube said it had fixed an error […]

Three apologises after network problems

Three apologises after network problems

Image copyright Three Mobile phone company Three has apologised after some of its customers were unable to make calls or texts. The company said it had a “temporary network issue” which affected calls and texts during Saturday afternoon and evening. It said calls had since been restored and that it is working to restore full […]

Brain Tumour Charity cautious about Italy mobile phone ruling

Brain Tumour Charity cautious about Italy mobile phone ruling

Image copyright Getty Images The Brain Tumour Charity has said there is insufficient scientific evidence linking mobile phone use with brain tumours, following a court ruling. The Italian court, in Ivrea, agreed that a man’s brain tumour was linked to his mobile phone use. It awarded Robert Romero 500 euros (£418/$535) a month in compensation. […]

Computer pioneer Harry Huskey dies aged 101

Computer pioneer Harry Huskey dies aged 101

Image copyright Courtesy of NPL Image caption Designed by Alan Turing, the Ace computer was built with the help of Harry Huskey Engineer Harry Huskey, who helped build many of the first ever computers, has died aged 101. Dr Huskey was a key member of the team that built the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer […]

Free hacking tools ‘help young into cyber-crime’

Free hacking tools ‘help young into cyber-crime’

Image copyright NCA Image caption Cyber-criminals arrested and charged by the NCA were interviewed for the report Free, easy-to-use hacking tools help many young people slip into a life of cyber-crime, according to a report. The National Crime Agency (NCA) has detailed the “pathways” taken by people who become criminals. Many started by getting involved […]

YouTube to offer fake news workshops to teenagers

YouTube to offer fake news workshops to teenagers

YouTube is launching a new campaign to tackle internet safety and issues around fake news, the video streaming site has announced. The company says it will put on workshops aimed at 13 to 18-year-olds in cities across the UK. The plans, promoted as part of Internet Citizens day, also aim to raise awareness of issues […]

Jet-propelled sky taxi tested in Germany

A jet-propelled vehicle that can take off vertically has been tested in Germany. Lilium, the company behind it, hopes to launch a five-seater version as an autonomous sky taxi service in the future. Pictures from Lilium. Jet-propelled sky taxi tested in Germany

Credit card with a fingerprint sensor revealed by Mastercard

Credit card with a fingerprint sensor revealed by Mastercard

Image copyright Mastercard Image caption The fingerprint sensor draws power from the terminal meaning it does not need batteries of its own A payment card featuring a fingerprint sensor has been unveiled by credit card provider Mastercard. The rollout follows two successful trials in South Africa. The technology works in the same way as it […]