Sex robots: Experts debate the rise of the love droids

Sex robots: Experts debate the rise of the love droids

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption For some, sex with robots is a dream but for others it is a soul-destroying nightmare Would you have sex with a robot? Would you marry one? Would a robot have the right to say no to such a union? These were just a few of the questions being asked […]

UK rural broadband gets £440m boost

UK rural broadband gets £440m boost

Image copyright BT Image caption BT has been criticised for its rural broadband roll-out The government has said £440m has been found so about 600,000 more premises can gain access to superfast broadband. The cash comes from “efficiency savings” and money returned by BT as part of the government’s flagship broadband rollout scheme. Culture Secretary […]

Most-edited Wikipedia pages of 2016 revealed

Most-edited Wikipedia pages of 2016 revealed

Image copyright AFP Image caption Van Gogh’s Wikipedia page underwent thousands of changes The most-edited Wikipedia pages of the year have been revealed and the top 20 includes “Deaths in 2016”, “Vincent Van Gogh” and “Donald Trump”. Other pages related to the US election were also in the list, according to the Wikimedia Foundation, the […]

Morgan Freeman voices Mark Zuckerberg’s AI assistant

Morgan Freeman voices Mark Zuckerberg’s AI assistant

Image copyright AP Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman has provided the voice for an AI assistant created by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. Mr Zuckerberg said he asked the actor, who was chosen by the public, after an awards ceremony earlier this month. The Facebook founder coded the AI assistant – called Jarvis, after the butler in Iron […]

Netflix US Twitter account hacked

Netflix US Twitter account hacked

Image caption OurMine is notorious for hacking high-profile Twitter accounts The Netflix US Twitter account – with 2.5m followers – has been compromised by a hacker group. The group, OurMine, posted tweets promoting its own website and services. However, the tweets were removed about an hour after the first one appeared. OurMine has hacked several […]

Smart homes haunted by the cyber-ghost of Christmas future

Smart homes haunted by the cyber-ghost of Christmas future

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption This year’s Christmas gifts could become hackers’ targets in 2017 and beyond This year delivered a chilling warning as we witnessed distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on a scale that few thought possible. These attacks – where massive volumes of data are thrown at online systems so they can […]

Google responds on skewed Holocaust search results

Google responds on skewed Holocaust search results

Image copyright AFP Image caption Google has been criticised for how some search results – on topics such as the Holocaust and ethnic minorities – are ranked Google has said it is “thinking deeply” about ways to improve search, after criticism over how some results – including ones discussing the Holocaust – were ranked. Searching […]

BT tops UK broadband complaints list

BT tops UK broadband complaints list

Image caption Complaints about broadband rose during the third quarter of 2016, said Ofcom BT’s broadband services received the most complaints during the third quarter of 2016, show figures from regulator Ofcom. It received 36 complaints for every 100,000 broadband customers – higher than the industry average of 20. BT-owned companies, Plusnet and EE, came […]

Security risk on in-flight entertainment systems, say researchers

Security risk on in-flight entertainment systems, say researchers

Image copyright Reuters Image caption In-flight systems were “totally compromised” said the research Air passengers could be subjected to a series of “shocking” incidents if security flaws in cabin entertainment systems were abused, say researchers. Security experts found flaws that let them take over cabin entertainment systems. The flaws could allow attackers to switch off […]

PayAsUGym hack exposes members’ card details

PayAsUGym hack exposes members’ card details

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Several people’s credit card details, including expiry dates and addresses, have appeared online Fitness website PayAsUGym has admitted that members’ financial details were stolen when one of its servers was hacked on Thursday. The discovery was made by security experts who found partial card numbers and home addresses on […]