Google Amazon row leads to restricted YouTube access

Image copyright Amazon Image caption Amazon’s Fire TV devices are advertised as providing access to YouTube Google plans to stop Amazon’s Fire TV streaming devices being able to use YouTube from the start of 2018. The search giant has also blocked a workaround that Amazon introduced to restore YouTube access to a screen-based version of […]

PM’s internet safety adviser urges end to password sharing

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Baroness Shields has advised password-sharing MPs to rethink their approach to cyber-security The prime minister’s special representative on internet safety has said that MPs should not be sharing their work computer passwords with staff. Baroness Shields’s advice follows an admission by three Conservative MPs that they had given their […]

Nintendo games to appear on rival console

Image copyright Nintendo Nintendo is to release some of its popular games on a rival manufacturer’s console for the first time in decades. Some of the company’s older games from the discontinued Wii console will appear on the Nvidia Shield set-top box in China. Historically, Nintendo has rarely licensed its original games and characters to […]

‘One-third of teenage girls sexually harassed online’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Girls are more likely than boys to be victims of online sexual harassment Nearly a third of teenage girls have been sexually harassed online by children their own age, a study from charity Childnet suggests. Some 31% of girls aged 13-17 have been targeted with unwanted sexual attention, compared […]

Will tech firms challenge China’s ‘open’ internet?

Image copyright AFP Image caption Beijing has a distinctly Chinese vision of the internet Sometimes you can gauge how proud someone is about being at an event by the extent to which they want to talk about it. When that event is China’s annual global internet get-together in Wuzhen there are plenty who turn up, […]

CryptoKitties craze slows down transactions on Ethereum

Image copyright A new craze for virtual kittens is slowing down trade in one of the largest crypto-currencies. CryptoKitties lets players buy and breed “crypto-pets” on Ethereum’s underlying blockchain network. The game’s developers told the Bloomberg news agency that CryptoKitties was a “key step” to making blockchains more accessible. But its popularity has underscored […]

Nissan to trial robo-taxis in Japan

Image copyright Nissan Image caption Nissan’s Easy Ride could launch in Japan in early 2020s Carmaker Nissan plans to test self-driving taxis on Japanese roads from March next year. The company is partnering with Japanese software company DeNA, which operates online services for the gaming, healthcare and automotive industries. It will adapt a Nissan Leaf […]

Millions caught in virtual keyboard app data breach

Image copyright AI.type Image caption An example of an Ai.type keyboard theme Security researchers claim to have found the personal data of 31 million Android users of the keyboard app Ai.type after finding an open database online. The app offers themed keyboards for phones and tablets. The researchers claimed data left visible included names, phone […]

Jeremy Hunt hits out at Facebook kids’ app

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Jeremy Hunt has told Facebook to “stay away from my kids” after it launched a new messaging app aimed at children. The social network announced on Tuesday it was testing Messenger Kids in the US for those under 13 who cannot sign up for its full service. The health secretary took […]

Blue Planet II comes to iPlayer in 4K HDR

Image caption This simulated image shows – on the right-hand side – the advantage of using high dynamic range The BBC’s Blue Planet II programme is to become its first TV series to be made available in 4K resolution and high dynamic range (HDR) colour via its iPlayer catch-up service. All seven episodes of the […]