Bitcoin boss urges cautious investment

Image copyright TED Image caption Bitcoin Foundation’s Llew Claasen sees huge potential for crypto-currency in Africa The head of the Bitcoin Foundation, Llew Claasen, has urged people to invest “no more than they can afford” in the crypto-currency. He was speaking at the TEDGlobal conference in Tanzania about the potential for Bitcoin in Africa. Billions […]

Ronan Hughes: Four years for man who blackmailed teen

Image copyright Mid Ulster Mail Image caption Ronan Hughes was a pupil at St Joseph’s Grammar in Donaghmore and was a talented Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) player A Romanian man who blackmailed a County Tyrone schoolboy who later took his own life has been sentenced to four years in prison. Coalisland teenager Ronan Hughes had […]

Self-driving pizza delivery cars to be tested in the US

Image copyright Ford How would you like your pizza to be delivered to you in a self-driving car? In the next few weeks the idea is going to be tested on some of Domino’s customers in the US city of Ann Arbor in Michigan. The aim is not to test if self-driving cars work, but […]

Burger King launches WhopperCoin crypto-cash in Russia

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Customers will be able to claim coins as they scan receipts for meals at the fast-food chain Fast-food chain Burger King has launched its own crypto-currency, called WhopperCoin, in Russia. Customers will be able to claim one coin for every rouble (0.75p) they spend on the Whopper sandwich. Russians will […]

EE broadband network suffers fault

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption EE has advised affected users to restart their routers EE’s UK home broadband customers have been affected by a fault that has prevented them from using the internet. Down Detector indicates the nationwide problem began at about midnight. EE’s own site acknowledges the fault but gives little detail. Several […]

Nintendo to close Miiverse social network

Image copyright Nintendo Image caption Other players’ posts appear in some games Nintendo has announced that its Miiverse social network will be closed down on 8 November. The platform lets players post messages and drawings on game-related message boards, and share tips and hints. Miiverse posts also appear within some popular Wii U and 3DS […]

China web users debate new rules on online identity

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The new rules could require identity cards to be scanned online Chinese social media users have been debating new rules requiring internet platforms to verify a user’s true identity before letting them post online content. The new rules were issued on 25 August by the Cyberspace Administration of China. […]

Turing letters found in old filing cabinet

Image copyright Manchester University Image caption The 147 letters detail Turing’s research and show what life was like in post-war Manchester Almost 150 letters by computer pioneer Alan Turing have been unearthed in a storeroom at the University of Manchester. The cache of correspondence was found in an old filing cabinet opened when the storeroom […]

TEDGlobal: The computer that can smell explosives

Image copyright TEDGlobal Image caption Oshi Agabi envisages airports that will need no visible security system allowing people to just walk on to planes Nigerian Oshi Agabi has unveiled a computer based not on silicon but on mice neurons at the TEDGlobal conference in Tanzania. The system has been trained to recognise the smell of […]

Uber names ex-Expedia boss Dara Khosrowshahi as CEO pick

Media captionUber has picked ex-Expedia boss Dara Khosrowshahi as its new chief executive Uber has chosen Expedia boss Dara Khosrowshahi to be its chief executive, ending months of speculation in the firm’s search for a new leader. The decision was made by Uber’s board late on Sunday, a source told the BBC, but the company […]

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