TECH

Step-by-step guide: How to video call your family

Step-by-step guide: How to video call your family

If you are self-isolating at home, video-chatting can help you stay in touch with your friends and family. This guide will show you how to make a video call using a smartphone, or receive one using your desktop computer – or help you explain how to do so to others. How to video call with […]

Coronavirus: The school of Mum and Dad

Coronavirus: The school of Mum and Dad

All schools in the UK closed their doors on Friday, and there’s no timetable for when they might re-open. Parents, who may need to work and juggle childcare, will have to fill the gap. While no-one expects them to replicate school, there is plenty of online help to stave off boredom. Will schools provide the […]

Coronavirus: Plague Inc. game banned in China

Coronavirus: Plague Inc. game banned in China

A game which challenges players to spread a deadly virus around the world has been banned in China, its makers have said. Plague Inc. has been pulled from the Chinese app store for including “illegal content”, British-based developer Ndemic Creations said. It added that it is working “very hard” to find a way to reverse […]

Pets ‘go hungry’ after smart feeder goes offline

Pets ‘go hungry’ after smart feeder goes offline

Owners of a device designed to release food for pets say their animals were left hungry during a week-long system failure. Petnet allows owners to schedule and control feeding via a smartphone app. When the BBC contacted Petnet on its advertised email address, the email bounced back with a delivery failure notice. One pet owner […]

Coronavirus: Fake news is spreading fast

Coronavirus: Fake news is spreading fast

As the coronavirus – or to be precise Covid-19 – spreads around the world, getting accurate information about the disease becomes ever more important. And in the social media age, that puts a heavy responsibility on the likes of Facebook and YouTube. These are the platforms that billions now rely on for news and they […]

Ford unveils all-electric car – the Mustang

Ford unveils all-electric car – the Mustang

Ford has unveiled its all-electric Mustang Mach E at a glitzy event in Los Angeles that included an appearance by actor Idris Elba. The top-range version of the car can travel up to 370 miles on a full charge and recharge 57 miles (92km) of range in 10 minutes on a high-power charge. There are […]

‘I lost £4,000 in a call centre scam’

‘I lost £4,000 in a call centre scam’

When Doug Varey clicked on a pop-up ad offering computer security protection for 12 years for £556, he signed up. “I had no reason to suspect it wasn’t genuine,” he says. That was a mistake. Mr Varey was a victim of a common online scam known as computer software service fraud, which ended up costing […]

Food writer Jack Monroe ‘loses £5,000 in phone-number hijack’

Food writer Jack Monroe ‘loses £5,000 in phone-number hijack’

Jack Monroe says she has lost about £5,000 after her phone number was hijacked and re-activated on another Sim card. The criminals were then able to receive her two-factor authentication messages and access her bank and payment accounts. The bestselling food writer tweeted she was “paranoid about security” and already had strong measures in place. […]

Apple approves Hong Kong protest location app

Apple approves Hong Kong protest location app

An app that tracks the location of police patrols in Hong Kong is now available via Apple, despite the firm’s reservations about its potential use. Apple had said the crowd-sourced HKmap Live, which also tracks tear-gas use, was not permitted because it “enables and encourages” illegal activity. Yet the app was already available on Google […]

TalkTalk hacker Elliott Gunton: Cryptocurrency auctioned by police

TalkTalk hacker Elliott Gunton: Cryptocurrency auctioned by police

A police force has auctioned off more than £240,000 of cryptocurrency confiscated from a teenage hacker. The Eastern Region Special Operations Unit sold the stash, which included Bitcoin, Ripple and Ethereum, in what it says is a first for UK police. It is understood the currency came from Elliott Gunton, of Old Catton, near Norwich, […]

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