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Snooper’s charter passes second reading but dissenters remain

16 March 2016

The Investigatory Powers Bill, dubbed the ‘snooper's charter’ by critics, has been approved by MPs at second reading by 281 votes to 15, majority 266.

Skype co-founder introduces encrypted Wire video chats

11 March 2016

Skype’s co-founder and a team composed of former engineers from the messaging platform have introduced a new version of their alternative messaging service, Wire, which promises end-to-end encryption for all conversations, including those conducted over video.

Snowden says FBI does not need Apple to unlock shooter’s iPhone

09 March 2016

Edward Snowden, the NSA whistle-blower, has said the FBI is capable of breaking into the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters despite its claims that only Apple has the power to do so

Orbital satellite repair and refuelling tech one step closer

08 March 2016

Technology that would allow refuelling and repairing satellites in orbit could become a reality in the next two years, as one of the two companies exploring the concept announces it is about to sign its first commercial contract.

Cambridge initiative aims to create ‘hyper-connected’ city

07 March 2016

A new crowdsourcing campaign with plans to radically improve connectivity in Cambridge and the surrounding areas is calling on local residents to help gather vital data that will be used to help plug gaps in fixed and mobile coverage in the area.

V2X solution for autonomous vehicles from Harman and NXP

03 March 2016

The future for connected cars and autonomous vehicles received a boost at the Geneva International Motor Show 2016 with the announcement by Harman and NXP of their technology collaboration regarding V2X communication.

Apple wins New York encryption case; Snoopers charter revised

01 March 2016

The FBI cannot force Apple to allow access to a locked iPhone following a ruling from a New York judge, setting a precedent for other legal challenges including the ongoing fight about gaining access to the phone of one of the San Bernardino shooters.

Google tax scandal: France demands 10x more than UK

25 February 2016

France is seeking €1.6bn (£1.3bn) in back taxes from Google following similar actions in the UK that saw Google pay £130m.

Ofcom orders BT to release Openreach network to competitors

25 February 2016

BT will be obliged to open up its Openreach network to competitors after industry watchdog Ofcom concluded that the UK must "do better" at rolling out superfast broadband and 4G mobile.

Moon landing 1969 telescope discovers new galaxies

24 February 2016

An Australian telescope used to broadcast live vision of man's first steps on the moon in 1969 has found hundreds of new galaxies hidden behind the Milky Way by using an innovative receiver that measures radio waves.

Apple v FBI may speed up government-proof safeguards

24 February 2016

The battle between the FBI and Apple over encryption will likely convince tech companies to bolster their efforts to engineer safeguards against government intrusion, according to tech industry executives.

Wi-Fi that uses 10,000 times less power developed

24 February 2016

Wi-Fi chips that consume 10,000 times less power than their traditional counterparts could replace Bluetooth as the low-power wireless transmission method of choice, according to a US study.

Facebook uniting telecom sector for 5G development

22 February 2016

Facebook has announced the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) which is bringing technology companies like Intel, Nokia, Deutsche Telekom and SK Telecom together to develop and deploy 5G communications networks.

Tech giants and Snowden back Apple over FBI row

19 February 2016

Facebook,Twitter and Google have added their voices to the growing bed of support from technology giants for Apple in its ongoing refusal to help the FBI break into an iPhone used by a shooter in the San Bernardino attack last December.

Cyber security and innovation behind BT’s recruitment drive

18 February 2016

Telecoms giant BT will hire 1,400 new apprentices and graduates to fill positions in cyber security, software development and research.

Hospital pays ransom to hackers to regain control of computer system

18 February 2016

A Los Angeles hospital has paid a ransom of $17,000 in bitcoins to an unknown hacking group to regain control of its computer systems after a cyber-attack.

Apple refuses to build ‘backdoor into the iPhone’ despite court order

17 February 2016

Apple has refused to build special software to enable the FBI to bypass the security of one of its devices, despite orders from a US District Court.

Shrimps unlock better polarisers for optical devices

17 February 2016

Polarisers, which are optical devices widely used in cameras, DVD players and sunglasses, could be improved upon by emulating natural light reflectors found on shrimps.

British teen arrested in CIA hack investigation

15 February 2016

Police have arrested a 16-year-old British teenager on suspicion of involvement in the hacking of an email account used by CIA director John Brennan.

Wireless brain-implant chip could help with Parkinsons

11 February 2016

An innovative smart chip for implanting in the human brain could be a breakthrough in portable health monitoring devices and wearables.

Privacy victory, as Google removes 'right to be forgotten' content across EU

11 February 2016

Google has confirmed that it will hide content removed using the "right to be forgotten" ruling from more versions of its search engine, thus removing challenged content in more countries.

Biometric systems bringing voting clarity to Africa

08 February 2016

Uganda has joined the list of many African nations making the move towards a biometric standard of voting, in a bid to bring greater transparency to the election process.

Microsoft trials deep sea data centre powered by tide

02 February 2016

Microsoft has been trialling an underwater data centre which can be powered by the tide.

MPs attack Snoopers' Charter

01 February 2016

A group of MPs have criticised the UK government for the unclear and confusing terminology used in its Investigatory Powers Bill.

Cuba to launch its first home broadband service

01 February 2016

Cuba has announced it is launching its first broadband internet service for households in two Havana neighbourhoods.

Advanced sonar ship joins hunt for MH370 wreckage

29 January 2016

A Chinese ship equipped with state-of-the-art sonar equipment will join the search for missing Malaysia Airlines plane Flight MH370.

Proximity hat lets blind people 'feel' spaces

28 January 2016

A hat fitted with ultrasonic sensors that provide the sense of proximity to physical objects could help blind people to better navigate in interiors.

South Korea accuses North Korea of cyber-attacks

27 January 2016

South Korea has said it believes North Korea recently attempted to hack into its government computer systems following a nuclear test earlier in the month.

Children now spend more time online than watching TV

26 January 2016

Children now spend more time online than they do watching television, according to a new report from research agency Childwise.

Solution found for GPS hacking

25 January 2016

Researchers at the Horst Görtz Institute in Germany have developed a system to prevent hackers from manipulating GPS signals.

India-Vietnam satellite could sour Chinese relations

25 January 2016

India is setting up a satellite tracking and imaging centre in southern Vietnam that will allow it to observe the area, which includes China and the South China Sea, from space.

Simplistic passwords blamed for rise in cyber attacks

20 January 2016

Computer users are compromising their own cyber-security with simplistic passwords that are easy to guess according to password management firm SplashData.

Pakistan lifts YouTube ban

19 January 2016

The ban on YouTube in Pakistan has been lifted after Google agreed to launch a localised version that would allow the government to remove any material that it deemed to be offensive.

Cyber-attack on Kiev airport prompts security review

18 January 2016

The Ukrainian government is looking into the security of its computer systems after the country’s main airport in Kiev suffered a cyber-attack launched from a server in Russia.

EE and BT merger poorly received by the industry

15 January 2016

The telecoms industry has raised concerns over the approval of the merger between EE and BT by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

Replacement EU/US data protection treaty in the works

15 January 2016

European Union privacy regulators will try to reach a new agreement about data transfers between Europe and the US following the end of the Safe Harbour treaty.

New Internet of Things research hub launches

08 January 2016

A group of UK universities, with support from Government and industry, has launched an interdisciplinary research hub to drive forward UK research in the Internet of Things (IoT). 

Learning through computer games improves concentration

08 January 2016

Despite plentiful evidence that playing too much on computer games can harm children’s development, if designed and used correctly, the games can actually improve learning, a new study has suggested. 

China wants to tighten its grip on the internet

07 January 2016

China's internet regulator has said it wants the country's ruling Communist Party to become the "strongest voice in cyberspace".

Twitter to increase character limit ‘up to 10,000’

06 January 2016

Twitter is set to increase the number of characters allowed in a single tweet to 10,000 from the current limit of 140.

Anti-IS group admits attack on BBC online services

04 January 2016

An anti-Islamic-State hacking group has claimed responsibility for a cyber-attack on the BBC that brought down many of its services on New Year’s Eve.

Apple Pay, smart home tech and Internet of Things impressed IET experts in 2015

24 December 2015

The arrival of Apple Watch and Apple Pay, the first UK man on the International Space Station, as well as the rise of the Internet of Things and smart home technologies were the major engineering and technology milestones of 2015 according to IET experts. And what do they think that 2016 will bring?

Google developing AI messaging app

23 December 2015

Google is building a new mobile messaging app that uses artificial intelligence (AI) in order to compete with Facebook according to the Wall Street Journal.

2015 in engineering and technology

23 December 2015

2015 has been a big year for the world of tech and engineering. The rise and rise of driverless cars and wearable technology foreshadow much bigger things to come in these sectors over the next decade, as evidenced by the release of the Apple Watch and Google, Nissan, Ford and others embracing vehicular autonomy.

Free Wi-Fi to be installed across the NHS

21 December 2015

All NHS buildings are to be equipped with free Wi-Fi in order to boost medical treatment and the experience of patients Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said.

Secret back doors found in government network equipment

21 December 2015

The US government has warned that secret code embedded into equipment made by networking provider Juniper Networks could leave back doors for attackers to infiltrate into corporate and government bodies.

Facebook users vulnerable to ID theft and fraud at Christmas

21 December 2015

Facebook users are being warned against showing their full name and email address on their profiles this Christmas because it leaves them open to identity fraud.

Satellites and solar to provide internet to remote African villages

15 December 2015

A satellite operator and a solar panel provider are teaming up to deliver internet acccess to remote villages in Africa.

MoD using 3G to view live video feeds from distant drones

09 December 2015

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is developing a data link system that uses 3G to view live video feeds from distant drones.

Average age of cyber-criminals drops to 17

08 December 2015

The average age of suspected cyber attackers is now just 17 according to the National Crime Agency (NCA).

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