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Rise in Facebook data snooping; FBI granted hacking powers

29 April 2016

Facebook has alleged that government requests for account data increased by 13 per cent in the second half of 2015, with the United States and India making the most requests.

Tim Peake drives rover through fake Martian cave from space station

29 April 2016

Astronaut Tim Peake has explored a fake Martian cave built on the premises of Airbus Defence and Space controlling a prototype Martian rover from the International Space Station.

Bangladesh Bank hackers steal $81m with SWIFT malware

25 April 2016

The software behind the SWIFT network, which provides the backbone for global financial transactions, was most likely hacked by cyber-attackers who stole $81m (£56m) from the Bangladesh Central Bank.

Apple’s book and film services taken down by Chinese government

22 April 2016

Apple’s online book and film services have been closed for the foreseeable future in China, after Beijing introduced strict curbs on online publishing.

Satellite imagery improves South Africa’s crop forecasts

22 April 2016

South Africa's estimates for key crops such as maize have become increasingly accurate thanks to satellite imagery.

Amazonia connected to internet via massive fibre-optic cables

21 April 2016

A large-scale project to connect remote communities across the Amazonian rainforest to the internet is due to begin, taking advantage of cutting-edge fibre-optic technology.

Apple refused Chinese request to hand over source code

20 April 2016

Apple has admitted that Chinese authorities have asked the company to hand over its source code for its operating systems in the last two years, but it refused the request.

Bill Gates calls for email search limits by US government

19 April 2016

Microsoft-founder Bill Gates has admitted that although the US government will need covert access to user emails occasionally, these should only be in ‘extraordinary’ circumstances.

900 satellites to be mass produced for global net coverage

18 April 2016

900 satellites are to be mass produced in Florida by the Richard Branson backed start-up OneWeb, which aims to create a global network for high-speed internet access.

WiFi capacity doubled with a chip less than half the size

15 April 2016

WiFi capacity has been successfully doubled on a chip developed by Columbia University that uses just a single antenna

Microsoft suing US government over user email snooping

15 April 2016

Microsoft is suing the US government for the right to inform its users when a federal agency is snooping on their emails.

5G smartphones could use radar tech to boost signal

13 April 2016

Future 5G smartphones could be endowed with radar technology in order to locate the direction of nearby cell towers to boost signal.

Security services have no right to password, argues UK hacker

13 April 2016

British security services have been accused of dealing a blow to privacy by attempting to force an alleged cyber hacker through legal means to hand over the password to his encrypted computer files.

FBI says iPhone hack only works on pre-5s models

07 April 2016

The hack used by the FBI to gain access to the iPhone 5c owned by one of the San Bernadino shooters does not work on more recent models, according to the Bureau’s director, James Comey.

5G car-to-car communication tested

06 April 2016

Spanish researchers have developed a system based on 5G telecommunications technology that allows cars to ‘talk’ to each other.

Laser cloaking device could hide Earth from aliens

31 March 2016

Powerful lasers could be used by astronomers to prevent aliens from discovering Earth according to two astronomers at Columbia University in New York.

Microsoft’s AI chatbot causes scandal with racist rants

29 March 2016

Microsoft’s artificial intelligence experiment called the Tay chatbot had to be aborted less than a day after its introduction after the tweeting bot launched a series of racist outbursts.

FBI unlocks shooter’s iPhone with mystery method, court case dropped

29 March 2016

The FBI has dropped its legal case against Apple after admitting it managed to bypass the security of the iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters without Apple’s help.

Smallest TV antenna ever boasts ‘extraordinary reception’

29 March 2016

A miniature television antenna that is just 11cm long, 6.5cm wide and 6mm thick has been developed by Mexican researchers, who say it achieves excellent reception despite its small proportions.

5G data transmission efficiency increased 12-fold

24 March 2016

A new record for wireless data transmission has been achieved by European researchers using 5G technology known as massive MIMO.

Apple suspects server tampering during shipping

24 March 2016

Apple is concerned that third parties are intercepting the hardware it uses for its servers during shipping and adding additional chips and firmware in order to spy on the data they store, according to a report from The Information.

National Infrastructure Delivery Plan outlines £100bn in investment

23 March 2016

The National Infrastructure Delivery Plan has been published, which brings together all of the government’s infrastructure priorities over the next five years.

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.

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