Technology

Hacker Lauri Love's 'will die' if he's extradited to the US 

The allegations aren’t as serious as they sound, says Tor Ekeland, Love’s American lawyer. “The information he allegedly copied was never distributed anywhere, it was more a youthful prank. And the security exploit they allegedly used had been publicly disclosed months before and used by tens of thousands of people.” One attack turned the US Sentencing Commission’s website, which featured ...

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Windows 10 nags users into last-minute upgrades with full-screen alerts

Microsoft is resorting to full-screen pop up alerts to get users to upgrade to Windows 10, in one last final push before the free update period ends. The software giant has been widely criticised for forcing upgrades on users that wish to remain on older versions of Windows, with repeated alerts carrying nagging reminder messages, and updates automatically installed on ...

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China completes the world's largest telescope to find aliens 

Work has finished on the world’s largest radio telescope, which will hunt for extraterrestrial life and explore space.  China fitted the final of 4,450 panels into the centre of the 500m-wide Aperture Spherical Telescope, or FAST, over the weekend. The telescope, which cost $ 180 million (£135 million) and took five years to build, will be switched on from September. “The project ...

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The road is not a beta test: Why self-driving cars have to take it slow

On May 7, Joshua Brown, a 40-year-old technology enthusiast, pressed a button on his Tesla Model S and activated “Autopilot” mode. A convert to the self-driving technology, he had posted dozens of online videos of the system in action. But as his saloon glided along the Florida highway, staying in its lane and at the speed limit, a lorry cut ...

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Google boss on life beyond the smartphone and how the company will pay more tax in the UK

It didn’t take long for me to realise that I had reached Google land. Exactly two minutes after arriving in Mountain View, Northern California, one of the many boom towns that make up Silicon Valley, I spotted my first driverless car. It was a little white pod with dashes of bright colour painted on its side, making its way along ...

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Women at Facebook were ordered not to wear 'distracting' clothing, former employee claims

Female workers at Facebook were routinely told not to wear clothing that “distracted” co-workers, a former employee has claimed. Antonio Garcia Martinez, who was fired after two years at Mark Zuckerberg’s social network, has made a series of sensational claims about the company in a tell-all book about life in Silicon Valley. Martinez’s book paints a picture of Zuckerberg as ...

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10-year-old girl wins PhD fellowship to build robot that will 'make streets of Paris happy again'

A 10-year-old girl who wants to use robots to “make the streets of Paris happy” has won a prestigious fellowship designed for PhD students after her heartwarming application charmed the programme’s creator. The French girl, Eva, applied to the Summer Innovation Fellowship run by digital agency Five by Five, intended for experienced computer scientists, asking them for help with her ...

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Apple 'considering takeover' of Jay Z's Tidal streaming service

Apple is reportedly considering a potential takeover bid for Jay Z’s music-streaming service Tidal. The technology giant is exploring the idea of acquiring Tidal because of its strong ties to popular artists including Kanye West and Madonna, according to the Wall Street Journal. Sources told the newspaper that “exploratory talks” were continuing and they may not result in a deal. ...

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World’s cheapest smartphone, costing under £3, begins shipping next week 

The first batch of the world’s cheapest smart phone, costing less than £3 begins shipping next week, the manufacturers said on Thursday. Ringing Bells Freedom 251 smartphone, which is based on the Android system, is aimed to bring mobile phone ownership to the Indian mass market. Costing 251 Rupees (£2.79), the manufacturers believe it could transform the Indian market where ...

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Barclaycard turns 50: How five decades of credit cards have changed money for good

In the summer of 1966, England was about to be gripped by World Cup fever, The Beatles were at the peak of their popularity, and Britain had just taken the momentous step to abandon the imperial system, decimalising the currency. But money was about to change in another, potentially more influential way than removing the old system of pounds, shillings ...

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