Spotify patches ‘data gobbling’ glitch

Spotify patches ‘data gobbling’ glitch

Image copyright Spotify Music service Spotify is rolling out a fix to stop its desktop application repeatedly writing huge amounts of junk data to computer users’ hard drives. Reporters from new site Ars Technica found Spotify was writing up to 10GB of data an hour to their computers. Unnecessarily writing and rewriting data to some […]

BBC to debut virtual reality film The Turning Forest

BBC to debut virtual reality film The Turning Forest

The BBC has confirmed it will launch a new virtual reality film, The Turning Forest, next week. The fairy tale will be made available for free on Daydream, Google’s mobile virtual reality product. Daydream is a mobile headset which covers the eyes of the user and immerses them in the film they are watching. The […]

Google tries to resolve Pixel camera flare issue

Google tries to resolve Pixel camera flare issue

Image caption The halo effect can be seen in the corner of photographs Google is developing a software fix to address excessive lens flare on photographs taken with its flagship Pixel smartphones. A group of Pixel owners shared their pictures showing a bright halo or arc effect, on Google’s messageboard. Google’s advertisements say the Pixel […]

Rat-scaring laser trial to protect crops

Rat-scaring laser trial to protect crops

Image copyright Life Laser Fence Image caption Laser light could scare unwanted visitors High-powered laser light will be used to protect crops from pests in a trial funded by the European Commission. Researchers at Liverpool John Moores University hope a “fence” of laser light will scare rats and other pests, proving an alternative to poison. […]

Facebook overhauls Trending feature after bias claims

Facebook overhauls Trending feature after bias claims

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Facebook said the changes would allow “our team to make fewer individual decisions” on topics Social media giant Facebook has overhauled the Trending feature on its site to make posts more automated after claims of left-wing bias. Facebook’s 1.7 billion users see news stories and topics picked using a […]

‘First Apple computer’ sells for $815,000

‘First Apple computer’ sells for $815,000

Image copyright Charitybuzz Image caption Prototype Apple 1s were manually soldered and used for debug testing A prototype Apple 1, a holy-grail item in electronics memorabilia, has been sold for $815,000 (£618,000). Apple co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak built just 200 of the computers in 1976. The model auctioned this week contains tell-tale signs […]

WhatsApp and Facebook data sharing plan being investigated

WhatsApp and Facebook data sharing plan being investigated

Image copyright AP Image caption One analyst said some users might see the change as a ‘betrayal’ The UK’s Information Commissioner (ICO) is looking into WhatsApp’s decision to share more data with parent company Facebook. The data about WhatsApp users will be used to help targeted advertising seen by people on Facebook. It will share […]

Russian MP’s son convicted of hacking scheme

Russian MP’s son convicted of hacking scheme

Image copyright Google Image caption One of the outlets allegedly targeted in the hacking scheme was Red Pepper Pizza, near Seattle Russian Roman Seleznev has been found guilty in the US of running a hacking scheme that stole $169m (£131m). The hacking scheme he ran from 2008 to 2014 targeted US pizza chains in Washington […]

US authorities investigate cyber-attack against Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones

US authorities investigate cyber-attack against Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones

US authorities have launched an investigation into the hacking of Leslie Jones’ website and iCloud account after intimate photos of the actress were posted online. The Department of Homeland Security says it’s looking into the breach. The star’s personal information including her driving licence and passport were published on the site. An image of the […]

Apple tackles iPhone one-tap spyware flaws

Apple tackles iPhone one-tap spyware flaws

Image copyright AP Image caption The texts had been sent to human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor Flaws in Apple’s iOS operating system have been discovered that made it possible to install spyware on a target’s device merely by getting them to click on a link. The discovery was made after a human rights lawyer alerted […]

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