Factbox: Facebook's new cryptocurrency Libra and digital wallet Calibra

SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Facebook Inc revealed plans to establish a cryptocurrency called Libra on Tuesday. It will be run by an association comprised of other corporate investors and non-profit members, with an expected launch in the first half of 2020. FILE PHOTO: A 3D-printed Facebook logo standing on PC motherboard is seen in […]

US and Russia clash over power grid 'hack attacks'

Image caption The complexity of Russia’s electricity grid makes it a hard target, says expert Russia has said it is “possible” that its electrical grid is under cyber-attack by the US.Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said reports that US cyber-soldiers had put computer viruses on its electrical grid was a “hypothetical possibility”.His comments came in response […]

It’s much warmer in Greenland than it should be and the ice fields have vanished

Sled dogs make their way in northwest Greenland with their paws in melted ice water (Picture: AP)This striking photograph shows the devastating scale of the melting ice in Greenland. Sled dogs make their way across what should be ice fields as experts predict another record year for ice loss. The country lost more than two […]

Libra: Why did Facebook just launch its own currency and how do you use it?

At the start of 2018, Mark Zuckerberg revealed that his annual “personal challenge” for that year would be to explore and understand cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. Within six months the Facebook founder had set up a task force dedicated to developing uses for a new cryptocurrency, which could utilise the tech giant’s vast resources and […]

Libra cryptocurrency: Facebook, PayPal and Visa unveil major new currency to rival US dollar

Some of the world’s biggest companies have come together to create their own cryptocurrency that they hope will become a new global currency to rival the US dollar, a decade after the launch of bitcoin. The Libra currency is backed by 28 companies including the likes of PayPal, Mastercard and Visa and will be launched by […]

Hungary will have to play role in 5G network building: minister

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Hungary’s government will have to play some role in the construction of 5G network in co-operation with service providers to accelerate the build-up of the new infrastructure, Innovation and Technology Minister Laszlo Palkovics said. “The state has to play some role in the construction of 5G network infrastructure, otherwise it could be […]

Boaty McBoatface makes a significant discovery on debut expedition

The autonomous submarine vehicle Autosub Long Range – better known as Boaty McBoatface – on its first mission (Povl Abrahamsen /BAS /SWNS.COM)The yellow submarine dubbed Boaty McBoatface has returned from its first expedition with data which links increasing Antarctic winds to rising sea temperatures. The mission was undertaken in April 2017 and saw the autonomous […]

French drugmaker Sanofi, Google to use data tech for innovations

FILE PHOTO: The Sanofi logo at the Viva Tech start-up and technology summit in Paris, France, May 25, 2018. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File PhotoPARIS (Reuters) – French healthcare company Sanofi has teamed up with Google to work on innovations, aimed at using emerging data technologies to change how medicines and health services will be delivered in future. […]

Advertisers, agencies and social media combine to tackle online threat

FILE PHOTO: An usher holds a baton to guide attendees towards the AGM of advertising agency WPP in London, Britain, June 13, 2018. REUTERS/Toby MelvilleLONDON (Reuters) – Sixteen of the world’s biggest advertisers have joined together to push platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Google’s YouTube to do more to tackle dangerous and fake content […]

How a struggling airline went soaring through the cloud

Image copyright Kurt Arrigo Image caption Air Malta has turned loss in to profit after embracing the “API economy” Air Malta managed to turn its business around after two decades of losses and soar with the big boys and girls in the airline industry. But how?Air Malta is a tiny operator with 10 aircraft that […]

Senator Rubio targets Huawei over patents

FILE PHOTO: Senator Marco Rubio questions witnesses before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing about “worldwide threats” on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 29, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio filed legislation on Monday that would prevent Huawei Technologies Co Ltd from seeking damages in U.S. patent courts, after the Chinese […]

Huawei says U.S. ban hurting more than expected, to wipe $30 billion off revenue

HONG KONG (Reuters) – China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd has taken a harder-than-expected hit from a U.S. ban, the company’s founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei said, and slashed revenue expectations for the year. Ren’s downbeat assessment that the ban will hit revenue by $30 billion, the first time Huawei has quantified the impact of the […]

iOS 13: Apple releases new beta version of iPhone software as public release date nears

Apple has released a new beta version of iOS 13, its new software for iPhones, as the public release nears. The latest update is the second version of the iOS 13 beta for developers. The first was released on 3 June, after Apple revealed it during its WWDC conference. That means any register developer can […]

Data surveillance powers unlawfully wide, court told

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Communications services can be told to collect metadata Powers used by the security services to “Hoover up” communications data from most people in the UK, even those not suspected of an offence, are “too wide” and invade privacy, a court has heard.Civil rights group Liberty is challenging the government […]

Russia thwarts U.S. cyber attacks on its infrastructure: news agencies

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia has uncovered and thwarted attempts by the United States to carry out cyber attacks on the control systems of Russian infrastructure, Russian news agencies cited an unnamed security source as saying on Monday. The disclosure was made on Russia’s RIA and TASS news agencies days after the New York Times cited […]

Samsung TVs should be regularly virus-checked, the company says

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Samsung issued the safety advice to owners of its QLED-branded TVs Samsung has advised owners of its latest TVs to run regular virus scans.A how-to video on the Samsung Support USA Twitter account demonstrates the more than a dozen remote-control button presses required to access the sub-menu needed to […]

Russia uncovers attempted U.S. cyber attacks on its infrastructure: RIA news agency

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia has uncovered and thwarted attempts by the United States to carry out cyber attacks on the control systems of Russian infrastructure, Russian news agencies cited an unnamed security source as saying on Monday. The disclosure was made on Russia’s RIA and TASS news agencies days after the New York Times cited […]

Amazon sells a bracelet that shocks you if you eat too much fast food

Stay safe from junk food through electrocution (Amazon/Pavlok/Getty)If you have trouble controlling cravings for fast food then perhaps it’s time to consider a self-administered electric shock next time you reach for the fries? Amazon is selling a bracelet that delivers a 350-volt electric shock every time you commit your bad habit. That doesn’t have to […]

KSI vs Logan Paul: YouTube star says rematch of boxing fight should happen in UK ‘next year’

KSI and Logan Paul’s much-anticipated rematch should come to London next year, according to one of the YouTube stars. The two celebrities have been looking to organise a follow-up fight since almost immediately after KSI their first, held in Manchester in August 2018. That first fight was hailed as the biggest event in the history of […]

France warns new European drone must be competitive on price

French President Emmanuel Macron, listens to Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, next to Olivier Dassault and French Defence Minister Florence Parly during a visit at the 53rd International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport near Paris, France, June 17, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/PoolPARIS (Reuters) – A next-generation drone being developed by several […]

Iran says it dismantled a U.S. cyber espionage network

LONDON (Reuters) – Iran said on Monday it had exposed a large cyber espionage network it alleged was run by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and that several U.S. spies had been arrested in different countries as the result of this action. U.S.-Iran tensions are growing following accusations by U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration […]

Huawei delays Mate X folding phone launch to avoid same mistakes Samsung made

Huawei has been forced to delay the launch of its highly-anticipated Mate X folding phone in order to avoid the same issues that have plagued Samsung. Both smartphone companies unveiled their folding phones earlier this year, though issues with the innovative folding mechanism recently forced Samsung to delay the release date of its Galaxy Fold. […]

Tesla's Elon Musk becomes 'Daddy DotCom' on Twitter

FILE PHOTO: SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk reacts during a conversation with legendary game designer Todd Howard (not pictured) at the E3 gaming convention in Los Angeles, California,.U.S., June 13, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo(Reuters) – Silicon Valley billionaire Elon Musk tweeted here late on Sunday that he had “just deleted” his Twitter account, […]

Instagram to make hacked account recovery easier

Image copyright Getty Images Instagram is testing a new way for people to recover their accounts if they get locked out or hacked.Currently locked-out account holders have to email specific verification to Instagram’s security team before access can be restored.The trial is an in-app function where users submit contact information associated with the account, and […]

Hacker conference speaker axed over abortion views

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Hurd won criticism from cyber-security professionals over his voting record on women’s rights A US politician has been removed from the list of speakers at the Black Hat hacker conference following protests over his views and voting record.Republican Will Hurd was due to be a keynote speaker at […]

Instagram adds new way of fighting account hacks to counter ‘distressing experience’ of getting profiles stolen

Instagram is adding new tools to allow users to avoid the “distressing experience” of having their accounts stolen. A growing number of people report hackers taking over their accounts, changing their passwords and claiming their username. Such changes have historically been almost impossible to deal with, leaving users without access to their profiles. Now the […]

Collective Health secures $205 million in funding led by SoftBank Vision Fund

(Reuters) – Collective Health, which makes software for companies to pay workers’ health costs directly, said on Monday it had raised $205 million in new funding led by SoftBank Group Corp’s Vision Fund. The San Francisco, California-based company said it would use the funding to drive adoption of its enterprise healthcare platform among employers across […]

Nasa reveals images of asteroid that’s ‘like nothing humanity has seen before’

This is the biggest asteroid mountain in the solar system. (Image: Nasa)Nasa has released pictures of a highly unusual mountain on the surface of an asteroid. The natural wonder is called Ahuna Mons was found on the surfaces of Ceres, which is a dwarf planet believed to be the largest space rock in the solar […]

Microsoft set to capture Gen Z workforce by focusing on mobility

Microsoft practically invented the hybrid model with the Surface Pro (Microsoft)When it comes to technology companies, Microsoft is a strange one to define. The company was a behemoth during the Windows era but was subsequently overtaken by Apple in the public psyche as it failed to grapple with the shift to mobile computing. Now it’s […]