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Million Britons miss out on 'decent' broadband speeds

Million Britons miss out on 'decent' broadband speeds

Image copyright AFP Image caption Decent broadband can be hard to find in some rural areas, said Ofcom The UK’s digital divide has narrowed but more than one million homes and offices still struggle to get good broadband, says an Ofcom report. The Connected Nations report found that about 4% of properties cannot get a […]

Locked out

Locked out

Image copyright Seehotel Jagerwirt Image caption Christoph Brandstatter (third from right) had his Austrian hotel hacked four times The internet of things (IoT) promises many advantages – smart cities with integrated transport systems, for instance – but it comes with a significantly increased cybersecurity risk. So how should we be tackling this new threat? Christoph […]

Broadband over 'wet string' tested for fun

Broadband over 'wet string' tested for fun

Image copyright Andrews and Arnold Image caption The experiment was a “bit of fun” says the firm responsible Engineers at a small British internet service provider have successfully made a broadband connection work over 2m (6ft 7in) of wet string. The connection reached speeds of 3.5Mbps (megabits per second), according to the Andrews and Arnold […]

Skin betting: 'Children as young as 11 introduced to gambling'

Skin betting: 'Children as young as 11 introduced to gambling'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionUniversity student Ryan Archer’s love of gaming spiralled into gambling when he was 15 Thousands of children and young people are losing money on websites which allow them to trade virtual items, gambling experts have warned. The Gambling Commission’s annual report has, for the first time, looked […]

HP laptops found to have hidden keylogger

HP laptops found to have hidden keylogger

Image copyright HP Image caption Hundreds of HP laptop models were affected Hidden software that can record every letter typed on a computer keyboard has been discovered pre-installed on hundreds of HP laptop models. Security researcher Michael Myng found the keylogging code in software drivers preinstalled on HP laptops to make the keyboard work. HP […]

Bitcoin: 'I'm part of a crazy wave'

Bitcoin: 'I'm part of a crazy wave'

Image copyright Alessandra Sollberger In its early days, Bitcoin might have been dismissed as a quirky tech sector fad. But it is rapidly evolving into the mainstream and has already made some people rich. If once Bitcoin was seen as a tool for money launderers and drug dealers, it has recently become as commonplace a […]

Calls for Twitch to police 'sexual streaming'

Calls for Twitch to police 'sexual streaming'

Image copyright kovaciclea Image caption High-profile streamers are complaining about the way Twitch enforces its guidelines Scroll through the In Real Life (IRL) section of streaming site Twitch and you could be forgiven for thinking, now and then, that you have landed on a camgirl site. Scattered among the artists, cooks and professional eaters are […]

Bitcoin breaks through the $15,000 mark

Bitcoin breaks through the $15,000 mark

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption At the start of the year Bitcoin was valued below $1,000 Bitcoin has breached the $15,000 mark, extending the digital currency’s record-breaking surge. The cryptocurrency began the year below $1,000 but continues to rise despite warnings of a dangerous bubble. According to Coindesk.com, Bitcoin reached $15,007.70 (£11,252.62), before falling […]

Sad poop emoji gets flushed after row

Sad poop emoji gets flushed after row

Image copyright Getty Images Plans to introduce a “frowning pile of poo” emoji have been flushed from the latest proposals by the group in charge of creating the symbols. The symbol was floated as one of many to be introduced in 2018, but it angered typographers who said it was “embarrassing” to the group. The […]

Child exploitation: Live streaming an 'urgent' threat

Child exploitation: Live streaming an 'urgent' threat

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption‘He switched his webcam on and started groaning’ Sex offenders are increasingly using live online streaming platforms to exploit children, police have warned. Children need to be educated on the risks associated with streaming sites, the National Crime Agency said. It said offenders were learning how young […]

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