Uber faces criminal probe in US over ‘greyball’ code

Image copyright EPA Image caption Uber has been criticised many times over the way it runs its business Ride-sharing firm Uber is facing a criminal investigation by the US government. The scrutiny has started because the firm is accused of using “secret” software that let it operate in regions where it was banned or restricted. […]

Facebook nears two billion monthly users

Image copyright Getty Images Facebook’s profits have jumped in the first three months of the year, as the social network closes in on two billion users, according to its latest results. The number of people using Facebook each month increased to 1.94 billion, of which nearly 1.3 billion use it daily, the company said. The […]

Google Docs users hit by phishing scam

Image copyright Getty Images Google has said it has taken action against a phishing email that targeted users of its online documents service. The company said it had “disabled offending accounts” and “removed fake pages” after users raised concerns they might have been hacked. The email claimed to be from Google Docs, a service that […]

Bionic hand ‘sees and grabs’ objects automatically

Media captionThe bionic hand ‘sees and grabs’ objects automatically A bionic hand that “sees” objects and instantly decides what kind of grip to adopt has been developed by scientists. A computer uses a camera to assess an object’s shape and size to then trigger the correct movement to pick it up. The technology was developed […]

Facebook hires 3,000 to review content

Image copyright AFP Facebook is hiring 3,000 people for its “community operations team”, to help stop hate speech, child abuse and self-harm being broadcast on the website. Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said it had been “heartbreaking” to see people “hurting themselves and others” in videos streamed live on Facebook. He added he would make reporting […]

Retro tech: Flying car prototypes

How flying cars have gone from being a science fiction fantasy to almost becoming a reality, as seen through the BBC archive. Retro tech: Flying car prototypes

Retro tech: A look back at flying cars

How flying cars have gone from being a science fiction fantasy to almost becoming a reality, as seen through the BBC archive. Retro tech: A look back at flying cars

China announces tighter regulations for online news

Image copyright GREG BAKER Image caption China has the world’s largest online population The Chinese government has issued new regulations tightening its control over online news content. Companies that publish, share or edit news will need a government licence, and senior editors must be approved by the authorities. Other staff will be required to undergo […]

Facebook top 10 concert lists may be security risk

Image copyright Facebook Image caption The game is to list the top 10 bands people have seen in concert – but with one false entry thrown in for friends to spot Comparing lists on social media of the top 10 concerts you have ever attended seems like a harmless enough pastime. But there are warnings […]

Apple’s iPhone sales in surprise drop

Image copyright Getty Images Apple sold fewer iPhones than a year ago in the first three months of 2017, the company said in its latest results. The California firm, which is due to release a new phone later this year, said it sold 50.8 million iPhones in the period, down 1% year-on-year. Apple boss Tim […]