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Meltdown and Spectre: How chip hacks work

Meltdown and Spectre: How chip hacks work

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWatch: Chip hacks explained As technology companies race to fix two major vulnerabilities found in computer chips, the ways in which those chips could theoretically be targeted by hackers are becoming clear. Collectively, Meltdown and Spectre affect billions of systems around the world – from desktop PCs […]

CES 2018: Tech preview of the show's coolest new products

CES 2018: Tech preview of the show's coolest new products

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: First look at an electric virtual reality suit that shocks gamers that will be at CES 2018 All aboard the (self-driving) bus – next stop, CES: Las Vegas’ annual gigantic tech fest. About 4,000 companies – many of them start-ups – are arriving in town this […]

Nintendo Switch is fastest-selling US home console

Nintendo Switch is fastest-selling US home console

Image copyright Nintendo Image caption Super Mario Odyssey was released at the end of October The Nintendo Switch has been named America’s fastest-selling home games console. A total of 4.8 million units were sold in the US during the 10 months following the Switch’s launch there on 3 March last year. The Switch breaks tradition […]

Schools 'should help children with social media risk'

Schools 'should help children with social media risk'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption“Everyone’s always Snapchatting you” – five children describe how they use social media Schools should play a bigger role in preparing children for social media’s emotional demands as they move from primary to secondary school, England’s children’s commissioner says. Anne Longfield said she was worried many pupils […]

Major flaw in millions of Intel chips revealed

Major flaw in millions of Intel chips revealed

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Millions of computers contain Intel chips A serious flaw in the design of Intel’s chips will require Microsoft, Linux and Apple to update operating systems for computers around the world. Intel has not yet released the details of the vulnerability, but it is believed to affect chips in millions of […]

Gaming addiction classified as disorder by WHO

Gaming addiction classified as disorder by WHO

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption According to an Oxford University study, boys are more likely to spend time gaming than girls Gaming addiction is to be listed as a mental health condition for the first time by the World Health Organisation. Its 11th International Classification of Diseases (ICD) will include the condition “gaming disorder”. […]

YouTube app removed from Amazon Fire TV kit early

YouTube app removed from Amazon Fire TV kit early

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Amazon Fire TV boxes now send people to the YouTube website The YouTube app has been removed from Amazon’s Fire TV devices four days earlier than expected, as a dispute between Amazon and Google continues. Fire TV devices now encourage people to use the YouTube website in a web […]

Call for tech giants to face taxes over extremist content

Call for tech giants to face taxes over extremist content

Image copyright Reuters Internet companies should face a tax punishment for failing to deal with the threat of terrorism in the UK, security minister Ben Wallace has said. Mr Wallace said firms such as Facebook, Google and YouTube were too slow to remove radical content online, forcing the government to act instead. While tech firms […]

New Year Honours 2018: AI chief Demis Hassabis made CBE

New Year Honours 2018: AI chief Demis Hassabis made CBE

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption DeepMind chief executive Demis Hassabis British artificial intelligence researcher Demis Hassabis has been recognised on the New Year Honours list. Mr Hassabis is chief executive of DeepMind, which has developed software that can beat human experts at the complex board game Go. He was made a Commander of the […]

US says Romanians hacked Washington DC police cameras

US says Romanians hacked Washington DC police cameras

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Washington police security was compromised by a computer hack in January US prosecutors have charged two Romanians with hacking Washington DC police computers linked to surveillance cameras just days before President Donald Trump’s inauguration. The pair are being held in Romania, having been arrested at Bucharest Otopeni airport on […]