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Time using landlines halves in five years, says Ofcom

Time using landlines halves in five years, says Ofcom

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many young people interviewed didn’t realise area codes have geographical significance As landline usage continues to fall, a new Ofcom study suggests remembering phone numbers could soon be consigned to history. Between 2012 and 2017, time spent on landline calls plummeted from 103 billion minutes to 54 billion minutes. […]

TV licence email scam: More than 5,000 complaints in three months

TV licence email scam: More than 5,000 complaints in three months

Image copyright Getty Images A TV licence email scam has led to more than 5,000 complaints over the past three months. Cyber crime monitor Action Fraud said fake TV licence emails regarding payment issues had been sent out to try to collect bank details. The number of reports has increased in each of the past […]

PewDiePie hackers take over Google smart TV systems

PewDiePie hackers take over Google smart TV systems

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A message on affected TVs encourages victims to subscribe to the YouTuber PewDiePie Hackers have taken control of smart TVs around the world in another stunt to support YouTuber PewDiePie. The super-fans claim they successfully took over more than 65,000 Google Chromecast devices. Google says its product is not […]

Asimov's 2019 predictions – fiction or fact?

Asimov's 2019 predictions – fiction or fact?

Image caption Isaac Asimov wrote three basic laws of robotics which many experts still refer to Back in 1983, science fiction writer Isaac Asimov was asked to predict how the world would look in 2019. His thoughts, written originally for the Toronto Star newspaper, can now be compared against reality. Many have proved surprisingly accurate. […]

Severn Bridge shuts as drone flown from tower

Severn Bridge shuts as drone flown from tower

Image copyright Allen Lloyd Image caption Traffic has reopened after the road was closed this morning A main route between England and Wales was closed after a man climbed a bridge and flew a drone from the top. Traffic was stopped on the M48 – the older of two Severn crossings – because of “concern […]

Net's founding father Dr Larry Roberts dies aged 81

Net's founding father Dr Larry Roberts dies aged 81

Image copyright Carlos Alvarez Image caption Larry Roberts (far left) with net pioneers Bob Kahn, Vint Cerf and web creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee American scientist Larry Roberts who helped design and build the forerunner of the internet has died aged 81. In the late 1960s, he ran the part of the US Advanced Research Projects […]

Tesla adds Larry Ellison to its board

Tesla adds Larry Ellison to its board

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Oracle founder and chairman Larry Ellison Tesla has appointed Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison and Walgreens Boots Alliance executive Kathleen Wilson-Thompson to its board. The move further strengthens the board as pledged by founder Elon Musk to the Securities and Exchanges Commission. The SEC fined Mr Musk over misleading tweets […]

Google and Facebook put ads in child sex abuse discovery apps

Google and Facebook put ads in child sex abuse discovery apps

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption WhatsApp does not allow users to search for groups in its own app, which led to the creation of other services that did Evidence that adverts for major brands were placed in “child abuse discovery apps” via Google and Facebook’s ad networks has led to fresh calls for the […]

Security firm hijacks high-profile Twitter accounts

Security firm hijacks high-profile Twitter accounts

Image copyright Insinia Image caption BBC documentary-maker Louis Theroux was among those targeted Several high-profile Twitter accounts have been briefly hijacked to expose alleged flaws in the service. The accounts of Eamonn Holmes, Louis Theroux and several others briefly showed messages saying they had been taken over by Insinia Security. In a blog, the firm […]

Musk seeks to dismiss "pedo" defamation claim

Musk seeks to dismiss "pedo" defamation claim

Image caption Vern Unsworth (R) helped bring top international cave rescuers to the mission, including Rob Harper (L) Elon Musk is seeking to dismiss a defamation claim by saying that “over-the-top” paedophilia claims he tweeted should not be taken seriously. He is being sued by Vern Unsworth, who aided the rescue of 12 boys from […]