Gamers’ anger halts Star Wars Battlefront II payments

Image copyright EA Games Games publisher EA has suspended in-game purchases in its latest Star Wars title Battlefront II, following criticism from players. Gamers had complained that unlocking popular characters such as Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader took too long unless they paid for in-game credits. EA said in-game purchases would be halted because it […]

Fullscreen ‘YouTube Red rival’ to close in January

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Comedian Grace Helbig had a talk show on Fullscreen Online talent management firm Fullscreen is closing the subscription video platform it set up last year to rival YouTube’s premium tier. The service promised to produce “higher quality” programmes featuring popular YouTube and social media stars. Fullscreen said it had […]

Silicon Valley firms compete to hack R2-D2

Several top Silicon Valley companies took part in a competition to hack an R2-D2 robot. The aim of the event was to promote tech careers to children. Video journalist: Dave Lee Silicon Valley firms compete to hack R2-D2

Cyber-bullying: Prince’s ‘stop, speak, support’ code of conduct

Image copyright Getty Images Facebook and Snapchat are set to bring in ways to directly help young people bullied online, following an intervention by Prince William. The move is part of a code of conduct drawn up by a taskforce of technology companies, children’s charities and parents headed by the prince. It aims to encourage […]

Star Wars Battlefront II game faces further backlash

Image copyright EA Games publisher EA has faced further criticism over its latest Star Wars game, Battlefront II. Many players were unhappy about the credits that unlock key Star Wars characters. The number required has now been reduced but so has the number that can be earned through gameplay. The alternative is to purchase them. […]

Jack Dorsey saddened by Japan’s ‘Twitter killer’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Takahiro Shiraishi was arrested after police found several people’s body parts in his home Twitter’s chief executive has said a case in which an alleged serial killer is said to have lured victims by searching the social network for suicidal thoughts is “extremely sad”. But Jack Dorsey added that […]

UK cyber-defence chief accuses Russia of hack attacks

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The National Cyber Security Centre said the UK’s energy sector had been targeted One of the UK’s cyber-defence chiefs has accused Russia of having attacked Britain’s media, telecommunications and energy sectors over the past year. Ciaran Martin, chief executive of GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), added that Russia […]

YouTuber Zoella apologises for old offensive tweets

Image copyright PA Image caption Zoella published her first novel in 2014 and has her own cosmetics line YouTuber and blogger Zoella has apologised for a number of old tweets about gay people and “chavs”. The posts, from 2009-12, which have now been deleted, have been called out for “fat shaming” and being homophobic. “Fat […]

Face ID iPhone X ‘hack’ demoed live with mask by Bkav

A Vietnamese cyber-security firm has shown the BBC how a mask can be used to unlock Apple’s new iPhone X. The demo took place about a week after Bkav first claimed to have undermined the handset’s security. But other experts have cast doubt on what the “hack” amounts to. Apple has not commented beyond referring […]

Star Wars game in U-turn after player anger

Image copyright EA Games publisher EA has changed a rule in its Star Wars Battlefront II video game after a huge backlash. During the game, players have to obtain credits – either by buying them or through long hours of game play – to unlock popular characters including Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. Many players […]

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