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 […]

UK supermarkets try face-based ID and payment system

UK supermarkets try face-based ID and payment system

Image copyright Yoti A new facial recognition app from British start-up Yoti could be trialled in two supermarkets, following a deal with self-service till maker NCR. It would enable shops to check the age of customers buying restricted products such as alcohol and knives, without human intervention. The free-to-consumer app works by pairing a selfie […]

Votes in 18 nations ‘hacked’ in last year

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption China disrupted use of WhatsApp prior to official government conferences, the report says Elections in 18 separate nations were influenced by online disinformation campaigns last year, suggests research. Independent watchdog Freedom House looked at how online discourse was influenced by governments, bots and paid opinion formers. In total, 30 […]

Deliveroo claims victory in self-employment case

Deliveroo claims victory in self-employment case

Image copyright Getty Images Deliveroo riders have been ruled self-employed by labour law body the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC). The test case was brought against the delivery company by the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) . The IWGB said the ruling showed a majority of Deliveroo riders wanted workers’ rights and union recognition. […]

Connected toys have ‘worrying’ security issues

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption The security services have warned about the dangers of toys being exploited by malicious hackers Consumer watchdog Which? has called on retailers to stop selling some popular toys it says have “proven” security issues. Those toys include Furby Connect, the i-Que robot, Cloudpets and Toy-fi Teddy. Which? found that there […]