Robot helps Jack McLinden, 14, to be Everton mascot

Image copyright PA Image caption Everton captain Phil Jagielka carried the robot on to the pitch A 14-year-old Everton fan has made history by becoming football’s first “remote” match-day mascot – with the aid of a robot. Jack McLinden, who has multiple health conditions, experienced joining his heroes on the pitch before their game against […]

Police ‘visit funeral home to unlock dead man’s phone’

Image copyright Getty Images Police in Florida have been criticised for allegedly entering a funeral home in a futile bid to unlock a dead man’s smartphone. Linus Phillip, 30, was killed while trying to escape from police at a petrol station in Largo on 23 March. After his body was released to the Sylvan Abbey […]

Man fined for hate crime after filming pug’s ‘Nazi salutes’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMark Meechan believed his sentence set a “really, really dangerous precedent” A man who filmed a pet dog giving Nazi salutes before putting the footage on YouTube has been fined £800. Mark Meechan, 30, recorded his girlfriend’s pug, Buddha, responding to statements such as “Sieg Heil” by […]

TSB customers report online problems

Image copyright Getty Images TSB customers have reported problems with their online banking after weekend upgrades to the company’s systems. The bank warned its users that it was carrying out upgrades between 16:00 BST on Friday and 18:00 on Sunday. But a number of customers reported they were still facing problems on Monday morning. One […]

Tim Schafer: My games suffered ‘bit rot’

Award-winning games designer Tim Schafer says many of his classic titles have suffered “bit rot”, as the old code is no longer playable on modern machines. On Thursday, Mr Schafer will be awarded a Bafta Fellowship in recognition of his creative contribution to video games. Source link

Hellblade: Bafta for first-time actress

Image copyright Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, Ninja Theory Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice was the big winner at the Bafta Games Awards, including picking up best performer – which was won by a video editor. Melina Juergens was asked to stand in for one of the characters and ended up getting the job. She played the main character, […]

‘Lazy hackers’ turn to automated attack tools

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Attack bots scan net address ranges looking for vulnerable servers Cyber-attackers are turning to tools that automate the process of finding and hijacking vulnerable servers, a study has found. The study used a fake server known as a honeypot to log everything done to it by digital intruders. Put […]

Ikea app TaskRabbit reveals security breach

Image copyright Reuters Ikea’s odd jobs marketplace TaskRabbit is investigating a “cyber-security incident”, the company has announced. The app and website let people find freelance workers to complete household tasks such as cleaning, gardening or assembling flat-pack furniture. TaskRabbit has not revealed the nature of the incident, but said it was working with law enforcement […]

Jeremy Hunt threatens social media with new child-protection laws

Image copyright Facebook/AFP/Google Image caption Jeremy Hunt has written to a number of internet companies, including Facebook and Google Jeremy Hunt has threatened social media firms with new laws if they don’t do more to protect children online. In a letter to companies including Facebook and Google, the health secretary accused them of “turning a […]

Minister ridiculed for saying ancient India invented internet

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The minister cited this example from the Hindu epic Mahabharata to prove his point A minister who has claimed that the internet was invented thousands of years ago by ancient Indians is being met with ridicule. Biplab Deb, who is the chief minister of the north-eastern state of Tripura, […]

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