Apple Stores to employ human trafficking victims

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Apple’s own staff will not be told who the human trafficking victims are Apple has announced a programme to help human trafficking victims get behind-the-scenes jobs at its stores. The technology company has teamed up with an NGO that will help the victims pass interviews for caretaker and landscaping posts…

Call of Duty ‘swatting’ death prankster pleads guilty

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption There have been a spate of incidents involving gamers that have led to prank calls to the police A California-based gamer faces up to 20 years in jail after admitting crimes including making a hoax call to US police that resulted in them shooting an innocent man dead. Tyler Barriss…

Google accused of ‘trust demolition’ over health app

Image copyright DeepMindImage caption The Streams app is saving nurses hours each day, the Royal Free Hospital says A controversial health app developed by artificial intelligence firm DeepMind will be taken over by Google, it has been revealed. Streams was first used to send alerts in a London hospital but hit headlines for gathering data…

US asks London court to hand over two alleged hackers

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption The dark web forum is alleged to have been used to trade stolen payment card details The US’s attempt to have two alleged cyber-criminals extradited from the UK has come before a London court. The two men are accused of being members of a 36-strong group said to have been…

IMF’s Lagarde says central banks could issue digital money

Image copyright Getty Images International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde said central banks around the world should consider issuing digital currency. Speaking in Singapore, Ms Lagarde said this could make digital currency transactions safer. Non-cash payments have increased over the years, raising challenges for governments and central banks. Regulators have voiced concerns with digital currencies…

Deepfake: BBC newsreader ‘speaks’ languages he can’t

BBC newsreader Matthew Amroliwala only speaks English, but by using artificial intelligence software he suddenly appears to be speaking Spanish, Mandarin and Hindi. The technique is known as deepfake, where software replaces an original face with a computer-generated face of another. Amroliwala was asked to read a script in BBC Click’s film studio and the…

The face-mapping technology raising fears about fake news

This facial mapping technology has been designed to improve television language dubbing, but it also has strong potential for those seeking to deceive. BBC’s Media Editor Amol Rajan looks at the benefits and risks – and tries it out himself. This story is part of a series by the BBC on disinformation and fake news…

First 5G cities in UK named by EE

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption 5G could also be used as a replacement for fixed home broadband EE has announced which six UK cities will be the first to get faster 5G mobile networks. Building on existing trials, EE will turn on 5G in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester by mid-2019. By the…

Parents ‘need to put their phones in a box’, MPs told

“You’re a parent whether your child’s online or not,” Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England told MPs looking into the impact of social media and screen-use on young people’s health. She told the Commons science and technology committee the “danger zone” is from 9pm to 11pm. She suggested parenting classes to show how to create…

‘Ugly’ mistake sends Google data to China

Image copyright ReutersImage caption Data can easily go astray if hardware uses the wrong address book Google data for search and cloud services went astray for more than an hour on Monday thanks to an “ugly” mistake by an African ISP. The data was sent the wrong way when MainOne Cable, in Nigeria, updated address…