Government in email privacy blunder

Image copyright Getty Images A government department responsible for data protection laws has shared the contact details of hundreds of journalists. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport emailed more than 300 recipients in a way that allowed their addresses to be seen by other people. The email – seen by the BBC –…

Netflix to trial showing top 10 lists to UK users

Image copyright NetflixImage caption Sex Education, Bird Box and You have been big successes for Netflix Netflix is to start showing UK users a Top 10 list of the most popular programmes on the platform. It will be the first time it has done this anywhere in the world. It will be trialled for several…

Star Wars: Mark Hamill supports superfan’s emotional video

Image copyright Eric Butts/LucasfilmImage caption Eric Butts is a 40-year-old YouTuber from Lexington, Kentucky “I intentionally put crying trailers on the internet. I have to have a thick skin.” Eric Butts is what you might call a “reaction YouTuber”. He makes videos where he watches trailers and reacts, whether that’s with laughter, bemusement or even…

Google to police new app developers more closely

Image copyright GoogleImage caption Google has said that it will take longer to vet apps from new developers on its Android app store Android developers new to Google’s phone platform could have publication of their apps delayed for days as more rigorous checks are done on coders. Google said it was stepping up checks on…

UK to introduce porn age-checks in July

Image copyright Getty Images An age-check scheme designed to stop under-18s viewing pornographic websites will come into force on 15 July. From that date, affected sites will have to verify the age of UK visitors. If they fail to comply they will face being blocked by internet service providers. But critics say teens may find…

‘Why I write fake online reviews’

Image copyright Iain TaylorImage caption “Payment can be as little as £4 plus the cost to cover the product they are selling,” Iain says “I’ve learned never to rely on reviews for anything,” says Iain Taylor, from East Sussex. In his spare time and to supplement his income, the 44-year-old writes fake online reviews in…

Axiom soccer indie game takes a shot at goal

Marc Cieslak reviews the game Axiom Soccer – a mashup between football and a third person shooter. The game has been designed to appeal to the streaming community. But will it score or be given the red card by gamers? See more at Click’s website and @BBCClick.

TikTok: Apple and Google block video sharing app in India

Image copyright AFP Apple and Google have removed TikTok, which allows users to create and share videos, from their app stores in India. The move follows a ruling by the Madras High Court, which ordered its removal from app stores over concerns that it was being used to spread pornography. India’s top court on Tuesday…

Technology to keep dementia patients out of hospital

Image copyright Imperial College London Sensors small enough to fit in the ear, robotic devices and sleep monitors could all become standard technology in the homes of people with dementia, scientists say. The idea is to keep people safe and independent in their own homes, rather than needing to go to hospital. Scientists, engineers and…

The robot that tidies up bedrooms

It’s a simple job for a human, but surprisingly tricky for a robot. A company in Japan is trying to teach a pair of machines to bring order to the chaos of child’s bedroom, using the same artificial intelligence it uses for self-driving cars and smart factories. This is part of the BBC’s Disruptors series….