Facebook amends ‘real name’ policy

By BBC After passionate and at times angry pleas from various vulnerable communities, Facebook has announced it is to amend its controversial "real name" policy. On Tuesday the site said it was to test new tools...

World’s first modular phone goes on sale

By BBC A smartphone designed to be easy to repair and upgrade goes on sale this week. The internal components of the Fairphone 2 are split into modules which can be replaced with minimal tools or...

Will EU ‘ban teens’ from Facebook?

By BBC By the end of this week it could be illegal for any European child under 16 to use Facebook - or Snapchat or any messaging service - without the express consent of their...

Uber drivers win union fight in Seattle

By BBC Seattle has passed a measure allowing drivers of smartphone-based taxi services such as Uber to join a union. The move - a first in the US - is a setback for the companies, which...

World premiere of Star Wars sequel

By BBC The hotly-anticipated latest addition in the Star Wars franchise, The Force Awakens, has had its world premiere in Los Angeles. Stars from the original series Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher were joined...

Twitter warns of government ‘hacking’

By BBC Twitter has sent warnings to a number of users that their accounts may have been hacked by "state-sponsored actors". It is the first time that the social media company has issued such a warning. Twitter...

Amazon ‘stops selling hoverboards’

By BBC Amazon appears to have stopped selling "hoverboards" on its UK and US sites. The London Fire Brigade issued a warning in October after a rideable board on charge in a bedroom in Southwark caught...

Ransom note artwork The computer virus that blackmails you

By BBC Ransomware is the fastest growing form of computer malware, experts warn. It's a malicious virus that locks the user out of their computer and demands a fee to return their files. A report published by...

Websites offline after cyber-attack threat

By BBC Thousands of business and personal websites have been taken offline by web host Moonfruit, after it was threatened with a cyber-attack. The Moonfruit service lets customers easily build templated websites. But the company said it...

Delta Says Hoverboards Are a Fire Danger and Bans Them

By AP Delta Air Lines says it is banning hoverboards because of the potential fire danger from the lithium-ion batteries that power the devices. Hoverboards are motorized, two-wheel, skateboard-sized scooters that users stand on. They have...
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