Technology

UK to bring in drone registration

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Under an existing code, drones must be kept within sight of their pilot The UK government has announced plans to introduce drone registration and safety awareness courses for owners of the small unmanned aircraft. It will affect anyone who owns a drone which weighs more than 250 grams (8oz). Drone maker DJI said it was in favour of the measures. There is no time

All My Friends Are Having Babies, So I Did A Newborn Photoshoot With A Twist

As I moved into my late 20s, my Facebook feeds started to morph. One by one, my friends posted their exciting pregnancy announcements, and it seemed like in the blink of an eye, my feeds turned into a never-ending reel of babies doing mundane things. Captions like “Little Timmy found his hands today! I’ve never been so proud,” or “Awwwww, my baby pooped by herself! They grow up so fast,”

Moneysupermarket fined for sending seven million unwanted emails

Image copyright Moneysupermarket Image caption The website compares prices on many services. Price comparison website Moneysupermarket has been fined £80,000 ($103,000) by the Information Commissioners Office for sending more than seven million emails to people who had opted out of receiving its communications. The firm said it apologised “unreservedly”. The emails regarded changes to the terms and conditions of the site. However they also invited people to “reconsider” their opt-out.

AI demo picks out recipes from food photos

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption One suggestion for spaghetti bolognese was “gunk on noodles”. An algorithm created to identify recipes for food just from a photograph has been demonstrated by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The neural network was trained on a dataset of one million photos and one million recipes. The trial model worked best on desserts and found smoothies and sushi more challenging, the

Newcastle University students targeted by cyber-scam

Image copyright Newcastle University Image caption Newcastle University has issued a warning about the fake site Newcastle University is warning prospective students not to give out personal details on a fraudulent website taking payments for courses. The fake site uses pictures of Newcastle University buildings and takes payments for a non-existent “Newcastle International University”. It is “in no way associated with the university”, warns the university’s official Twitter feed. Students

YouTube to redirect searches for IS videos

Image copyright YouTube Image caption YouTube will offer curated playlists denouncing terrorism YouTube says it will redirect people searching for “violent extremist propaganda” and offer them videos that denounce terrorism. People searching for certain terms relating to the so-called Islamic State group will be offered playlists of videos “debunking its mythology”. YouTube said it wanted to help prevent people being radicalised. The company told the BBC that uploading IS propaganda

Tracking the stars

Image copyright NRL Image caption Australian rugby league fans could see how fast and active each player was during the game Sports teams have used wearable sensors in training for several years as a way of tracking player development and fitness. But now live streaming of such data during matches and races is ushering in a new era of fan involvement. For the rugby stars lining up for the opening

BMW ‘favouring Oxford’ to build new electric Mini

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Workers at the Cowley plant, where BMW makes Minis, had been on strike BMW’s Oxford factory is the favoured location for building an electric version of the Mini, sources have claimed. Two sources told Reuters the company is leaning towards the UK plant, where it has invested heavily in recent years. The company makes about 60% of its approximately 360,000 compact cars at the

Kodi magazine ‘directs readers to pirate content’

Image caption The Complete Guide to Kodi is on sale at a number of retailers A British magazine is directing readers to copyright-infringing software, the Federation Against Copyright Theft (Fact) has said. Kodi is a free, legal media player for computers but software add-ons that in some cases make it possible to download pirated content. The Complete Guide to Kodi magazine instructs readers on how to download such add-ons. Dennis

AlphaBay and Hansa dark web markets shut down

Two of the largest dark web marketplaces have been shut down following a “landmark” international law enforcement investigation. The AlphaBay and Hansa sites had been associated with the trade in illicit items such as drugs, weapons, malware and stolen data. Police in the US and Europe collaborated on the operation. According to Europol, there were more than 250,000 listings for illegal drugs and toxic chemicals on AlphaBay. The agency said