Technology

Elon Musk was ‘not on weed’ when tweeting about taking Tesla private

Image copyright Reuters Elon Musk has attempted to explain his controversial tweet about taking Tesla private, saying he was “not on weed” at the time. The electric carmaker’s founder has been facing intense scrutiny about the 7 August tweet which said he wanted to take Tesla private at $420 a share. He told the New York Times that the price of $420 seemed like “better karma” than $419. “But I

Body scanners to screen LA subway riders

Image copyright Thruvision Image caption The Thruvision camera can detect concealed objects Body scanners will be used on the Los Angeles subway to screen passengers for explosives and weapons, the local transport authority has announced. It is the first mass transport system in the US to adopt the technology. Portable scanners will be used to screen passengers as they enter stations, without them having to pass through a security checkpoint.

Apple files stored by teen in ‘hacky hack hack’ folder

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The boy hacked Apple because he was a fan of the firm, reports from the court case say A teenage boy from Australia has pleaded guilty to hacking into Apple’s network and downloading internal files, according to reports. The 16-year-old accessed 90 gigabytes worth of files, breaking into the system many times over the course of a year from his suburban home in Melbourne,

‘I run the last Blockbuster video store’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBlockbuster memories: Every Friday my parents would let us pick a video” Standing unpretentiously in the car park of a petrol station at a busy intersection in Oregon, this Blockbuster is the last one still open in the US. Over 10 years ago, the Blockbuster chain, known for short-term rentals of films on video cassette and DVD, numbered 9,000 stores around the

Brave moo world?

Image copyright Lely Image caption The floating farm will start with about 40 cows milked by robots The world’s first offshore dairy farm opens in the Port of Rotterdam this year, with the aim of helping the city produce more of its own food sustainably. But will such farms ever be able to produce enough to feed the world’s growing urban populations? A Dutch property company, Beladon, is launching the

Google employees criticise ‘censored China search engine’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The new search app would “blacklist sensitive queries” Hundreds of Google employees have written to the company to protest against plans to launch a “censored search engine” in China. They said the project raised “urgent moral and ethical questions” and urged the firm to be more transparent. “Currently we do not have the information required to make ethically-informed decisions about our work,” they added.

Celebrities warned over social media ads

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Former reality TV star Stephanie Davis was warned by the ASA that she must clearly label ads on social media An investigation has begun into whether celebrities are making it clear when they are paid to endorse a product on social media. The UK’s competition watchdog has written to a number of influencers, including household names, to question how they operate. These people, often

FBI sought Google location data of many to catch robber

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Google is under fire for keeping location data when users have switched off the function The FBI requested location data from Google covering 100 acres (0.4 sq km) as part of an investigation into a series of robberies in US city Portland, reports Forbes. The request for data on users in the area amounted to an “indiscriminate search”, said lawyers. It comes amid news

Marine Le Pen’s presence deemed ‘disrespectful’ at Web Summit

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Marine Le Pen has been un-invited to the Web Summit in Portugal Marine Le Pen, the former French presidential candidate and leader of the National Rally political party, has been un-invited to one of Europe’s largest technology conferences. Ms Le Pen was listed on the Web Summit’s website as a speaker for its conference in November. Conference CEO Paddy Cosgrave initially defended giving Ms

Motorola phone ‘brazen copy’ of iPhone X

Image caption Spot the difference: the P30 and iPhone X Smartphone brand Motorola has been criticised for revealing a “shameless” copy of the iPhone X as its new model. Many phone-makers have copied the look of the iPhone X, which has a smaller bezel around the screen and a “notch” at the top that houses a camera. However, reviewers said the new Motorola P30 was a “brazen” and “egregious” rip-off