Technology

Police ‘visit funeral home to unlock dead man’s phone’

Image copyright Getty Images Police in Florida have been criticised for allegedly entering a funeral home in a futile bid to unlock a dead man’s smartphone. Linus Phillip, 30, was killed while trying to escape from police at a petrol station in Largo on 23 March. After his body was released to the Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, his family say, two police officers tried to use his finger to unlock

Apple’s Shazam deal faces European probe

Image copyright Reuters European regulators will launch an in-depth investigation of Apple’s planned $400m purchase of Shazam, the music recognition app developed in the UK. The European Commission said an initial probe found Apple may encourage Shazam users to switch to its own music streaming service following a takeover. Apple Music has about half as many paid subscribers as Spotify, the world’s biggest streaming platform. Apple said in December that

Iran’s banks banned from dealing in crypto-currencies

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Iran’s central bank has banned the use of crypto-currencies in its financial centres Iran’s central bank has banned other banks from dealing in crypto-currencies, over concerns the technology could be used illegally. It said Bitcoin could be “turned into a means for money-laundering and financing terrorism” and “a means for transferring criminals’ money”. Iran’s currency, the rial, plunged to an all-time low in early

Man fined for hate crime after filming pug’s ‘Nazi salutes’

Image copyright Press Team Image caption Mark Meechan’s clip was viewed more than three million times on YouTube A man who filmed a pet dog giving Nazi salutes before putting the footage on YouTube has been fined £800. Mark Meechan, 30, recorded his girlfriend’s pug, Buddha, responding to statements such as “Sieg Heil” by raising its paw. The clip was viewed more than three million times on YouTube. Meechan, of

TSB customers report online problems

Image copyright Getty Images TSB customers have reported problems with their online banking after weekend upgrades to the company’s systems. The bank warned its users that it was carrying out upgrades between 16:00 BST on Friday and 18:00 on Sunday. But a number of customers reported they were still facing problems on Monday morning. One customer was credited with £13,000 he didn’t have, and could see details of someone else’s

South Korea turns off loudspeaker broadcasts into North

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption South Korea’s speakers were blasting pop music and propaganda over the border South Korea has stopped broadcasting propaganda via loudspeakers along the border with North Korea, ahead of top-level talks later this week. The South has dozens of loudspeakers along the border area, which blast everything from K-pop music to critical news reports of the North. The broadcasts can be heard by the North’s

Jeremy Hunt threatens social media with new child-protection laws

Image copyright Facebook/AFP/Google Image caption Jeremy Hunt has written to a number of internet companies, including Facebook and Google Jeremy Hunt has threatened social media firms with new laws if they don’t do more to protect children online. In a letter to companies including Facebook and Google, the health secretary accused them of “turning a blind eye” to their impact on children. The firms have until the end of April

HQ Trivia: The free app giving away thousands of pounds

Image copyright HQ Trivia How do you win thousands of pounds straight from your phone for free? For many, the answer is the popular quiz show app HQ Trivia. The game came to the UK in early 2018 after being released in the US the year before. The free app live-streams 15-minute quiz shows throughout the week to millions of viewers, with a pot of money available to split between

GDPR: Are you ready for the EU’s huge data privacy shake-up?

Image caption Our personal data is shared with and processed by dozens of organisations every day Mark Taylor’s account was one of 20,000 at Tesco Bank plundered by hackers who broke through its online security systems in 2016. “I felt physically ill,” he says. “£2,400 for me is an awful lot of money.” Tesco refunded the money to customers whose accounts had been raided, but it took time and caused

Ofcom seeks to scrap local TV roll-out

Image copyright Big Centre TV Image caption Birmingham’s Big Centre TV has been replaced Media regulator Ofcom has proposed scrapping the further roll-out of local TV channels across the UK, citing concerns over “economic viability”. More than 30 local TV stations have already been set up in the UK as part of a plan laid out in 2011 by then culture secretary Jeremy Hunt. But several of the channels have