Five scientific predictions by Professor Stephen Hawking | Science

Gene editing In his recently published posthumous collection of articles and essays, Brief Answers to the Big Questions, Stephen Hawking forecast that genetic editing techniques will give rise to a breed of “superhumans” – “a race of self-designing beings who are improving at an ever-increasing rate”. Artificial intelligence In 2017, the professor told Wired magazine …

YouTube down: video service crashes for several hours | Technology

YouTube experienced widespread broadcasting issues, affecting YouTube, YouTube TV and YouTube Music, with the Google-owned streaming service down for almost two hours. YouTube said it was looking into reports of issues with its services, as users contacted them complaining about the website being down from about 1.30am GMT. Some users trying to access the YouTube …

Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, dies aged 65 | Technology

Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates, has died. He was 65. Allen’s company Vulcan said in a statement that he died Monday. Earlier this month Allen said the cancer he was treated for in 2009, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, had returned. Allen, who was an avid sports fan, owned the Portland Trail …

Dow Jones slides more than 800 points in worst day for eight months | Business

The Dow Jones industrial average plunged more than 800 points, its worst drop in eight months, led by sharp declines in technology stocks. The sharp sell-off was even starker at the tech-heavy Nasdaq exchange, home to Apple, Alphabet, Amazon and others. The Nasdaq fell over 4%. Wednesday marked the fifth consecutive daily decline for the …

Cyberchondria and cyberhoarding: is internet fuelling new conditions? | Society

The internet could be fuelling a rise in new conditions such as cyberchondria and cyberhoarding, experts have warned. While researchers say most internet use is benign, it can lead some people to develop problems. Now experts are calling for more research to understand the range of problems that exist, who might be at risk, and …

Facebook’s UK tax bill rises to £15.8m – but it is still just 1% of sales | Technology

Facebook paid £15.8m in tax in the UK last year after making a profit of £62.7m on record British sales of £1.27bn. The social media giant’s accounts show that while Facebook increased its UK income by more than 50% in 2017, its pre-tax profits remained similar to 2016. Accounts filed at Companies House show that …

Apple iPhone XS review: two steps forward, one step back | Technology

The iPhone XS isn’t the only all-screen iPhone on the block this year, but with its balance of large screen and small body, is it still the iPhone to buy? To say that the iPhone XS looks exactly the same as the iPhone X is somewhat of an understatement. Apart from a pair of new …

Huge Facebook breach leaves thousands of other apps vulnerable | Technology

Remember the Facebook hack last week that compromised at least 50m accounts? It’s worse than you think. Last Friday, the social media company revealed a vulnerability that allowed attackers to steal automated log-in credentials (or “tokens”). The tokens make it easier for people to log into popular apps and services like Spotify, Pinterest, or Yelp. …

Elon Musk and Tesla to pay $40m to settle SEC case over tweets | Technology

Elon Musk is to step down as chair of Tesla for three years and pay a fine after reaching a deal with the US financial regulator over tweets he made about taking the firm into private ownership. Under the settlement Musk would remain as chief executive but must leave his other post within 45 days. …

Facebook says 50m user accounts affected by security breach | Technology

Nearly 50m Facebook accounts were compromised by an attack that gave hackers the ability to take over users’ accounts, Facebook revealed on Friday. The breach was discovered by Facebook engineers on Tuesday 25 September, the company said, and patched on Thursday. Users whose accounts were affected will be notified by Facebook. Those users will be …