Liverpudlians are 'chattiest mobile phone users'

People in Liverpool have longer mobile phone calls than the residents of nine other major British cities, an Ofcom survey has suggested.Liverpudlians spend six minutes and 51 seconds on a single call, on average.That's…

Full fibre - Hull shows the way

Hull has become the first city in the UK where everyone can get full fibre broadband.This achievement has come after a seven year investment programme - and the fact that this city has led the way in developing this vital…

Oxfam alleges UK supermarket supply chain abuse

Workers on farms and plantations that supply big UK supermarkets are being subjected to poverty and human rights abuses, according to Oxfam.A "relentless" drive for retailer profits is fuelling poverty, abuse, and discrimination,…

Top Barclays executives 'hid £280m payment'

Two top executives at Barclays Bank dishonestly hid a £280m payment to investors from Qatar, a court heard today. Prosecutors said the executives created a bogus agreement for advisory services so they could pay Qatari…

China and Russia join to battle 'illegal internet content,' which means what you fear it does

Authoritarian regimes continue wrestling internet back into box China and Russia will sign a joint treaty aimed to tackling “illegal internet content” later this month, the Russian telecoms regulator has announced. The signing will…

That lithium-ion battery in your phone or car? It has just won three chemists the Nobel Prize

Goodenough for Goodenough as boffin is still working at 97 The Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to three pioneers in the field of lithium ion batteries, which form the power storage unit of most modern technology. At 97-years-old, John…

Tech giants face higher tax bills under shake-up

New tax plans aimed at making global firms pay more tax have been published by an international economic body.The proposals would give governments more power to tax big technology firms such as Apple, Facebook and Google.…

Father of Unix Ken Thompson checkmated as his old password has finally been cracked

Aussie user's AMD GPU breaks hash in just four days Back in 2014, developer Leah Neukirchen found an /etc/passwd file among a file dump from the BSD 3 source tree that included the passwords used by various computer science pioneers, including…

Mission Extension Vehicle-1 launches to save space from zombie satellites

Whew, you're a bit of a rust bucket, aren't you?! Come with us International Launch Services (ILS) sent up a Proton rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome this morning with a payload containing the first commercial spacecraft designed to service…

Forget Brexit, ignore Trump, write off today: BT's gonna make us all 'realise the potential of tomorrow'

Non-Indian call centres and High Street shops on the way These truly are strange times. BT is plotting a return to the High Street, unleashing hundreds of tech troubleshooters onto the unsuspecting public - and onshoring all of its call centres…

Who are the family buying Thomas Cook shops?

John Hays, founder of the travel firm that is rescuing Thomas Cook's High Street shops, knows a thing or two about survival.Soon after setting up Hays Travel in the back of his mother's childrenswear shop in 1980, a…

Nutanix lures cloudy bingers with Danish trilogy: HPE GreenLake deal, ServiceNow tie-up and ProLiant DX pact

Yep, storage firm's software pre-installed on HPE servers Hyperconverged playa Nutanix opened its .NEXT conference in Copenhagen with a triple announcement: an HPE GreenLake deal, its software pre-installed on HPE servers, and integration with…

Thomas Cook buyers pledge to save 2,500 jobs

All 555 Thomas Cook shops are to be bought by rival Hays Travel in a move that could save up to 2,500 jobs.The independent travel agent said the move gives it shops in areas where it had little or no presence, including…

Second MoD Airbus Zephyr spy drone crashes on Aussie test flight

Delicate thing doesn't like turbulence, apparently A second Airbus Zephyr high altitude pseudo-satellite (HAPS) drone, built for the UK's Ministry of Defence, has crashed in Australia while on a test flight. The 25m-wingspan aircraft reportedly…

Government issues advice on LGBT school protests

The government has issued advice to local authorities on dealing with protests outside schools over LGBT-inclusive teaching. The 21-page document, seen by the BBC, lays out how councils should support teachers to minimise…

Universities 'must do more to tackle harassment'

Universities must do more to tackle harassment and hate crimes on campus, a report says.Universities UK found good progress had been made in combating sexual misconduct and gender-based violence, since a taskforce was set…

The Briton hoping to revive America's book giant

James Daunt, credited with a turnaround at Britain's biggest book chain, Waterstones, is plotting a similar strategy to address the troubles at America's Barnes & Noble.In the 1990s, the company was king of America's…

Twitter: No, really, we're very sorry we sold your security info for a boatload of cash

That was just an unfortunate accident that ended up padding Jack's bank account Twitter says it was just an accident that caused the microblogging giant to let advertisers use private information to better target their marketing materials at…

Remember the FBI's promise it wasn’t abusing the NSA’s data on US citizens? Well, guess what…

Turns out the Feds make the CIA and NSA actually look good The FBI routinely misused a database, gathered by the NSA with the specific purpose of searching for foreign intelligence threats, by searching it for everything from vetting to spying…

You know the deal: October 2019. Pwned by a spreadsheet. Patch your Microsoft stuff

On the bright side, nothing from Adobe to install this month October brings a relatively light patch load for admins and users, thanks to Adobe's decision to sit out this month's update bonanza. Cloudy patch bundle from Microsoft For Microsoft,…

No-deal Brexit data - should firms worry?

"Take steps now to keep receiving data legally from the EU."That's the message for businesses in a full page government advert in the Financial Times and elsewhere. It goes on to warn that after 31 October "you may need…

Tune in today: Learn lessons from Australia and Singapore – find out how to thwart cyber-crooks probing your IT

Protect your business with Carbon Black Webcast Stop press: there are miscreants out there, and they are looking to break into your computer systems and steal your data. But you knew that, right? More interesting is that different countries…

A trio of boffins scoop the Nobel Prize in physics for the first exoplanet discovery and big bang model

James Peebles will get half the prize, whilst Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz share a quarter Three scientists have won the Nobel Prize in physics for the discovery of how the early universe evolved after the Big Bang and finding the first exoplanet…

US games company Blizzard kowtows to Beijing by banning gamer who dared to bring up Hong Kong

'Every voice matters' unless there's renminbi to be had US games company Blizzard has caused a storm of protest after it suspended a professional gamer after he made comments in support of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. Chung Ng Wai…

IMF boss warns of 'painful' Brexit

The new head of the International Monetary Fund has warned that Brexit in whatever form will be "painful", adding to the effects of a global slowdown.Kristalina Georgieva said the split will hurt not only the UK and…

Furniture company folds with 252 job losses

A furniture company has gone bust with 252 job losses after reporting "a catastrophic collapse in orders".Triumph Furniture of Merthyr Tydfil, which has bases in the town and Dowlais, supplied more than 600 furniture…

If you have a security alert, I feel bad for you, son – you got 99 problems but a hack ain't one

Nearly all admin warnings are false alarms, says Kaspersky, and that's not a bad thing Just one per cent of all Indicator of Attack (IOA) warnings are actually caused by network attacks. This according to security giant Kaspersky, who analyzed…

Talk about a calculated RISC: If you think you can do a better job than Arm at designing CPUs, now's your chance

RISC-V, accelerator pressure leads to customizable Armv8-M instructions TechCon Microprocessor designer Arm will allow chipmakers licensing its blueprints to, in certain circumstances, alter the holiest of holy scriptures: its CPU instruction…

Fraudsters 'target Thomas Cook refund site'

Scammers are suspected of making fraudulent claims on a website set up to refund Thomas Cook customers, the Civil Aviation Authority has said.The aviation regulator said it has taken "urgent action" over the suspicious…

Barclays blow to Post Office banking

Barclays is facing criticism for opting out of part of the agreement banks have with Post Offices to allow customers to withdraw cash and deposit money.The move is seen as a threat to efforts to provide services to…