• 14 November 2018 comments Image copyright Getty Images International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde said central banks around the world should consider issuing digital currency.Speaking in Singapore, Ms Lagarde said this could make digital currency transactions safer.Non-cash payments have increased over the years, raising challenges for governments and central banks.Regulators have voiced...

  • By Sajid Iqbal Community affairs specialist 14 November 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The dark web forum is alleged to have been used to trade stolen payment card details The US's attempt to have two alleged cyber-criminals extradited from the UK has come before a London court.The two men are accused of being members of a 36-strong group said to have been behind a dark web...

  • By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter 14 November 2018 Image copyright DeepMind Image caption The Streams app is saving nurses hours each day, the Royal Free Hospital says A controversial health app developed by artificial intelligence firm DeepMind will be taken over by Google, it has been revealed.Streams was first used to send alerts in a London hospital but hit headlines for gathering data...

  • 14 November 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There have been a spate of incidents involving gamers that have led to prank calls to the police A California-based gamer faces up to 20 years in jail after admitting crimes including making a hoax call to US police that resulted in them shooting an innocent man dead.Tyler Barriss made the call after becoming involved in a dispute with...

  • By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor 14 November 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Apple's own staff will not be told who the human trafficking victims are Apple has announced a programme to help human trafficking victims get behind-the-scenes jobs at its stores.The technology company has teamed up with an NGO that will help the victims pass interviews for caretaker and landscaping...

  • By Russell Hotten Business reporter, BBC News 13 November 2018 comments Image copyright Homebase Homebase runs Britain's worst online shop, according to a survey by consumer group Which?The DIY chain's website was hard to navigate, offered poor value for money and was often not up to date on stock details, the survey found.SportsDirect.com, DorothyPerkins.com, and the rival DIY website from...

  • 13 November 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Ninja says he feels "blessed and honoured" after winning two Esports Awards.The streamer picked up Personality of the Year and Streamer of the Year at the event in London on Monday.He told fans on Twitter after the ceremony: "No stream tonight guys. I am going to play FFXI with my brother and best friend tonight and just relax. Very crazy day...

  • 13 November 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption 5G could also be used as a replacement for fixed home broadband EE has announced which six UK cities will be the first to get faster 5G mobile networks.Building on existing trials, EE will turn on 5G in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester by mid-2019.By the end of 2019, another 10 cities will get EE networks...

  • 13 November 2018 comments Image copyright Warner Bros Image caption Pikachu has thick fur in Pokemon Detective Pikachu Pikachu has been the approachable face of the Pokemon franchise for more than 20 years, but a new film trailer has left some fans unsettled.The preview for Pokemon Detective Pikachu shows the character covered in thick yellow fur, which some fans have called "grotesque" and...

  • 13 November 2018 Image copyright Reuters Image caption Data can easily go astray if hardware uses the wrong address book Google data for search and cloud services went astray for more than an hour on Monday thanks to an "ugly" mistake by an African ISP.The data was sent the wrong way when MainOne Cable, in Nigeria, updated address books for key network hardware.The update saw it claim to be the...

  • 12 November 2018 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNato holds biggest military exercise since Cold WarFinnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila has said the GPS signal in his country's northern airspace was disrupted during recent Nato war games in Scandinavia.He said he believed the signal had been jammed deliberately and that it was possible Russia was to blame because it had...

  • 12 November 2018 Image copyright Carlos Jones/Oak Ridge National Laboratory Image caption The Summit supercomputer is housed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. China has been pushed into third place on a list of the world's most powerful supercomputers.The latest list by Top 500, published twice a year, puts two US machines - Summit and Sierra - in the top two places. The US has...

  • 12 November 2018 Image copyright Getty Images A judge in the US has asked Amazon to hand over audio recordings from an Amazon Echo which was in a house where two women died.Their bodies were found under the porch of a home in New Hampshire with multiple stab wounds.The man accused of their murder has pleaded not guilty and is due to stand trial next year.Amazon said it would not hand over any...

  • 12 November 2018 Image copyright Valve A man has been given $20,000 (£15,500) for discovering a bug in the Steam video games store that let people download any game for free.Security researcher Artem Moskowsky found a flaw in Steam's portal for games developers that let anybody generate licence keys without paying.Millions of people use Steam to buy and download games on PC and Mac...

  • 12 November 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mustafa Kasim was accused of illegally stealing personal details from vehicle repair software A car repair worker has been sentenced to jail for stealing customers' personal data from his former employer.The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) says it is the first time someone will go to prison as a result of a case it has...

  • By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor 12 November 2018 Image copyright Xiaomi Image caption Only three Mi 8 Lite phones could be bought in the first flash sale "Flash sales" publicising a Chinese smartphone company's UK launch have sparked a backlash on social media.Xiaomi advertised two of its new handsets for £1 each last week as part of a "crazy deals" promotion.But it has emerged that...

  • Meeting Kosovo's clickbait merchants By Carl Miller BBC Click 10 November 2018 Image caption One clickbait merchant chose to remain anonymous Two weeks ago, I was sitting in a dark bar in a small town an hour's drive from Kosovo's capital, Pristina. In front of me, a man was nervously hunched over, his face turned away from the camera. He was a fake news merchant and he agreed - eventually - to...

  • 9 November 2018 Image copyright Getty Images A follow-up to Vine has been announced, two years after the six-second video app was shut down by Twitter.Byte will be a similar app to Vine, which helped launch the careers of stars including Shawn Mendes and Logan Paul.After Vine ended, those stars moved to its rivals Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube.Dom Hofmann - who co-founded Vine along with Rus...

  • 9 November 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Netflix has more than 130 million paid memberships across 190 countries The boss of Netflix, Reed Hastings, has told the BBC he is looking forward to going up against Disney when it launches its online streaming service, Disney Plus, next year."We've been competing with Amazon for more than 10 years, so we're used to healthy, strong...

  • By Johanna Carr BBC News Online 9 November 2018 Image copyright Fotonow Image caption Billy Brown has developed a board game to help others who have experienced isolation A gamer who left his home fewer than 10 times in seven years explains how he's now helping other young people break away from a life of isolation."Years and years were just spent sitting at my computer," says Billy Brown."I...