• 22 September 2018 Image copyright AFP Image caption The Enigma machine scrambled messages to make them much harder to decipher Computer historians have staged a re-enactment of World War Two code-cracking at Bletchley Park.A replica code-breaking computer called a Bombe was used to decipher a message scrambled by an Enigma machine.Held at the National Museum of Computing (TNMOC), the event...

  • 21 September 2018 Image copyright Chesnot Image caption Facebook hopes to compete with YouTube via the IGTV service Instagram has been criticised after sexually suggestive videos of children were recommended to its users.News site Business Insider found the videos during an investigation into Instagram's IGTV app.A video featuring a graphic depiction of genital mutilation was also recommended to...

  • 21 September 2018 Image copyright Zhang Peng Image caption Gaming and e-sports are hugely popular in China Video game-streaming service Twitch has been blocked in China.Since 20 September, Twitch's website has been unreachable from the country and its app has been removed from the local Apple App Store. Twitch has confirmed that it is being blocked but it has not said why the authorities have...

  • By Zoe Kleinman Technology reporter, BBC News 21 September 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Police are testing facial recognition systems Campaign group Big Brother Watch claims that many people who have been wrongly identified by police facial recognition systems still end up in police databases, despite their innocence.On the Tech Tent podcast this week, we hear about growing...

  • 21 September 2018 Related TopicsFacebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal Image copyright Reuters/Getty Images Image caption Facebook employees advised Donald Trump's election campaign managers Facebook will no longer send employees to work at the offices of political campaigns during elections, the company has announced.The social network used to offer dedicated staff to political campaigns to...

  • 20 September 2018 Image copyright Reuters Image caption The data breach affected 15 million UK customers Credit rating agency Equifax is to be fined £500,000 by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) after it failed to protect the personal data of 15 million Britons.A 2017 cyber-attack exposed information belonging to 146 million people around the world, mostly in the US.The...

  • 20 September 2018 Image copyright AFP Image caption Facebook had made "limited progress" said European Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova Facebook has been given a deadline to provide more information about what is done with users' data, or it will face sanctions from the European Commission.Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova said the firm had not acted quickly enough after being told to update...

  • 20 September 2018 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCody Wilson: The man behind America's 3D-printed gunsA Texas man who has played a central role in making 3D-printed weapons available has been charged with sexually assaulting an underage girl.A warrant was issued for Cody Wilson but he flew to Taiwan before he could be detained, police in Austin said.A 16-year-old girl...

  • By Chris Baraniuk Technology reporter 20 September 2018 Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright PA Image caption Data was gathered to help campaigning during the UK referendum A Canadian analytics firm that worked for Vote Leave has received the UK's first formal notice under a key data law, the UK's data protection watchdog has confirmed.AggregateIQ (AIQ) was accused of processing people's data...

  • 20 September 2018 comments Image copyright Getty Images One of the largest life insurance providers in North America will no longer offer policies that do not include digital fitness tracking.John Hancock will now sell only "interactive" policies that collect health data through wearable devices such as a smartwatch.Policyholders can earn discounts and rewards such as gift cards for hitting...

  • By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor 20 September 2018 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: GoPro's new stabilisation put to the testGoPro hopes it can tempt film-makers to try its latest camera with the promise of smooth videos without the need for stabilisation equipment.Its Hero 7 Black records "Hypersmooth" steadied clips in real-time.GoPro has posted a loss in...

  • 20 September 2018 Image copyright Getty Images The UK government is considering "all options", including a regulator, as part of new legislation governing the internet.It has previously said it will publish a White Paper in the coming months, laying out its proposals.According to Buzzfeed News, the White Paper will propose a regulatory body similar to Ofcom, which regulates broadcasters and...

  • 19 September 2018 Image copyright Facebook Image caption These ads were among those directed only at men on Facebook, according to the complaint Van driving, roofing, police work - all jobs for men. At least, that’s what a cluster of job ads placed on Facebook seemed to suggest. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Tuesday submitted a complaint to the US Equal Employment...

  • 19 September 2018 Image copyright Getty Images/Nintendo Image caption Stormy Daniels used Toad from the Mario series to describe something about President Trump He's the lovable mushroom-headed character from the Super Mario games.But thanks to excerpts from porn star Stormy Daniels' tell-all book, Toad has become associated with US President Donald Trump.In it, she compares Trump's penis to the...

  • By Zoe Kleinman Technology reporter, BBC News 19 September 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Algorithms and machine-learning could increasingly be used to calculate things like car insurance IBM is launching a tool which will analyse how and why algorithms make decisions in real time.The Fairness 360 Kit will also scan for signs of bias and recommend adjustments.There is increasing...

  • 19 September 2018 comments Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Cryptocurrencies' trading prices have been extremely volatile Bitcoin and other digital currencies are a "Wild West industry" and need to be regulated to protect investors, a committee of MPs has urged.Problems include volatile prices, minimal consumer protection and risks of hacking and money-laundering, says the Treasury...

  • 19 September 2018 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionVideo raises awareness of online groomingA film telling the "absolutely horrific" story of how a 14-year-old boy was lured to his death by a man he met online has been launched.Breck Bednar was murdered by Lewis Daynes in Grays, Essex, in 2014.Four police forces have teamed up to produce "Breck's Last Game", which aims...

  • 3D printing shop closes after accusations of idolatry By George Pierpoint, BBC News And Joana Saba, BBC Monitoring 19 September 2018 Image copyright Al-Qabas News A 3D printing shop in Kuwait has reportedly been shut down by authorities following pressure from an Islamist cleric. The shop, which specialises in producing figurines that bear a life-like resemblance to real people, was accused of...

  • By Chris Baraniuk Technology reporter 19 September 2018 Related TopicsUS mid-term elections 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption E-voting machines are in use across 14 US states A judge in the US state of Georgia has approved the use of electronic voting machines - despite being "gravely concerned" that they could be hacked.There wasn't enough time before November's mid-term elections...

  • 19 September 2018 Image copyright Florida Atlantic University Image caption The robotic jellyfish propel themselves with rubber tentacles A fleet of robotic jellyfish has been designed to monitor delicate ecosystems, including coral reefs. The underwater drones were invented by engineers at Florida Atlantic University and are driven by rings of hydraulic tentacles. The robots can squeeze through...