Fruit-shaped sensor ‘can improve freshness’

A new fruit-shaped sensor could help cargo companies to keep fruit fresher in transit, researchers say.   The device - which mimics the size, shape and composition of real fruit - is packed in with produce in transit and closely monitors its temperature. It comes in...

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World wide web creator Tim Berners-Lee targets fake news

The inventor of the world wide web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has unveiled a plan to tackle data abuse and fake news.   In an open letter to mark the web's 28th anniversary, Sir Tim has set out a five-year strategy amid concerns he has about how the web is being used. Sir...

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Inside the TalkTalk ‘Indian scam call centre’

TalkTalk customers are being targeted by an industrial-scale fraud network in India, according to whistleblowers who say they were among hundreds of staff hired to scam customers of the British telecoms giant.   The scale of the criminal operation has been detailed by...

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IBM to build quantum computers

The first practical machines will be available soon enough that developers should start working on software for them, according to executives   IBM has taken its first step towards selling computers that are millions of times faster than the one you're reading this...

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YouTube ditches unskippable 30-second ads

YouTube is to scrap "unskippable" 30-second advertisements on the video-streaming service, from 2018.   Google confirmed the plan to the BBC's Newsround programme, saying it wanted to focus on "formats that work well for both users and advertisers". Long unskippable...

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Twitter u-turn on new abuse tool

Twitter has reversed one of the changes it made to tackle bullying on the platform, just two hours after rolling it out. The social network said it would no longer notify members who had been added to lists by other users. But it was hit with a number of complaints...

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Concerns over pace of school computer rollout

Highland councillors have raised concerns about the pace of a rollout of computers to school pupils.   All children in P6 and 7 and all secondary school pupils are to get a device to help with their studies in the flagship Highland Council project. Some councillors...

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Hacker briefly hijacks insecure printers

A hacker has briefly hijacked more than 150,000 printers accidentally left accessible via the web.   The attacker made the devices print a warning urging their owners to cut off remote access. Large printers in offices, domestic devices and tiny receipt printers in...

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