Top Twenty Stories

UH OH: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends

A Windows 10 feature, Wi-Fi Sense, smells like a security risk: it shares Wi-Fi passwords with the user's contacts.
Simon Rockman, 30 Jun 2015

VPNs are so insecure you might as well wear a KICK ME sign

A team of five researchers from universities in London and Rome have identified that 14 of the top commercial virtual private networks in the world leak IP data.
Darren Pauli, 30 Jun 2015
Vulcan bomber bomb bays, photo Phil Holding

Goodbye Vulcan: Blighty's nuclear bomber retires for the last time

Visit a British air show before September and it's possible you’ll get the opportunity to witness the last Vulcan bomber in flight - and this is definitely the last year you'll get the chance, this time.
SpaceX explosion

Why SpaceX will sort out Sunday's snafu faster than NASA ever could

Analysis SpaceX's perfect delivery record to the International Space Station ended on Sunday, 139 seconds into the flight of its Falcon 9 rocket. But there are good reasons why Elon's Musketeers will be back on schedule far faster than many are predicting.
Iain Thomson, 30 Jun 2015
Windows 10 build 10158

Microsoft: This Windows 10 build has 'NO significant known issues'

Microsoft has released its bestest new build of Windows 10 as part of its Windows Insider preview programme, with general manager Gabe Aul boldly stating: “we don’t have any significant known issues for this build.”
Tim Anderson, 30 Jun 2015
Jaws on Blu-ray disc

Cunning goldfish avoided predator in tank for seven years

A cunning goldfish, which was delivered into an aquarium as food for its main inhabitant, the Arapaima, managed to avoid being eaten and instead survived for seven years in a filtration unit.
Microsoft Surface 3 Windows 8.1 tablet

Microsoft in Blighty reveals its 78 THOUSAND POUND Surface 3 slabloid

Microsoft's UK store is offering a £77,777.77 version of its Surface 3 tabletoid.
Simon Sharwood, 01 Jul 2015
One Night in Hell - Dolby event with Brian May

Giant FLYING SPACE ROCKS could KILL US ALL, warns Brian May

Scientists are trying to raise awareness about planet-killing chunks of flying space rock with today's Asteroid Day.
Gavin Clarke, 30 Jun 2015

Google red-faced after Photos app labelled black people 'gorillas'

Google's new Photos software automatically labelled images of black people as "gorillas". The web goliath has since apologized.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Jul 2015
Rotten Apple

Apple gets around to fixing those 77 security holes in OS X Yosemite

Apple has released a series of security updates to address 77 CVE-listed security vulnerabilities in OS X Yosemite.
Shaun Nichols, 30 Jun 2015

WikiLeaks docs show NSA's 10-year economic espionage campaign against France

Franco-American relations have taken a further hammering on Monday after WikiLeaks revealed new documents showing that the NSA has been collecting the details of commercial deals in the Land of Brie for over a decade and sharing them with its allies.
Iain Thomson, 29 Jun 2015

Crowdfunded beg-a-thon to bail out Greece raises 0.003% of target

A well-meaning, if definitely doomed, attempt to crowdfund a bailout for soon-to-default Greece has been launched on Indiegogo by a Yorkshireman who works in a London shoe shop.

Cisco gobbles OpenDNS, sorts out cloud security portfolio

Cisco will buy privately held net security firm OpenDNS for $635m in cash, to make good its cloud security portfolio and boost the networking giant's "security everywhere" approach.
Grant Shapps, Conservative Party chairman. Pic: Sportsfile Web Summit

BBC (sort of) sorry for Grant Shapps Wikipedia smear reportage

The BBC has apologised to MP and former Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps for the way it reported allegations regarding Shapps and Wikipedia, which were based on a single anonymous source.
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Jun 2015

Script-blocker NoScript lets in ANYTHING from

Detectify security researcher Linus Särud has reported a weakness in popular Firefox security tool NoScript that allows attackers to have their malware whitelisted.
Darren Pauli, 01 Jul 2015
Troll. Pic:  Anna Bialkowska

With Hobbit and LoTR in the can, Trolls no longer welcome in New Zealand

New Zealand has become the latest country to think bad online manners are amenable to legislation.
HUDs aren't a great idea

Hide the HUD, say boffins, they're bad for driver safety

It looks likes such an obvious idea: turn car windscreens into head-up displays (HUDs), so drivers don't have to look away from the road to see (for example) the speedometer.
Mark Zuckerberg

Yikes! Facebook will run on TELEPATHY, claims Zuck, in Q&A

Not content with wading into virtual reality with his Oculus gobble, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants you to be able to update your Facebook status with the unaided power of your mind, the Behoodied One said in a Q&A session on Tuesday.
Iain Thomson, 30 Jun 2015
Macrostomum hystrix

Flatworm is totally f**cked in the head, and Darwin would be proud

Bioboffins have found a flatworm, Macrostomum hystrix, that can reproduce by injecting its own head with sperm.
Simon Sharwood, 01 Jul 2015

Palaeoboffins discover 500 MILLION year old ARMOURED WORM

A worm which walked on legs and was adorned with vicious spikes is likely to have been one of the first animals on Earth to have donned armour for its own protection, say palaeoboffins who have identified the wee beastie.