Internet of Sh*t has an early 2017 winner – a 'smart' Wi-Fi hairbrush
CES 2017The annual godforsaken hypegasm that is the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas has given an "innovation award" ... to a Wi-Fi-connected microphone-fitted allegedly "smart" hairbrush.
Routine jobs vanishing and it's all technology's fault? Hold it there, sport
Routine jobs are disappearing, pushing less educated workers toward either lower-paying non-routine jobs, unemployment, or non-participation in the labor market.
Apple sued by parents of girl killed by driver 'distracted by FaceTime'
A family is suing Apple after their five-year-old daughter was killed by a driver allegedly distracted at the wheel with a FaceTime call on his iPhone.
Web-exposed MongoDB installs wiped by bitcoin ransoming script scum
Some 2,000 MongoDB installations have been compromised by an attacker demanding administrators pay 0.2 bitcoins (US$206) to have lost data returned.
Mattel's parenting takeover continues with Alexa-like dystopia
Today in “what could possibly go wrong?”, the company that gave the world the infamous “Hello Barbie” now wants its Amazon Alexa look-alike in kids' bedrooms.
Kaspersky fixing serious certificate slip
UpdatedKaspersky is moving to fix a bug that disabled certificate validation for 400 million users.
Boffins bag side-channel bugs before they bite
Rowhammer and similar side-channel attacks aren't caught by anti-virus, so a bunch of US boffins have set about working out how to catch their signatures.
Speeding jet of Siberian liquid hot Magma getting speedier, satellites find
A speeding jet of magma 420 kilometres wide, described nearly as hot as the Sun's surface underneath Russia is moving three times faster that previously recorded, scientists say.
Hackers could turn your smart meter into a bomb and blow your family to smithereens – new claim
Smart meters are "dangerously insecure," according to researcher Netanel Rubin – who claimed the gear uses weak encryption, relies on easily pwned protocols, and can be programmed to explode.
My fortnight eating Blighty's own human fart-powder
The very phrase "food substitute" is enough to strike fear into the hearts of the Full-English loving workforce, and perhaps rightly so.
Joe Public likes drones and regulations, finds UK.gov 'public dialogue'
The general public is keen on drones of all shapes and sizes but wants their operators to be registered and trained, according to a study carried out by the UK Department for Transport and the Ministry of Defence.
Astroboffins glimpse sighting of ultra-rare circular galaxy
A rarer-than-rare galaxy 359 million light years away from Earth has been spotted by physicists.
Seagate performs upgrade transplant surgery on LaCie external drives
CES 2017With two Seagate LaCie drive revisions, we see the storage industry doing what it does best at a device level; capacity and connectivity upgrades so as to store more data and get at it faster.
Regular or premium? Intel pumps out Optane memory at CES
CES 2017Intel has announced Optane memory products in M.2. format to ship in the second 2017 quarter.
The Zucker Mister Social Club: Facebook's daddy wants to be your friend, for realsies
There is only one appropriate response to obnoxious self-improvement posts on Facebook: instant de-friend. But unfortunately Mark Zuckerberg's New Year's resolution is to make more pals in person.
Drones will be able to carry 120GB footage of you in the shower if Seagate has its way
Seagate is partnering with drone maker DJI to develop onboard storage for its unmanned aerial vehicles.
Travel booking systems ‘wide open’ to abuse – report
UpdatedLegacy travel booking systems disclose travellers’ private information, security researchers warn.
AWS chief: Tens of thousands flocking from database rivals
AWS's database migration service (DMS) is storming along according to its head Andy Jassy, who offered a rare data point on the company's development last week.
NASA eyes up supermassive black holes, neutron stars
NASA will embark on a new mission to explore supermassive black holes, neutron stars, and pulsars hidden within the depths of space.
Assange confirmed alive, tells Fox: Prez Obama 'acting like a lawyer'
Julian Assange has been interviewed for the first time in months, putting to bed rumours he'd been kidnapped, while also disputing claims that Russia contributed to WikiLeaks' offerings during the US Presidential election.
DomainMonster email service restored at last after Yuletide borkage
UpdatedDomainMonster finally resolved problems with its hosted email service on Tuesday, more than two weeks after they first began on 21 December.
Dotdot. Who's there? Yet another IoT app layer
Internet of Things bods at the Zigbee Alliance have unveiled what they are calling a “universal language” for IoT, dotdot.
San Francisco first US city to outlaw ISP lock-ins by landlords
San Francisco has become the first major US city to bar building owners from restricting their tenants to specific ISPs.
How the NYE leap second clocked Cloudflare – and how a single character fixed it
When the leap second was added just before the arrival of 2017, Cloudflare stumbled. The content delivery network's DNS service suffered a limited service interruption during the first few hours of the new year.
Robo-supercar hype biz Faraday Future has invented something – a new word for 'disrupt'
CES 2017While the crowds at CES in Las Vegas are all agog at the Faraday Future FF91 supercar, you can stop saving your pennies. Half Life 3 will be released before these allegedly self-driving vehicles roll out in volume.