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Technology

Creator of Bitcoin digital cash reveals identity
Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright has publicly identified himself as Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto. His admission ends years of speculation about who came up with the original ideas underlying the digital cash system. Mr Wright has provided technical proof to back up his claim using coins known to be owned by Bitcoin's creator. Prominent members of the Bitcoin community and its core development team have also confirmed Mr Wright's claim. Mr Wright has revealed his identity to three med...
German nuclear plant hit by computer viruses
Computer viruses have infected PCs used at a German nuclear power plant. The viruses were found on office computers and in a system used to model the movement of nuclear fuel rods. Power firm RWE said the infection posed no threat to the plant because its control systems were not linked to the internet, so the viruses could not activate. German federal cyber investigators are now analysing how the Gundremmingen plant became infected. The viruses were found on the fuel rod modelling system an...
World of Warcraft considers compromise for fans
The studio behind World of Warcraft has responded to a petition asking it to run a server for the original version of the video game. Blizzard Entertainment no longer operates servers for the original WoW so some gamers have set up their own. The company said giving its blessing to pirate servers would damage its legal rights, but was considering adding a stripped-back realm to appease fans. One former WoW developer called for the original game to be "preserved". World of Warcraft is an onli...
Dyson unveils 'quieter' £299 hairdryer
Dyson has revealed its first personal care product - a hairdryer that it says is quieter and less damaging to hair than a conventional machine. It is the first hairdryer powered by a miniaturised air pump in the handle, using the same airflow principles as Dyson's desk fan products. The company said it had invested £50m in the development of the device. However, the £299 price tag makes it at least twice as expensive as salon-grade dryers made by rival manufacturers. "People do s...
US cinema chain AMC makes U-turn over texting
US cinema chain AMC has reversed a controversial plan to let customers use their mobile phones during films in some venues. AMC chief executive Adam Aron had suggested the idea might encourage so-called millennials to visit the cinema. But the plan was badly received on social media, where cinema-goers bombarded AMC with messages. "We have heard loud and clear that this is a concept our audience does not want," the company said in a statement. AMC operates almost 400 cinemas i...
How to make big bucks hunting cyber bugs
This month the US government is launching its first-ever bug bounty programme - a 20-day scheme for cybersecurity savvy citizens to have a go at finding flaws in the Department of Defense's public websites before the illegal hackers do. There is a $150,000 (£106,000) pot for rewarding the finders of significant bugs. Unauthorised hacks make headlines and can have catastrophic consequences for the organisation that suffers a breach, so many seek to crowdsource their security in ...
Tesla blames 'hubris' for Model X part delays
Tesla Motors has revealed that supplies of its Model X electric car have been impacted by a shortage of parts meaning delays for some who have ordered them. It blamed its own "hubris" for overloading the Model X with technology. It revealed that it delivered 14,820 cars in the first quarter, falling short of the expected 16,000. It comes after the firm revealed that its new Model 3 car already has 276,000 pre-orders. The carmaker said that it had delivered 12,420 Model S sedans and 2,400 Mod...
Whatsapp adds end-to-end encryption
Instant messaging service Whatsapp has announced it will encrypt all its users' communications from Tuesday. With end-to-end encryption, messages are scrambled as they leave the sender's device and can only be decrypted by the recipient's device. It renders messages unreadable if they are intercepted, for example by criminals or law enforcement. Whatsapp, which has a billion users worldwide, said file transfers and voice calls would be encrypted too. The Facebook-owned company said protectin...
Identity 2016: Facebook lets blind people 'see' its photos
As the internet becomes dominated by images, Facebook is launching a system which can "read" photos and tell visually impaired people what appears in them. The internet is changing. From a medium based almost entirely on text, it is now becoming increasingly picture-led. An estimated 1.8 billion images are uploaded every day to social networks such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Good news for aspiring photographers, bad news for blind or partially sighted users who often have no way of te...
Tesla Model 3 pitched as an 'affordable' electric car
Tesla has unveiled its much-anticipated Model 3 electric car - its lowest-cost vehicle to date. The company's chief executive Elon Musk said the five-seater would start at $35,000 (£24,423) and have a range of at least 215 miles (346km) per charge. He added that his goal was to produce about 500,000 vehicles a year once production got up to full speed. The California-based company needs the vehicle to prove popular if it is to stay in business. The first deliveries of the vehicle are s...
The battery charger that makes you run... and run.. and run
There's growing anger among the supporters of Ampy, a Kickstarter-funded wearable battery charger which promised to "power your devices from your motion" but has been described by disappointed investors as "a deadweight" and "an overpriced brick". It highlights the risk of investing in product ideas before they have actually launched. Ampy says the complaints are being made by a small minority. The battery pack is designed to be worn on the arm or elsewhere around the body. The idea is that ...
PlayStation VR is cheaper than Oculus Rift and HTC Vive
Sony has revealed that its virtual reality headset will cost $399 (£282). That makes it $200 cheaper than Facebook's rival Oculus Rift and $400 less than HTC's Vive. Although the PlayStation VR is seen as being less advanced than its two rivals, many experts think it will outsell them. However, the disclosure that it will not be released until October means Sony will fail to meet its earlier target of the first half of 2016. The Japanese company also revealed that it expects more than ...
Google's AI wins final Go challenge
Google's DeepMind artificial intelligence has secured its fourth win over a master player, in the final of a five match challenge. Lee Se-dol, one of the world's top Go players, won just one of the matches against the AlphaGo program, missing out on the $1m prize up for grabs. Demis Hassabis, founder of DeepMind, said the match had been the "most exciting and stressful" for his team. Lee Se-dol said he felt "regrettable" that the competition had ended. At a press conference held after the fi...
Minecraft to run artificial intelligence experiments
Minecraft is to become a testing ground for artificial intelligence experiments. Microsoft, owner of the popular video game, revealed that computer scientists and amateurs will be able to evaluate and develop AI software using its virtual landscapes from July. The company says Minecraft is more "sophisticated" than existing AI research simulations and cheaper to use than building a robot. One expert said it had great potential. "This is the state-of-the-art," said Prof Jose Hernandez-Orallo ...
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