Would you blog on Facebook? Notes gets a revamp

Facebook has confirmed it is revitalising its long-forgotten Notes platform, perhaps in a bid to attract bloggers. Most of us can't even remember how to access Notes, let alone use them - that's how long it's been since we paid attention. (For the record, click the More tab beneath your cover photo, click Manage sections, then tick the…

Do AI images count as indecent images?

It’s common knowledge that indecent images – photos or videos of children under 18 years old in sexual contexts – are against the law in the UK. However, the rapid development of artificial intelligence tools poses new problems, allowing offenders to generate AI images of child abuse. Organisations working to prevent child sexual abuse in…

Using the internet is ‘good for you’, Siri to get major upgrade with iOS18

Using the internet may be good for your wellbeing, an international study has found. The findings suggest that despite popular concerns to the contrary, the association between internet use and wellbeing is likely to be positive. Researchers at the Oxford Internet Institute, part of the University of Oxford, analysed data from two million people aged…

Apple iPad Pro thinnest yet, new rules to protect children from online harm

New display, new design. Credit: Apple Apple has released a new version of the iPad Pro, its thinnest product ever. The launch marked the “biggest day” of updates for the iPad since it was first launched, the company said. The new device is smaller and lighter than its predecessor, but comes…

China introduces tougher internet controls, Assassin’s Creed Mirage comes to iPhone

New rules that tighten Chinese government restrictions on the country's internet companies have come into effect today, raising concerns about how they will be applied. The expanded State Secrets Law compels firms - including social media giants Tencent, ByteDance and Weibo - to take action if users post sensitive information. It requires "network operators" to…

Tougher laws for smart devices, Tesla shares surge following China deal

Manufacturers will have to follow stricter rules if they want to sell internet-enabled ‘smart’ gadgets such as smart speakers and security cameras as a new law comes into force.  From today, manufacturers will be legally required to protect consumers from hackers and cyber criminals from accessing devices with internet or network connectivity – from smartphones to…

US regulator probes Tesla autopilot, MG Cyberster EV will cost from £55K

The US auto regulator is investigating whether Tesla's biggest ever recall successfully addressed safety concerns relating to its driver assistance system. In December, Tesla issued a software update to two million of its vehicles in the US to fix problems with its Autopilot feature. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says it will now probe…

TikTok faces US ban, Apple ‘reduces Vision Pro shipments’

The US Senate has approved a controversial landmark bill that could see TikTok banned in America. It gives TikTok's Chinese owner, ByteDance, nine months to sell its stake or the app will be blocked in the United States. The bill will now be handed over to US President Joe Biden, who has said he will…

Sexual predators grooming children under 6 online, Apple scraps eco-friendly accessories

Sexual predators are grooming children under six into performing “disturbing” acts of sexual abuse via phones or webcams a charity has warned. The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) said it had discovered more than two thousand remotely filmed child abuse images of three to six-year-olds online in 2023. It follows recent warnings from the communications watchdog Ofcom…