McAfee takes control of Peloton Bike+ to expose cyber threat

Today, McAfee's Advanced Threat Research (ATR) is releasing a vulnerability disclosure for the Peloton Bike+.  This vulnerability could allow someone with physical access to the bike, or access during any point in the supply chain (from construction to delivery), to gain remote access to the Peloton’s tablet, including the camera, microphone and personal data.  During COVID-19, Peloton…

Tech Digest daily round up: Google Pixel Buds ‘serious alternative’ to AirPods

Google has officially unveiled the Pixel Buds A-Series and, just as predicted, they cost significantly less than the AirPods. For just £99 ($99, about AU$140), Google's wireless buds promise Bass Boost, hands-free controls via Google Assistant and Fast Pairing. The A-Series buds leaked online as far back as March. They look almost identical to the current Pixel Buds but…

Tech Digest daily round up: Online harms bill announced in Queen’s Speech

Social media firms will have to remove harmful content quickly or potentially face multi-billion-pound fines under new legislation. The government's Online Safety Bill, announced in the Queen's Speech yesterday, comes with a promise of protecting debate. It is "especially" geared at keeping children safe and says "democratically important" content should be preserved. But campaigners say…

Tech Digest daily round up: Spotify founder teams up with ‘Invincibles’ to attempt Arsenal FC buy-out

Spotify founder Daniel Ek has reportedly recruited three of Arsenal’s legendary Invincibles team as he prepares to buy the club from beleaguered owner Stan Kroenke. The new report in The Telegraph comes after Ek, who is estimated to be worth £3.4billion, said on Twitter that he was interested in taking over the north London side. “As a kid growing…

Tech Digest daily round up: Nissan ‘quits talks’ with Apple over driverless car

Nissan has quit talks with Apple over its secretive Project Titan electric autonomous vehicle project. Discussions didn't reach an advanced stage, the Financial Times reports, with the two companies apparently disagreeing about branding. Nissan said today (Monday 15th February) it wasn't in talks with Apple about developing self-driving cars, after Hyundai also denied reports it was…

1 in 5 have had their dating accounts hacked, claims survey

Nearly a fifth (18%) of people have had their dating app accounts hacked, with 16-25-year-olds twice as likely to fall victim (30%), according to a survey from antivirus software company McAfee.  McAfee’s latest research reveals a significant shift in consumer behaviour in the past year, with 65% of Brits increasing their online social activities – including online…

Technology predictions for 2021 and beyond

Together with ABI Research, we highlight the main technology predictions and stats for 2021 and beyond...  The world is faced with major instability caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the US presidential election, Brexit, global trade wars, and many other societal currents. These headwinds are forcing companies and industry sectors to accelerate their digital transformations in…

COVID-19: 9 key trends shaping industry response

Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis, The Reshaping of Industries Caused by COVID-19, encompasses nine key trends that will emerge from industries reshaping as a response to COVID-19. Chris Price reports... With the pandemic’s negative impact on the global economy, immediate action is critical. Technology leaders must assess the emerging opportunities resulting from COVID-19 and provide technological…

Over half of users have problems with mobile network, says GWS

Mobile network tester Global Wireless Solutions has released the results of its most extensive nationwide customer experience test of mobile network performance to date. The detailed assessment involved GWS’ engineers collecting close to one million data and voice task tests on iOS and Android devices, alongside nationwide focus groups conducted in partnership with Jigsaw Research,…

Worst password offenders 2019: Google and Facebook top list

Password management company Dashlane has announced its fourth annual list of the "Worst Password Offenders." The list highlights the high-profile individuals and organizations that had the most significant password-related blunders in 2019. Big Tech and regulation have been at the forefront of political and societal conversations, with GDPR and the general election dominating the media.…

Hotels of the Future: 6 key features

Glass TVs that know your favourite films, showers that adapt to your body temperature and glass privacy walls which change from transparent to opaque. These are all predicted to be key features of hotel rooms by 2034 according to new research... Hospitality technology experts Guestline has partnered with six technology, AI and hotel experts to…

What is 5G and how fast is it?

The Government has announced plans to speed up the roll-out of 5G technology and improve mobile phone signals in rural areas as part of efforts to increase innovation across the UK. 5G networks have already begun to launch across parts of the country, with several mobile operators switching on their networks in a number of…

What if Apollo 11 had ended in disaster?

Apollo 11 was an unprecedented mission, meaning there was always the possibility that astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin would not make it back from the moon’s surface. A speech was prepared for then-US president Richard Nixon, penned by White House speechwriter Bill Safire on July 18 1969. Fortunately, the mission was a success, meaning…

Review: Nissan LEAF e+ from £35,000

Chris Price travels down to Southampton on Clean Air Day to check out Nissan's latest electric vehicle, the £35,000 LEAF e+ It's perhaps a sign of the growing maturity of the electric vehicle (EV) market that at first glance there's little to distinguish between the latest Nissan LEAF e+, pictured above, and a conventional fuel…

Huawei blames ‘jealousy’ for cybersecurity criticism

Jealousy could be behind some of the criticism of Huawei in the West, the Chinese technology giant has suggested. The firm said it had a “sound record” of cybersecurity and warned continuing “groundless suspicion” would damage the whole technology industry as it begins to roll out 5G, the next generation communication technology. Several countries –…

Wingate and Finchley’s FC Artificial Intelligence coach earns draw in landmark game

Wingate and Finchley FC have seen the first results of their move to incorporate artificial intelligence into the coaching set-up with a 1-1 draw in the Isthmian League Premier Division. Earlier in the year, the north London side announced their decision to use the Amazon Echo system, and it debuted in the relegation clash against…

5 things to see at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed – including Tesla Model 3, Ford Mustang GT

Staged every summer since 1993, the Goodwood Festival of Speed is the world’s largest automotive garden party, set against the spectacular backdrop of Goodwood House in West Sussex, UK. Over 600 cars and motorcycles spanning the phenomenal history of motoring and motor sport take part with some of the most legendary figures from the sport (and…

Vox Pop: the voice search revolution and how to make your business stand out

Tim Butler, founder of Innovation Visual, talks about how improved accuracy and convenience are ensuring massive growth for voice search and how businesses need to adapt to compete Voice Search is beginning to revolutionise search marketing. Google recently announced that 20% of searches on its mobile app and Android services are now carried out by…

WIN! WIN! WIN! THREE COPIES OF HUMANS VS COMPUTERS TO GIVE AWAY

Our lives are increasingly tracked and monitored by software. In this brave new world, humans can’t cope with information overload. Instead, governments and companies rely on computers to automatically detect fraud, predict behaviour and enforce laws. Clever marketing tricks us into believing that phones, TV sets and even cars are somehow smart. Yet all those…

Is this the sexiest electric car so far? Jaguar Land Rover unveils E-type Zero and pledges to go all electric by 2020

Forget the Nissan Leaf or even the Tesla Model 3. Jaguar Land Rover is launching an electric version of its classic 1960s E-type and we want one. Now. The electric Jaguar E-type called the E-type Zero Roadster is based on a 1968 Series 1.5 Roadster and features a cutting-edge electric powertrain for 0-60mph in just…

Top 5 Star Wars: The Last Jedi tech toys unveiled as Force Friday II kicks off with BB-9E launch

As the global Force Friday II celebration kicks off around the world, fans in Australia were the first to officially unveil BB-9E, a new dark side character from the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi film. Stores across Australia opened their doors at midnight to welcome fans seeking new Star Wars: The Last Jedi products, and attendees got to…

Nest adds intelligent indoor security cam, Nest Cam IQ

Best known for its intelligent heating devices, Google-owned Nest Labs, Inc. (www.nest.com) has branched out with this nicely designed Nest Cam IQ indoor security camera (see above). Claiming best-in-class imaging and intelligent features, the Nest Cam IQ is smart enough to differentiate between a person and a pet and can alert you accordingly without having…

Adventurer Chris Ramsey to undertake 10,000 mile Mongol Rally in Nissan LEAF electric car

As if driving the 10,000 mile Mongol Rally in a regular petrol/diesel car isn't difficult enough, one bright spark is set to undertake the adventure in Nissan's top selling electric vehicle this Summer. Scotsman Chris Ramsey of Electric Vehicle (EV) company, Plug In Adventures, will make the gruelling journey from Goodwood in the UK through…

Top 7 accessories for your iPad/tablet – including iBeani, Omoton Bluetooth keyboard, Zilong tablet stand

So you've got an iPad or an Android tablet but want to do more with it? Chris Price looks at some products which will make your tablet even more useful around the house and outside including several stands, a wireless keyboard, glass screen protector, and even a sturdy car mount.  iBeani From £24.99 While other…

YouGov site reveals how people rate each of Trump’s tweets

Heaven help us. As if the guy doesn't get enough publicity for his frankly insane social media activity, YouGov has unveiled a new website – TweetIndex.YouGov.com – showing how people rate each of Donald Trump’s tweets. YouGov TweetIndex is a new site that shows how the public reacts to a tweet’s content. To showcase the service, YouGov…