iPhones Getting Harder To Crack

Police will find it harder to read a suspect’s iPhone without permission thanks to a security change. They’ll have to be much quicker to access the data on the phone. The change means that the data connection in the Lightning port will be disabled after a set period if the phone is locked, a feature known […]

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Nasa Sued Over ‘Moon Dust’ Vial

A woman is suing Nasa over fears it will seize what she says is a vial of moon dust. The pre-emptive lawsuit seeks to prevent Nasa from claiming ownership of the vial. If it is indeed from the moon as claimed, the legal status would be in question. The BBC notes a 2012 law that […]

Fortnite To Run World Championship Tournament With $100 Million in Prize Money

Fortnite is to run a world championship tournament with $100 million in prize money. It will be largely based on solo and duos play rather than professional league teams. The tournament will be known as the Fortnite World Cup, with qualifiers beginning this fall and the ‘World Cup’ itself coming in late 2019. It’s far […]

Uber App Could Detect Drunk Passengers

Uber has applied for a patent to spot would-be passengers who are drunk. Even if granted and used, the patent wouldn’t necessarily mean such passengers would be denied access to the service. The patent – filed in 2016 but only just made public – uses the euphemism “predicting user state” but the detail and context […]

Supercomputer Destroys Speed Record

A US supercomputer has become the first to pass the 100 petaflops barrier… and in fact doubled it. ‘Summit’, housed at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, isn’t yet ‘officially’ the world’s fastest computer, but will almost certainly take the crown in the next bi-annual list from the TOP500 project. The current […]

Ikea & Lego To Work Together

Ikea is to team up with Lego, saying the resulting products will cover both adults and children. It’s playing catch-up on several fronts however. The news emerged at a press event when Ikea said it will be partnering with several brands for next year, with confirmed products including a Sonos speaker that fits with some […]

Valve Says (Almost) Anything Goes On Steam

Valve says it will stop making editorial judgments about what games can be in the Steam Store. However, two exceptions mean that Active Shooter – which put the content issue in focus – would likely still be banned. The company’s Eric Johnson says that the new guiding principle is that Valve shouldn’t decide what games […]

Gaming Smartphone Comes With Cooling Fan

Asus is launching a smartphone designed for gaming, complete with a clip-on fan to prevent it overheating. The ROG phone (named after the ‘Republic of Gamers’ brand) has some frankly ludicrous specs including a 6-inch screen with a 90Hz refresh rate (and 1ms pixel response time), a 2.96GHz octa-core Snapdragon processor, a separate graphics processor […]