10-Year-Old Claims $10,000 Instagram Bug Bounty


A 10-year-old has tipped off Facebook about a flaw that made it possible to delete any comment on Instagram. The Finnish boy has earned a $10,000 bounty despite not officially being old enough to have an Instagram account. While Facebook hasn’t revealed the full details of the  flaw, it has said it was in a […]

WhatsApp Is What’s Going Down


A Brazilian judge has ordered WhatsApp to shut down in the country for three days. The move affects 100 million users, making up around half of the country’s population. The court involved in the case has put it under seal and not publicly revealed the reason for the decision. However, the New York Times reports […]

Bitcoin Creator May Have Unmasked Himself


The identity of Bitcoin creator “Satoshi Nakamoto” may have been revealed. Australian businessman Craig Wright claims to be the man behind the mask. While several key figures in the Bitcoin community say they believe Wright’s claim, others have demanded more evidence. The problem is that definitive proof may be difficult or even impossible given the […]

FBI Could Hack Nationwide


US courts may soon have the power to authorize remote ‘hacking’ searches of computers across the country and even abroad. The Supreme Court has approved a change to rules about the scope of such searches. Unlike most Supreme Court rulings, this isn’t on a specific (precedent-setting) case. Instead the court was required to approve a […]

Comcast Trials 1TB Data Cap


Comcast is testing a plan to increase its controversial monthly data cap to 1 terabyte a month. It also plans on increasing the costs for users who go over the limit. According to the Wall Street Journal, officially all Comcast customers have a 250GB cap, but this hasn’t been widely enforced for years. Instead it […]

Dyson Re-Engineers The Hair Dryer


James Dyson, the man behind the bagless vacuum cleaner, has unveiled a $399 hairdryer. The technology is impressive, but the marketing could be a challenge. As you might expect from the engineer, the main difference is to the motor that operates the dryer, which cuts down on weight (the dryer is 370g) and noise. The […]

Hi-C Ecto Cooler Returns For Ghostbusters Reboot


The reboot of Ghostbusters has led to a relaunch of one of the more infamous soft drinks of the 1980s and 90s: Hi-C Ecto Cooler. The drink launched in 1987 to tie in with The Real Ghostbusters cartoon, but proved such as success that it outlasted the series by a decade, ceasing production in 2001. […]

E-Gamers Charged With Match-Fixing


Two professional video gamers have been charged with matchfixing. The pair reportedly received a total of $87,000 to deliberately lose contests. Video gaming, or e-sports, have been getting more and more like more traditional sports in recent years. TBS announced a deal to start its own league for live broadcasts of Counter-Strike Global Offensive games […]

Bank’s $10 Switches Allow $80m Heist


Bangladesh’s central bank saved several hundred dollars by using cheap second-hand network switches. Unfortunately that move has now cost it $80 million. The bank was hit in February by hackers who actually tried to instigate just under a billion dollars worth of bogus payments. The sheer number of payments, along with a spelling error in […]

Billboard Demands More Star Wars Expanded Universe


Star Wars fans have paid for a billboard ad pleading for a continuation of the Star Wars Expanded Universe. Summarizing such a situation is likely tempting fate, but the quick and dirty version is that the Expanded Universe refers to most of the licensed content created before 2014 other than the first six movies and […]

Google.com Dangerous Says Google (But Not Anymore!)


Google briefly labelled Google.com as “partly dangerous.” The automated warning appears to be a quirk caused by hosted content. The warning came on Google’s own Transparency Report page, which includes details of its Safe Browsing technology. That’s the database that gives warnings in Google’s search tools and the Chrome browser when pointing to a potentially risky […]

Cheat Detecting Mattress Must Surely Be Spoof


It seems you can stick “smart” in front of any household object these days and that’s what’s supposedly happened with a $1,750 mattress that catches out cheating partners. For the sake of humanity, one hopes it’s a prank, but if so it’s an elaborate one, to the point of filming what’s purported to be a […]