'Computer games keep me mentally active' Newsbeat - Music piracy 'rises' after festivals, says Spotify study. 19 July 2013 Last updated at 14:24 Share Festivals cause a rise in online music piracy, research from Spotify suggests.
The findings appear to show that festivals increase demand for artists' music, but that festival-goers mainly sample through unauthorized channels. "Our analysis uncovered some examples of torrents spiking immediately after festival performances," says a statement from Spotify. They suggest artists who delay releasing material are pirated more than those who release music directly.
A study carried out at the Dutch Stoppelhaene festival in 2012 showed that BitTorrent downloads for the artists Racoon and Gers Pardoel "skyrocketed" after the finished their sets. Legal sales and Spotify's own streaming counts were not affected by the performances. "Explanations for these spikes merits further study, but one intuitive driver is instant gratification," the report, titled Adventures in The Netherlands, says.
Driverless cars to be tested on UK roads by end of 2013. 16 July 2013Last updated at 11:24 ET One robot car is being tested on roads at a science park near Oxford Driverless cars will be tested on public roads by the end of 2013, says the UK government.
So far, UK trials of the autonomous vehicles have taken place only on private land. Driverless cars are guided by a system of sensors and cameras and are seen as potentially safer and more efficient than regular vehicles. As a safety measure, a back-up driver will ride along during tests who can take over in case of emergency. Test track The plans have been unveiled in a blueprint by the Department for Transport, as part of a £28bn investment in British roads to reduce congestion. 'Virtual Lolita' aims to trap chatroom paedophiles. 11 July 2013Last updated at 10:03 ET The Negobot strikes up conversations to catch paedophiles in online chatrooms Spanish researchers have created a robot posing as a 14-year-old girl to spot paedophiles in online chatrooms.
Negobot uses artificial intelligence (AI) software to chat realistically and mimic the language used by teenagers. The "virtual Lolita" starts off neutral but will adopt any of seven personalities according to the intensity of interactions. Experts say it can help overburdened police but may risk trapping people unfairly. The team behind the project at the University of Deusto near Bilbao say the software represents a real advance.
By contrast, the Negobot uses advanced decision-making strategies known as "game theory" to simulate convincing chats as they develop. It can take the lead in conversations, and remember specific facts about what had been discussed previously, and with whom. Child-like behaviour. App Store 'full of zombies' as it celebrates fifth birthday. 10 July 2013Last updated at 11:22 ET By Dave Lee Technology reporter, BBC News While some apps generate millions for developers, most are rarely downloaded Apple's App Store is populated by many "zombie" programs which get next-to-no downloads, new research suggests.
Figures seen by the BBC from tracking service Adeven indicate over two-thirds of apps in the store are barely ever installed by consumers. However Apple has said that 90% of all apps in the marketplace - which is marking its five-year anniversary - are downloaded at least once a month. Apple boss Tim Cook said the store had "fundamentally changed the world". Speaking to app developers at the firm's recent developer's conference, the chief executive said: "Customers love the buying experience and they love your incredible apps. Mputer mouse inventor Doug Engelbart dies at 88. The 'cyber-attack' threat to London's Olympic ceremony. 8 July 2013Last updated at 00:46 ET By Gordon Corera Security correspondent, BBC News Fears that the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony might have come under cyber-attack have been detailed by officials for the first time.
The concern was that the lights could have been turned off during the ceremony. The threat did not materialise, but officials have told the BBC they put extensive precautions in place. It comes amid fears about the vulnerability of Britain's national infrastructure to cyber-attack. The head of the government's surveillance centre GCHQ, Sir Iain Lobban, says reconnaissance has taken place in cyberspace and there is a "realistic threat", which his intelligence agency is working with partners to try to counter. A phone call from GCHQ at 04:45 is not the ideal way of being woken on the day of the Olympic opening ceremony if you are head of cyber security for the Games.
UK rural broadband rollout criticised by auditors. 5 July 2013Last updated at 05:00 ET By Leo Kelion Technology reporter The BBC's Rory Cellan-Jones visits the Cotswolds, which is still waiting The government's rollout of "superfast" broadband to rural areas is about two years behind its original schedule, an official audit has found.
The report said only nine of 44 rural areas would reach targets for high-speed internet by 2015, and four areas could also miss a revised 2017 target. The National Audit Office also raised concerns that BT would be the only firm likely to win contracts. It said the company would benefit from £1.2bn of public funds as a result. "The rural broadband project is moving forward late and without the benefit of strong competition to protect public value," said auditor general Amyas Morse. World of Warcraft to test in-game payments. 8 July 2013Last updated at 10:51 GMT Blizzard introduced a race of warrior pandas in a bid to boost player numbers World of Warcraft maker Blizzard is to start experimenting with a system that lets players use real money to buy goods in the game.
Blizzard revealed the experiment in a message posted to the WoW chat forums. Before now players have only been able to spend real money in out-of-game stores to buy pets and mounts for their characters. The first item players can buy is a potion that boosts the experience points they gain from kills and loot. Apple's shares fall on emerging market concerns. Apple's shares fell more than 5% as investors worried that the firm's latest iPhone models may not help it increase its share in emerging markets.
It launched two models on Tuesday, the iPhone 5S and a cheaper iPhone 5C. But the basic 5C model, with 16 gigabytes of storage, has been priced at £469 ($740), which analysts said was still expensive for emerging markets. Apple has found it tough to boost its share of those markets against competition from firms such as Samsung and Huawei. Microsoft to buy Nokia phones unit. 3 September 2013Last updated at 10:48 ET Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer: "This is a big bold step forward" Microsoft has agreed a deal to buy Nokia's mobile phone business for 5.4bn euros ($7.2bn; £4.6bn).
Nokia will also license its patents and mapping services to Microsoft. Minecraft game adds Ordnance Survey GB terrain data. 23 September 2013Last updated at 18:25 ET By Matthew Wall Technology reporter, BBC News Minecraft players can now build on this geographically accurate map of Snowdonia Minecraft, the highly popular building and monsters video game, can now incorporate accurate Ordnance Survey terrain data of Great Britain in its blockwork virtual world.
The game's 33 million players can build worlds atop of geographically accurate landscapes representing 224,000 sq km (86,000 sq miles) of Britain. The GB Minecraft world was created in two weeks by intern Joseph Braybrook working with OS's Innovation Labs team. It uses free OS OpenData products. Apple Touch ID fingerprint tech 'broken', hackers say. 23 September 2013Last updated at 10:33 GMT Apple says its Touch ID fingerprint recognition system provides a "very high level of security". Hackers claim to have broken Apple's iPhone 5S Touch ID fingerprint recognition system just a day after the phone was launched. Germany's Chaos Computer Club claims it "successfully bypassed the biometric security of Apple's Touch ID using easy everyday means". By photographing a fingerprint left on a glass surface and creating a fake finger they were able to unlock the phone, the hackers claim.
But Apple maintains Touch ID is secure. Analysis reveals popular Adobe passwords. 5 November 2013Last updated at 08:58 ET Millions of Adobe users picked easy-to-guess passwords, suggests analysis "123456" was the most popular password among the millions of Adobe users whose details were stolen during an attack on the company. About 1.9 million people used the sequence, according to analysis of data lost in the leak. Tesco petrol stations use face-scan tech to target ads. 4 November 2013Last updated at 12:46 ET Face-scan screens at Tesco petrol stations will target ads at drivers Tesco is installing face-scanning technology at its petrol stations to target advertisements to individual customers at the till.
The technology, made by Lord Sugar's digital signage company Amscreen, will use a camera to identify a customer's gender and approximate age. It will then show an advertisement tailored to that demographic. Tesco says the screens will be rolled out across all 450 of its forecourts in the UK. Mystery grows about Google barges moored off US coast. 5 November 2013Last updated at 10:08 ET A barge with four levels of shipping containers on board is moored in San Francisco Bay Mystery surrounds two barges that Google has moored off the coast of America. The barges have a four-storey structure on deck and rumours are circulating about what the company plans to use them for. One suggestion is that they could be turned in to floating data centres powered by wave action. Others believe they could be fitted out with new showrooms for Google Glass with a "party deck" on top.
So far Google has declined to comment on what the vessels are being used for. How Twitter changed the world, hashtag-by-hashtag. Twitter is about to become the most expensive watercooler in history. After coming onto the scene in 2006 - and with a couple of years to warm up a bit - the site has cemented itself as the home of live, global chatter. Our timeline highlights the key moments in Twitter's development, and we explore how hashtags have changed the way we communicate. Hashtag revolution To some, it will forever be a fad. A place to tell the world what you've had for lunch. Yet though its user base is dwarfed by Facebook, no social network has quite the influence of Twitter. So, what better way to assess its impact than with one of its strongest conventions - the hashtag. How one man turns annoying cold calls into cash.
Vodafone and O2 begin limited roll-out of 4G networks. 'Selfie' named by Oxford Dictionaries as word of 2013. One in five children bullied online, says NSPCC survey. BT hangs up on dial-up internet access. Ntactless payment data can be picked up at a distance. IBM PC pioneer William C Lowe dies, aged 72. 'Terminator' self-assembling cube robots revealed by MIT. Internet chatrooms can help those in distress, says study. New mobile app lets users text and walk safely. Online appeal unearths historic web page.