Facebook calls for end to Flash as Firefox blocks it over hacking holes

Flash has been blocked by Mozilla in its Firefox browser Photograph: firefox The mob is turning against Flash. Mozilla has blocked every version of Adobe’s Flash plugin from running within its Firefox browser, while Facebook’s head of security has called for Adobe to kill it off. The moves come following a series of vulnerabilities in Flash being actively exploited, including ... Read More »

Parents warned as Hello Kitty data breach leaks details of 3.3m user accounts

The hashing technique used by Hello Kitty website SanrioTown leaves it easy for an attacker to use force to uncover a significant proportion of the obscured passwords. Photograph: Imaginechina/Rex Shutterstock A data breach at, the online community for Hello Kitty fans, has leaked details of more than 3 million user accounts online. The information exposed in the breach includes ... Read More »

New Microsoft adware rules could stop another Superfish security scare

A computer screen shows features of the Windows 10 operating system at the Microsoft store at Roosevelt Field in Garden City, New York July 29, 2015. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/REUTERS Microsoft will “detect and remove” insecure adware from Windows PCs in 2016,the company has announced. The move could prevent a repeat of Lenovo’s embarrassing self-inflicted security hole from March this year, ... Read More »

How to explain tech to your parents in five easy steps

Amy Schumer attempts to teach her mother how to use her Macbook. Photograph: Internet Leo Tolstoy famously wrote: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” But that was before the advent of tech. Now, family unhappiness is a stressed-out mother trying to work out how to send an emoji, and a dad repeatedly ... Read More »

Apple calls on UK government to scale back snooper’s charter

Tech company makes rare foray into British politics in a submission to the committee on the investigatory powers bill Apple has expressed concern over another section of the draft investigatory powers bill. Photograph: GCHQ / MOD/EPA Apple has called for changes to the UK government’s investigatory powers bill, over fears it would weaken the security of “personal data of millions ... Read More »

Size matters: Bitter Bezos takes swipe at Musk over SpaceX rocket landing

Amazon’s founder and owner of space privateer firm Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos, decided that Elon Musk’s big moment – vertically landing the 48m SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket after delivering satellites into orbit – was too good a moment to pass up the opportunity for some backhanded compliments on Twitter. After an ecstatic Musk took to Twitter to boast about going ... Read More »

Don’t let tech ruin your Christmas – get these necessaries

A checklist for an angst-free Christmas filled with technology fun, to avoid the frustration of lacking a vital component Christmas is meant to be a time of joy, but if you lack the correct cable you could end up having a terrible time. Photograph: Martin Barraud/Ocean/Corbis Agadget-filled Christmas is one of the best types of holiday season, but when the ... Read More »

2015, the year in games: Rainbow Six Siege, Fallout 4

12 months in which the video game industry finally started to represent women both in-game and in development To say the video game industry hasn’t always been a model of inclusion and diversity is a bit like noticing that the sea’s wet or that Jeremy Hunt needs to be lowered quietly into a septic tank; it’s so blindingly obvious it’s ... Read More »

Robot looks after residents at Italian care home – in pictures

A care home in Florence is pioneering the use of a robot as a carer for its 20 elderly residents. Robot-Era is coordinated by the Robotics Institute of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna di Pisa as part of the world’s largest experiment ever carried out using service robots, which involves 160 people in real-world environments over four years. Robot-Era prepares to ... Read More »

Cards Against Humanity gives its entire Chinese workforce a holiday

In the run-up to the holiday season, the makers of popular (if controversial) party game Cards Against Humanity offered a special promotion: eight small, mystery presents delivered over the month of December. The company has a history of offering unexpected items for sale: in 2014, to celebrate Black Friday, it gave customers the chance to purchase a literal box of ... Read More »