The Munich Cyber Security Conference considers a world of digital threats
16 February 2020 | 2:31 pm
Cybersecurity experts at a summit in southern Germany have given a stark reminder about how vulnerable our digital future could be. Delegates heard that as 5G is rolled out, trust will be a critical element.
30 Apr 2021
Profits at Apple more than doubled in the first three months of 2021, as sales of all its flagship products soared. Demand for company's biggest earner, the iPhone, was boosted by the latest model, which can be used on 5G mobile networks.
27 May 2021
NFTs – or non-fungible tokens – are effectively a digital proof of sale, and it's fair to say they’re having a moment. Most recently an iconic YouTube home video from 2007 called "Charlie bit my finger" has been sold for a six-figure sum as an NFT, with the family who made it pledging that the winning bidder is now "the sole owner of this lovable piece of internet history". So how exactly do NFTs work? And could they transform the way we do business in the future? We speak to financial technology expert James Bowden, a lecturer at the University of Strathclyde.
5 Jun 2021
The US has suspended tariffs against six countries in a row over taxing tech giants. But the levies could still be imposed if an international agreement on digital tax isn't reached. Also in the show: the International Labour Organization says more than 100 million people have been plunged into poverty during the pandemic, and the world's largest meat-processing company recovers from a cyberattack.
9 Jun 2021
EU lawmakers have backed a proposal allowing for digital proof of COVID vaccinations or negative tests. The measures are aimed at enabling restriction-free travel within the EU as the summer tourism season begins.
20 Jun 2021
Berlin intends to roll out a digital immunity certificate by the end of June, making it easier to prove that a person has been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. But critics warn the timeframe is too ambitious.
10 Jun 2021
Here are a few reasons to pick up a copy of The Guardian on Friday. Find these stories and much more when you grab a copy of The Guardian on Friday.
21 Jun 2021
Twitter is in a standoff with Indian authorities over the government's new digital rules. Critics see the rules as an attempt to curb free speech, while others say more action is needed to hold tech giants accountable.
15 Jul 2021
The European Central Bank has said it is taking the next step toward launching a digital version of the euro. The move comes amid a boom in crypto and other digital currencies.
20 Jul 2021
One issue causing real concern about public health is fake news around Covid-19 vaccines. In France, anti-vaccine sentiment is already high, with 46% of people hesitant to get jabbed in December 2020. Among the fake news circulating most widely: the claim that US billionaire Bill Gates is planning to implant us all with 5G microchips along with the Covid-19 vaccine. Fact or fake? Our team has debunked it for you.
21 Aug 2021
Weeks after thousands of people took to the streets of Cuba to protest against the government, authorities have introduced laws restricting the use of social media and the internet.
16 Sep 2021
Two fluffy white terriers wearing tartan berets pant quietly as their owner waves a treat and snaps a photo for the dogs' tens of thousands of Instagram followers. They are among a growing number of pet influencers on social media in Singapore, a trend fuelled by a rise in online shopping and pet ownership during the coronavirus pandemic.
24 Sep 2021
The company behind the world's first electric flying racing car series have teamed up with Australian technology consultants to help deliver the virtual race track and control systems needed to get racing started. Telstra Purple will use its 5G expertise to help get the Airspeeder EXA Series off the ground, transmitting terabytes of data in near real-time.
7 hours ago
We look at reactions to the nomination of Elisabeth Borne, France's first female prime minister in 30 years. How politically strategic is Emmanuel Macron's choice? Also, British footballer Jake Daniels comes out as a gay in a historic moment and is lauded by the British press. Finally, after manterrupting and mansplaining, beware of "hepeating" – when men get credit for women's ideas!
7 hours ago
An annual surf competition was held at the weekend on Liberia's coast, in a fishing town that is gaining worldwide recognition for the quality of its waves.
9 hours ago
The fast food giant said it was leaving because of the "unpredictable operating environment" and "humanitarian" reasons. McDonald's was quick to set up shop in the Soviet Union in the waning embers of the Cold War.
9 hours ago
Australia is counting down to its next federal election on May 21. The environmental crisis is high on voters' minds and smaller parties and independents are gaining momentum by riding a wave of disillusionment over the conservative coalition's lack of climate action. With a hung parliament looking likely, these minor players could force the traditional parties to do more to tackle global warming. Climate change is an increasingly hot-button issue since the country's devastating bushfires of 2019-20. Our correspondents Richelle Harrison Plesse and Gregory Plesse report.
11 hours ago
Brooklyn-based duo Bottler (aka producers Pat Butler and Phil Shore) have created a unique soundscape blending a myriad of styles including pop, indie rock, trip-hop and club music. In 2020, they released a double bill of EPs, "Clementine" and "Grow". Now the childhood friends are back with their debut album "Journey Work", in which they’re on a mission to explore and express the full spectrum of human experience. They joined us on Encore! to tell us more.
11 hours ago
Israel's police chief has ordered a probe into the actions of officers at the funeral of reporter Shireen Abu Akleh in Jerusalem. Germany's top diplomat, Annalena Baerbock, said she was "deeply shocked" by the events.