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WhatsApp hits 500 million users

23 April 2014, 15:30

WhatsApp now has 500 million regular, active users around the world, the free mobile messaging service being acquired by Facebook has said.

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Nasa's space station Robonaut getting legs

23 April 2014, 11:20

Nasa's space station humanoid Robonaut is finally getting legs, the next step for astro-apprentices.

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Alien signal likely interference, says top astronomer

23 April 2014, 09:10

The controversial and unexplained Wow! Signal from decades ago may have been interference, says a top radio astronomer.

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Dragon supply capsule reaches orbiting ISS

22 April 2014, 11:35

The unmanned Dragon capsule from the private US firm SpaceX has successfully reached the International Space Station, its third trip carrying supplies and equipment to the orbiting lab.

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Apps link people with new places in real world

22 April 2014, 08:27

Tired of the same restaurants and clubs? Not sure if friends would want to venture to a new cafe or bar? New apps show where people want to go, rather than where they have been.

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Graphene: The 'wonder' nanomaterial

21 April 2014, 07:58

Graphene has been touted as a wonder material -- the world's thinnest substance, but super-strong. Now scientists say it is so easy to make you could produce some in your kitchen.

Researcher finds flaw in Samsung fingerprint check

18 April 2014, 10:14

A Berlin-based researcher says he has managed to fool the fingerprint-based security system on Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone.

China jails blogger in 'rumour' crackdown

18 April 2014, 09:35

A Chinese court has jailed a blogger for three years, the first person to be sentenced in a government-led crackdown on so-called internet rumours.

German media boss: I'm scared of Google

17 April 2014, 11:09

The head of Germany's biggest media company says he is afraid of Google and wants the company to become more transparent.

Experts issue warning to smartphone users

17 April 2014, 09:32

Smartphone users have been advised to ensure that their devices are properly secured in order to reduce vulnerability to cyber attacks from hackers.

Yahoo sees signs of growth in 'core'

17 April 2014, 07:38

Yahoo has posted a stronger-than-expected first-quarter profit, results hailed by chief executive Marissa Mayer as showing growth in "core" business.

New Facebook friends 'signal' cheating

16 April 2014, 10:17

People who add new romantic interests to their Facebook "friends" list while in a romantic relationship tend to have a lower level of commitment to their current mate, a recent study finds.

South Korea blocks adultery website

16 April 2014, 07:47

South Korea has blocked the newly launched Korean version of the global adultery hook-up site Ashley Madison, saying that it threatened family values.

'Blood moon' stuns sky watches

15 April 2014, 14:16

Parts of the world have seen a rare celestial event when the Earth's shadow fell across the moon, turning it orange.

US Airways red-faced after graphic image tweet

15 April 2014, 12:10

US Airways has rushed out an apology after a graphic sexual image was tweeted from its official Twitter account in response to a disgruntled customer.

Rocket leak delays ISS delivery launch

15 April 2014, 09:27

Space X has called off a planned launch because of a rocket leak, meaning that a cargo run destined for the ISS will wait a bit longer.

Nasa green lights supply run to ISS

14 April 2014, 15:20

Nasa is pressing ahead with the planned launch of a supply ship despite a critical computer outage at the International Space Station.

BlackBerry moves to soothe Heartbleed fears

14 April 2014, 09:54

BlackBerry says it plans to release security updates for messaging software to address vulnerabilities in programs related to the Heartbleed security threat.

Next generation solar plane unveiled

14 April 2014, 07:10

The masterminds of sun-powered plane Solar Impulse have formally unveiled their new aircraft, a year ahead of their planned round-the-world flight.

Facebook pushes smartphone chats to Messenger

11 April 2014, 13:47

Facebook has begun pushing smartphone chats between friends to a stand-alone Messenger application.

US warns Facebook on WhatsApp privacy

11 April 2014, 10:41

US regulators warned Facebook about making changes to the privacy policy of WhatsApp, which it is set to acquire.

Samsung Galaxy S5 hits the shelves

11 April 2014, 08:18

The latest version of Samsung's flagship Galaxy smartphone series went on sale worldwide Friday, days after the electronics giant announced it was facing a second consecutive quarter of profit decline.

Tumblr urges users to change passwords due to bug

10 April 2014, 15:13

Tumblr has urged its users to change their passwords after it emerged that a newly discovered bug has made data on major websites vulnerable to theft by hackers.

Weird Mars lights not alien life says Nasa

10 April 2014, 11:00

Nasa has poured cold water on claims that unusual lights captured by its Curiosity rover are proof of alien life on the planet.

Facebook moves to bigger ads on website

10 April 2014, 09:43

Facebook is switching to fewer but bigger ads on the right-hand column of the desktop PC version of its website because users respond more frequently to them.

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