Ford to boost investment in electric cars by 2022

Ford says it will boost its investment in electric vehicles to $11bn (£8bn) in the next five years, more than doubling a previous commitment. Chairman Bill Ford said the car maker would have 40 hybrid and fully electric vehicles in its range by 2022. It comes as countries around the world put more pressure on […]

CES 2018: Longer-lasting gadgets showcased

Spare a thought for the attendees of the CES tech show who decided to briefly leave their phones in charging towers. The devices got locked inside when a power cut plunged the exhibition hall into darkness. Having to constantly keep personal devices charged is a nuisance we are all, by now, familiar with – even […]

CES 2018: Willow and Freemie breast pumps offer mums freedom

Two firms have launched portable pumps to help breastfeeding mums collect their milk on the move. Women who use breast pumps often apply them several times a day and for periods of about 20 minutes or more. However, generally they have to be plugged into a power socket and the pump mechanism is noisy. Both […]

How flowering plants conquered the world

Scientists think they have the answer to a puzzle that baffled even Charles Darwin: How flowers evolved and spread to become the dominant plants on Earth. Flowering plants, or angiosperms, make up about 90% of all living plant species, including most food crops. In the distant past, they outpaced plants such as conifers and ferns, […]

Flaw in VR porn app leaves 20,000 names exposed

A flaw that left the personal data of thousands of users of a virtual reality porn app exposed has been fixed. British cybersecurity firm Digital Interruption uncovered a loophole in the SinVR app that gave it access to 20,000 user names and email addresses. SinVR thanked it for highlighting the issue and promised to improve […]

witch spamming suspect charged in Canada

A Canadian man has been accused of spamming streaming site Twitch with racist and homophobic messages. In court papers, Brandan Lukus Apple was alleged to be the spammer behind attacks on Twitch early last year. During each attack, more than 1,000 broadcasts were disrupted by the massive number of messages being sent. Mr Apple has […]

Denmark Facebook sex video: More than 1,000 young people charged

More than 1,000 young people have been charged by police in Denmark with distributing sexually explicit material. They are accused of using Facebook Messenger to share indecent video clips of two 15-year-olds having sex. Police said it could amount to distribution of indecent images of children, as the two people filmed are under 18. Facebook […]

Carillion was left with just £29m before going bankrupt

Carillion was in talks with the government since October as part of a desperate bid to stave off collapse, according to the chief executive. Keith Cochrane says the construction giant was left with just £29m in cash by the time it went bust on Monday. Until the last moments, directors still believed a rescue was […]

Dream Home of the Week: Granite worktops and inglenook fireplace

Located in the village of Shilton, this four-bedroom family home has been improved to a high standard throughout. The agents say it has been “realistically priced for a quick sale.” On the ground floor, there are two large reception rooms, a re-fitted family kitchen with granite worktops, separate utility room and downstairs WC. On the […]