Hackers are holding Australian Apple customers to ransom by locking iPhones, iPads and Macs and demanding payment to unlock the products. Affected devices have been reported across several states in Australia displaying an error message attributing the hack to Oleg Pliss, and instructing users to send $100 (USD) or EUR100 to a PayPal account.
The ad-targeting technology from in-image ad platform GumGum earlier this month began placing ads for L'Oreal Freia and Preference Ombre products within photos across its network of 1,000 news and entertainment sites from such publishers as Tribune Co., New York Times Co., and E.W. Scripps Co. Different products are featured based on the hair color of the women in the photos.
BBC News journalists have been told not to "do anything stupid" on social media after Jasmine Lawrence's anti-UKIP tweet. According to The Guardian, head of the BBC newsroom Mary Hockaday has sent an email to staff reminding them of the corporation's "very clear social media guidance". It comes after BBC News channel editor Lawrence tweeted: "#WhyImVotingUkip - to stand up for white, middle class, middle aged men w sexist/racist views, totally under represented in politics today."
The digital special showcases some of Red's star writers including Rosie Green, Bryony Gordon, Sarfraz Manzoor and Allegra Mcevedy. From celebrity profiles and first person emotional memoirs, through to relationship insights, humour and a touch of taboo, the collection features all of the talked-about reads that make up Red's editorial proposition, say the publishers, Hearst Magazines UK.
ESPN has been fined GBP120,000 by Ofcom for not providing enough audio descriptions in its output. The media regulator ruled that the sports channel only provided the visually impaired service on 2.3% of its shows in 2012, lower than its 5% target. It also missed the target back in 2011. Ofcom stated that the rule breach was "both serious and repeated". However, ESPN insisted that live sport was "not generally suitable for audio description on television".
Netflix, the video-on-demand service behind Kevin Spacey's House of Cards, is planning a GBP100m epic about Queen Elizabeth II inspired by Peter Morgan's play, The Audience. Morgan, who also wrote the 2006 Oscar-winning film, The Queen, will team up with Billy Elliot's Stephen Daldry for the series, called The Crown, which will span the Queen's six decades on the throne.
Secretary of State Vince Cable is to officially launch the Global Digital Media and Entertainment Alliance between the UK and China at this year's Technology Innovator's Forum in China, which takes place this week. The alliance has been formed to give British companies access to an estimated GBP2bn of trade and investment opportunities in these key sectors.
Cloud firm Salesforce today announced plans for a major expansion into Europe, taking the anchor tenancy of Heron Tower in London, opening its first UK data centre and adding 500 jobs across Europe during the next year. Heron Tower will be renamed as Salesforce Tower London as the company takes on more office space for its British headquarters, while in Slough the new data centre will be opened this August, built for the firm by NTT Europe and its subsidiary, Gyron.
Metro was again the UK's fastest growing newspaper website in April with average daily traffic up 155 per cent year on year to 1,036,570 daily browsers according to ABC. The site had a "mobile first" relaunch and redesign in November 2012 and is set to be merged with sister title Mail Online. The Mail website reported traffic down month on month, but up 39.3 per cent compared with April 2013 to 10.9m average global daily browsers.
McDonalds is debuting its 'GOL!' augmented reality app which will feature 12 World Cup designs from international street artists on chip boxes - which will double as a digital activation point as well as a delicious container of salty fries. Launching on Monday May 26, customers will be able to play the game by holding up a smartphone to the front of the box, and as the device recognises the artwork, a 'futbol' pitch will appear in an AR scene on the screen.