Each week we endeavor to bring you the latest tech news in one neat little bundle. Here’s what’s hot in tech 7/12/2015:
Toshiba could receive enormous £39m fine
After overstating the company’s profits by $1.3bm over seven years, Toshiba faces a fine of 7.37bn yen (£39m) for accounting violations. The
fine would be a record, making it the largest in Japan for accounting
violations, and was recommended by the Securities and Exchange
Surveillance Commission to the Financial Services Agency, which
imposes penalties. A lawsuit by 50 individual shareholders has also
hit the company, the individuals are looking for $2.45m in damages
from Toshiba after stock plummeted when the accounting scandal
came to light.
Read more about the scandal here.
New Facebook feature allows users to stream live video
Over time Facebook has promised it will be releasing a new feature which will allow users to stream live video. This live video feature will initially be limited to iPhones and will be released across the US, however a few
privileged users including a handful of celebrities and high profile users
have been using the service for some months.
For more info on this update, click here.
Apple to teach coding in stores this week
The project from Apple is part of an international ‘Hour of Code’ project, and will run across its 468 stores, giving people an introductory lesson in computer coding.
The Hour of Code project is backed by technology firms and figureheads including Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Amazon, Bill Gates and Richards Branson, and national governments, including support from Barack Obama
and David Cameron.
Find our more about Hour of Code here and Apple’s code project here.
Experts uncover more flaws in TalkTalk security, leaving customers at risk
Vulnerabilities on TalkTalk’s website and email services have been uncovered by security researchers, which could allow hackers to steal people’s email addresses, passwords and financial data. This has been discovered after the October attack when 157,000 customers had their
personal details stolen, and although the company claim they have taken
major steps to improve security, several parts of its website remain
unencrypted as well as parts of its email services.
Read more about this story here.
Apple win dispute with Samsung over patent
Samsung has agreed to pay rival company Apple $548m (£362m) to settle a patent dispute which has been ongoing since 2011, when Apple claimed Samsung was using some of its patented technologies without permission.
Read more on this story here.
Astronaut to run London Marathon from space
A British astronaut will compete in the London Marathon while in space strapped to a treadmill in orbit. Tim Peake will have an iPad in front of him which will track his speed and the view on the device will move with him showing his place in the marathon. Peake will have to wear elastic straps while on the treadmill to keep him from floating away during the marathon.
Read more on this story here.