News Roundup: WannaCry, Bitcoin booms, and 1-ton drone deliveries

A roundup of the week’s tech new including Mattel’s AI, hacking eyes, and police body cameras.

A roundup of the week’s tech new including Mattel’s AI, hacking eyes, and police body cameras.

WannaCry

The hackers behind the WannaCry haven’t given up. Marcus Hutchins – aka the guy who helped stop it spreading any more than it already did – says hackers are trying to overwhelm the sinkhole domain Hutchins registered. Saying that, however, Russia's postal service is reportedly still suffering problems, according to Reuters.

Kaspersky says Windows 7 is the main victim of WannaCry, not XP. Total money extorted by WannaCry has now surpassed $100,000. The money, however, has yet to be withdrawn.

Bitcoin boom and bust

The cryptocurrency Bitcoin continued its upwards trajectory. The price per coin reached $2,000 for the first time over the weekend but reached a value as high as $2,791 in the week. A rapid drop has seen the price retreat back to around $2,400 – still up $1,000 compared a month ago.

M&A

Microsoft has acquired AI startup Hexadite, Red Hat has bought Codenvy, Rackspace has acquired Tricore, and CoderDojo and the Raspberry Pi Foundation have announced they are to merge. The two will remain independent, but the Pi Foundation will provide practical, financial, and back-office support to the CoderDojo Foundation with the aim of quadrupling the number of CoderDojos worldwide to 5,000 by the end of 2020.

FB

Good guy Facebook just can’t stop releasing free tools for developers. This week the social network released three tools designed to aid app development testing and bug hunting: One World helps test software across multiple environments; Jupiter matches backend jobs with computing resources; and AL is a new language designed to aid bug checking.

Meanwhile, a new SuperPAC has launched to get Mark Zuckerberg in the White House. Disrupt for America is dedicated to “convincing the American people to convince Mark Zuckerberg to consider a Presidential run in 2020, or at least join the conversation.”

Why would Mr. Z be a better choice for the 46th President than say, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, I hear you ask?

“In addition to a set of steadfast liberal principals, Mark shares (perhaps more legitimately) many of the qualities of Donald Trump that resonated with everyday Americans – a wealthy, anti-establishment outsider unbeholden to special interests.”

If you want to get involved, D4A uses the twitter hashtag #DraftZuck2020.

Automating police work

Police officers wearing body cameras makes sense; evidence can be gathered impartially and malpractice can be better brought to light. But one company is looking to bring real-time facial recognition technology to UK police.

Digital Barriers is offering technology that promises to ‘pick out and identify hundreds of individual faces at a time, instantly checking them against registered databases or registering unique individuals in seconds.’

Slightly less scary is the new autonomous security vehicle from Singapore company Otsaw Digital. The O-R3 is an outdoor security robot which comes complete with a drone for aerial surveillance too.