AGN News Archive
Midnight came later on Tuesday as for the first time in three years an extra second was added to the official time set by atomic clocks.
The "leap second" means the last minute of June had 61 seconds in it.
Leap seconds - and leap years - are added as basic ways to keep the clock in sync with the Earth and its seasons.
However, there are concerns extra seconds can potentially cause problems for some computer systems because it has to be added manually.
Apple conspired with publishers to fix the prices of electronic books, a US federal appeals court has ruled.
In a 2-1 vote, the court said Apple broke antitrust laws when it entered an e-book market which was then dominated by Amazon.
Circuit Judge Debra Ann Livingston said the price-fixing meant Apple "found an easy path to opening its iBookstore".
An exploit that takes advantage of a flaw in Adobe's Flash Player is being used by cybercriminals.
The problem was only patched by an update from Adobe last week, meaning many users are still believed to be at risk.
Two exploit kits, which allow criminals to compromise computers in a variety of ways, can now target the bug.
This was spotted by a French security researcher known as Kafeine
Apple's Beats 1 radio station has launched with Zane Lowe presenting the first show from Los Angeles.
Lowe premiered Pharrell's track Freedom and played City by Manchester band Spring King as his first song.
It is Apple's first venture into radio and is seen as a way for the company to market its Apple Music subscription service
Matti Makkonen, who helped to launch the worldwide sensation of texting, has died at the age of 63 after an illness.
Makkonen became known as the father of SMS after developing the idea of sending messages via mobile networks
A US court has found in favour of a drone owner who sued a man who shot his hexacopter out of the sky.
The drone, built and flown by Eric Joe, was shot down by Brett McBay in late November, 2014.
Mr McBay claimed the drone was over his property and said he believed it was being used to spy on him.
Swatch Group, the world's bestselling watchmaker, is to introduce models that can make contactless payments and display data sent by smartphones.
The Swiss company's chief executive said the first of the tech-enhanced timepieces would go on sale in May.
But he said he had no plans to sell the kinds of fully featured smartwatches being offered by Apple, Motorola, Pebble and others.
Swatch accounts for 18% of all watch sale revenues, according to industry data.
Gamers are being targeted by a computer virus that stops them playing their favourite titles unless they pay a ransom.
On infected machines, the malicious program seeks out saved games and other files and encrypts them.
A key to unlock encrypted files is only supplied if victims pay at least $500 (£340) in Bitcoins.
The malware targets 40 separate games including Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Minecraft and World of Tanks.
An antivirus program labelled itself as malware, causing some computers it was running on to stop working.
After an update, essential components in two Panda Security antivirus programs became corrupted, leading them to be mistakenly identified as malign and quarantined.
Panda said a fix had been released and warned that rebooting affected systems could exacerbate the issue.
It asked those affected to get in touch so it could help fix their machines.
One security expert noted the irony. "People's first response is to turn [their computer] off and back on again, but in this case it seems like the wrong thing to do," said Prof Alan Woodward, of Surrey University.
The "last thing" people would expect to cause their computers to break down was its security software, he said.
The Creative Assembly team have been nominated for an amazing 6 awards!
A French coder has developed what is thought to be the smallest-sized chess computer program.
BootChess is only 487 bytes in size, and the code can be run on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux computers.
That makes it smaller than 1K ZX Chess - a Sinclair ZX81 computer game, which contained 672 bytes of code and had held the record for 33 years.
Microsoft has revealed that Windows 10 will bring its voice-controlled assistant Cortana to PCs.
It also unveiled a headset that it said would one day project the operating system over views of the real world.
In addition, the firm announced that the OS upgrade would be offered free of charge for devices running Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Phone.
A rare video game has attracted a bid of $99,600 (£65,600) in an eBay auction. The auction for the "factory sealed" 1987 Nintendo Entertainment System game called Stadium Events is due to end on Friday. The seller claims its authenticity has been verified by a video game authority in the USA. One expert said that, while the mooted price is surprising, there is a growing market for video game nostalgia.
PC gamers will have to wait a little bit longer if they want to play Grand Theft Auto V. Rockstar have announced the game's release has been delayed until 24 March. The latest version of the open world adventure was due to go on sale on 27 January. A statement from Rockstar said: "The game requires a few extra weeks of testing and polish to make it as good as can be."
A "deeply personal" picture of every consumer could be grabbed by futuristic smart gadgets, the chair of the US Federal Trade Commission has warned.
Speaking at CES, Edith Ramirez said a future full of smart gadgets that watch what we do posed a threat to privacy.
The collated data could create a false impression if given to employers, universities or companies, she said.
Extreme heat in the Australian city of Perth has forced one ISP to shut down servers in its data centre.
Australia's second largest net provider iiNet said it had turned the servers off "as a precautionary measure" as the city experienced temperatures topping 44.4C.
It left thousands of customers offline for about six-and-a-half hours.
Microsoft and Sony have been working to restore internet platforms for their Xbox and PlayStation games consoles.
Attacks disabled the online services on Christmas Day, making it difficult for users to log on.
The Xbox Live status page suggested on Saturday that Microsoft services had been restored. PlayStation said it was getting to grips with the issue and thanked users for their patience.
A hacking group called Lizard Squad claimed to have caused the problems.
Escape from Durgesh Prison With Ajay and Hurk in a Challenging New Time Trial
Today, Ubisoft announced that Escape from Durgesh Prison, a new piece of downloadable content for Far Cry 4, will be released on January 13th, 2015 on Xbox LIVE (XBL) and Windows PC and on January 14th, 2015 on PlayStation Network (PSN). In this challenging time trial players will race against the clock and other players for a top spot on the leader boards.
A pair of jeans containing material that blocks wireless signals is being developed in conjunction with anti-virus firm Norton.
The trousers are intended to stop thieves hacking into radio frequency identification (RFID) tagged passports or contactless payment cards.
According to security experts this type of theft is a growing problem.
A hacker group has claimed responsibility for attacking Sony's online PlayStation store, which is down on Monday.
Visitors to the site are greeted with a message that says "Page Not Found! It's not you. It's the internet's fault".
A group called "Lizard Squad" has taken credit for the outage, posting "PSN Login #offline #LizardSquad" as their Twitter status.