The global shop

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Online shopping has become a $2.3tn global business In 1995, someone sold a broken laser pen for $14 on a site called AuctionWeb. This was the rather inauspicious start for online shopping, an activity that now generates a colossal $2.3tn (£1.75tn) in global sales. But these days, shoppers want …

World’s first floating wind farm starts generating electricity

Media playback is unsupported on your deviceMedia captionFloating wind farm delivers electricity The world’s first floating wind farm has started delivering electricity to the Scottish grid.Five giant turbines have been tethered to the seabed about 15 miles from Peterhead in Aberdeenshire.The wind farm has been officially opened by Nicola Sturgeon. The first minister said the …

Child safety smartwatches ‘easy’ to hack, watchdog says

Image copyright NCC Some smartwatches designed for children have security flaws that make them vulnerable to hackers, a watchdog has warned.The Norwegian Consumer Council (NCC) tested watches from brands including Gator and GPS for Kids.It said it discovered that attackers could track, eavesdrop or even communicate with the wearers.The manufacturers involved insist the problems have …