Space X successfully launched Falcon heavy; Elon Musks’ Starman continues to orbit and not bad for a company less than 15 years old and now rising in value to more than $21Bn.

Shrinking in value meanwhile, Cryptocurrencies continue to tumble from highs in early December 2017 and most predictions we’ve looked at suggests its likely to get worse before it gets better as governments from around the world start to look at regulating the field, although the European Central bank says it’s not a priority. The race for ICOs is looking problematic, and after the theft of half a Billion dollars from the Japanese Coincheck exchange it might be time to store your digital wallet under the mattress.

As Spectre & Meltdown continue to cause issues, Microsoft declared Intel’s fix so problematic that it was disabled by their latest patch. Intel responded with an update for its Skylake chips. In an unrelated announcement, Microsoft published their timeline for releases and retirements of software for the next few years confirming that Windows 7 will be retired in 2020 amid rumours of something called Polaris that succeeds Windows 10.

Driverless car technology evolves and California has just released information regarding how often the vehicles under test have had to disengage at the request of, or simply defer to, it’s human occupant. There’s a way to go with incumbent manufacturers being furthest behind the curve but Nissan thinks it’s not all about the autonomous driving, sometimes it’s about the Koi Carp.

The reassuringly expensive Apple HomePod has launched in the UK and scientists have discovered that playing records backward is enough to hijack voice-controlled assistants (to no-one’s surprise).

Equally unsurprising …

The UK governments plan to roll out Smart energy meters to all homes by the early 2020’s doesn’t seem to be going well, with only 80 so far installed that are able to cope with a consumer switching energy suppliers.

Facebook is testing a dislike button after a slight dip in time spent and first-ever drop in user numbers.

Hawaiians are as guilty of writing passwords on post-it notes as the rest of us.

Finally, and perhaps least surprising of all, the Chinese are developing state of the art AI for real-time surveillance (whilst the UK’s use of surveillance is deemed unlawful).