Monday, 14 October 2019
Tuesday, 08 October 2019 14:23

Femtech: Right time, wrong term?

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The meteoric rise of the label "femtech" to describe technology products, apps and hardware addressing women's health and wellbeing issues divides opinion.

While some say it helps the sector secure vital funding from male-dominated venture capitalists,

Monday, 07 October 2019 14:43

Copycat coders create 'vulnerable' apps

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Lazy developers who copy solutions to tricky programming problems are creating apps that are vulnerable to attack, research suggests.

A team of computer scientists looked at more than 72,000 chunks of code found

Thursday, 03 October 2019 15:16

Facebook can be ordered to remove posts worldwide

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Facebook and similar apps and websites can be ordered to take down illegal posts worldwide after a landmark ruling from the EU's highest court.

Platforms may also have to seek out similar examples of the illegal content and remove them, instead

Wednesday, 02 October 2019 15:36

Google 'tracking iPhone users' case goes ahead

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Legal action brought against Google for allegedly tracking the personal data of four million iPhone users can go ahead in the UK, three judges have ruled.

The case had previously been blocked by the High Court.

A former Yahoo software engineer has pleaded guilty to charges of illegally accessing user accounts.

Reyes Daniel Ruiz admitted he had "hacked" about 6,000 accounts, seeking sexual images and videos.

The email came in like any other, from the company chief executive to his finance officer.

"Hey, the deal is done. Please wire $8m to this account to finalise the acquisition ASAP. Needs to be done before the end of the day. Thanks."

Wednesday, 25 September 2019 13:02

Google wins landmark right to be forgotten case

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The EU's top court has ruled that Google does not have to apply the right to be forgotten globally.

It means the firm only needs to remove links from its search results in Europe - and not elsewhere - after

Wednesday, 18 September 2019 12:13

New Twitter algorithms aim to stamp out trolling

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A new tool can identify Twitter accounts engaging in bullying with over 90% accuracy, according to researchers.

Its algorithms classify two specific types of offensive online behaviour - cyber-bullying and cyber-aggression.

Tuesday, 17 September 2019 11:58

App that cancels subscriptions launches in UK

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A service which automatically cancels subscriptions at the end of the free trial period has launched in the UK.

It was developed by Josh Browder, who as a teenager developed an algorithm called Do Not Pay, which

Thursday, 12 September 2019 11:56

Ban kids from loot box gambling in games, MPs say

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In-game spending should be regulated by gambling laws and so-called loot boxes banned entirely for children, MPs say.

The industry's UK trade body responded it would "review these recommendations with utmost seriousness".

Wednesday, 11 September 2019 12:16

Apple's iPhone 11 Pro and 'always-on' Watch unveiled

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Apple has unveiled its iPhone 11 range of handsets, which feature more cameras than before and a processor that has been updated to be faster while consuming less power.

The company said the two Pro models would last between four to five hours longer than their XS predecessors.

Tuesday, 10 September 2019 11:56

Trump’s tariffs puts Apple’s golden goose at risk

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The iPhone launch is the most important date in Apple’s calendar. At least it would be, in a normal year. In 2019, it’s 15 December that matters most for America’s richest company.

That’s when Donald Trump has threatened to impose a sweeping new round of trade tariffs against imports

Monday, 09 September 2019 12:00

Almost one-fifth of Britons 'do not use internet'

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Almost 20% of British people are not using the internet, a survey suggests.

The detailed in-home survey of almost 2,000 Britons found that 18% described themselves as non-users.

Friday, 06 September 2019 12:01

Pornhub owners 'profit from revenge porn'

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The owners of porn streaming site Pornhub are profiting from "revenge porn" and failing to remove videos once reported, BBC News has been told.

One woman, "Sophie", said she felt "violated" after a video featuring her was viewed hundreds of thousands of

Monday, 02 September 2019 18:12

Minecraft players to be helped by AI assistant

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Tired of digging all those blocks in Minecraft? Help could be at hand from an artificial intelligence assistant that can dig and build on command.

Facebook researchers are developing the assistant that players control by typing commands in ordinary language.

A watchdog has penalised a local authority for trialling facial recognition on high-school students in Sweden to keep track of attendance.

The Swedish Data Protection Authority (DPA) fined the Skelleftea municipality 200,000 Swedish Krona (£16,800, $20,700) for flouting a privacy law.

Tuesday, 13 August 2019 13:11

Amazon quizzed over 'Choice' ratings

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Amazon is being told to reveal how it decides which products get the "Amazon's Choice" label in its online store.

Two US senators have written to Amazon asking it to say whether people or algorithms are making decisions

Friday, 09 August 2019 13:39

Gay dating apps still leaking location data

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Some of the most popular gay dating apps, including Grindr, Romeo and Recon, have been exposing the exact location of their users.

In a demonstration for BBC News, cyber-security researchers were able to generate a map of users across

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