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Tuesday, 12 February 2019 22:56

DJI makes drone safety improvements

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Drone-maker DJI is improving the technology that prevents them being flown near airports.

The changes come after drones disrupted flights from the UK's Gatwick airport in December.

Thursday, 07 February 2019 23:17

Inside Ocado's burning robotic warehouse

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Walking into the first chamber of Ocado's robot warehouse system in May, I was immediately struck by three things: how cold it was, how enormous it was, and how quiet.

No shouts from warehouse staff, or tinny radios playing pop hits. No beeps from reversing forklift trucks.

Tuesday, 05 February 2019 23:28

Children's smartwatch recalled over data fears

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The European Commission has ordered the recall of a children's smartwatch because it leaves them open to being contacted and located by attackers.

In its recall alert, the Commission said the Enox Safe-Kid-One device posed a "serious" risk.

Friday, 01 February 2019 23:26

Fact-checker Snopes cuts Facebook ties

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Fact-checking service Snopes has said it is ending its deal with Facebook to fight fake news on its network.

The social network had partnered with the company, and others, to monitor and combat its misinformation crisis.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019 22:55

Facebook paid teenagers to mine device data

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Facebook is halting a scheme that gathered highly personal data from paid volunteers, after it was exposed.

TechCrunch said participants - including those aged 13-17 - had been paid up to $20 (£15.30) a month to open up their phones to deep analysis.

Facebook plans to integrate its messaging services on Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.

While all three will remain stand-alone apps, at a much deeper level they will be linked so messages can travel between the different services.

Tuesday, 22 January 2019 21:14

Tesla reverses charging prices hike

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Electric-car maker Tesla has reversed a decision to drastically increase prices for its charging stations, following a backlash from customers.

Owners had complained the price rise - estimated to be around 30% - would mean electric cars risked becoming far less competitive than petrol ones.

Monday, 21 January 2019 23:16

Google hit with £44m GDPR fine over ads

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Google has been fined 50 million euros (£44m) by the French data regulator CNIL, for a breach of the EU's data protection rules.

CNIL said it had levied the record fine for "lack of transparency, inadequate information and lack of valid consent regarding ads personalisation".

Wednesday, 16 January 2019 22:08

Domino's Pizza app must be accessible to blind people

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Domino's Pizza has been told its website and app must be made fully accessible to blind people, after losing a legal case in the US.

It follows a complaint from a blind customer who said he first struggled to change toppings and then was unable to complete a pizza's purchase

Google's parent company Alphabet is facing legal action over the way it allegedly handled sexual misconduct claims against two senior managers.

Separately two lawsuits have been filed by long-term shareholders which accuse Alphabet's board of being involved in attempts to cover up the claims.

At CES, there's no shortage of gadgets to talk to. Smart TVs, cars, pianos - and even a toilet - these are just some examples of devices that come with voice-activated helpers.

No matter who makes the hardware, the virtual aide linked to or packaged inside is likely to be one of two: either Amazon's Alexa or Google Assistant.

LG has revealed a consumer version of its roll-up TV set at the CES trade show in Las Vegas.

The Signature OLED TV R is built on a concept unveiled last year, in which the screen retracts into a base when not in use so it is less obtrusive.

Thursday, 03 January 2019 16:30

Gaming worth more than video and music combined

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The video games sector now accounts for more than half of the UK's entire entertainment market, according to a new report.

The industry is worth £3.86bn ($4.85bn) - more than double its value in 2007 - said the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA).

Thursday, 27 December 2018 23:43

Outcry as Instagram tries horizontal scrolling

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Instagram has apologised after a test feature was accidentally rolled out to millions of people using its app.

The change meant moving through a feed had to be done by swiping horizontally rather than vertically.

Children as young as 14 are making thousands of pounds a week as part of a global hacking network built around the popular video game Fortnite.

About 20 hackers told the BBC they were stealing the private gaming accounts of players and reselling them online.

Friday, 14 December 2018 12:29

Amazon uses dummy parcels to catch thieves

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Amazon has teamed up with police in the US in an effort to stop thieves who steal parcels left outside homes.

Officers in New Jersey are planting dummy boxes fitted with GPS trackers, coupled with hidden doorbell cameras, at homes around the city of Jersey.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018 22:25

Huawei arrest puts 'bullseye' on Apple

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You don't need to look hard to see how the Global Times - the state-backed Chinese newspaper - is interpreting the arrest of Huawei chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou.

"Washington's move to stifle Huawei will undermine itself," reads a headline.

Tuesday, 04 December 2018 18:30

Facebook bans the sale of community groups

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Facebook has banned the selling of administration rights for community groups.

This follows BBC News uncovering several incidents of group owners being approached about selling their pages.

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