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Sinclair Spectrum designer Rick Dickinson dies in US

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 15:24:51 GMT

Rick Dickinson, who drew up designs for the Sinclair computers, has died in the US.

Canada data firm AIQ may face legal action in UK

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 18:20:35 GMT

The role of a small Canadian firm in the Cambridge Analytica scandal is becoming clearer.

Snapchat releases new Spectacles 2.0

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 12:11:45 GMT

Over a year after the first version's launch, Spectacles 2.0 are released with new features.

Facebook's Zuckerberg faces formal summons from MPs

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 15:44:19 GMT

A parliamentary committee says evidence from Facebook's chief technology officer was unsatisfactory.

Revenge porn hub taken down by Dutch police raid

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 16:19:40 GMT

The notorious Anon-IB site was the source of nude images of celebrities shared widely in 2014.

Video game loot boxes declared illegal under Belgium gambling laws

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:04:57 GMT

The Belgium Gaming Commission finds video game loot boxes violate its gambling legislation.

Gun emoji disarmed as Microsoft follows Google toy switch

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 10:13:15 GMT

Microsoft plans to replace its revolver emoji with a water pistol, following similar moves by others.

Nintendo Switch fuels strong rise in profits

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 12:25:10 GMT

The Japanese company's fast-selling console boosts profits, as a new president is announced.

Iran blocks video and images on Telegram messaging app

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 10:52:27 GMT

Iranians fear the restriction will be followed by a total block on the popular messaging app

YouTube Kids to give parents more control over output

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 19:00:22 GMT

The firm has been criticised for using algorithms not human judgment to curate the app.

Amazon Alexa to reward kids who say: 'Please'

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 16:21:11 GMT

A good manners feature will praise children if they ask questions politely.

Facebook sales soar despite data scandal

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 21:11:45 GMT

The firm reports a near 50% revenue rise and says it is taking a broader review of its duties.

Hotel door locks worldwide were vulnerable to hack

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 13:05:14 GMT

Cyber-security researchers found a way to unlock rooms across the world without leaving a trace.

Facebook threw us under bus, says data firm Cubeyou

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 04:49:58 GMT

Cubeyou denies that data collected through quizzes on the social media site was misused for marketing.

WhatsApp to raise minimum age limit to 16 in EU

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 23:50:46 GMT

The messaging app is changing its rules ahead of the introduction of new data privacy regulations in May.

Google's Gmail gets self-destruct option ahead of GDPR

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 12:04:32 GMT

Google adds security measures to minimise the risk of data-protection breaches in its mail service.

BuzzFeed partners with Netflix for documentary series

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 16:35:21 GMT

The series, which launches in July, will go behind-the-scenes as journalists pursue stories.

Canada developing quantum radar to detect stealth aircraft

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 17:23:00 GMT

The Canadian government has invested $2.7m in a project developed by the University of Waterloo.

'Facebook in PR crisis mode', says academic at heart of row

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:05:37 GMT

Academic Aleksandr Kogan also accuses Cambridge Analytica's boss of fabrication.

BBC iPlayer streams sport in 4K HDR for first time

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 12:00:59 GMT

A rugby match was livestreamed via iPlayer in a trial featuring the high-quality TV formats.

TSB admits its internet banking woes are not over

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 15:56:20 GMT

Crisis-hit TSB said its internet bank is working at 50% capacity, leaving half of customers locked out.

Ransomware infects Ukraine energy ministry website

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 11:21:51 GMT

Hackers have taken Ukraine's energy ministry website offline, demanding a Bitcoin ransom to release encrypted files.

YouTube publishes deleted videos report

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 23:27:18 GMT

The video-sharing website details the reasons why millions of videos have been removed.

Spotify tests filter to block swearing in songs

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:34:14 GMT

The trial feature skips explicit tracks but only works on Apple devices and lacks a parental lock.

Vodafone rated UK's worst mobile provider

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:20:42 GMT

The mobile phone giant is ranked lowest for the seventh year in a row by consumer body Which?.

Chinese tech giants' sexist job ads exposed

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 20:15:04 GMT

Some adverts offered "men only" jobs while others wanted "trim" women applicants, Human Rights Watch found.

Police 'visit funeral home to unlock dead man's phone'

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:00:56 GMT

Police in Florida are criticised for allegedly entering a funeral home to use a dead man's finger to unlock his smartphone.

Robot helps Jack McLinden, 14, to be Everton mascot

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 19:53:37 GMT

A robot carried on to the pitch feeds panoramic live images and sound back to Jack McLinden's tablet.

'Nazi pug' video-maker has no regrets

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 13:23:05 GMT

Mark Meechan was fined £800 after teaching a dog to give a Nazi salute.

Russia Telegram ban hits Google and Amazon services

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 13:05:16 GMT

Google and Amazon have been caught up in Russian attempts to block the Telegram messaging app.

Meet the robots that can pick and plant better than we can

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 23:03:35 GMT

Farmers are turning to robots to plant seedlings and pick produce because of human worker shortages.

God of War: Giving gaming new emotions

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 04:47:03 GMT

The team behind God of War tell Newsbeat the gaming industry is maturing to tackle more complex emotions than ever before.

The helmet which gives firefighters 'X-ray vision'

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:21:54 GMT

The C-Thru lens uses augmented reality to improve firefighters’ sight in poor visibility.

Google's 3D scans aim to preserve historical sites

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 23:04:36 GMT

High resolution 3D scans of more than 25 historical sites from around the world are being released.

Trump thanks Kanye West for Twitter compliments

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 01:06:20 GMT

The US rapper says he and the president share "dragon energy" and calls Mr Trump his "brother".

Galileo: UK plan to launch rival to EU sat-nav system

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 10:57:45 GMT

The UK is looking at its own sat-nav system if the EU locks it out of Galileo because of Brexit.

Data watch

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 00:08:12 GMT

New rules on data come into force in May. Here’s what you need to know.

Really worthless?

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 17:36:54 GMT

Aleksandr Kogan has been talking down the value of his data. Is he right to do so?

Where's the beef?

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 23:12:09 GMT

The meat industry, a major contributor to CO2 emissions and deforestation, is facing competition.

Robo farmers

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 23:04:08 GMT

Farmers are working on robotic solutions due to a shortage of human workers to pick difficult crops.

Life of a meme

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:45:18 GMT

What do pictures of two guys pointing at each other and yelling tell us about how a meme begins and ends?

Ninjas and nanobots

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 23:33:51 GMT

Is the fusion of biology and technology speeding us towards a synthetic future?

What does the future hold for humanoid robots?

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 02:43:01 GMT

Machines that can fully mimic natural body movements are still a long way off, says Will Jackson.

Aubrey de Grey: Treating ageing as a curable disease

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 00:15:27 GMT

The scientist aims to develop therapies to repair damage at the molecular and cellular level.

NanoMap: How uncertainty helps this drone fly

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 02:26:15 GMT

MIT CSAIL's NanoMap system enables drones to avoid obstacles while flying at 20 mph (32km/h)

Visual effects behind Thor: Ragnarok

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 00:07:47 GMT

Click talks to Alexis Wajsbrot, the visual effects supervisor for Thor: Ragnarok.

Meet people who review Facebook's reported content

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 23:07:15 GMT

'Laura' worked as a content reviewer for Facebook. She describes some of the terrible things she saw.

The robot helping to deliver water in rural India

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 23:05:12 GMT

The customised robot is part of a study looking at how technology can help those in rural areas.

Shark-spotting drones help keep swimmers safe

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 23:35:02 GMT

The drones sound an on-board siren to warn swimmers when spotting a nearby shark.

The senior citizens taking on coding

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 10:50:36 GMT

In Singapore, senior citizens are learning how to code computer programs on training courses designed to modernise skills and keep older brains sharp.

Robot visits a pub for Westworld promotion and other news

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:05:22 GMT

BBC Click's Jen Copestake looks at some of the best technology news stories of the week.

Russia's Telegram ban 'failing'

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:38:12 GMT

The messaging app is working around attempts to block it by authorities.

Why India's Paytm isn't afraid of WhatsApp

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 23:44:23 GMT

India's youngest billionaire, Vijay Shekhar Sharma, says Indian firms are ready to challenge the West.

Will technology destroy our democracy?

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 10:09:28 GMT

Author Jamie Bartlett says there is a compatibility problem between democracy and technology.