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Samsung limits Galaxy Note 7 battery to 30% charge

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:58:33 GMT

Samsung is planning to release an update for faulty Galaxy Note 7 smartphones still in use that stops them being charged past 30%.

YouTube tackles unclaimed music royalties

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:33:26 GMT

Millions of dollars in royalties for tracks with unknown owners will be distributed by YouTube.

Hillary Clinton warns of 'fake news epidemic'

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 04:28:36 GMT

Losing Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says the spread of "fake news" threatens the US.

Trump fans urge Star Wars boycott over reshoot claims

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:18:42 GMT

A row erupts over false claims that the new Star Wars film was reshot to add anti-Trump scenes.

Hackers rewarded for web attacks

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:48:39 GMT

A Turkish hacking group has turned web attacks into a game by rewarding people who successfully hit designated targets.

Children's online junk food ads banned by industry

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:08:44 GMT

Online ads for food and soft drinks high in fat, salt or sugar aimed at children are to be limited.

US Congress fights ticket-grabbing bots

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:56:46 GMT

Congress passes legislation to crack down on bots that buy batches of tickets online before humans.

Minecraft blocks used to make virtual Atari 2600 console

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:51:52 GMT

A YouTuber recreates the Atari 2600 games console - by building a virtual version of the device's hardware out of Minecraft blocks.

BBC tests 4K Planet Earth II in HDR on iPlayer

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:32:17 GMT

The BBC trials next-generation iPlayer technologies that will let it stream shows with higher quality images.

Hacker who stole film scripts jailed for five years

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 11:42:55 GMT

A hacker who stole unpublished film and TV scripts from celebrities is sentenced to five years in jail.

Fan-made version of 'classic' World of Warcraft returns

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:29:05 GMT

Fans of World of Warcraft are to launch a server that lets people play the game as it was 10 years ago.

TalkTalk's wi-fi hack advice is 'astonishing'

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:23:07 GMT

Security experts attack TalkTalk's response to evidence that thousands of its wi-fi passwords have been stolen.

Terrorism most immediate threat to UK, says MI6

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:08:13 GMT

The scale of the terrorism threat to the UK is "unprecedented", the head of MI6 says.

Japan tracks dementia patients with QR codes attached to fingernails

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:08:05 GMT

A Japanese city is tracking elderly dementia patients by attaching barcodes to their fingernails.

Fitbit confirms Pebble takeover deal

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:45:27 GMT

Fitbit is buying smartwatch-maker Pebble's intellectual property but not its hardware business, which is closing.

PewDiePie quit plan prompts YouTube reply

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:02:10 GMT

YouTube denies changing its algorithms, after its most popular star threatens to delete his channel.

Google data centres to be 100% renewable-powered by 2017

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:32:39 GMT

Google reveals it is on track to offset 100% of data centre and office electricity use with renewable energy.

Apple Music attracts 20 million subscribers in 18 months

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 06:25:14 GMT

Apple Music says it will continue to pursue artist exclusives, as it tops 20 million paid subscribers for the first time.

YouTube's $1bn royalties are not enough, says music industry

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 10:43:24 GMT

The music industry attacks YouTube after the site revealed it paid $1bn in royalties last year.

Apple says iPhones safe despite China 'fires'

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 09:26:58 GMT

Apple has blamed "external factors" for a handful of iPhone batteries overheating in China.

Samsung triumphs over Apple in US Supreme Court patent row

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 17:14:56 GMT

US Supreme Court rules in favour of Samsung in patent dispute with Apple over iPhone design.

Call for privacy probes over Cayla doll and i-Que toys

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:38:26 GMT

The makers of two popular smart toys are accused of violating child data protection rules.

Trump: Softbank to invest $50bn in US businesses

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 01:06:57 GMT

President-elect Donald Trump says Japanese tech firm Softbank will invest $50bn in US businesses.

EU criticises tech firms for slow action on hate speech

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:43:42 GMT

Twitter, Facebook and YouTube are falling short of a commitment to tackle hate speech quickly, suggests research.

You can now turn off Instagram comments (or will be able to very soon)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:58:03 GMT

Instagram updates its safety features to allow you to turn off comments for individual posts for the first time.

'Millions of Dailymotion account details taken'

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:58:57 GMT

More than 85 million accounts at video sharing site Dailymotion have been hacked, Leakedsource says.

North Korea 'hacks South's military cyber command'

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 09:50:12 GMT

A South Korean military unit set up to prevent hacking appears to have been breached by the North.

Extremist images 'fingerprinted' by tech firms

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 23:08:09 GMT

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube link up to curb the spread of extremist images on the platforms.

Amazon unveils plans for grocery shop with no checkouts

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:29:02 GMT

Customers will be able to select items and walk out without waiting to pay at the Amazon Go shop.

Seattle 'thief' caught by remote car door lock

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:40:25 GMT

Police in Seattle arrest a suspect after a stolen BMW was tracked and the doors locked remotely.

TalkTalk wi-fi router passwords 'stolen'

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:41:01 GMT

A security researcher says thousands of TalkTalk customers' wi-fi passwords look to have been stolen.

'Dangerous wait' with fire-risk dryers

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 09:51:45 GMT

Households with fire-prone tumble dryers still face "unacceptable" delays for repairs, a consumer group says.

Credit card numbers guessed in 'seconds'

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:07:35 GMT

Smart cyber thieves who run queries across lots of different websites can guess credit card numbers in a few seconds, suggests research.

The hopping robot and other tech news

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:12:08 GMT

BBC Click's Nick Kwek looks at some of the best of the week's technology news

How the octopus is inspiring keyhole surgical tools

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:33:58 GMT

The way an octopus moves its limbs is helping inspire the development of soft body robotics.

Facial scan app wants to get to know you

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 09:59:10 GMT

Augmented reality app Blippar can now recognise the faces of 70,000 public figures.

BBC reporter and amputee tries out 3D printed legs

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 23:00:31 GMT

BBC reporter Kathleen Hawkins, a double amputee, travelled to Texas to try out 3D printed legs.

Partially-sighted Paralympian gets to see boyfriend clearly

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:21:50 GMT

Partially-sighted Paralympian Libby Clegg gets to see her boyfriend's face more clearly thanks to hi-tech goggles.

The AI-generated Christmas karaoke song and other news

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 08:26:11 GMT

BBC Click's Lara Lewington looks at some of the best of the week's technology news.

CEO Secrets: TripAdvisor co-founder shares his business tips

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 08:10:55 GMT

Langley Steinert, the co-founder of TripAdvisor, shares the business advice he has learned.

Smart duvet: the bed that makes itself

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:12:41 GMT

A bed that can make itself after being slept in is developed in Montreal, Canada.

Japan tests innovative magnetic tether for slowing space junk

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 22:36:05 GMT

Japan launches a cargo ship carrying a space junk collector designed to gather debris in space.

London plans giant curved screen

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:07:01 GMT

Piccadilly Circus's lights are to be switched off for the longest period of time since World War Two.

The tech enabling a man with quadriplegia to drive

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 03:03:52 GMT

The semi-autonomous Corvette has been modified to enable Sam Schmidt to drive on public roads.

Ex-astronaut's plans to take tourists to outer atmosphere

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:14:36 GMT

Retired astronaut Ron Garan wants to help tourists experience Earth from a new perspective.

The US telescope looking for extra-terrestrial life

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 00:06:34 GMT

The Green Bank Telescope listens for signs of communication or activity by species that are not from Earth.

Shooting stars from space for 2020 Olympics

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 11:49:29 GMT

Project Sky Canvas hopes to paint the sky with colour above the Olympics using ready-made shooting stars.

'It's life-changing'

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 00:00:16 GMT

Twenty-two-year old photographer James is terminally ill and struggles to use a camera alone, so a designer has come up with a way to help.

Spot the difference

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:04:21 GMT

Online ads can be irritating and irrelevant, so can technology help them become more targeted?

Wiki women

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:58:27 GMT

BBC's 100 Women is holding an international edit-a-thon to increase female biographies on Wikipedia - join us

Key jamming

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:20:12 GMT

What do you need to know about theft using car key jammers?

Chatbot sexism

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 23:00:40 GMT

Why do so many artificially intelligent chatbots have female names and avatars?

Fake news cash-in

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 02:43:17 GMT

Many of the fake news websites that sprang up during the US election campaign have been traced to a small city in Macedonia, where teenagers are pumping out sensationalist stories to earn cash from advertising.

Smart money?

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:23:08 GMT

As global student loan debt reaches crisis levels, can tech start-ups help cut costs?

Sextortion advice

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 05:41:52 GMT

A new campaign is launched to help victims of sextortion, where criminals blackmail victims with intimate webcam photos.

The supercomputer of the future?

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 13:25:05 GMT

Scientists say they are close to building a large scale quantum computer

WalkCar: Hands-on with Japan's car-in-a-bag

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 17:27:48 GMT

The BBC's Chris Foxx takes a ride on Japan's answer to the 'hoverboard'.

Google Earth gets virtual reality makeover

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 16:13:44 GMT

Google's globe-trotting app Earth makes its VR debut.

Hands on with Huawei's answer to Note 7

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 18:01:57 GMT

Huawei launches new large-screened phones, including a model co-designed by Porsche, less than a month after Samsung's Note 7 was scrapped.