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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.



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.



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.



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A hacker who stole unpublished film and TV scripts from celebrities is sentenced to five years in jail.



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 new 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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



'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.



Fake news detector plug-in developed

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:44:18 GMT

How one developer came up with a way of flagging fake news on social media.



Service station thieves 'using car key jammers'

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 13:27:52 GMT

Thieves are using radio jammers to steal from cars parked at motorway service stations, police warn.



Apple reveals self-driving car plans

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 09:53:08 GMT

Apple acknowledges plans to develop self-driving car tech for the first time in a letter to US transport regulators.



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.



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.



Robot aircraft take to British skies

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:02:44 GMT

Robot aircraft are to be tested in UK airspace to help refine systems that control autonomous planes.



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.



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.



How wireless power charging could recharge a flying drone

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 10:38:16 GMT

BBC Click's Spencer Kelly reports on the tech which could one day wirelessly charge a drone