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Child safety smartwatches ‘easy’ to hack, watchdog says

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:41:32 GMT

A watchdog finds that hackers can track, eavesdrop or even communicate with children.

Google removes cupcake calorie counter from Maps

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:08:47 GMT

Feature showed users how many calories they would burn if they walked to destination.

Fukushima disaster: The robots going where no human can

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:38:27 GMT

Click was given rare access to the Fukushima site to see how the decontamination work was progressing.

Amazon and eBay warned by MPs about VAT fraudsters

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:26:50 GMT

The websites are accused by MPs of profiting from sellers who do not charge the tax on UK sales.

'First 5G mobile net connection' claimed by Qualcomm

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:13:07 GMT

Qualcomm says it has achieved 1Gbps internet speeds using a 5G chip on a mobile device.

Social media data shared by spy agencies

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:23:17 GMT

Details about the data being collected by GCHQ have emerged at a tribunal about surveillance legality.

Low success rate for government online ID service

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:45:18 GMT Verify fails to register most users trying to access government services.

Patent battle pits iPod father v Android creator

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:01:25 GMT

A start-up funded by Tony Fadell is suing a smartphone-maker led by Andy Rubin.

Adobe patches Flash bug used for planting spying tools

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:42:36 GMT

Kaspersky discovered that Flash files were being embedded in Word documents to deliver spyware.

AI used to detect breast cancer risk

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:42:30 GMT

Machine learning is being used to spot whether breast lesions are cancerous or not.

UK TV drama about North Korea hit by cyber-attack

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:20:18 GMT

The TV series Opposite Number was cancelled following a cyber-attack in 2014.

High speed camera uses 1,000 frames per second

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:21:12 GMT

The camera that can process images faster than the eye can see.

Wi-fi security flaw 'puts devices at risk of hacks'

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:17:15 GMT

Researchers have revealed details of a major problem with the way wi-fi data is protected.

Huawei Mate 10 uses AI to distinguish cats from dogs

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:16:32 GMT

Huawei Mate 10 handsets use a new type of processor to recognise objects being photographed.

Drone collides with commercial aeroplane in Canada

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:00:52 GMT

The aircraft sustained only minor damage and landed safely, the Canadian transport minister said.

Australia launches revenge porn reporting tool

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 07:03:37 GMT

One in five Australians have been victims of image-based abuse, but very few report the offence.

Microsoft Windows 10 breaches Dutch privacy law

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:59:21 GMT

The Dutch regulator says sanctions may be imposed if Microsoft does not comply.

Daimler recalls 400,000 Mercedes-Benz cars in the UK

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:35:00 GMT

More than a million vehicles worldwide are being recalled over a potential airbag safety issue.

China congress: How authorities censor your thoughts

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 23:47:57 GMT

The BBC's Stephen McDonell examines China's clampdown on free speech ahead of the party congress.

Facebook funds anti-bullying training in schools

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:31:30 GMT

The tech giant will extend a scheme which trains young people to help those who suffer cyber-bullying.

Why Pinterest boss Tim Kendall takes a daily ice bath

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 00:28:24 GMT

A daily ice bath is "like having morning coffee", the tech giant's president Tim Kendall tells the BBC.

The dome which could help machines understand behaviour

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 23:46:08 GMT

Made up of over 500 cameras, the Panoptic Studio captures motion without the use of markers.

How VR is helping to train a new generation of surgeons

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 00:05:25 GMT

Virtual reality technology that lets trainee surgeons feel "flesh and bone" is developed.

Can we teach robots ethics?

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 23:46:16 GMT

We are not used to the idea of machines making ethical decisions, but the day when they will routinely do this - by themselves - is fast approaching.

40 years since the launch of the Atari 2600

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 12:13:02 GMT

40 Years ago, video games changed forever with the launch of the Atari 2600.

US voices frustration with 'warrant-proof' encryption

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:23:23 GMT

Encryption tools in apps such as WhatsApp "thwart law enforcement", says US Deputy Attorney General.

YouTube lifts Swazi bare-breasted dancer restrictions

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 17:48:21 GMT

YouTube denies accusations of racism, saying it wanted to be culturally sensitive about uploads.

Branson's Virgin Group invests in Hyperloop One

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:52:11 GMT

Sir Richard is joining the board of the pod-based US transport company.

UK mobile coverage 'deplorable', says Lord Adonis

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 09:32:53 GMT

The national infrastructure commission head also warns the UK faces gridlock on roads, railways and in the skies.

Microwave breakthrough helps boost hard drive sizes

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:07:17 GMT

Microwaves could help make drives with much higher capacities than those seen today.

Uber lodges appeal over London ban

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:59:30 GMT

The ride-hailing firm files an appeal after being denied a licence to operate in the capital.

Equifax removes webpage after malware issue

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 20:54:55 GMT

The firm is still reeling since disclosure of an earlier cyber-breach that affected millions in the US and UK.

Facebook 'fully committed' to sharing Russian ad data

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:51:51 GMT

Data on who was targeted during the US election, and the webpages the ads linked to, will be released by Facebook.

Samsung Electronics CEO resigns over 'unprecedented crisis'

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 07:41:58 GMT

Kwon Oh-hyun said the company was facing an "unprecedented crisis inside out".

Facebook bans rapper Lil B for 'hate speech' posts

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 11:29:47 GMT

Lil B is banned from Facebook for 30 days for several posts about white people and gun violence.

Google disables touch function on Home Mini

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 10:39:02 GMT

Home Mini speaker units were responding to every sound close to them, early users found.

Apple's Tim Cook prefers augmented reality to VR

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 22:02:59 GMT

Apple's chief executive suggested virtual reality could isolate users and was less "profound".

Drones used to spot sharks in Australia

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:11:17 GMT

Drones become the latest weapon to protect swimmers and surfers from shark attacks.

Krack wi-fi security flaw explained

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:01:24 GMT

A major flaw in wi-fi connections has been revealed by security researchers.

How a girl who cannot speak got a unique voice

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 23:45:17 GMT

New digital technology allows people without a voice to sound like themselves for the first time.

Stamp out sickening distribution of images, says Durham police chief

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:54:36 GMT

Internet companies need to do more to "stamp out sickening distribution of images and live streaming of abuse online" says a chief constable.

BBC presenter challenges table tennis playing robot

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 00:36:27 GMT

The robot can track a player's body language allowing it to play shots accordingly.

Drones tasked with catching bad drivers

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 23:08:35 GMT

Road police in France have been testing them out in Bordeaux.

Australia's Crown casino denies slot-machine 'tampering'

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 04:13:11 GMT

Australia's parliament hears claims that Crown casino deliberately removed betting options.

Bloodhound Diary: Jet engine's stamp of approval

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:36:23 GMT

World Land Speed record holder Andy Green describes the sensation of starting up the Bloodhound supersonic car for the first time.

Honda unveils a disaster relief robot and other news

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 07:12:39 GMT

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

Carbon-ion battery could mean rapid charging

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 09:08:10 GMT

British start-up Zap&Go has developed carbon-ion supercapacitors that allow rapid charging.

What future for augmented reality?

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 07:11:54 GMT

Experts predict the AR market could be worth £122 billion by 2024.

UN to monitor AI developments and other tech news

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 10:58:28 GMT

BBC Click's Marc Cieslak looks at the best of the week's technology news stories.

Next-generation internet

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 01:01:37 GMT

What will it take to build the ultra-fast internet of the future?

Pest control

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 23:09:24 GMT

How apps using image recognition are helping farmers identify crop diseases.

From pillows to concrete

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 23:30:07 GMT

Carbon emissions contribute to global warming, so could tech that removes them from the air slow the process?

Scam support

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 00:08:34 GMT

A man who runs an online support group says scam victims are not stupid - just unaware of the con.

Blue sky thinking

Sun, 08 Oct 2017 23:08:37 GMT

British scientists played a key role in developing radar, which has helped deliver safer skies.

No more privacy?

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 23:58:43 GMT

Four experts examine the issue of information security in an online world.

Out of control

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 23:12:40 GMT

Carmakers are increasingly sending vehicle software updates wirelessly, but how risky is this?

Close call

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 23:19:46 GMT

5G broadband could be 10 times as fast as 4G and underpin many new technologies of the future.

Quick thinking

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 01:31:03 GMT

Humans still have the upper hand over computers in an argument. For the moment.

A brief tour of Google's Pixel 2 XL

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 17:30:23 GMT

The new flagship handset has an easier way to summon its smart assistant and a unique camera trick.

Amazon Echo smart speaker family expands

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 11:57:37 GMT

Amazon revamps its main Echo smart speaker for the first time since its launch in 2014.

Assassin’s Creed Origins preview

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 09:03:48 GMT

Marc Cieslak previews the latest instalment of the adventure series set in ancient Egypt

Nest's new home security tech

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 03:59:51 GMT

Hands-on with Nest's new home security tech, including a doorbell that connects to an app and a security system.