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Smartwatch sales show sharp decline, report finds

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:16:28 GMT

Smartwatch shipments declined by almost 52% year-on-year, according to a new report by market analysts IDC.

AI creates gallery of nightmare images for Halloween

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 15:16:24 GMT

Scientists have created a "nightmare machine" to teach AI systems how to be scary.

Sweden bans cameras on drones

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:41:41 GMT

The use of camera drones has been made illegal in Sweden unless they are granted a special surveillance permit.

Apple iPhone sales fall, but beat estimates

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 22:31:33 GMT

Apple reports its third quarter in a row of falling iPhone sales, but sales beat analyst expectations.

Beijing threatens legal action over webcam claims

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:23:35 GMT

China's Ministry of Justice has threatened legal action against those blaming Chinese firms for botnets.

New London phone boxes to offer free calls and Wi-Fi

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:50:13 GMT

New phone boxes offering free calls and ultrafast Wi-Fi will be introduced on the streets of central London.

US changes toddler screen time advice

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 21:14:08 GMT

Until now the American Academy of Paediatrics has recommended that children under two have no screen time at all.

Blockchain bandits hit crypto start-ups

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:19:09 GMT

Are hack attacks aimed at the technology behind Bitcoin and other virtual currencies undermining confidence in the digital cash world?

Australia #censusfail: Derision greets simple fix failure

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:58:55 GMT

Computer bosses admit Australian census issues could have been prevented by switching router "off and on again".

Webcams used to attack Reddit and Twitter recalled

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:21:14 GMT

Home webcams that were hijacked to help knock popular websites offline last week are being recalled in the US.

Game's PlayStation VR demo charges spark anger

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:55:53 GMT

Gamers have complained about video game retailer Game's decision to charge for demos of Sony's new PlayStation Virtual Reality headset.

Teen hackers study considers link to addiction

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:25:36 GMT

A study for Europol suggests efforts to stop young people hacking could learn from anti-addiction efforts.

AI predicts outcome of human rights cases

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 22:53:47 GMT

A research project has found that an AI could accurately predict the outcome of legal cases nearly 80% of the time.

The real-world uses for virtual reality

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 07:02:01 GMT

VR is increasingly being used in real-world situations by schools, charities, hospitals and... kitchen retailers.

'Smart' home devices used as weapons in website attack

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 15:33:35 GMT

Hackers used internet-connected home devices, such as printers and web cameras, to attack popular websites on Friday, security analysts say.

Warnings over Dirty Cow Linux bug

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:54:38 GMT

Users of the Linux operating system are being urged to update it to remove a "serious" bug that hackers could use to hijack systems.

Online gambling companies probed by CMA over winnings

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:10:50 GMT

Online gambling firms may be breaking the law by making it very difficult for players to collect their winnings, the competition regulator says.

Samsung 'blocks' exploding Note 7 parody videos

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:17:20 GMT

Samsung appears to file copyright claims against YouTube videos mocking its recalled Galaxy Note 7 handset.

NSA contractor faces spying charges

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:02:42 GMT

An NSA contractor is accused of stealing vast amounts of government secrets over a 20-year period.

Video game voice, stunt and motion actors go on strike in US over pay

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 04:22:52 GMT

Actors who provide voices, stunts or motion capture for video games are on strike in the US over pay and conditions.

Nintendo Switch console plays games home and away

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:07:52 GMT

Nintendo reveals the first details of its next games console - the Nintendo Switch - previously code-named NX.

Microsoft shares at new high as cloud focus pays off

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 01:31:13 GMT

Microsoft's focus on cloud computing has helped it deliver better-than-expected quarterly profits and sent its shares to an all-time high.

The smart mirror which makes customised makeup patches

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:11:07 GMT

BBC Click's Dan Simmons looks at some of the latest technology on show in Japan.

The trainers featuring a mini screen and other tech news

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:39:32 GMT

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

Ordnance Survey has new map to update car sat navs

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:04:58 GMT

Ordnance Survey has come up with a new map database to keep drivers away from dangers.

Nintendo NX becomes Switch

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:34:02 GMT

Nintendo reveals its next games machine - Nintendo Switch - will be a handheld, portable device that doubles up as a home console.

Kodak Ektra smartphone inspired by 1940s

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:09:41 GMT

Photography brand Kodak reveals a smartphone that takes its name and looks from a 1941 camera.

Robot arm flies aircraft over US

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:59:13 GMT

A robotic arm that can help fly an aircraft has been designed by engineers in Virginia.

Tomb Raider: How Lara Croft became a game changer

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:18:10 GMT

A feminist icon, a virtual blow-up doll, the sixth Spice Girl, a cyberbabe, an ambassador for Britain, or a distorted male fantasy? Lara Croft has been described as all of these. BBC News looks at her legacy as Tomb Raider turns 20.

'Facebook 'most secure' for instant messaging services, says Amnesty

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:57:08 GMT

Facebook are doing the most to secure users' data in mainstream instant messaging apps, says Amnesty International.

Why this solar panel could be the next big energy player

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 07:25:52 GMT

Researchers in Switzerland are looking to develop a solar panel that can push out twice the energy of existing standard roof panels

Origami bird gets BBC reporter in a flap

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 16:26:03 GMT

An origami bird that can be controlled with gestures is on show at the Ceatec technology exhibition in Japan.

The Pompeii house recreated in 3D and other tech news

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 23:11:00 GMT

BBC Click's Stephen Beckett looks at some of the best of the week's technology news.

A fashion show using mixed reality with a Hololens

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 23:25:41 GMT

A designer has used London Fashion Week to show off her collection using VR technology.

Clicks and bricks

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:03:15 GMT

The building industry has not been known for digital innovation, but virtual reality design and project management software are changing perceptions.

Robot rage

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:49:10 GMT

Will human drivers take advantage of driverless cars' safety-first caution and simply ignore them?

Life streamed online

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 23:03:18 GMT

In 1996 Jennifer Ringley switched on a webcam and opened her life to the public for seven years. Then she logged off - completely. What was it all about?

Let's play!

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 23:23:56 GMT

Firms are increasingly using game play to encourage greater engagement from customers and staff - but does gamification work?

Lights, camera... cloud

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 23:01:24 GMT

Cloud computing is giving small design and special effects studios the chance to compete with the giants of the film industry. But what are the drawbacks?

Repairing the damage

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 23:06:27 GMT

As Samsung stops production of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone after incidents of the handsets catching fire, how can it hope to repair its damaged reputation?

Virtual stars

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 13:56:03 GMT

Actor Liam McIntyre tells Newsbeat why he was happy to go from TV to gaming star in Gears of War 4.

No pink, please

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 00:09:13 GMT

Women in tech and science professions reflect on how things would be different if there were more women in the sectors

Deadly drones

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:07:11 GMT

The killing of two Peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq last week highlights the potential of turning cheap-to-buy, easily available drones into weapons.

Burnt brand?

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 16:55:54 GMT

Problems for technology giant Samsung may go beyond a smart-phone that catches fire, as the BBC's Stephen Evans explains.

Fires and spin

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 08:38:29 GMT

Whirlpool is facing a cacophony of calls to improve its response to a tumble dryer fire risk. A BBC News investigation has delved into the sequence of events.

Are you a danger?

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 00:16:14 GMT

Staff and companies increasingly use third-party apps for work. But are employers alert to the security threat these apps pose?

PlayStation VR headset: The verdict

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 23:23:22 GMT

BBC Click's Marc Cieslak reviews Sony's PlayStation virtual reality headset.

Drones carry patients' blood for a fee in Rwanda

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 23:00:53 GMT

A drones start-up is launching a service that will deliver blood, plasma and coagulants to hospitals in Rwanda.

The collar which visualises your dog's emotions

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 23:27:32 GMT

The collar displays different colours depending on the dog's mood. BBC Click finds out more.

Meet the giant robot equipped with a paintball cannon

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 23:28:41 GMT

Why engineers want to build giant robots which can battle each other.