WhatsApp’s privacy protections questioned after terror attack

WhatsApp’s privacy protections questioned after terror attack

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The home secretary said it was “absurd” that terrorists’ messages were inaccessible to investigators Chat apps that promise to prevent your messages being accessed by strangers are under scrutiny again following last week’s terror attack in London. On Sunday, the home secretary said the intelligence services must be able to […]

Apple wins iPhone 6 patent battle in China

Apple wins iPhone 6 patent battle in China

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Sales of Apple iPhones have declined in China thanks to strong local competition A ban that threatened to stop the sale of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus phones in China has been overturned after a court ruled in favour of Apple in a patent dispute. Chinese firm Baili sought a […]

Uber suspends self-driving cars after Arizona crash

Uber suspends self-driving cars after Arizona crash

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Uber said the car was in self-driving mode at the time of the crash Uber has pulled its self-driving cars from the roads after an accident which left one of the vehicles on its side. Pictures posted online showed the car on its right side on an Arizona street, next […]

Robotic barman pours Rory a pint

More than 800 robotics experts met in Edinburgh this week for the European Robotics Forum. The BBC’s technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones tried out one of the devices being showcased in the exhibition hall – a robotic barman. You can hear more on this story on Tech Tent. Robotic barman pours Rory a pint

Ofcom plans instant payback for broadband woes

Ofcom plans instant payback for broadband woes

Image copyright PA Landline and broadband customers who suffer poor service could get money back automatically under plans set out by the telecoms regulator, Ofcom. Under the proposals, they would no longer have to “fight tooth and nail” to get “fair compensation”, Ofcom said. The plan, which is now subject to consultation, could benefit up […]

Row over US ISP customer data sales

Row over US ISP customer data sales

Image copyright EPA Image caption US ISPs could soon have fewer restrictions on the data they can gather on their customers US politicians have voted to remove rules that demanded ISPs got permission from customers before selling their browsing histories. The US Senate voted by a narrow majority to repeal the rules that were first […]

Robots to affect up to 30% of UK jobs, says PwC

Robots to affect up to 30% of UK jobs, says PwC

Image copyright AFP Robotics and artificial intelligence could affect almost a third of UK jobs by the 2030s, according to a study. However, the report from accountancy firm PwC also predicted that the nature of some occupations would change rather than disappear. It added that automation could create more wealth and additional jobs elsewhere in […]

YouTube to help gamers build their audiences

YouTube to help gamers build their audiences

YouTube says it’s going to start “actively helping” gamers build their audiences. It’s part of a new multi-year deal the company has signed with FaceIt, one of the world’s leading eSports platforms. YouTube has bought the rights to exclusively live-stream events like the eSports Championship Series, which kicks off this weekend. But it’s also pledging […]

Why Apple’s red iPhones are not ‘Red’ in China

Why Apple’s red iPhones are not ‘Red’ in China

Image caption Apple’s special-edition red iPhone 7 and 7plus launch in over 40 countries, including China, on Friday Apple’s latest iPhone might be red, but it’s not Red in China. The special-edition version of the iPhone 7 and 7plus goes on sale in more than 40 countries, but China has done it slightly differently. The […]

Fruit-shaped sensor ‘can improve freshness’

Fruit-shaped sensor ‘can improve freshness’

Image copyright Empa A new fruit-shaped sensor could help cargo companies to keep fruit fresher in transit, researchers say. The device – which mimics the size, shape and composition of real fruit – is packed in with produce in transit and closely monitors its temperature. It comes in orange, apple, banana and mango varieties, and […]

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