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Oculus releases updated Rift VR headset

Image copyright Insomniac GamesImage caption Games such as Stormland have been designed to work with the Rift S Oculus has released an updated version of its flagship VR headset that works with a PC to let people play in virtual worlds. Called the Oculus Rift S, the virtual reality headset does away with the cameras […]

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Health apps pose ‘unprecedented’ privacy risks

Image copyright ThinkstockImage caption DeepMind will gather data from pathology tests to see who is at risk Using popular health apps could mean private information about medical conditions is not kept confidential, researchers warn. Of 24 health apps in the BMJ study, 19 shared user data with companies, including Facebook, Google and Amazon. It warns […]

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Apple’s new AirPods have Siri built-in

Image copyright AppleImage caption A wireless AirPods charging case, sold separately, was also unveiled Apple has launched a new version of its wireless earphones that allows users to activate the virtual assistant Siri by voice alone. It means that the assistant can now be reached without any buttons having to be pressed – users just […]

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Facebook settles job discrimination case

Image copyright FacebookImage caption These ads were among those directed only at men on Facebook, according to the complaint Facebook is to change its rules – to prevent companies targeting adverts for jobs, accommodation or credit on the basis of gender, age or postcode. The company has settled a legal action with the American Civil […]

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Google tweaks search after EU competition scrutiny

Image copyright GoogleImage caption Google previously argued that its shopping services were fairer than they had been before Google has said it will make changes to how search results are displayed within the EU, in response to scrutiny it has faced over competition practices. EU officials had criticised the firm for favouring its own price […]

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£36 iPhone XR ad criticised

Image copyright Dixons CarphoneImage caption Mobiles.co.uk charges callers a premium phone rate for its helpline An online advertisement, offering a monthly contract for an iPhone XR for £36, has been criticised by the Advertising Standards Authority. It follows complaints from some who placed orders but were told they could not be processed. Carphone Warehouse said […]

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US politician Devin Nunes sues Twitter over insults

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Republican congressman Devin Nunes says Twitter isn’t enforcing its Terms of Service A US politician has accused Twitter and three of its users of running an “orchestrated defamation campaign” against him. Republican congressman Devin Nunes of California has said that tweets from the parody accounts @DevinNunesMom and @DevinCow violate the […]

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Vote Leave fined over thousands of unsolicited texts

Image caption One of the ways in which Vote Leave said it acquired the phone numbers was through its football competition. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined Brexit Campaign group Vote Leave £40,000 ($53,000) for sending out nearly 200,000 unsolicited text messages. The text messages contained a link to the campaign website alongside information […]