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Vision Direct hack puts customers’ money at risk

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Vision Direct says anyone who entered personal details into its site over a six day period could have been exposed Vision Direct says a hack attack has exposed thousands of its customers’ personal data including payment card numbers, expiry dates and CVV codes. The contact lens retailer said anyone who […]

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Spyro’s missing subtitles anger gamers

Image copyright Activision A hotly anticipated remake of the Spyro the Dragon video games has been criticised for excluding deaf gamers. The new Spyro Reignited Trilogy does not have subtitles during the game’s video sequences, so deaf players cannot follow the story. In a statement, publisher Activision said there was “no industry standard for subtitles”. […]

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The clock that cost its inventor millions

Image caption Thomas Bromley’s Digitron Electric Clock was built in his shed at his Hull home in 1961 One of the world’s first digital clocks, which was made by a man in his shed, has been sold at auction. Thomas Bromley, an engineer and amateur inventor, created his Digitron Electric Clock in 1961 at his […]

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Prince William criticises social media firms

Image copyright Getty Images The Duke of Cambridge has accused social media firms of not being proactive enough about dealing with fake news, privacy issues and cyber-bullying. In a speech given at the BBC, Prince William said social networks had allowed “misinformation and conspiracy to pollute the public sphere”. “Their self-image is so grounded in […]

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Google’s Alphabet gives up on rescue robots

Image copyright Google Google-owner Alphabet is giving up the development of bipedal robots after five years. The company had been developing large industrial robots since it bought two start-ups – Schaft and Boston Dynamics – in 2013. Its creations won awards and videos of them in action often went viral. But Alphabet changed its focus […]

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Facebook accused of dark PR tactics

Image copyright Reuters/Getty Images Facebook faces a new controversy over alleged tactics it used to discredit its critics, embarrass rival firms and downplay problems at the company. The New York Times has published a wide-ranging account of the methods Facebook and a public relations firm used to “deny and deflect” criticism. The report has led […]