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Google to police new app developers more closely

Image copyright GoogleImage caption Google has said that it will take longer to vet apps from new developers on its Android app store Android developers new to Google’s phone platform could have publication of their apps delayed for days as more rigorous checks are done on coders. Google said it was stepping up checks on […]

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UK to introduce porn age-checks in July

Image copyright Getty Images An age-check scheme designed to stop under-18s viewing pornographic websites will come into force on 15 July. From that date, affected sites will have to verify the age of UK visitors. If they fail to comply they will face being blocked by internet service providers. But critics say teens may find […]

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Facebook challenged to give TED talk on political ads

Image copyright ReutersImage caption Carole Cadwalladr exposed the Cambridge Analytica data scandal The investigative journalist who revealed the Cambridge Analytica scandal has demanded answers from tech giants about political ads. In her TED talk, Carole Cadwalladr called on the executives of Facebook and Twitter to come to the conference and discuss their role in influencing […]

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Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Fold

Samsung has announced that its folding smartphone will go sale in April, beating a rival device by Huawei to the market. The BBC’s Chris Fox went hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Fold to find out what the unusual device can do – and whether it can live up to its enormous price tag. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-47943066

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Lyft removes faulty bikes from three US cities

Image copyright ReutersImage caption About 3,000 bikes are being removed following reports that brakes are faulty Faulty brakes have forced Lyft to remove thousands of its electric bikes from three US cities. Riders complained that front braking was “stronger than expected” on the assisted bikes, it said. About 3,000 Lyft bikes currently in use in […]

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Apple and Qualcomm square off in US court

Image copyright ReutersImage caption Apple wants to pay less to Qualcomm for the chips it uses in its phones Apple and Qualcomm will face off in court as a billion-dollar legal battle over smartphone chips gets under way. The trial is the culmination of a long-running battle between the two over the cost of the […]

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TED 2019: 10 years of ‘ideas worth spreading’

Image copyright TED/Bret Hartman TED (which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design) is famous for turning 17-minute talks into viral videos. This year’s conference has kicked off in Vancouver, offering a new set of thought-provoking talks under the tagline of ‘ideas worth spreading’. The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Bigger than Us’ and includes […]

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Gatwick drone attack possible inside job, say police

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption The travel plans of about 140,000 people were disrupted as a result of the drone attack The drone attack that caused chaos at Gatwick before Christmas was carried out by someone with knowledge of the airport’s operational procedures, the airport has said. A Gatwick chief told BBC Panorama the drone’s […]

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Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp suffer outages

Image copyright PA Social networks Facebook and Instagram, as well as messaging service WhatsApp, were unavailable on Sunday for more than three hours, users said. The website Down Detector reported that thousands of people globally had complained about the Facebook-owned trio being down from 11.30 BST onwards. Facebook users were presented with the message: “Something […]