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Nintendo Labo: The DIY cardboard accessory for Switch
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 04:57:04 GMT - Labo will turn Switch controllers into a piano, a fishing rod, a motorbike or even a robot suit.

YouTube singer Chrissy Chambers wins revenge porn case
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:55:01 GMT - Chrissy Chambers is awarded damages from her ex-boyfriend who posted sexual videos of her online.

YouTube toughens advert payment rules
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:17:03 GMT - The video-clip platform will require creators to have more than 1,000 subscribers to feature adverts.

BT guarantees broadband speeds for two new services
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:14:13 GMT - Only 250,000 homes will be able to access the new services - a fraction of the total connected to the internet.

Kitty Perry and the copyright lessons for seven-year-olds
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:40:19 GMT - A new campaign aims to make lessons about intellectual property infringement fun.

Drone hit newly erected crane during Kent site survey - report
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:40:14 GMT - It struck a crane that was not in place when the pilot carried out site safety check, a report says.

Apple to pay $38bn on foreign cash pile
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:31:33 GMT - The payment is expected to be the largest of its type following US tax code changes.

Belgium 'abduction': Woman uses phone map to provide her location
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:41:28 GMT - A 19-year-old woman finds her location in Charleroi in Belgium and alerts her brother.

Bitcoin dips below $10,000 for first time since December
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:01:25 GMT - The crypto-currency has nearly halved in value since its peak in December.

CES 2018: Floating ads created by Kino-mo's spinning tech
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:18:24 GMT - Spinning LED strips are used to create video images that appear to float in mid-air like holograms.

Flaw in VR porn app leaves 20,000 names exposed
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:04:54 GMT - SinVR app says it has fixed an issue which left 20,000 names and email addresses exposed.

Twitch spamming suspect charged in Canada
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:59:29 GMT - Streams were widely disrupted by a series of attacks that hit them with hundreds of toxic comments.

Bitcoin: South Korea sways cryptocurrency prices - but how?
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 07:16:19 GMT - The Asian nation has been a big adopter of virtual currency, so developments there have a global impact.

OnePlus phone company investigates card fraud claims
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:12:58 GMT - More than 200 people report seeing fraudulent charges following a purchase via the OnePlus site.

Uber to introduce limit on drivers' hours
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:42:04 GMT - Drivers who do not take a long enough break will not be able to log in to the app and take trips.

Ford to boost investment in electric cars by 2022
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:35:42 GMT - The firm says it will have 40 hybrid and fully electric vehicles in its range within five years.

Denmark Facebook sex video: More than 1,000 young people charged
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:40:27 GMT - They are accused of sharing explicit videos of two 15-year-olds via Facebook Messenger.

Hackers steal $400,000 of crypto-currency
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:45:15 GMT - The group breached BlackWallet, a web-based wallet application that stores the Stellar Lumen currency.

American charged over deadly 'swatting' raid
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:56:42 GMT - A man accused of making a prank call that led to a fatal shooting is charged in the US.

Airbus says A380 superjumbo production could end
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 12:52:28 GMT - The European planemaker says it will stop making its giant A380 jet if it does not get any more orders.

Malware populates children's apps with porn adverts
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 12:57:47 GMT - Apps containing the malicious code were downloaded more than three million times.

Thousands struggle to access childcare on glitchy website
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 01:26:34 GMT - Parents are struggling to get subsidised childcare they are entitled to due to continued web issues.

CES 2018: Wireless recharging while on the move
Sat, 13 Jan 2018 02:15:41 GMT - An over-the-air recharging solution designed for use in the car is on show at the CES trade fair.

Softbank plans $18bn share sale of its mobile business
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 01:05:04 GMT - The share sale could include listings in Tokyo and London but Softbank says no decision has been taken.

Apple health data used in murder trial
Fri, 12 Jan 2018 12:56:55 GMT - Data suggesting movements correlating to how a suspect disposed of a body used as evidence.

Snapchat redesign is a 'flop' with users
Fri, 12 Jan 2018 16:25:19 GMT - Social media service Snapchat redesign has not proved popular with many of its regular users

Facebook plans major changes to news feed
Fri, 12 Jan 2018 02:08:48 GMT - CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he plans to make posts from businesses, brands and media less prominent.

China shuts Marriott's website over Tibet and Taiwan error
Fri, 12 Jan 2018 03:38:33 GMT - The hotel chain apologises, saying it "respects and supports" Chinese sovereignty.

Europe puts 1bn euros into supercomputer research
Fri, 12 Jan 2018 11:47:43 GMT - The Commission wants to spend 1bn euros on machines far faster than existing supercomputers

US retirement village to have 'largest' self-driving taxi scheme
Thu, 11 Jan 2018 12:49:54 GMT - Start-up company Voyage will start rolling out the service at The Villages, Florida next year.

US man charged over 15-year spying campaign
Thu, 11 Jan 2018 11:10:21 GMT - The attacked allegedly spied on users via webcams and stole personal data and login information.

PubG 'not eSports-ready' yet - but 'will be one day'
Fri, 12 Jan 2018 06:53:06 GMT - The brains behind PubG, one of the most popular games in the world, talks eSports with the Radio 1 Gaming Show.

CES 2018: Samsung launches modular TV called The Wall
Tue, 09 Jan 2018 00:28:14 GMT - The modular parts used to make the 146in TV also allow for screens of unusual shapes to be made.

YouTube punishes Logan Paul over Japan suicide video
Thu, 11 Jan 2018 12:08:06 GMT - Logan Paul loses business deals after posting a video showing an apparent suicide victim in Japan.

CES 2018: Power cut at Vegas tech show blamed on rain
Wed, 10 Jan 2018 22:14:22 GMT - Attendees were evacuated from an area hosting Samsung, LG and Sony at the giant Las Vegas trade fair.

South Korea considers Bitcoin trading ban
Thu, 11 Jan 2018 12:31:19 GMT - Government cryptocurrency concerns include tax evasion and people developing gambling addictions.

Taiwanese police give cyber-security quiz winners infected devices
Wed, 10 Jan 2018 13:32:27 GMT - Taiwanese police gave malware-infected thumb drives as prizes at a cyber-security expo.

Facebook kills virtual assistant M
Wed, 10 Jan 2018 17:36:21 GMT - The social media company says the text-based service that operates with human input, was an experiment.

Meltdown fix can make some machines slower - Intel
Wed, 10 Jan 2018 13:56:40 GMT - The patch for a security hole in its chips may slow down machines but the impact will be limited, it says.

Moscow taxi users confusion amid GPS meddling claims
Wed, 10 Jan 2018 10:50:01 GMT - Taxi users are facing inflated fares because their position has been wrongly located thousands of miles away.

Carphone Warehouse fined £400,000 over data breach
Wed, 10 Jan 2018 14:31:58 GMT - The regulator says its £400,000 fine follows the discovery of rudimentary mistakes by the retailer.

Apple: Chinese firm to operate China iCloud accounts
Wed, 10 Jan 2018 12:36:48 GMT - A company linked to the Chinese government will operate the service in China from 28 February.

Freezing machines halt chip bug patch
Tue, 09 Jan 2018 15:48:37 GMT - Fixes for the Meltdown and Spectre flaw are temporarily halted by Microsoft after AMD machines freeze.

Twitch in last-minute deal with Overwatch
Tue, 09 Jan 2018 17:15:27 GMT - An innovative e-sports league will be broadcast exclusively on social video service Twitch.

Huawei's US smartphone deal collapses
Wed, 10 Jan 2018 06:36:15 GMT - A tie-up with AT&T was seemingly scuppered over concerns about Chinese firms entering US telecoms.

Toy firm VTech fined $650,000 over data breach
Tue, 09 Jan 2018 11:29:00 GMT - US regulators say it did a poor job of protecting data it gathered about children and parents.

India woman kills self 'over WhatsApp bullying'
Tue, 09 Jan 2018 07:03:44 GMT - The Hindu woman had been bullied over her friendship with a Muslim man, Indian police say.

CES 2018: Time machine camera lets you record 'missed moments'
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:10:31 GMT - A wearable camera lets users record events that have already happened over the past 10 seconds.

CES 2018: Merge Blaster mixes real world with game
Sat, 13 Jan 2018 06:36:05 GMT - A hi-tech toy gun lets gamers play virtual reality-style games without having to wear a headset.

CES 2018: CarWink emojis seek to replace driver hand gestures
Sat, 13 Jan 2018 07:17:57 GMT - A small display that shows images offers motorists a new way to communicate to each other.

CES 2018: Omron's ping pong robot keeps ball in play
Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:56:31 GMT - A robot that matches its ping pong-playing skill level to its human opponent's is on show at CES.

CES 2018: A look at the show's highlights
Fri, 12 Jan 2018 08:38:44 GMT - BBC Click's Lara Lewington looks at some of the best technology at CES 2018.

Just Eat offers £10 after unwanted texts
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:19:22 GMT - Just Eat says its "appalled" at its initial response to a customer who complained about messages from a delivery driver.

CES 2018: Zano the zombie drone whirs back to life
Wed, 10 Jan 2018 03:09:57 GMT - Drones that were incapacitated by the collapse of their creator are set to work again.

How baby play is helping robots imagine the future
Tue, 26 Dec 2017 01:04:22 GMT - Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have taught a robot to play.

Quantum computing: Modular system announced
Wed, 27 Dec 2017 08:05:22 GMT - Linking modular quantum computers together could create a more powerful network.

Nikon v Kodak: 360 cameras go head-to-head
Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:39:50 GMT - Two mid-range 360 cameras are put to test by the BBC Click team.

AI helps write Harry Potter fanfiction and other news
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:41:40 GMT - BBC Click's Jen Copestake looks at some of the best of the week's technology news stories.

Heads up
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:36:15 GMT - This year's Detroit car show sees new US investments, a Chinese challenger, nostalgia and fashionable headlights.

Panic buying
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:20:34 GMT - Cyber insurance is growing fast as businesses lose billions to hackers.

Captured paedophile
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:08:33 GMT - A BBC Trending report about online predators prompted a reader to investigate and eventually led to the conviction of a dangerous paedophile.

Robot hits and misses
Fri, 12 Jan 2018 05:54:39 GMT - Tech firms try to convince the public their robots are ready to buy despite several stumbles.

Power up
Thu, 11 Jan 2018 06:41:16 GMT - A smattering of gadgets show off at the tech show promise better battery life than we're used to.

Audience with robot
Tue, 09 Jan 2018 05:03:02 GMT - An awkward audience with a celebrity robot still has the power to impress.

Hey Google
Wed, 10 Jan 2018 04:25:14 GMT - The rivalry between Amazon and Google's virtual assistants is fiercer than ever at the tech show.

Will taps run dry?
Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:04:32 GMT - With water usage and droughts across the globe rising, the race is on to manage water more efficiently.

CES 2018: Luka owl robot reads bedtime stories to kids
Fri, 12 Jan 2018 05:40:29 GMT - A robot that can read any of 50,000 picture books to young children will soon launch.

CES 2018: Intel's swarm of drones lights up Vegas night sky
Thu, 11 Jan 2018 01:18:59 GMT - More than 200 drones are dazzling audiences in Las Vegas with a sky show timed to coincide with CES.

CES 2018: Panasonic's concept car has pick-your-own views
Thu, 11 Jan 2018 23:16:07 GMT - Panasonic shows off a concept car with windows that can swap out the real view for one you prefer.

CES 2018: iKeyp smart safe proves easy to crack open
Wed, 10 Jan 2018 10:38:05 GMT - Tests of a smart safe on show at the CES expo suggest it is relatively easy to steal its contents.

CES 2018: Hushme mask lets users make private calls
Fri, 12 Jan 2018 04:50:40 GMT - A hi-tech face mask is being pitched as a way to obscure users' voices to let them speak in private.

Last Update at: Thu Jan 18 02:27:56 PST 2018


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Tech News (Reuters)

Intel: Problem in patches for Spectre, Meltdown extends to newer chips
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:05:22 -0500 - (Reuters) - Data center computers with Intel Corp's newer chips might reboot more often than normal because of problems with the patches issued to fix the so-called Spectre and Meltdown security flaws, the company said on Wednesday.

Apple plans new U.S. campus, to pay $38 billion in foreign cash taxes
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:17:45 -0500 - (Reuters) - Apple Inc will open a new campus as part of a five-year, $30 billion U.S. investment plan and will make about $38 billion in one-time tax payments on its overseas cash, one of the largest corporate spending plans announced since the passage of a tax cut signed by U.S. President Donald Trump.

Old hands in South Korea Bitcoin market unfazed by threats of ban
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 23:37:33 -0500 - SEOUL/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Threats of a potential cryptocurrency trading ban in South Korea have scared many investors away, but some veterans of the young market are defiant, saying restrictions would be relatively easy to circumvent.

Regulatory fears hammer bitcoin below $10,000, half its peak
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:11:01 -0500 - LONDON/TOKYO (Reuters) - Bitcoin fell as much as 20 percent on Wednesday, piercing below $10,000, while other cryptocurrencies took similar spills due to investor fears that regulators could clamp down on them in an effort to curb speculation.

FTC investigating Broadcom for antitrust practices
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:29:08 -0500 - (Reuters) - The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is investigating whether chipmaker Broadcom Ltd engaged in anticompetitive tactics in negotiations with customers, the company said on Wednesday.

Google, Temasek to come in as new investors in Indonesia's Go-Jek: sources
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 05:19:19 -0500 - SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google, Singapore state investor Temasek and Chinese online platform Meituan-Dianping are investing in Indonesian ride-hailing start-up Go-Jek as part of a $1.2 billion fundraising round, sources familiar with the matter said.

Uber partners with taxi firm ComfortDelGro for new Singapore service
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 03:18:46 -0500 - SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Uber Technologies [UBER.UL] and Singapore's top taxi operator ComfortDelGro Corp Ltd will launch a new ride-hailing service in Singapore from Friday, as they team up against their key regional rival Grab.

Exclusive: Amazon Studios to cut back on indie films in programing shift: sources
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 04:47:16 -0500 - SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Inc , which has made waves in recent years buying art-house movies at the Sundance Film Festival, is heading to the prestigious event this week with a long-term change in the works: It plans to shift resources from independent films to more commercial projects, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

China's says will invest over $3 billion in "rustbelt" regions: Xinhua
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 04:24:47 -0500 - SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese online retailer will invest more than 20 billion yuan ($3.11 billion) in the country's northeastern "rustbelt" regions over the next three years, the Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday, citing the company.

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Springtime bird calls help scientists study global warming
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:40:45 -0500 - Climate scientists have been documenting the springtime vocalizations of songbirds in Northern California's Klamath Mountains and Southern Cascades.

NASA, USGS confirm Michigan meteorite strike
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:18:13 -0500 - Both NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey have confirmed that a meteorite entered Earth's atmosphere above southeastern Michigan on Tuesday night.

NAS satellite image features snow-covered desert dunes
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:31:43 -0500 - It snowed in the desert -- again. And NASA has the proof.

When it comes to concepts about gender, children are surprisingly flexible
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:49:30 -0500 - According to a new study by researchers at Vanderbilt University, children are flexible in their conception of gender.

Scientists trace mysterious origin of Bornean elephants
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:54:28 -0500 - Genetic analysis has offered new insights into how the Bornean elephant came to occupy a small portion of the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia.

Hubble image showcases cluster with mass of three million billion suns
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:41:29 -0500 - A new image captured by the Hubble Space Telescope shows what the mass of three million billion suns looks like.

Air Force, ULA prepare to launch missile defense satellite SBIRS GEO 4
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:46:10 -0500 - The modernization of the United States' missile monitoring and defense system is schedule to meet another benchmark on Thursday with the launch of GEO-4.

Vulnerable Chilean cat's main threat is habitat fragmentation
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:01:52 -0500 - The number of a güiña wildcats in Chile continues to decline, and new research suggests habitat fragmentation is the species' number one threat.

Study: To boost solar cell efficiency, curb 'hot electrons'
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:39:53 -0500 - New research suggests the key to improving the efficiency of solar cells is the reduction of so-called hot electrons.

Unusual weather accelerates Arctic sea ice loss
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:11:54 -0500 - New research suggests weather anomalies are to blame for intense periods of accelerating Arctic sea ice loss.

Scientists publish 3D-printing plans for 200-million-year-old dinosaur skull
Fri, 12 Jan 2018 14:47:22 -0500 - Anyone with access to a 3D printer can now create a replica of a 200-million-year-old dinosaur skull.

Changes in jet stream since 1960 responsible for uptick in extreme weather
Fri, 12 Jan 2018 12:43:56 -0500 - Scientists have identified a link between jet stream variability during the last half-century and increases in extreme weather in Europe.

ULA launches spy satellite from California
Fri, 12 Jan 2018 11:40:45 -0500 - The third time was the charm for United Launch Alliance and its twice-delayed NROL-47 mission.

Hi-res images reveal 3D structure of massive Martian ice sheets
Fri, 12 Jan 2018 10:27:55 -0500 - High-definition images have revealed the 3D structure of large subsurface ice sheets on Mars, a first.

Sharks, humans shared common ancestor 440 million years ago
Fri, 12 Jan 2018 06:00:07 -0500 - A basking shark-like fish -- only the size of a sardine -- is helping paleontologists better understand the earliest branches of the vertebrate family tree.

Study reveals 18 new pelican spider species
Thu, 11 Jan 2018 16:36:28 -0500 - Scientists with the National Museum of Natural History have discovered 18 new species of pelican spider, a group of arachnids that look as absurd as they sound.

Turkey-sized dinosaur found caught in an ancient logjam
Thu, 11 Jan 2018 15:49:13 -0500 - Paleontologists have discovered a new dinosaur species preserved in an ancient logjam in Australia.

Belief in evolution linked to children's aptitude in science
Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:17:46 -0500 - A new study suggests aptitude, not belief system, dictates a child's acceptance or non-acceptance of evolution.

Moths, butterflies came first, then flowers, new research shows
Thu, 11 Jan 2018 11:13:04 -0500 - Scientists have found evidence that moths and butterflies evolved 50 to 70 million years earlier than previously thought. The insects predate the first flowers.

ULA delays second attempt at spy satellite launch, new launch set for Friday
Thu, 11 Jan 2018 09:04:05 -0500 - United Launch Alliance will now attempt to carry out the classified NROL-47 mission on Friday.

Study reveals dramatic loss of genetic diversity among Columbia River Chinook salmon
Wed, 10 Jan 2018 17:41:29 -0500 - The Columbia River Chinook salmon has lost nearly two-thirds of its genetic diversity.

Rotation of fast radio burst reveals origins of the cosmic blast
Wed, 10 Jan 2018 15:52:15 -0500 - By analyzing the unique rotation of FRB 121102, a fast radio burst, scientists have been able to study the nature of its cosmic origin.

Earthquakes encourage the movement of carbon from the shallows to the deep ocean
Wed, 10 Jan 2018 12:59:29 -0500 - New analysis of a sediment core from the Japan Trench suggests earthquakes play a key role in driving the deep ocean's carbon cycle.

Engineers unveil improved algae-powered fuel cell
Wed, 10 Jan 2018 11:46:07 -0500 - Researchers at Cambridge have designed an improved algae-powered fuel cell. The technology is five time more efficient than current plant-powered models.

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