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Fighting the floods

Fighting the floods

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Flooding in the Dominican Republic continues long after Hurricane Maria has passed With hundreds dead and millions either left homeless, or facing huge damage to their properties, catastrophic flooding has devastated many parts of the world. Nature’s fury may seem unstoppable, but can technology at least help us to […]

Hijacked software used to target tech giants

Hijacked software used to target tech giants

Image copyright die-phalanx Image caption It’s still not clear what the attack code does on compromised machines Hackers who booby-trapped widely used security software also used their malware to infiltrate machines at tech firms, suggests analysis. Evidence that other companies had been compromised came to light as Cisco researchers probed how attackers got at the […]

Gym app Pact pays $1m over broken promises

Gym app Pact pays $1m over broken promises

Image copyright Pact Fitness app Pact, which promised members financial rewards for meeting their health goals, has settled accusations that it broke its promises. The app let people set exercise and dietary goals, and charged them a penalty between $5 (£3.70) and $50 if they failed to meet their target. It pledged to share some […]

The long wait for a Persian iPhone keyboard

The long wait for a Persian iPhone keyboard

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Apple introduced new iOS on Tuesday Android devices as well as Apple computers have Persian keyboards, but until this week the option wasn’t available on Apple phones or iPads. For years Persian speakers used the Arabic keyboard on the iPhone, which was not really ideal for writing quickly or accurately […]

Invisible threat

Invisible threat

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption If a hacker managed to switch off a life-support machine, the results could be fatal Imagine a hacker remotely turning off a life support machine in a hospital, or shutting down a power station. These are the nightmare scenarios we face because many organisations haven’t a clue how many […]

Google signs $1.1bn HTC smartphone deal

Google signs $1.1bn HTC smartphone deal

Image copyright Getty Images Alphabet’s Google has struck a $1.1bn (£822m) deal with Taiwan’s HTC to expand its smartphone business. Google will not take a stake in the firm, but some HTC staff will join the Silicon Valley giant. The Taiwanese company was once a major player in the smartphone market but has struggled to […]

Theresa May to warn tech firms over terror content

Theresa May to warn tech firms over terror content

Image copyright Reuters Technology companies must go “further and faster” in removing extremist content, Prime Minister Theresa May is to tell the United Nations. She will urge social networks and search engines to act when she addresses the general assembly. Mrs May will also host a meeting with other world leaders and firms including Facebook, […]

Slow drive?

Slow drive?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Toyota blazed a trail in hybrid car design with its Prius Are electric cars really about to take over from the old-fashioned internal combustion engine? Judging by some of the headlines we’ve seen recently, you could be forgiven for thinking petrol and diesel engines were about to be consigned […]

Facebook to trim advert categories aimed at 'anti-Semites'

Facebook to trim advert categories aimed at 'anti-Semites'

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Facebook looks at what people do and say on its site to categorise them for advertisers Facebook is reviewing its ad targeting system after investigators found they could direct ads to self-described anti-Semites. Researchers at ProPublica found several ad categories for people who had declared that they “hated” Jews. Facebook […]

UN warning on growing digital 'chasm'

UN warning on growing digital 'chasm'

Image copyright AFP Image caption Many African nations have low net speeds but high mobile penetration The digital divide separating developed and developing nations is in danger of becoming a chasm, warns a UN report. The divide has grown thanks to accelerating net connection speeds in developed nations and static ones elsewhere, it said. And […]

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