Bid to block US net handover rejected

Bid to block US net handover rejected 30 September 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption The US has slowly withdrawn from its early role as a key administrator of the internet A judge in Texas has rejected a last-ditch legal challenge to halt the final handover of internet naming power from…

Why the Championship may be the best football league in Europe – according to maths

Thursday 29 September 2016 Last year’s Premier League season saw some incredibly unlikely events with Leicester City taking the title, despite bookmakers offering 5,000-1 on the victory at the start of the year. According to algorithms designed at the University of Salford, called Sports Analytics Machine (SAM), the probability of Chelsea finishing ninth or lower…

Twitch to start offering a virtual currency

Twitch to start offering a virtual currency 30 September 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Amazon Video game streaming site Twitch is to introduce its own virtual “currency”, says its owner Amazon Game Studios. “Stream+ is a loyalty points system where players can earn points by watching streams,” said Patrick Gilmore of Amazon Game…

Piracy fighters battle Kodi ‘epidemic’

Piracy fighters battle Kodi ‘epidemic’ 29 September 2016 From the section Technology Image caption Some traders advertise set-top boxes that can access subscription content for free Tackling the use of Kodi and other set-top box software to stream pirated videos is now the top priority for rights-holders, a report says. Some boxes or “TV sticks”…

Is your dog needy? Blame its genes

Thursday 29 September 2016 Getty Images / Jamie McCarthy Dogs’ genes may be responsible for their attention seeking behaviour and desire to stay close to humans, new research has found. ADVERTISEMENT A study focussing on the behaviours of beagles has found five genes in the dogs that impact on their sociability around people. The genomes…

Is Spotify about to buy SoundCloud?

Thursday 29 September 2016 German singer and songwriter Bibi Bourelly at the launch of SoundCloud Go Getty Images / Johnny Nunez / Contributor Spotify may be about to buy Berlin-based audio streaming website SoundCloud, according to the Financial Times. ADVERTISEMENT The pair is apparently in “advanced talks,” which could see Spotify take over its rival,…

Samsung in ‘exploding washing machines’ probe

Samsung in ‘exploding washing machines’ probe 29 September 2016 From the section Business Image copyright Getty Images Samsung has confirmed it is in talks with US consumer watchdogs after a lawsuit against the firm over “exploding” washing machines. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warned of problems with some of Samsung’s top-load machines. It comes…

Facebook, Google, Microsoft, IBM and Amazon partner to solve AI’s ethical problem

Wednesday 28 September 2016 Artificial intelligence is becoming ubiquitous. As its reach grows and is engrained into consumer products and services, elements of control and regulation are required. Silicon Valley’s biggest companies are joining forces to introduce this. ADVERTISEMENT Facebook, Google (in the form of DeepMind), Microsoft, IBM, and Amazon have created a partnership to research…

Europe’s hottest startups 2016: Barcelona

Wednesday 28 September 2016 Global tech companies like Amazon, Lenovo and Cisco have been announcing new openings in Barcelona TomasSereda/iStock Population 1.6 million Size 101.4km2 Global cities index ranking 26 In the past year, there has been an influx of international investment and global big-hitters to Barcelona. Amazon, Lenovo and Ocado announced new openings, and…

Snapchat barges its way into the US elections

Wednesday 28 September 2016 Getty Images / Ronald Martinez As 2016’s presidential race approaches its November conclusion, technology and social media is becoming increasingly involved and used by the campaigns and external companies. ADVERTISEMENT While social media has been prominent since Barrack Obama’s 2008 victory, its reach has moved to new platforms and channels. Before…

Europol warns of Android tap-and-go thefts

Europol warns of Android tap-and-go thefts By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor 28 September 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Google Image caption Smartphone-based payments are accepted at millions of stores across the world Law authorities have warned they believe criminals are using Android phones to trigger fraudulent tap-and-go payments. The alert comes in…

BlackBerry phones through the ages

BlackBerry 6230, released in 2003 Credit BlackBerry BlackBerry 8100, released in 2006 Credit BlackBerry BlackBerry Curve 8300, released in 2006 Credit BlackBerry BlackBerry Bold 9000, released in 2008 Credit BlackBerry BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230, released in 2009 Credit BlackBerry BlackBerry Style 9670, released in 2010 Credit BlackBerry BlackBerry PlayBook, originally released in 2010, two further…

BlackBerry stops designing its own phones

BlackBerry stops designing its own phones 28 September 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright BlackBerry Image caption The BlackBerry Priv was the final smartphone designed in-house BlackBerry is to stop designing smartphones in-house after 14 years, the company has announced. Once a market leader, the company has struggled to keep pace with modern handsets…

Google launches YouTube Go and free Wi-Fi in India to help the ‘next billion’ get online

Wednesday 28 September 2016 iStock/AsianDream Google has waxed lyrical about getting the “next billion” people around the world online. And this week it has made great strides towards fulfilling that promise. ADVERTISEMENT The tech giant has unveiled a slew of new offline features and other products aimed at its second biggest market, India. These features…

It’s time to hack healthcare access

Wednesday 28 September 2016 Sandoz, a leader in generic and biosimilar medicines, wants to capitalise on creative minds and the idea of collaborative innovation to help remove barriers to healthcare in underserved populations around the world. More than two billion people still do not have access to the medicines they need and more than 400…

Candy Crush Saga: Life beyond level 2,000

Candy Crush Saga: Life beyond level 2,000 By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor 28 September 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright King Image caption King is running a week of competitions to mark the 2,000th level of Candy Crush Saga Smartphone owners’ appetite for pixelated confectionery seems to be insatiable: Candy Crush Saga is…

Materials programmed to shape shift

Materials programmed to shape shift By Paul Rincon Science editor, BBC News website 27 September 2016 From the section Science & Environment Media captionScientists have pre-programmed materials to transform their shape. Scientists have pre-programmed materials to change their shape over time. Previous shape-shifting materials have needed some external trigger to tell them to transform, like…

Struggling with morning sickness? It may be a sign you’re having a healthy pregnancy

Tuesday 27 September 2016 iStock/sebasebo Morning sickness has been strongly linked to healthy pregnancies and a reduced risk of miscarriage in a study published today. ADVERTISEMENT According to the authors, the research provides “the most definitive data available to date indicating the protective association of nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy,” following many years of…

Ofcom to crowdsource UK mobile coverage

Ofcom to crowdsource UK mobile coverage 27 September 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Bad mobile coverage can be frustrating for consumers Regulator Ofcom is calling on the UK’s 20 million Android users to help build a map of the UK’s mobile coverage. Users are being asked to download an app…

Major labels sue YouTube ripping site

Major labels sue YouTube ripping site By Mark Savage BBC Music reporter 27 September 2016 From the section Entertainment & Arts Image copyright YouTube Image caption Converting and downloading YouTube videos is a violation of the site’s terms and conditions The world’s biggest record labels are suing a website that allows users to download the…

Happy 18th birthday Google…we think!

Tuesday 27 September 2016 If you visit Google today, you’ll be met with a celebratory Doodle designed to mark the search engine’s 18th birthday. ADVERTISEMENT A blue ‘G’ is shown blowing up a balloon which transforms into letters to complete the word ‘Google‘ before floating away. A series of balloons and streamers are shown in…

Fifa 17 goes on sale

Tuesday 27 September 2016 EA Sports The wait is finally over – if you live in North America that is. ADVERTISEMENT Fifa 17 goes on sale across the country today on Xbox One and PS4 and is available from Amazon.com from $59.99. Prime customers can get a discount of 20 per cent. Football fans in…

Suffering from kidney stones? Riding Disney’s Big Thunder Mountain rollercoaster could help

Monday 26 September 2016 iStock/Marcio Silva If you suffer from kidney stones, a regular ride on a mildly thrilling rollercoaster could be the preventative medication you need. ADVERTISEMENT A team of urologists 3D-printed a patient’s kidney from clear silicone, filled it with urine and three kidney stones, and strapped it to Disney World’s Big Thunder…

Gallery: the ride-on McLaren P1 for children

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