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Skype U-turns on Snapchat-like features after complaints

Skype U-turns on Snapchat-like features after complaints

Microsoft has announced it will remove a number of Snapchat-style features from its Skype messenger service. The software giant updated Skype in June 2017 but faced criticism from users who said it was “stupid” and the “worst ever update”. Microsoft said it accepted that the new features “got in the way” of the app’s core […]

Woman sues US border agents over seized iPhone

Woman sues US border agents over seized iPhone

An American woman who had her phone seized by border agents as she returned home to the United States is suing the country’s border protection agency. Rejhane Lazoja was stopped at Newark airport, New Jersey, after returning from a trip to Switzerland in February. Her iPhone was seized by agents after she refused to unlock […]

‘Exploding’ iPad prompts Apple shop evacuation

‘Exploding’ iPad prompts Apple shop evacuation

Three Apple employees have been treated for minor injuries after an iPad battery reportedly exploded in an Amsterdam shop. The three staff are believed to have breathed vapours released when the battery caught fire. The incident, on 19 August, led to the shop in Amsterdam’s Leidseplein being evacuated and closed. Firefighters were called and they dealt […]

Thousands download 3D-printed gun designs

Thousands download 3D-printed gun designs

Blueprints for 3D-printed guns, published online four days early amid last-minute attempts to ban them, have been downloaded thousands of times. The designs were not due to be made public until Wednesday, following a ruling from the US Justice Department. But blueprints for nine types of gun were uploaded to the Defense Distributed website on […]

Facebook investigates data firm Crimson Hexagon

Facebook investigates data firm Crimson Hexagon

Facebook has suspended a US-based analytics firm while it investigates concerns about the collection and sharing of user data. Crimson Hexagon, based in Boston, describes itself as offering “consumer insights” and has contracts with government agencies around the world. Facebook said it was looking into whether some of these deals were in violation of its […]

Zuckerberg in Holocaust denial row

Zuckerberg in Holocaust denial row

Mark Zuckerberg has once again found himself at the centre of a row, after saying posts from Holocaust deniers should be allowed on Facebook. In an interview with technology website Recode, Mr Zuckerberg said that he did not believe such people should be removed from the site. They were not, he said, “intentionally” getting their facts wrong. […]

Facebook will not remove fake news – but will ‘demote’ it

Facebook will not remove fake news – but will ‘demote’ it

Facebook says it will not remove fake news from its platform because it does not violate its community standards. The social network is currently running an advertising campaign in the UK that declares “fake news is not our friend”. But it said publishers often had “very different points of view” and removing fabricated posts would […]

Facebook faces £500,000 fine from UK data watchdog

Facebook faces £500,000 fine from UK data watchdog

The UK’s data protection watchdog intends to fine Facebook £500,000 for data breaches – the maximum allowed. The Information Commissioner’s Office said Facebook had failed to ensure another company – Cambridge Analytica – had deleted users’ data. The ICO will also bring a criminal action against Cambridge Analytica’s defunct parent company SCL Elections. And it has […]

Sony posts whole movie on YouTube in trailer’s place

Sony posts whole movie on YouTube in trailer’s place

Thousands of people watched a film posted in its entirety to YouTube by its US distributor before the apparent mistake was tackled. Sony Pictures Entertainment had labelled the video as being a trailer for the movie Khali the Killer. But its 90 minute duration acted as a giveaway that the upload contained more than just […]

Pokemon Go: Hiding Pikachu may hold key to AR’s future

Pokemon Go: Hiding Pikachu may hold key to AR’s future

Pokemon Go was the first mainstream success for augmented reality – the overlaying of computer graphics over the real world, viewed, in this case, with a smartphone. Since its launch in July 2016, players of the game have collectively walked 12 billion miles on the hunt for the little monsters. But sophisticated as Pokemon Go […]