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Month: October 2017

Mobile companies overcharging customers after contracts end

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The government thinks mobile operators need to inform customers once the handset is paid off Vodafone, EE and Three are continuing to charge customers for the mobile phones they buy as part of a contract, even after the cost of the handset has been paid off, research suggests. Citizens Advice found that customers who do not take out a new contract are paying an average extra £22 a month. […]

Native American tribe sues Amazon and Microsoft

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some believe the patent holder is using a loophole to avoid scrutiny A Native American tribe is suing Amazon and Microsoft for infringing data-processing patents it is holding. The patents were assigned to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe by technology company SRC Labs, and it will receive a share of any award. Tribal sovereignty means that the patents cannot be reviewed by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. A […]

Wales represented for the first time at eSports finals

Image copyright Riot Games Image caption Misfits Gaming celebrate their first win at this year’s competition The World Championship finals of the most popular eSport has its first ever Welsh competitor. Barney Morris, who goes by the name ‘Alphari’, is the first Welshman to compete at a League of Legends finals. After progressing through the group stages, the south Wales gamer and his team Misfits have made it to the last eight. Friday’s quarter-final however […]

Still photographs spring to life

New software makes it possible to breathe life into still photo portraits. The project was developed in Israel with the help of a leading social network. It has the potential to become the net’s next viral hit, but also has more serious long-term uses, as one of its creators explains. Source: BBC News

YouTube star Casey Neistat criticises video site's leaders

Image copyright YouTube Image caption Mr Neistat suggests YouTube’s community of creators acts as a defence against online competitors One of YouTube’s most influential vloggers has chastised the service’s leaders, claiming they are failing many of their most popular video creators. Specifically, Casey Neistat criticised the way the platform had made it impossible for some videos to generate advertising revenue, without clearly explaining the rules to its community. One of his own videos – an […]

Snapchat to make original TV-style shows

Snapchat is taking its next step into Netflix’s territory by announcing plans to create original TV-style shows. Its parent company Snap Inc has teamed up with TV giant NBCUniversal to create a new digital content studio based in California. It will work with film and programme makers to produce original scripted video for the app. The shows will probably be around three to five minutes long. NBCUniversal has already built on the success of some […]

Twitter pledges tougher action against abuse

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Twitter’s chief executive, Jack Dorsey, has acknowledged that it needs to be tougher against abuse Twitter is planning to impose new restrictions on pornographic and hateful imagery as part of a renewed effort to tackle abuse on its social network. The US company has also said it intends to review user complaints more quickly. The efforts are outlined in a leaked email from the company’s head of safety, which […]

Child safety smartwatches ‘easy’ to hack, watchdog says

Image copyright NCC Some smartwatches designed for children have security flaws that make them vulnerable to hackers, a watchdog has warned. The Norwegian Consumer Council (NCC) tested watches from brands including Gator and GPS for Kids. It said it discovered that attackers could track, eavesdrop or even communicate with the wearers. The manufacturers involved insist the problems have either already been resolved or are being addressed. UK retailer John Lewis has withdrawn one of the […]

Fukushima disaster: The robots going where no human can

Robots have become central to the cleaning-up operation at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant, six years after the tsunami that triggered the nuclear meltdown. It is estimated that around 600 tonnes of toxic fuel may have leaked out of the reactor during the incident. The Tokyo Electric Power Company is using a variety of robots to explore areas too dangerous for people to go near. BBC Click was given rare access to the site to […]

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