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Apple's iPhones slowed to tackle ageing batteries. Apple's iPhones slowed to tackle ageing batteries.
Apple has confirmed the suspicions of many iPhone owners by revealing it does deliberately slow down some models of the iPhone as they age. Many customers have long suspected that Apple slows down older iPhones to encourage people to upgrade. The company has now said it does slow down some models as they age, but only because the phones' battery performance diminishes over time. Apple sai...
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Nissan to trial robo-taxis in Japan. Nissan to trial robo-taxis in Japan.
Carmaker Nissan plans to test self-driving taxis on Japanese roads from March next year. The company is partnering with Japanese software company DeNA, which operates online services for the gaming, healthcare and automotive industries. It will adapt a Nissan Leaf electric car, which passengers will summon using an app. Nissan joins a growing band of carmakers trialling self-drive cars, i...
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Uber and Volvo strike deal for 24,000 self-drive cars Uber and Volvo strike deal for 24,000 self-drive cars
Uber has struck a deal to buy up to 24,000 self-driving cars from Volvo. The agreement envisages that the pick-up service will purchase the vehicles over the course of three years beginning in 2019. Uber began testing prototypes made by the carmaker last year in the US. One expert said the announcement "makes a good headline" but had doubts that fully autonomous, driverless Uber rides wou...
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Twitter's rewritten rules published. Twitter's rewritten rules published.
Twitter has published a new version of its rules, which it says will clarify its policies and how it enforces them. It is part of a series of changes as the social network tries to address complaints of abuse and harassment on its website. It said the changes reflected the "latest trends in online behaviour". However, anticipated new policies relating to "violent groups, hateful imagery, ...
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Tech pundit Scoble faces harassment claims. Tech pundit Scoble faces harassment claims.
Renowned tech consultant and commentator Robert Scoble has apologised after multiple accusations of inappropriate behaviour towards women. In a post on Medium, journalist Quinn Norton accused Mr Scoble of groping her body at a technology conference in the early 2010s. Another woman, former colleague Michelle Greer, also said Mr Scoble made unwanted advances, touching her leg during a confere...
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Nokia kills off Ozo high-end virtual reality cameras Nokia kills off Ozo high-end virtual reality cameras
Nokia is winding down its high-end virtual reality camera division. The Ozo and its follow-up the Ozo+ had been marketed to professionals as being able to capture the "highest quality" 360-degree footage possible, and had been used by Disney among others. But despite a recent price cut, the Finnish firm indicated that sales had been weaker than expected. One expert said it reflected the f...
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IPhone X to use 'black box' anti-spoof Face ID tech. IPhone X to use 'black box' anti-spoof Face ID tech.
Even Apple will not be able to explain how its forthcoming iPhone X can spot some efforts to fool its facial recognition system. The firm has released a guide to the Face ID system, which explains that it relies on two types of neural networks - one of which has been specifically trained to resist spoofing attempts. But a consequence of the design is that it behaves like a "black box". It...
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Apple iPhone X: The internet reacts. Apple iPhone X: The internet reacts.
When Apple chief Tim Cook declared the iPhone X "the biggest leap forward since the first iPhone" at his latest launch extravaganza, you couldn't help but wonder if he was referring to its features or its price. With the top-end model costing 1,149, customers are paying a premium to swap their fingerprint sensor for a facial scanner and the ability to make an animated monkey or poo emoji copy ...
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Instagram hack: Celebrity contact details revealed. Instagram hack: Celebrity contact details revealed.
Instagram has revealed a flaw in its systems revealed "a number of" stars' phone numbers and email addresses to cyber-attackers. The Facebook-owned social network has emailed verified members, usually prominent figures, to let them know. It said it believed "one or more" attackers had targeted high-profile stars to get their contact information. Instagram said passwords had not been stole...
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Estonia's crypto-currency concept. Estonia's crypto-currency concept.
Could a country issue its own crypto-currency such as bitcoin? Or would that be defeating the point of a form of money that is supposed to be free from government control? On my Tech Tent podcast this week, we hear about estcoins, a currency that could be launched in Estonia. We also discuss Samsung's new flagship phone and meet the young people who are hacking with hydrogen fuel cells. Estoni...
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