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China shuts Apple's film and book services China shuts Apple's film and book services
China has shut down Apple's online book and movie services as it imposes strict rules governing what can be published on the net. Regulations were unveiled in March that outlawed foreign ownership of online publishing services. The rules also required that all content shown to Chinese people must be stored on servers based on the Chinese mainland. Apple said it hoped access to the service...
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Facebook’s next big thing: Bots for Messenger Facebook’s next big thing: Bots for Messenger
Humans, we've got company. No longer satisfied with being the dominant network for our humble species, Facebook is now courting a different type of user: bots. And eventually you'll be able to talk to them as if they were your mates. "Could you transfer £100 to my brother, please?" you might one day ask your bank. Or maybe, "Do you have any blue shirts in my size?" Sometimes they'll ask you thi...
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US pushes Apple for access to iPhones in criminal cases US pushes Apple for access to iPhones in criminal cases
The US Department of Justice has said it will pursue its request for Apple to help unlock an iPhone that is part of a drugs case in New York. A letter filed to a local court said the government "continues to require Apple's assistance". In Boston, unsealed court papers show a judge ordered Apple to assist authorities in another criminal case. The judge ruled it was "reasonable" to ask App...
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Whatsapp adds end-to-end encryption Whatsapp adds end-to-end encryption
Instant messaging service Whatsapp has announced it will encrypt all its users' communications from Tuesday. With end-to-end encryption, messages are scrambled as they leave the sender's device and can only be decrypted by the recipient's device. It renders messages unreadable if they are intercepted, for example by criminals or law enforcement. Whatsapp, which has a billion users worldwi...
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Are electric cars ready to go mainstream? Are electric cars ready to go mainstream?
Back in January, I visited the Tesla Design Studio in Hawthorne, California, to interview the firm's founder and chief executive, Elon Musk. The design team were welcoming, but nervous about what we filmed - and in the background, as we sat down for the interview, were a number of cars draped in black sheets. One key reason for the secrecy was that Tesla was just a couple of months from unve...
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Tech Tent: VR, AI and eSports Tech Tent: VR, AI and eSports
On this week's edition of Tech Tent we look at two visions of the future of gaming, and we ask whether we should be worried or excited by the latest advances in artificial intelligence. Sony stakes its VR claim Finally, after all the hype and excitement, consumers are about to get their hands on virtual reality headsets - and we will find out whether there really is a market for this technolog...
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Apple faces US appeal to force it to unlock iPhone Apple faces US appeal to force it to unlock iPhone
US authorities are appealing against a judge's decision not to order Apple to unlock an iPhone in a drugs case. The Justice Department is relying on the same law as the one in its fight with Apple over the encrypted phone belonging to the San Bernardino gunman. It has gone to a higher court after a Brooklyn judge said he had no power to give the order. Apple said the order would be the st...
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Amazon reverses itself on Fire encryption Amazon reverses itself on Fire encryption
SAN FRANCISCO — Just a day after it became public that Amazon had quietly removed the option of encrypting its Fire tablets, the company reversed itself. “We will return the option for full disk encryption with a Fire OS update coming this spring,” the Seattle company said in a statement emailed to reporters Friday night. Amazon dropped encryption from Fire devices with the launch of its lat...
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A creepy robot sensor that watches you sleep A creepy robot sensor that watches you sleep
Mother is a peanut-shaped robotic sensor hub that watches over you and your family. It measures how well you brush your teeth, it knows how much you drink and it watches you when you sleep. The idea behind Mother is that you can have everything in your home constantly monitored. Affix a sensor to your door, and it's a door alarm. Put a sensor on your grandmother's pills, and it will tell you if...
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Baidu apps found to be 'leaking' personal data Baidu apps found to be 'leaking' personal data
Personal data is being collected and transmitted insecurely by thousands of apps using code from the Chinese net giant Baidu, say security researchers. Millions of Chinese people are believed to have been affected by the data leaks, said security experts at the University of Toronto. The data reveals where people are, search terms, sites visited and the ID numbers of devices they own. Bai...
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