Mobile World Congress: Why do smartphones look so alike?

Media captionWATCH: The new smell-sensing CAT smartphone dares to look different Is smartphone hardware treading water while industrial designers wait for bendy screens and other flexible, futuristic components to make more radical models possible? And will sales continue to decline until they do? Samsung is casting a long shadow over this year’s Mobile World Congress. […]

BT told to share poles for ultrafast fibre internet

Image copyright Getty Images BT must make it easier for rival internet providers to use its telegraph poles, telecoms regulator Ofcom says. Ofcom has published a list of new measures to make it cheaper for companies to install ultrafast full fibre broadband infrastructure. Connecting homes directly to the fibre network delivers much faster internet speeds […]

Trump says violent video games ‘shape’ young minds

Image copyright Activision President Trump has vowed to “do something” about the violence in games and films watched by younger people. In a meeting at the White House on school safety, President Trump said the violence played a role in shaping the way people saw the world. The meeting was held the week after a […]

The trouble knowing how much screen time is ‘too much’

Image copyright Getty Images Concerns about the harm caused by “too much” screen time – particularly when it is spent on social media – are widespread. But working out what a “healthy” amount might be is far from easy. Headlines rarely soothe nerves. Apple’s Tim Cook recently said he would not want his nephew on […]

Kylie Jenner ‘sooo over’ Snapchat – and shares tumble

Image copyright Getty Images Reality TV star Kylie Jenner wiped $1.3bn (£1bn) off Snap’s stock market value after tweeting that she no longer used its Snapchat messaging app. Celebrity Kim Kardashian’s half-sister posted: “sooo does anyone else not open Snapchat anymore? Or is it just me… ugh this is so sad.” Snap’s shares sank after […]

Kylie Jenner ‘sooo over’ Snapchat – and Wall Street panics

Image copyright Getty Images Reality TV star Kylie Jenner wiped $1.3bn (£1bn) off the stock market value of Snapchat after tweeting that she no longer used its messaging app. Celebrity Kim Kardashian’s half-sister posted: “sooo does anyone else not open Snapchat anymore? Or is it just me… ugh this is so sad.” Snapchat’s share price […]

White nationalist Jared Taylor sues Twitter over ban

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jared Taylor is head of American Renaissance which champions “racial difference”. White nationalist Jared Taylor is suing Twitter after the social network banned his account as part of a crackdown on abusive content. Mr Taylor’s lawyer says the suspension of his account is a form of censorship, accusing Twitter […]

Game helps players spot ‘fake news’

Image copyright Bad News A game designed to help people understand how fake news and conspiracy theories spread online has been created at the University of Cambridge. Bad News lets players build a social media following by choosing inflammatory headlines and images to share with their imaginary fans. Players earn achievements for impersonating celebrities and […]

Elon Musk quits AI ethics research group

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Elon Musk has said AI is humanity’s biggest threat Technology billionaire Elon Musk has quit the board of the research group he co-founded to look into the ethics of artificial intelligence. In a blog post, OpenAI said the decision had been taken to avoid any conflict of interest as Mr […]

Tesla investigates claims of crypto-currency hack

Image copyright AFP Tesla has confirmed that its cloud computing platform has been compromised by hackers. RedLock, the company that alerted it to the breach, believes the attackers may have done this to mine crypto-currency – an attack known as crypto-jacking. Tesla said it had addressed the vulnerability “within hours” and that no customer data […]

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