Robot ‘drowns’ in fountain mishap

Robot ‘drowns’ in fountain mishap

Image copyright Melissa Morales Image caption The Knightscope K5 robot tumbled into the fountain by accident A security robot in Washington DC suffered a watery demise after falling into a fountain by an office building. The stricken robot, made by Knightscope, was spotted by passers-by whose photos of the aftermath quickly went viral on social […]

Ori’s robotic furniture zooms across apartment

A robotics start-up has created voice-controlled furniture that moves about, rearranging itself to maximise space in small apartments. Ori – a spin-off from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – is currently pitching its products to large-scale developers. But as it explained to the BBC’s Dave Lee, it hopes to eventually target individual owners of compact […]

Porn ID checks set to start in April 2018

Porn ID checks set to start in April 2018

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The age-check requirement is supposed to make it harder for children to see pornography A nine-month countdown to the introduction of compulsory age checks on online pornography seen from the UK has begun. The April 2018 goal to protect under-18s was revealed as digital minister Matt Hancock signed the […]

HTC backlash over pop-up ads on keyboard

HTC backlash over pop-up ads on keyboard

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The HTC 10 was one of the devices affected Phone-maker HTC says it will fix an “error” that let advertisements pop up on the keyboard on some of its phones. Many users expressed anger online that ad banners had started appearing above the touchscreen keyboard while they were typing. […]

Ashley Madison offers $11m settlement

Ashley Madison offers $11m settlement

Image copyright Reuters The owner of the Ashley Madison infidelity website, which was hacked in July 2015, has offered a settlement to the people suing the company. Millions of members had their personal details stolen when the site, which encouraged people to cheat on their partners, was breached. Ruby Life has put forward $11.2m (£8.5m) […]

Emojis honoured in world celebration

Emojis honoured in world celebration

Image copyright Reuters New York’s Empire State Building will be lit up in yellow to mark a day that organisers hope will put a smile on millions of faces. It is one of several stunts planned for World Emoji Day, which celebrates the colourful symbols used in instant messages, on 17 July. London’s Royal Opera […]

Australian PM seeks access to encrypted messages

Australian PM seeks access to encrypted messages

Image copyright EPA The Australian government says it wants new laws to force tech firms such as Apple and Facebook to provide access to encrypted messages. Some apps such as WhatsApp use end-to-end encryption, making messages unreadable if intercepted. Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has warned that encrypted messaging apps could be used by criminals […]

Luxury phone-maker Vertu collapses

Luxury phone-maker Vertu collapses

Media captionWATCH: Luxury phone-maker Vertu collapses A British-based company that made smartphones costing thousands of pounds will be liquidated after a plan to save it failed. Vertu was known for its high-end, jewel-encrusted handsets, but recently faced financial difficulties. The company’s liquidation will result in the loss of nearly 200 jobs. One technology analyst said […]

EU clamps down on social media job snoops

EU clamps down on social media job snoops

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The majority of employers use social media to research candidates, according to one recruitment firm Employers who use Facebook, Twitter and other social media to check on potential job candidates could be breaking European law in future. An EU data protection working party has ruled that employers should require […]

Google announces London cloud computing data centre

Google announces London cloud computing data centre

Image copyright Google Image caption Most of Google’s cloud platform data centres are based in the US and Asia Google has revealed it has built a London data centre for the cloud computing services it rents to third parties. The facility is its second in Europe, after Brussels, and promises to provide faster access times […]