US halts internet ‘six strikes’ anti-piracy scheme

US halts internet ‘six strikes’ anti-piracy scheme

Image copyright iStock Image caption The nature of piracy has changed in recent years A controversial programme that could have seen persistent content-pirates have their internet access cut off, has been stopped in the US. The Copyright Alert System (Cas), notified internet subscribers whose accounts had been used to download copyrighted content for free. Copyright […]

Lego launches ‘safe’ social network for under-13s

Lego launches ‘safe’ social network for under-13s

Lego’s launched a “safe” social network for under-13s on a new app, called Lego Life. Basically it’s a child-friendly Lego-themed Instagram. It’ll let children post photos of their creations and comment on other people’s but with strict restrictions on what they can say. Text comments aren’t allowed but users can either use prewritten responses or […]

Hungry penguins help keep car code safe

Hungry penguins help keep car code safe

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Penguins would starve if they had not figured out efficient feeding strategies Hungry penguins have inspired a novel way of making sure computer code in smart cars does not crash. Tools based on the way the birds co-operatively hunt for fish are being developed to test different ways […]

Airbnb offers free housing to those hit by Trump ban

Airbnb offers free housing to those hit by Trump ban

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Airbnb chief executive Brian Chesky has offered free accommodation Airbnb has offered free accommodation to people left stranded by President Donald Trump’s travel restrictions. On Friday the president signed an executive order barring immigrants and visitors from seven, largely Muslim, countries from the US for 90 days. Some of the […]

Smart baby-trackers mostly unnecessary, say US doctors

Smart baby-trackers mostly unnecessary, say US doctors

Image copyright Getty Images A group of paediatricians has called for smart health-trackers, designed to monitor babies while they sleep, to be regulated by the same US body that oversees other medical equipment. The monitors, which often take the form of sensors fitted to clothing or nappies, measure signs such as heart rate and breathing […]

Not guilty plea in landmark Kodi box trial

Not guilty plea in landmark Kodi box trial

Image copyright Twitter Image caption Brian Thompson’s case is thought to be the first of its kind in the UK Brian Thompson, a shopkeeper from Middlesbrough, has pleaded not guilty in a landmark case, challenging the legality of video-streaming set-top boxes that provide subscription content for free. Mr Thompson is accused of selling “fully loaded” […]

Apple Watch ‘not syncing’ in cheap deal

Apple Watch ‘not syncing’ in cheap deal

Image copyright Vitality Image caption Customers need to acquire 160 activity points per month to avoid paying extra for the watch Some customers who purchased the latest Apple Watch for £69 ($86) under a deal offered by Vitality Insurance are complaining that their activity data is not being uploaded by the firm’s app. If certain […]

Virtual reality ‘could help treat vertigo’

Virtual reality ‘could help treat vertigo’

Image copyright Thinkstock Virtual reality could be used to diagnose and treat visual vertigo, according to a team of Cardiff University psychologists. People with the condition suffer from dizziness and nausea and often cite places with repetitive visual patterns, such as supermarkets, as the trigger. A team of psychologists is working to develop virtual environments […]

Apple sues chip-maker Qualcomm in China

Apple sues chip-maker Qualcomm in China

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Qualcomm supplies modem chips for the most widely-used smartphones Apple has filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm in China seeking 1bn yuan (£115m) in damages, claiming the chip maker has abused its market position. Apple has also filed a second case alleging Qualcomm had broken the terms of a deal […]

New seat alert app for pregnant commuters

New seat alert app for pregnant commuters

Image copyright 10x A new app launches in the UK on Monday aimed at helping pregnant women get seats on public transport. Babee on Board consists of two companion apps that communicate via Bluetooth. Once an alert is triggered, people nearby with the app receive a message saying there is someone who needs to sit […]