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EU commissioner: Nude celebs 'dumb'
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 23:07:14 GMT

Celebrities who had intimate pictures of themselves leaked onto the internet were "dumb" for taking them, the EU's new digital commissioner says.

Angry Birds maker to cut 130 jobs
Thu, 02 Oct 2014 10:14:53 GMT

The Finnish maker of hit mobile game Angry Birds, Rovio, will lay off 130 staff, accounting for 16% of its workforce.

Airlines told to replace cockpit kit
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:49:37 GMT

The US air safety regulator has ordered airlines to replace cockpit displays in more than 1,300 planes because of fears that wi-fi signals can make them go blank.

Facebook apologises to drag queens
Thu, 02 Oct 2014 04:30:51 GMT

Facebook has apologised to transgender and drag queen users whose accounts were deleted for violating its policy on using "real names".

Japan in $617bn 'fat finger' error
Thu, 02 Oct 2014 03:48:37 GMT

Japan's stock markets were rattled after a trading error caused more than $600bn (£370bn) worth of orders to be made and then cancelled.

UK legalises music and film ripping
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:11:19 GMT

The UK makes it legal to make duplicates of media files for personal use, but will still allow companies to add copy-protection code.

ARM creates new operating system
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:23:35 GMT

British computer chip designer ARM is branching out into operating system software by releasing free code designed to power devices.

Microsoft unveils Windows 10 system
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:56:47 GMT

Microsoft announces the next version of its core operating system, called Windows 10, which will reintroduce the Start Menu.

Counterfeit Xbox One makers charged
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:21:43 GMT

Five men accused of being part of a hacking ring that stole pre-release video games and put a prototype Xbox One on sale have been charged.

Snoop Dogg's cash for Reddit users
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:54:21 GMT

Rapper Snoop Dogg, actor Jared Leto and Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel are among the famous names investing in social news site Reddit.

Ex-MI6 head warns over tracking apps
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:03:45 GMT

Parents need to be aware that their children can be tracked online, the former head of MI6, Sir John Scarlett, has warned.

Cheryl Cole web links 'most dangerous'
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 08:35:18 GMT

A security company says hackers use malicious links connected to Cheryl Cole's name more than any other celebrity.

Threat posed by voice activation
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:35:49 GMT

Voice-activation functions on smartphones and other devices can be a significant security risk, warn researchers.

Thousands unable to renew car tax
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:38:42 GMT

Thousands of customers trying to renew their car tax online are experiencing problems with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) website.

Thousands flock to 'anti-Facebook'
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:42:52 GMT

Ad-free social media platform Ello overcomes a technical setback to continue its rapid growth, but one expert questions its business model.

Thailand's ex-PM develops food robot
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:27:36 GMT

A food robot, dubbed e-delicious, has been developed by the Thai government to test authenticity and taste of Thai food.

Age ratings to start on music videos
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:52:39 GMT

By the end of the year, expect to see a 12, 15 or 18 on online music videos as an age rating pilot scheme is introduced.

Google Glass used by airport staff
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:00:08 GMT

Staff at Edinburgh Airport are using Google Glass headsets to help them deal with customer inquiries.

VIDEO: Playing music with your brain
Fri, 26 Sep 2014 09:30:34 GMT

Could technology turn you into a musical virtuoso? LJ Rich looks at new ways to make music.

VIDEO: App helps you wake up with a stranger
Mon, 22 Sep 2014 08:43:49 GMT

The app that turns a global network of strangers into your alarm clock, with a dating twist.

VIDEO: Smartphone beacons beckon you
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 23:11:41 GMT

Click learns how to bend beacon technology to its bidding by turning a London Street into a musical wonderland.

VIDEO: Role of social media in HK protests
Thu, 02 Oct 2014 08:13:00 GMT

As thousands of people continue to protest on the streets of Hong Kong, what role has social media been playing in the demonstrations?

VIDEO: Windows 10 'brings back familiarity'
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:15:14 GMT

Microsoft has disclosed the first details of Windows 10 - its next operating system (OS).

VIDEO: How does HK protesters' app work?
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:16:47 GMT

Thousands of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong have been using an app called Firechat to talk to each other 'off-the-grid'.

VIDEO: Sigourney Weaver talks Alien: Isolation
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:58:42 GMT

Actress Sigourney Weaver discusses her role in the upcoming video game Alien: Isolation.

VIDEO: Why web inventor 'pays his way' online
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:11:39 GMT

Worldwide web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee talks about his concerns for the internet, as he renews his call for a digital Magna Carta.

VIDEO: Bomb-makers tracked via sewers
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:18:50 GMT

New technology allows security services to analyse the contents of the sewers to discover where people are making home-made bombs.

VIDEO: Can Microsoft's Xbox conquer China?
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 03:42:22 GMT

The Xbox gaming console officially goes on sale in China for the first time, but its manufacturer Microsoft may face tough competition.

Will our cities be congestion-free?
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 23:09:25 GMT

Will our cities ever be congestion-free?

VIDEO: Girl gets 3D-printed prosthetic hand
Thu, 02 Oct 2014 06:20:43 GMT

Five year-old gets life-changing new hand

Job hunting the big data way
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 23:03:44 GMT

How data crunching is dictating our job prospects

VIDEO: Students travel by robotic sofa
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:53:17 GMT

How to turn a sofa into an open-air vehicle

The 'click-bait' internet firm
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:55:07 GMT

The $250m internet firm at the forefront of 'lowbrow click-bait'

VIDEO: Could VR help build better cities?
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:08:10 GMT

How virtual reality is helping build better cities