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Mobile companies overcharging customers after contracts end

Mobile companies overcharging customers after contracts end

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The government thinks mobile operators need to inform customers once the handset is paid off Vodafone, EE and Three are continuing to charge customers for the mobile phones they buy as part of a contract, even after the cost of the handset has been paid off, research suggests. Citizens […]

YouTube star Casey Neistat criticises video site's leaders

YouTube star Casey Neistat criticises video site's leaders

Image copyright YouTube Image caption Mr Neistat suggests YouTube’s community of creators acts as a defence against online competitors One of YouTube’s most influential vloggers has chastised the service’s leaders, claiming they are failing many of their most popular video creators. Specifically, Casey Neistat criticised the way the platform had made it impossible for some […]

Social media data shared by spy agencies

Social media data shared by spy agencies

Image copyright PA Image caption GCHQ is due to offer its view to the court later this week UK spy agencies are collecting citizens’ social media and medical data, a court has heard. The details emerged in a case brought by Privacy International, looking at the legality of mass data collection. It said it was […]

UK TV drama about North Korea hit by cyber-attack

UK TV drama about North Korea hit by cyber-attack

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kim Jong-un’s officials described Opposite Number as being “slanderous” North Korean hackers targeted a British television company making a drama about the country, it has emerged. The series – due to be written by an Oscar-nominated screenwriter – has been shelved. In August 2014, Channel 4 announced what it […]

Can we teach robots ethics?

Can we teach robots ethics?

Image copyright Getty Images We are not used to the idea of machines making ethical decisions, but the day when they will routinely do this – by themselves – is fast approaching. So how, asks the BBC’s David Edmonds, will we teach them to do the right thing? The car arrives at your home bang […]

Why Pinterest boss Tim Kendall takes a daily ice bath

Why Pinterest boss Tim Kendall takes a daily ice bath

Image caption Pinterest president Tim Kendall When you think of the giants of Silicon Valley, Pinterest may not immediately spring to mind. But with 200 million active users and a recent valuation of $12.3bn (£9bn), the platform that started out in 2012 as a quirky online scrapbook has quietly become a hot commodity for advertisers […]

US voices frustration with 'warrant-proof' encryption

US voices frustration with 'warrant-proof' encryption

Image copyright Reuters The US deputy attorney general says the use of “warrant-proof encryption” in popular apps and operating systems, is hampering law enforcement. Several apps encrypt communications end-to-end, which stop messages being legible if intercepted by criminals or law enforcement. In a speech, Rod Rosenstein said law enforcers were increasingly thwarted by such encryption. […]

Equifax removes webpage after malware issue

Equifax removes webpage after malware issue

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The massive data breach affects even more UK customers than first admitted Equifax has taken down a customer help web page amid concerns over malware linked to the site. The firm said it took down the link for credit report assistance “out of an abundance of caution”. The problem did […]

Apple's Tim Cook prefers augmented reality to VR

Apple's Tim Cook prefers augmented reality to VR

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: Tim Cook explains why he thinks augmented reality is “profound” Apple’s chief executive has suggested he is not very enthusiastic about virtual reality. Tim Cook said that he felt that the technology could isolate users and voiced a preference for augmented reality instead. AR involves mixing […]

ParentPay website unavailable for school meal payments

ParentPay website unavailable for school meal payments

Image copyright Getty Images The website of payment firm ParentPay has gone down, leaving some parents unable to transfer funds for school meals and trips. The company normally serves more than 5,500 schools in 200 local authorities, helping about 1.5 million families. The company said it was affected “by a national internet connectivity issue – […]

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