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Edward Snowden's Haven app 'catches spies'

Edward Snowden's Haven app 'catches spies'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Edward Snowden has lived in exile in Russia since 2013 and does not carry a mobile phone US whistle-blower Edward Snowden has helped create an Android app designed to protect the possessions of journalists and human rights defenders. The software uses sensors – including a phone’s camera, microphone, gyroscope […]

Bitcoin: Would you want to get paid in cryptocurrency?

Bitcoin: Would you want to get paid in cryptocurrency?

Image copyright Getty Images Bitcoin. Lots of people are talking about, but very few own it. So how would you feel about getting paid in the high profile cryptocurrency? From early next year, staff at Japanese internet firm GMO Group will be among the latest to find out how that feels. More than 4,000 employees […]

Medical marvels

Medical marvels

Image copyright Tanusree Chaudhuri Image caption Tanusree Chaudhuri (centre) with two of her remote-working research colleagues Tanusree Chaudhuri, 34, was pregnant with her first child when her supervisor told her she would have to give up her dreams. She was doing a doctorate in computational biology and aspired to improve people’s health. “He told me […]

Eric Schmidt steps down as boss of Google owner

Eric Schmidt steps down as boss of Google owner

Image copyright Getty Images The executive chairman of Google owner Alphabet is to step down in January, the company has announced. Eric Schmidt, who has been with the tech giant since 2001, will remain on the board as a technical adviser on science and technology issues. Mr Schmidt has played a key role in the […]

Apple faces lawsuits over slowed iPhones

Apple faces lawsuits over slowed iPhones

Image copyright Getty Images Two class action lawsuits have been launched against Apple in the US following the tech giant’s admission that it slows down older models of the iPhone as they age. Apple has said that it did this to “prolong the life” of the devices and maximise diminishing battery power. The lawsuits were […]

Bitcoin slump sees trades suspended on certain exchanges

Bitcoin slump sees trades suspended on certain exchanges

Image copyright Getty Images Bitcoin plunged on Friday, extending a fall that saw the crypto-currency lose almost a third of its value from a record of nearly $20,000 (£15,000). The crypto-currency’s price dipped below $11,000 on Friday, according to the Coindesk exchange website, before recovering to above $13,000. Amid the swings, three Bitcoin-related exchanges suspended […]

Artificial intelligence school inspections face resistance

Artificial intelligence school inspections face resistance

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The data could be used to determine which schools were most likely to fail Plans to use algorithms to identify failing schools have been criticised by the National Association of Head Teachers. A data science unit, part-owned by the UK government, has been training algorithms to rate schools, using […]

Legal right to ask for fast broadband by 2020

Legal right to ask for fast broadband by 2020

Image copyright PA The government has rejected BT’s voluntary offer to connect remote homes to superfast broadband and will enforce the legal right to an upgrade. The government has promised access to speeds of at least 10 Mbps by 2020. Openreach, owned by BT and responsible for the infrastructure, offered to speed up improvements to […]

Token DJ

Token DJ

Image copyright DJ Dramatik Image caption DJ Gramatik says blockchain gives him control over his work Rows between artists, managers and their record labels often become the stuff of music legend, but does blockchain technology mean that musicians could soon just deal directly with their fans – and keep far more profit for themselves? DJ […]

Mobile phone and broadband services need 'radical improvement'

Mobile phone and broadband services need 'radical improvement'

The head of the National Infrastructure Commission has called for urgent action to tackle poor mobile phone coverage. Lord Adonis has written to the telecoms regulator Ofcom urging it to take action to deal with the issue. It follows a report that one million homes have poor broadband and large parts of the UK have […]