Black Friday and Cyber Monday: Five tips for spotting a bargain
Black Friday is now one of the UK's busiest shopping days. Retailers offer up a dizzying array of special offers and big discounts, with more deals added online on Cyber Monday. But how can you spot a genuine bargain? 1 Check the size of the discount Before you buy, it is always worth checking if the same product is cheaper somewhere else, experts say. Some specialist sites can tell you if the product has been discounted more heavily before. For example, Camelcamelcamel.com shows...Facebook 'made China censorship tool'
Facebook worked on special software so it could potentially accommodate censorship demands in China, according to a report in the New York Times. The social network refused to confirm or deny the software's existence, but said in a statement it was "spending time understanding and learning more" about China. No decisions about the company's approach in the country had yet been made, a spokeswoman said. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a group which campaigns for better privacy online, told...Facebook bug 'kills' users in 'terrible error'
An unusual bug on Facebook briefly labelled many people as dead. The error on Friday caused the social network to show a memorial banner on user profiles for people who were still alive. Users posted status updates to reassure friends and family they were not dead, despite Facebook's message. "This was a terrible error that we have now fixed," a Facebook spokesperson said. "We are very sorry that this happened." The message, intended for "memorialised profiles", erroneously appeared on the p...'Crazy' to say Facebook helped Trump win - Zuckerberg
Facing criticism that fake news on Facebook aided the rise of Donald Trump, founder Mark Zuckerberg has strongly defended his network. Speaking on stage at Techonomy, a technology conference in California, Mr Zuckerberg said Facebook should not be held responsible. "The idea that fake news on Facebook influenced the election in any way is a pretty crazy idea," he said. "If you believe that then I don't think you have internalised the message Trump supporters are trying to send in this el...GoPro recalls drone after power failure
Action camera firm GoPro has recalled its new drone after reports of power failures. The company said there had been a “small number of cases” of the drone malfunctioning during flight. GoPro said it would rectify the problem and put the Karma drone back on sale once the issue was resolved. Anyone who has bought the $799 (£646) drone can get a full refund, it said. GoPro launched the Karma in September along with two new cameras. The cameras are not affected by the recall, ...Dongle dilemma provokes Apple price cut
A tweet posted shortly after Apple’s recent Macbook launch event underlined the absurdity: Apple now sells 17 different types of dongle. In its ever-escalating war against connectivity ports, Apple’s latest computers do away with the SD card port, a full-size USB port, and the HDMI port. Instead, you’ll need a dongle to convert those “legacy” connectors, as Apple put it on Friday, into the new, smaller USB-C port. "We recognize that many users, especial...Tesla shows off solar roof tiles
Roof tiles with built-in solar panels have been unveiled by Tesla chief executive Elon Musk. The tiles, made from glass, are intended to be a more attractive way to add solar panels to homes, compared with currently-used solar technology. The launch took place in Universal Studios, Los Angeles, on what used to be the set for the television show Desperate Housewives. It comes with Tesla due to take over struggling energy firm Solar City. Some of the electric carmaker's investors have expresse...Celebgate hack: Collins sentenced over nude photos theft
A Pennsylvania court has sentenced a man to 18 months in jail for hacking into the accounts of celebrities and stealing nude photos and videos. Ryan Collins, 36, pleaded guilty to the charges in May. He had stolen the usernames and passwords of more than 600 people. Collins tricked his victims - including actresses Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Scarlett Johansson, and Kirsten Dunst - by sending emails appearing be from Google or Apple. Collins was charged with accessing the photos between 2...Blockchain bandits hit crypto start-ups
In early September, developer Stephanie Kent watched the approach of Hurricane Hermine with growing trepidation. A hurricane making landfall is never welcome but it looked set to strike Ms Kent's home in Florida at the worst possible time. Back then, Ms Kent was fighting hackers seeking to take over her digital cash start-up Krypton - a services firm based around a variant of Bitcoin's underlying technology, the blockchain. Ms Kent and her coding team had just recovered from one attack and ha...AI predicts outcome of human rights cases
An artificial intelligence system has correctly predicted the outcomes of hundreds of cases heard at the European Court of Human Rights, researchers have claimed. The AI predicted the verdicts to an accuracy of 79%, according to the scientists involved. AI is increasingly being used in fields such as journalism, law and accountancy. But critics said no AI would be able to understand the nuances of a legal case. The study, which was conducted by researchers at University College London and th...The real-world uses for virtual reality
Think of virtual reality and you will probably conjure up images of fantastical landscapes in a game or film set. But VR can also be embedded in reality to give people more understanding of the world around them. Increasingly it is being used as a tool by journalists, teachers, healthcare workers and retailers. The BBC took a look at a few of the more unexpected uses of the technology. Autism understood Surveys suggest that while 99% of people have heard of autism, only 16% really underst...'Smart' home devices used as weapons in website attack
Hackers used internet-connected home devices, such as CCTV cameras and printers, to attack popular websites on Friday, security analysts say. Twitter, Spotify, and Reddit were among the sites taken offline on Friday. Each uses a company called Dyn, which was the target of the attack, to direct users to its website. Security analysts now believe the attack used the "internet of things" - web-connected home devices - to launch the assault. Dyn is a DNS service - an internet "phone book" which ...Nintendo Switch console plays games home and away
Nintendo has revealed that its next games machine will be a handheld, portable device that doubles up as a home console. Previously code-named NX, now named the Nintendo Switch, the device looks like a tablet computer with controllers that attach to its sides. The device was revealed in a short "teaser" video posted on YouTube. One analyst said the device could be Nintendo's "last shot" at selling a home console. "The Wii U was a car crash, basically," said Paul Jackson of the Ovum cons...Samsung 'blocks' exploding Note 7 parody videos
Samsung appears to have filed copyright claims against YouTube videos mocking its recalled Galaxy Note 7 handset. Many gamers have showcased a modification to video game Grand Theft Auto V, in which sticky bombs were switched with exploding Samsung phones. But some have reported that their videos have been blocked on YouTube following a copyright complaint. Samsung has not yet responded to repeated BBC requests for comment. Critics have warned that trying to remove gamers' videos will only d...
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