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iPhone 7, Airpods and courage: the internet reacts
Smartphone launches are normally all about finding out about added features. But in the case of the iPhone 7, what everyone wanted to know was how Apple would justify its widely leaked decision to remove support for normal headphone jacks. At the San Francisco event, marketing chief Phil Schiller suggested his firm had been motivated by "courage". But it seems that was an invitation to the net's many cynics and critics to weigh in. Below are some of the comments posted about the firm ditchin...
Sony reveals PS4 Pro with 4K graphics
Sony has announced a more powerful version of its PlayStation 4 console at an event in New York. The PS4 Pro will be able to render games with ultra-high definition 4K graphics, more detailed than 1080p HD. A cosmetically redesigned, slimmer PlayStation 4 was also announced and will be sold at a cheaper price. One analyst said releasing an upgraded console so soon after the PS4's debut in 2013 took the company into "unchartered territory". Sony typically makes cosmetic changes to the PlaySta...
Microsoft's UK data centres power up cloud services
Microsoft has announced that its first UK cloud computing data centres are up and running. The facilities are located in London, Durham and Cardiff. They should help the US company sell its online services to the public sector and other bodies that handle sensitive data. The Ministry of Defence and an NHS trust are among those set to adopt the internet-powered products as a result. Amazon is set to open its own rival UK data centres soon. Mike Stone, chief information officer at the Ministry...
Apple expected to unveil new iPhone 7
Wednesday is a big day in the tech world. Apple is holding its annual launch event where the new iPhone 7 is expected to be revealed. The much-heralded device comes just as rival Samsung has recalled its flagship Note 7 over battery issues. The tech rumour mill has been running at fever pitch about possible new iPhone features and gadgetry. Many commentators expect Apple to have ditched the headphone jack, leaving only one port. That would force consumers to use Bluetooth headphone...
Curved screen Predator laptop unveiled by Acer at Ifa
Acer has unveiled the world's first laptop to feature a curved screen. The company says the innovation should make it more immersive to play video games on the machine. Several TVs already feature curved displays, but the feature has proved to be divisive because it has both benefits and disadvantages over flat-panel technology. The Taiwanese company also announced it had acquired a pet technology start-up, at a press conference in Berlin. Several other consumer electronics brands - includin...
Kim Dotcom wins right to livestream extradition appeal
A judge in New Zealand has said internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom will be allowed to stream his appeal against extradition live online. The founder of the seized Megaupload websites is wanted in the US on charges of copyright infringement, racketeering and money laundering. The US had opposed his proposal to broadcast the hearing on YouTube. Dotcom said on Twitter that the decision was "breaking new ground" and streaming would start on Wednesday. He told the BBC there was a definite public in...
Apple tackles iPhone one-tap spyware flaws
Flaws in Apple's iOS operating system have been discovered that made it possible to install spyware on a target's device merely by getting them to click on a link. The discovery was made after a human rights lawyer alerted security researchers to unsolicited text messages he had received. They discovered three previously unknown flaws within Apple's code. Apple has since released a software update that addresses the problem. The two security firms involved, Citizen Lab an...
Android bug fear in 900 million phones
Serious security flaws that could give attackers complete access to a phone's data have been found in software used on tens of millions of Android devices. The bugs were uncovered by Checkpoint researchers looking at software running on chipsets made by US firm Qualcomm. Qualcomm processors are found in about 900 million Android phones, the company said. However, there is no evidence of the vulnerabilities currently being used in attacks by cyberthieves. "I'm pretty sure you will s...
China launches first mobile telecoms satellite from Beijing
China has launched its first mobile telecommunications satellite. The Tiantong-01 satellite will establish a mobile network serving China, the Middle East, Africa and other areas, the state run Xinhua news agency reported. It was sent into space after midnight local time in Beijing (16:00 GMT) on Sunday. The ground service will be operated by China Telecom, which is owned by the Chinese state. The country is also preparing for the next round of its manned space mission.
'Mayhem' program wins grand hacking challenge
A program named Mayhem has provisionally won a competition in Las Vegas to find software that does the best job of automatically defending against cyber attacks. Set up by the US Darpa research agency the competition hopes to spur interest in autonomous security systems. Mayhem's creators will get $2m (£1.52m) to continue their work and make their creation more effective. Results will be confirmed on Friday at 10:00 local time (17:00 GMT). Dubbed the Cyber Grand Challenge, the event wa...
IPhone fire left me with severe burns, says cyclist
An Australian man is asking Apple to warn the public about the dangers of mobile phone batteries after his iPhone 6 caught fire, leaving him with severe burns. Gareth Clear, a 36-year-old management consultant from Sydney, told local papers the phone caught fire when he fell off his bicycle. He posted pictures of his injury on Twitter. Apple has not responded to requests for comment. Mr Clear fell off his bicycle while cycling along a Sydney bike trail at the weekend. His phone was in a pock...
Pokemon Go away: Troublesome Sydney Pokestop shut down
One of Australia's best places to catch Pokemon has been deleted in the latest update to the augmented reality game. Three Pokestops, the game's real-world locations, attracted hundreds of players to a park in inner Sydney. Nearby apartment residents endured traffic jams, piles of rubbish and noise until the early hours. The creators of the game are working to remove some real-world locations that do not wish to be included in the mobile game. "There is loud shouting throughout the night, pe...
Last call for free Windows 10 upgrade
Friday 29 July marks the last day that users can get a free upgrade to the Windows 10 operating system. Those who do not take advantage of the offer will have to pay for it, with the home edition costing $120 (£91) and the professional edition $200 (£151). Eligible devices include tablets and PCs running Windows 7 or newer. Microsoft has been criticised for heavy-handed tactics in promoting the upgrade. In May, the software giant was accused of a "nasty trick" when it changed the...
New Gorilla Glass helps prevent phone smashes
Dropping your smartphone when taking a selfie could soon be less risky, says specialist glass maker Corning. It has launched its next generation of Gorilla Glass - the material used in more than 70% of smartphone screens, including on Samsung and Apple devices. Corning said Gorilla Glass 5 could survive more than 80% of drops from as high as 1.6 metres. Shattered or cracked screens are the number one cause of smartphone repairs and customer complaints globally. The new glass was tested on ro...
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