First Google/Apple-based virus-trace app launched
26/05/2020 | news | technology | 51
A Swiss contact-tracing app gains a limited release but may be overtaken by a Latvian effort.
What would happen if the UK ditched Huawei?
25/05/2020 | news | technology | 291
Officials are taking another look into Huawei, but the Chinese firm warns against a 5G ban.
How will you commute to work after lockdown?
04/05/2020 | news | technology | 153
Interest in finding an alternative to public transport is growing as people think about returning to the office.
App stores approve UK contact-tracing app for test
04/05/2020 | news | technology | 110
Isle of Wight council staff and healthcare workers will be invited to start testing app on Tuesday.
UK coronavirus app 'ready in two to three weeks'
28/04/2020 | news | technology | 0
The NHS says it also intends to ask users to track their locations in a later update to the software.
UK spies need artificial intelligence, report says
24/04/2020 | news | technology | 339
Enemies will "undoubtedly" use AI to attack the UK, says intelligence analysis by think tank.
Facebook reveals Gaming app to rival Twitch
20/04/2020 | news | technology | 89
The social network accelerated the launch of Facebook Gaming due to the coronavirus lockdown.
Why are there doubts over contact-tracing apps?
20/04/2020 | news | technology | 283
Experts raise concerns about Bluetooth technology and the risks of "mission creep".
NHS coronavirus app to target 80% of smartphones
15/04/2020 | news | technology | 1,138
A vast majority of smartphone owners must install the app, if it is to end the coronavirus epidemic.
Fortnite delays release of its new season
15/04/2020 | news | technology | 49
The gaming industry has experienced delays because of restrictions on developers working from home.
Twenty suspected phone mast attacks over Easter
14/04/2020 | news | technology | 1,760
Vodafone says one of the "deluded" attacks was on a mast serving Birmingham's Nightingale hospital.
Airbnb restricts UK bookings due to coronavirus
09/04/2020 | news | technology | 605
NHS staff and other key workers can still book accommodation through a programme called Frontline Stays.
Apps 'need dedicated fake coronavirus news button'
03/04/2020 | news | technology | 310
Campaign for Countering Digital Hate says social networks are "missing a trick" combating the issue.
UK considers virus-tracing app to ease lockdown
30/03/2020 | news | technology | 1,769
Study describes how app would alert citizens if someone they came into contact with tests positive.
Government cracks down on coronavirus fake news
29/03/2020 | news | technology | 1,889
A rapid response unit is working with social media firms to take down misleading or harmful content.
Covid-19 tracking app tops download charts
25/03/2020 | news | technology | 34
Experts warn people to be careful about other apps that claim to do the same.
UK coronavirus app 'must respect privacy rights'
23/03/2020 | news | technology | 106
Health chiefs are asked to be more open about plans for an app to tackle the spread of coronavirus.
Greggs to close all stores to prevent virus spread
22/03/2020 | news | technology | 1,675
Restaurant chains including McDonald's and Nando's close, saying they want to protect staff and customers.
BT has 'plenty of capacity' despite Netflix cuts
20/03/2020 | news | technology | 93
Amid concerns about capacity, Netflix slashes its network use – but BT says there is no problem.
Netflix to lower streaming quality in Europe
19/03/2020 | news | technology | 76
The video-streaming giant wants to ease strain on internet service providers.
Ways to stay social online while in self-isolation
19/03/2020 | news | technology | 27
Workouts, cooking lessons and pub quizzes - how people are using the internet to socialise in self-isolation.
Free broadband call resisted by net providers
19/03/2020 | news | technology | 68
The move would help families during the coronavirus crisis, but providers say it could disrupt service.
India replaces ringing tone with virus information
16/03/2020 | news | technology | 22
A recorded message about coronavirus has started playing instead of the caller's ring tone.
Broadband firms 'can manage' extra demand
13/03/2020 | news | technology | 330
Staying at home is unlikely to cause any problems with the nation's broadband network, ISPs say.
How hackers are preying on coronavirus fears
11/03/2020 | news | technology | 115
How to spot five of the biggest email phishing scams based around Covid-19 concerns.
Amazon offering unlimited sick days to halt virus
11/03/2020 | news | technology | 97
Only those workers who test positive for the Covid-19 virus will be entitled to any sick pay.
Call of Duty challenges battle royale rivals
09/03/2020 | news | technology | 121
The new game will be free and work across consoles to be accessible to more players.
Mobile firms sign up to £1bn rural coverage plan
09/03/2020 | news | technology | 196
The new deal aims to get rid of rural "not-spots", where there is no service at all.
Tech joins fight against coronavirus
03/03/2020 | news | technology | 32
Robots, drones and artificial intelligence are being used by China to fight the disease.
Amazon culls one million fake coronavirus products
28/02/2020 | news | technology | 105
The retail giant is removing fake cures and tackling unreasonable price hikes amid public concern.
Coronavirus: Plague game banned in China
28/02/2020 | news | technology | 67
Plague Inc. puts users in control of a disease which they must develop into a global pandemic.
One million homes get access to ultrafast broadband
27/02/2020 | news | technology | 136
The West Midlands gigabit switch-on is the largest in the UK, says Virgin Media, but comes at a price.
Tests fail to find 5G health risks
24/02/2020 | news | technology | 170
Ofcom testing of the UK's 5G network finds radiation is at a "tiny fraction" of safe levels.
More than 2,000 government mobiles lost or stolen
20/02/2020 | news | technology | 94
At least 2,004 government mobiles were lost or stolen in a year, more than a third from the MoD.
EU to tackle AI 'Wild West' - but still to say how
19/02/2020 | news | technology | 92
Campaigners had hoped details of a crackdown on facial recognition would be published.
Fortnite boss says game loot boxes 'cause harm'
14/02/2020 | news | technology | 81
Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney says the industry is putting profits over players.
'End of contract' rules 'to save consumers money'
13/02/2020 | news | technology | 360
Internet, pay-TV and phone customers will now be offered the best deals when their contracts end.
China's phone industry urged to 'get back to work'
13/02/2020 | news | technology | 71
Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun urges action as analysts predict a 10% fall in global shipments in the wake of Covid-19.
Facebook Dating delayed after row with regulator
13/02/2020 | news | technology | 65
Facebook planned to launch its European dating app ahead of Valentine's Day - before a row erupted.
Phone showcase cancelled over coronavirus fears
12/02/2020 | news | technology | 37
The world's largest mobile industry showcase will not go ahead, organisers confirm.
China launches coronavirus 'close contact' app
11/02/2020 | news | technology | 128
The announcement highlights the high level of Chinese government surveillance of its citizens.
Xbox says Nintendo and Sony no longer main rivals
06/02/2020 | news | technology | 195
Xbox chief Phil Spencer says he now considers Amazon and Google to be bigger competition.
Tech firms 'need tougher ad-targeting rules'
05/02/2020 | news | technology | 80
Online political ads should be more tightly regulated, a data ethics body says.
Mobile operators clash on 'notspots' costs
04/02/2020 | news | technology | 128
A key meeting will be held on Wednesday to hammer out the details of sharing rural networks.
Half of UK 10-year-olds own a smartphone
03/02/2020 | news | technology | 473
A report by Ofcom also found that 3-8 year olds are watching YouTube for eight hours a week on average.
Ring doorbell 'gives Facebook and Google user data'
28/01/2020 | news | technology | 121
The Ring app sends a range of personal information to marketing companies, a study suggests.
Grubhub adds restaurants without permission
28/01/2020 | news | technology | 54
The practice is angering some restaurant owners.
Government plans new laws for smart gadgets
27/01/2020 | news | technology | 34
It is developing laws that would require manufacturers to make online devices more secure.
Shopping centre facial ID scheme troubles watchdog
27/01/2020 | news | technology | 126
Regulator calls for inspections after details of police tie-up with Meadowhall scheme emerge.
Full-fibre broadband to reach more of the UK
23/01/2020 | news | technology | 126
Provider Openreach aims to connect 227 rural communities in the next 14 months.
GM's Cruise unveils its first driverless vehicle
22/01/2020 | news | technology | 191
The launch comes six months after Cruise delayed its self-driving vehicle service in San Francisco.
Disney+ to launch a week early in the UK
21/01/2020 | news | technology | 197
The US media giant also confirmed the service will cost more than its earlier DisneyLife platform.
Google boss Pichai calls for AI regulation
20/01/2020 | news | technology | 25
Sundar Pichai seeks a "sensible approach" after Europe said it was mulling a facial recognition ban.
Microsoft makes 'carbon negative' pledge
16/01/2020 | news | technology | 153
The tech giant promises to remove all the carbon it has emitted since its founding in 1975.
Cookies crumbling as Google phases them out
14/01/2020 | news | technology | 136
A study suggests that cookie consent forms are flouting the EU's tough data laws.
Concept cars of the future pile up in Las Vegas
08/01/2020 | news | technology | 93
A wide range of futuristic vehicles, including flying machines, has parked up at the CES tech show.
Plant-based 'pork 'launched by Impossible Foods
06/01/2020 | news | technology | 481
A company that makes synthetic meat has shown off its latest products in Las Vegas.
Russian car with no driver at wheel tours Vegas
05/01/2020 | news | technology | 120
The BBC is offered a ride in a driverless car - without a human safety driver at the wheel.
Restaurant cat robot meows angrily at diners
05/01/2020 | news | technology | 118
BellaBot, which waits on tables, is one among a number of wacky robots at the CES tech show.
Three million homes can get one gigabit broadband
20/12/2019 | news | technology | 74
But "a long way to go" to make it available across UK, says one analyst.
Ofcom proposes locked-handset ban
17/12/2019 | news | technology | 417
Several mobile phone providers offer handsets that cannot easily be transferred to a new network.