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French firm offered spyware to ‘find out if your son is gay’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many companies now offer products that track children’s internet use A French company offering “invisible PC spy software” has been criticised after it said its product could be used “to find out if your son is gay”. Listing a series of “clues”, the company, ...

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Royal Mail’s new electric vans unveiled

Image copyright Royal Mail Image caption The new vehicles will be trialled from today Royal Mail is beginning trials in London of nine fully electric vans with ranges of up to 100 miles. The vehicles, which come in various sizes, will distribute post from the central London depot. They were ...

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Email prank ‘tricks’ Breitbart editors

Image copyright AFP Image caption Steve Bannon, impersonated by the prankster, was recently fired from the White House A British “prankster” has said editors at right-wing news website Breitbart replied to spoof emails purporting to come from Trump adviser Steve Bannon. The prankster shared emails in which staff discussed doing ...

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YouTube ‘made wrong call’ on Syria videos

Image copyright Google Image caption The Qasioun News Agency channel, which documents the war in Syria, was temporarily removed YouTube has reinstated thousands of videos documenting violence in Syria that were removed “mistakenly”. Several videos were flagged as inappropriate by an automatic system designed to identify extremist content. Groups monitoring ...

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DoJ narrows Trump protesters data demand

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Large protests were held in Washington DC on 20 January, the day of President Trump’s inauguration Visitors to an anti-Trump website will probably not have their internet protocol addresses turned over to the Department of Justice, after a legal standoff with a US web ...

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Crypto-cash investors duped in funding scam

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The popularity of Bitcoin kicked off a rush to mint novel e-currencies Cyber-thieves are believed to have stolen about $500,000 (£390,000) in the Ethereum crypto-currency, with an investment scam. The thieves hijacked the website of finance security start-up Enigma and posted messages saying it ...

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Samsung’s Bixby rolled out in 200 countries

Image copyright Getty Images Samsung’s voice-controlled digital assistant Bixby is being rolled out in 200 countries from today. It is Samsung’s equivalent of Apple’s Siri and Google’s Assistant – which is pre-installed already in Samsung phones as they run the Android operating system. Bixby will initially be available in only ...

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China relaunches world’s fastest train

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A high-speed train crash led to an investigation which found widespread corruption in the railway ministry China’s fleet of high-speed trains is set once again to become the world’s fastest. The top speed of the Fuxing or “rejuvenation” bullet trains was capped at 300km/h ...

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DJI drone owners told to update or be grounded

Image copyright DJI Image caption The smaller Spark drone is popular with consumers DJI Spark drones will not fly after 1 September unless owners apply a mandatory software update, the device’s maker has warned. DJI said the update to the small drone’s core software fixes some flight control issues suffered ...

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Digital life after death?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption What if you could “talk” digitally to your descendants, not just appear in photo albums? The death and funerals industry is due for a shake-up, a growing number of tech start-ups believe. After you die, how do you fancy springing back to life in ...

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Android Oreo released by Google

Image copyright Getty Images Google has released the latest version of its Android mobile operating system (OS), which will be named after Oreo chocolate biscuits. It adds a new “picture-in-picture” mode that lets some apps run in a small corner of the screen. Google’s own Nexus and Pixel phones are ...

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