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Snapchat redesign is a 'flop' with users

Snapchat redesign is a 'flop' with users

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many regular users of Snapchat have complained about the service’s changed look Snapchat’s redesign, which was rolled out at the end of last year, has not gone down well with users. The refreshed look pushed out in the UK, Australia and Canada has proved unpopular, with up to 83% […]

CES 2018: Were robots more than a gimmick at the tech show?

CES 2018: Were robots more than a gimmick at the tech show?

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: Would you let this robot read bedtime stories to your children? If you’ve ever wanted a robot to do the vacuuming, then the CES tech show has something for you. The Aeolus robot is designed to perform a range of household tasks – including mopping floors, […]

South Korea announces Bitcoin ban plan

South Korea announces Bitcoin ban plan

Image copyright Reuters South Korea is planning a law to ban cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin being traded through its exchanges. The justice minister said virtual currencies were causing the government “great concern”. Meanwhile, several Seoul cryptocurrency exchanges have been raided this week in a probe into alleged tax evasion. Bitcoin and others lost about 10% […]

CES 2018: Amazon Alexa v Google Assistant fight gets fierce

CES 2018: Amazon Alexa v Google Assistant fight gets fierce

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Google has been loudly advertising its virtual assistant in Las Vegas during the CES tech show If victory belongs to whoever’s virtual assistant can interact with the most unlikely range of household appliances, then Amazon has already won. The firm’s voice-activated digital helper has been added to a bathroom […]

CES 2018: A clunky chat with Sophia the robot

CES 2018: A clunky chat with Sophia the robot

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: Sophia’s thoughts on Siri and Alexa Sophia the robot is a celebrity in its own right. It has been on chat shows, given speeches and was even made a citizen of the UAE. Before I “met” Sophia, I was given a sheet of guidelines by the […]

Google NHS deal rebuked again by DeepMind panel

Google NHS deal rebuked again by DeepMind panel

Image copyright DeepMind Image caption The Streams app is saving nurses hours each day, says DeepMind An independent panel set up to oversee the activities of Google’s DeepMind has agreed that its initial deal with a UK hospital was “illegal”. The Information Commission (ICO) ruled on Monday that the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust had […]

LeEco chairman 'has bank accounts frozen over debt'

LeEco chairman 'has bank accounts frozen over debt'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jia Yueting, the founder of LeEco, stepped down as chief executive of the company earlier this year but retained the position of chairman. The billionaire co-founder of struggling Chinese technology giant LeEco has had personal assets frozen by a Shanghai court, state media reports. Assets worth a combined 1.24bn […]

Drone causes Gatwick Airport disruption

Drone causes Gatwick Airport disruption

Image copyright PA Image caption Five flights were diverted because of the drone flying near the runway A drone flying close to Gatwick Airport led to the closure of the runway and forced five flights to be diverted. An airport spokesman said the runway had been closed for two periods of nine minutes and five […]

Property website Zillow backs down in row with McMansion Hell blog

Property website Zillow backs down in row with McMansion Hell blog

Image copyright McMansion Hell/domain.com.au A dispute between a blogger and a property website over photo copyright has been settled after the website backed down. Kate Wagner runs McMansion Hell, a satirical blog in which she critiques modern architecture and interior decor by annotating images taken from US property websites. Property platform Zillow claimed that she […]

UK PlayStation Network fans using PayPal have their accounts suspended by Sony

UK PlayStation Network fans using PayPal have their accounts suspended by Sony

PlayStation Network (PSN) users in the UK who’ve paid via PayPal have had their accounts suspended. Some users received an automatic refund for purchases they made with the US money transfer service. But their accounts have been automatically suspended because Sony hasn’t received the money – which means they can’t play online. Affected members in […]