What3words: ‘Life-saving app’ divides opinion

A woman rescued from near Everest’s base camp after a fall, a business traveller caught up in a terrorist attack in Somalia and a diving accident in the Maldives. Three successful rescues which relied on three simple words. What3words divides the world into three-metre squares and gives each one a unique three-word address in order […]

Facebook suspends tens of thousands of apps

Facebook suspends tens of thousands of apps

Image copyright PA Media Image caption The apps were associated with around 400 developers Facebook says it has suspended tens of thousands of apps as part of an investigation it launched in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data harvesting scandal. The suspended apps were associated with about 400 developers, it said. Facebook said not […]

YouTube stars rattled by verification changes

YouTube stars rattled by verification changes

Image copyright Getty Images Changes to the way YouTube “verifies” channels by celebrities and brands have upset some of the platform’s stars. YouTube said it wanted to “reduce confusion” as viewers “often associated the checkmark with an endorsement of content, not identity”. Some video-makers who currently have a “verified badge” on their channel will lose […]

Microsoft president: Don’t move fast and break things

Some US tech firms have gained a reputation for being willing to launch products before it is clear whether they could be damaging to society. But Microsoft’s president, Brad Smith, says that it is not good enough for such companies to absolve themselves of responsibility and say that it is solely up to lawmakers to […]

Huawei Mate 30 phones launch without Google apps

Huawei Mate 30 phones launch without Google apps

Image copyright Huawei Huawei has launched its latest smartphones without many of the apps typically pre-installed on Android handsets. The Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro both lack YouTube, Google Maps and Gmail among other software. They also do not feature Google’s Play Store, which is the normal way users outside China install third-party software […]

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos promises climate-change action

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos promises climate-change action

Image copyright Getty Images Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos has pledged to make the company carbon neutral and meet the goals of the Paris climate agreement by 2040. More than 15,000 Amazon employees have pledged to stage a “walkout” protest against the company’s environmental record, on Friday. It will be the first walkout by staff […]

Fish waste-based alternative to plastic wins Dyson Award

A biodegradable bioplastic made from red algae and waste products from the fishing industry has won the UK section of the 2019 James Dyson Award. Created by Lucy Hughes, MarinaTex is an alternative to the single-use plastics such as those used in sandwich packets. BBC Click’s Lara Lewington reports. See more at Click’s website and […]

Booking.com still duping customers, says watchdog

Booking.com still duping customers, says watchdog

Image copyright Getty Images Booking.com is continuing to mislead its customers despite a crackdown by regulators, claims a new report. The Competition and Markets Authority ruled this year that booking sites must review the way they rank and display rooms, over pressure-selling concerns. An investigation by Which? says Booking.com is still giving false accounts of […]

Instagram clamps down on diet and cosmetic surgery posts

Instagram clamps down on diet and cosmetic surgery posts

Image copyright PA Media Image caption Campaigners have voiced concerns over the impact dietary advertising on social media has on young people Instagram has announced stricter measures on posts related to weight loss products and cosmetic surgery. Some posts will be hidden from under 18s while others promoting “miraculous” weight loss products will be removed. […]

New algorithms aim to stamp out abuse on Twitter

New algorithms aim to stamp out abuse on Twitter

Image copyright Reuters A new tool can identify Twitter accounts engaging in bullying with over 90% accuracy, according to researchers. Its algorithms classify two specific types of offensive online behaviour – cyber-bullying and cyber-aggression. Researchers at Binghamton University say it could be used to help find and delete abusive accounts. Cyber-bullying has become a widespread […]

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