Amazon revamps Echo smart speaker family

Amazon revamps Echo smart speaker family

Image caption Amazon unveiled three new Echo speakers at its Seattle event Amazon has announced new versions of its Echo smart speakers that promise improved sound and voice recognition. The basic model also allows its shell to be changed to give it different looks – a feature already offered by Google’s rival Home device. A […]

IPhone X to use ‘black box’ anti-spoof Face ID tech

IPhone X to use ‘black box’ anti-spoof Face ID tech

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Apple explained it had trained Face ID with 3D masks to ensure it can spot spoof attempts Even Apple will not be able to explain how its forthcoming iPhone X can spot some efforts to fool its facial recognition system. The firm has released a guide to the Face […]

Uber’s London woes boost rival taxi apps

Uber’s London woes boost rival taxi apps

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Uber has been downloaded millions of times in the UK The decision not to renew Uber’s licence to operate in London has given rival apps a boost, research suggests. In the 48 hours following the decision, Addison Lee, Gett and MyTaxi all saw a spike in downloads, according to […]

Tweeters get cheeky after Twitter ups character limit

Tweeters get cheeky after Twitter ups character limit

Image copyright PA Twitter has announced it is trialling a new 280-character limit to allow users to “easily express themselves” – but the site’s users have been predictably snarky. The fun started when Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey took to the social media platform on Tuesday to announce the change. Skip Twitter post by @jack […]

Twitter trials 280-character tweet limit

Twitter trials 280-character tweet limit

Image copyright Reuters Social media site Twitter is trialling longer character limits to help users “easily express themselves”. Twitter currently limits tweets to 140 characters, but has doubled that to 280 characters for a small group of users. The current character limit was “a major cause of frustration” for some users, the firm said in […]

Search on for personal flying machine

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Humans have long harboured a desire to fly, but few have conquered the conundrum The search is on for a mass market personal flying machine, with a $2m (£1.4m) competition to “make the dream of personal flight [a] reality”. Sponsored by Boeing and run by start-up GoFly, the competition […]

Dyson to make electric cars from 2020

Dyson to make electric cars from 2020

Image copyright Heathcliff O’Malley Image caption Sir James Dyson accused the mainstream car industry of polluting the world with diesel emissions Dyson, the engineering company best known for its vacuum cleaners and fans, plans to spend £2bn developing a “radical” electric car. The battery-powered vehicle is due to be launched in 2020. Dyson says 400 […]

Trump’s North Korea tweet ‘newsworthy’

Trump’s North Korea tweet ‘newsworthy’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Twitter said it would update its rules soon Twitter has been forced to clarify why it does not believe a tweet from President Donald Trump violated its terms and conditions. In the tweet in question, President Trump appeared to directly threaten North Korea with destruction. Many argued that the […]

Equifax boss leaves after data breach

Equifax boss leaves after data breach

Image copyright EPA Image caption Equifax’s share price has fallen by more than a third since the data breach US credit report giant Equifax has announced that its chairman and chief executive, Richard Smith, is stepping down with immediate effect. The move comes as Equifax struggles to rebuild its reputation after it emerged earlier this […]

Bill Gates switches to Android phone

Bill Gates switches to Android phone

Image copyright Reuters Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has revealed he uses an Android-powered smartphone, rather than a Windows one. “Recently, I actually did switch to an Android phone,” he said, speaking on Fox News on Sunday. Microsoft’s own Windows-powered phones have failed to make a significant impact on the smartphone market, which is dominated by […]