Apple taken to court for ‘refusing to fix devices’

Apple taken to court for ‘refusing to fix devices’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Regulators say Apple “routinely refused” repairs after an error disabled consumers’ devices Australia’s consumer watchdog has begun legal action against Apple over claims it refused to repair iPads and iPhones previously serviced by third parties. It alleges that Apple made “false, misleading, or deceptive representations” about consumers’ rights under Australian […]

Facebook revenge porn to be blocked from reposts

Facebook revenge porn to be blocked from reposts

Image copyright PA Image caption Facebook will use image recognition tech to prevent intimate photos being posted more than once Facebook is taking fresh action to prevent so-called revenge porn from being spread across its platforms. The social network is making it impossible to repost or share intimate images of people thought to have been […]

Garadget faces backlash after locking out irate user

Garadget faces backlash after locking out irate user

Image copyright Garadget Image caption Garadget is designed to let owners check if they have left their garage door open by mistake The maker of an internet-enabled garage door device is facing a backlash after blocking its use by a customer who had complained about the tech. The owner had written negative comments about Garadget’s […]

UK charities fined for data law breaches

UK charities fined for data law breaches

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Battersea Dogs’ and Cats’ Home is one of the charities fined over data misuse Eleven charities have been fined by the UK’s data watchdog for misusing information about millions of past donors to seek further funds. Those fined include Oxfam, Cancer Research UK, The Royal British Legion and Battersea […]

Driverless shuttle bus to be tested by public in London

Driverless shuttle bus to be tested by public in London

Image copyright Oxbotica Members of the British public are getting their first extended trial of a driverless shuttle bus. Over the next three weeks, about 100 people will travel in a prototype shuttle on a route in Greenwich, London. The vehicle, which travels up to 10mph (16.1kmph), will be controlled by a computer. However, there […]

Tomorrow’s Cities: A day in the life of a smart slum

Tomorrow’s Cities: A day in the life of a smart slum

Media captionWATCH: A favela powered by the sun Cities need new ways to create energy and cut down on waste, and some of the most innovative – and low-tech – solutions may well be found in the parts of town the city authorities are least likely to talk about. While some bemoan crowded commutes, for […]

Apple Mac Pro design was a bad bet, admits firm

Apple Mac Pro design was a bad bet, admits firm

Image copyright Apple Image caption The Mac Pro has not been updated in more than three years Apple has acknowledged that the design of its standalone desktop computer, the Mac Pro, restricted its ability to update the model. The firm has announced a limited refresh of the machine, the first time it has upgraded its […]

Sex toy with in-built camera can be ‘easily hacked’

Sex toy with in-built camera can be ‘easily hacked’

Image copyright Svakom Image caption Pen Test Partners said it was ‘trivial’ to connect to the Siime Eye’s web interface A wi-fi-enabled sex toy that features an in-built camera can be hacked, security researchers say. Pen Test Partners, which tested the Siime Eye vibrator, said it was “trivial” to connect to its web interface. This […]

Anti-Uber activist banned from harassing drivers

Anti-Uber activist banned from harassing drivers

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Howarth would book a ride using the Uber app, then detain the driver at the end of the journey A man who carried out citizen’s arrests on Uber drivers in Australia “intimidated” his targets and has been permanently banned from making similar arrests. Russell Howarth had been raising […]

Overwatch ‘cheat-maker’ told to pay $8.6m to Blizzard

Overwatch ‘cheat-maker’ told to pay $8.6m to Blizzard

Image copyright Blizzard Image caption Blizzard acted to ensure gamers did not gain unfair advantages within Overwatch and other titles The developer of the hit video games World of Warcraft and Overwatch has successfully sued a company that sold “cheat” tools for its titles. A California court ordered German firm Bossland to pay $8.6m (£6.8m) […]