Thousands struggle to access childcare on glitchy website

Thousands struggle to access childcare on glitchy website

Image copyright Getty Images Thousands of parents in England are struggling to get subsidised childcare as they grapple with a glitchy website eight months after it was set up. In some cases, money meant for fees has become stuck in tax-free childcare accounts, leaving some parents unable to pay their nursery bills. Others struggled to […]

CES 2018: Merge Blaster mixes real world with game

A hi-tech toy gun lets gamers play virtual reality-style games without having to wear a headset. The Merge Blaster is on show at the CES tech trade fair in Las Vegas, where the BBC’s Chris Foxx met its maker. Read and watch all our coverage from CES CES 2018: Merge Blaster mixes real world with […]

CES 2018: Food store AI sees what you put in basket

An artificial intelligence-based system is being developed to spot what goods shoppers pick up in convenience stores so that they can be charged without having to queue at the till. A prototype version of the technology by the San Francisco start-up Aipoly is on show at the CES tech show. Amazon is known to be […]

CES 2018: Wireless recharging while on the move

Wireless recharging is gaining in popularity, but most of today’s solutions require a mat that is itself plugged into the mains. But one company at the CES trade fair is showing off a solution that can pinpoint a remote device to recharge over-the-air, even when moving in a car. BBC Click’s Spencer Kelly reports. Read […]

Apple health data used in murder trial

Image copyright Apple Image caption The data shows steps and flights climbed Health data has provided crucial evidence at a trial in Germany, in which a refugee is accused of rape and murder. Apple’s Health App accurately records steps and has been pre-installed on the iPhone 6S and newer models. Data suggesting the suspect was […]

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 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, rearranging furniture and putting away dishes. However, […]

Facebook plans major changes to news feed

Facebook plans major changes to news feed

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The changes have been described as “significant” by industry watchers Facebook is to change how its news feed works, making posts from businesses, brands and media less prominent. Instead, content that sparks conversations among family and friends who use the site will be emphasised, explained chief executive Mark Zuckerberg […]

CES 2018: Omron’s ping pong robot keeps ball in play

Japanese electronics firm Omron is showing off a ping pong-playing robot that uses artificial intelligence to adapt its gameplay to each human opponent. The machine has been taking on challengers at the CES tech show in Las Vegas this week, which represents its US debut. The BBC’s Rory Cellan-Jones took it for a spin. Read […]

CES 2018: Panasonic’s concept car has pick-your-own views

A concept car with windows that let you swap the view outside for your preferred option is on show at the CES trade fair in Las Vegas. The Living Space Autonomous Cabin is intended to show off the Japanese company’s vision of what vehicle interiors could be like when automobiles drive themselves. The BBC’s Chris […]

CES 2018: Square Off smart chessboard moves its own pieces

An internet-connected chessboard that moves its own pieces is on show at the CES tech trade show in Las Vegas. The machine is the result of a successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign and is designed to make it easier to play against friends and rivals based elsewhere. BBC Click’s Nick Kwek visited the expo’s start-up zone […]