Freezing machines halt chip bug patch

Freezing machines halt chip bug patch

Image caption Two major flaws in chips – Meltdown and Spectre – were discovered this month Microsoft has halted some patches for the Meltdown and Spectre chip bugs after AMD customers complained that the software updates froze their machines. The flaw in computer chips affects billions of PCs, smartphones and tablets around the world. Specific […]

Twitch in last-minute deal with Overwatch

Image copyright Activision Blizzard Image caption Overwatch League teams will each be based in a different city A last-minute deal has been struck between the makers of video game Overwatch and streaming site Twitch a day before matches kick off in a newly created league. Developer Activision Blizzard hopes that the matches Twitch will stream […]

Toy firm VTech fined $650,000 over data breach

Toy firm VTech fined $650,000 over data breach

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pictures taken with VTech toys were hackable by attackers, security researchers found Electronic toymaker VTech will pay $650,000 (£480,000) to settle charges that it failed to protect the privacy of children using its gadgets. The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) levelled the charges at VTech following a data breach […]

CES 2018: Samsung launches modular TV called The Wall

CES 2018: Samsung launches modular TV called The Wall

Image copyright Samsung Image caption For some, a TV named The Wall may call to mind the TV parlours – with wall-sized screens – of Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury’s 1953 science fiction novel. Samsung has announced a giant 146in (396cm) TV called The Wall at the CES tech show in Las Vegas. The TV features […]

CES 2018: LG robot Cloi repeatedly fails on stage at unveil

CES 2018: LG robot Cloi repeatedly fails on stage at unveil

Media captionWATCH: LG’s marketing chief said Cloi “doesn’t like me” after it ignored his commands A robot created by LG to help users control their smart home repeatedly failed on stage at its CES debut. Cloi was meant to be the centrepiece of the South Korean firm’s presentation where it was supposed to show how […]

HTC unveils ‘Pro’ virtual reality headset

HTC unveils ‘Pro’ virtual reality headset

Image copyright HTC Image caption The new headset has a higher resolution than its predecessor HTC has unveiled an enhanced version of its Vive virtual reality headset at the CES tech fair in Las Vegas. The Vive Pro has two OLED screens that have a total resolution of 2880 by 1600 pixels, which is 78% […]

CES 2018: Scribbles turned into fine art by Vincent AI app

Software that turns simple scribbles into detailed “paintings” is on show at the CES tech show in Las Vegas. The BBC’s Chris Foxx put Vincent to the test. Read and watch all our coverage from CES CES 2018: Scribbles turned into fine art by Vincent AI app

Apple investigated by France for ‘planned obsolescence’

Apple investigated by France for ‘planned obsolescence’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Consumer advocates claim a deliberate slowing down of older devices is designed to drive sales of newer models French prosecutors have launched a probe over allegations of “planned obsolescence” in Apple’s iPhone. Under French law it is a crime to intentionally shorten lifespan of a product with the aim […]

CES 2018: LG Display shows off large rollable TV screen

LG Display has created the world’s first large, rollable, ultra-high definition screen. The 4K display uses OLED technology, allowing it to be more flexible than a conventional LED television. BBC North America technology reporter Dave Lee saw it in action. See all our other coverage from CES 2018 CES 2018: LG Display shows off large […]

CES 2018: Black Box VR wants to make gamers fit

CES 2018: Black Box VR wants to make gamers fit

Image copyright Black Box VR Image caption Black Box believes virtual reality will help make gym exercise more “addictive” Start-up Black Box VR has developed a full body work-out in the form of a 30-minute virtual reality experience. It uses a bespoke resistance training machine and an HTC Vive headset. The entire set-up is about […]