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Facebook and Twitter grilled over abuse faced by MPs

Image copyright uk parliamentImage caption Rebecca Stimson appeared on behalf of Facebook Facebook and Twitter executives have been grilled by MPs over how the social networks handle online abuse levelled at parliamentarians. MPs argued that such hostility undermined democratic principles. Twitter representative Katy Minshall admitted it was “unacceptable” that the site had relied wholly on […]

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Phone and laptop searches at US border ‘quadruple’

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption There were 33,295 US border searches of travellers’ devices in the 2018 financial year Searches of travellers’ laptops and mobile phones at the US border have nearly quadrupled since 2015, digital rights groups have claimed in a federal lawsuit. The searches are often warrantless and therefore “unconstitutional”, allege the plaintiffs. […]

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Family-friendly robot company Anki set to close

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: Vector rolls around Robotics company Anki is set to close down after failing to raise enough cash to continue day-to-day operations. The US company sells small, family-friendly robots. Cozmo and Vector are moveable digital assistants designed to interact with family members. They can respond to requests […]

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Samsung unveils TV that can switch to vertical mode

Image copyright SamsungImage caption How would you like to watch TV? Landscape or portrait? Samsung has unveiled a TV that switches from a horizontal, landscape-style orientation to vertical – so it can easily display smartphone content. The 43in device is called Sero and comes with an integrated easel-like stand upon which the screen pivots. It […]

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When will you next buy a mobile phone?

Image copyright Getty Images The days when people camped outside stores to get their hands on the latest smartphone may well be numbered, if recent sales figures are anything to go by. Despite a dazzling array of new devices on display at the recent Mobile World Congress in Barcelona: phones that fold, phones with buttons, […]

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Fitness trackers ‘add miles to your marathon’

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Apple Watch was the most accurate, according to the Which? study Some fitness trackers are inaccurately measuring running distance, according to research from the consumer watchdog Which? It tested 118 trackers using a treadmill to complete the distance of a marathon – 26.2 miles (42km). It found that the least […]

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Scooters hacked to play rude messages to riders

Image copyright ReutersImage caption Lime is bidding to run e-scooter services in Brisbane Lime scooters in Brisbane have been making suggestive and offensive comments to riders after pranksters swapped audio files on some vehicles. The scooters were hacked to make a variety of comments most of which were sexual in nature, local papers in the […]