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Apple delays launch of smart speaker

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Apple first unveiled its HomePod smart speaker in June Apple is delaying the release of its HomePod smart speaker until 2018. The electronics giant said the device, which was due to be released in December this year, still needed development work. It said the …

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Budget 2017: Green light for driverless car testing

Image copyright Getty Images The testing of driverless cars on UK roads is expected to be given the green light in Wednesday’s Budget. Chancellor Philip Hammond will announce regulation changes to allow developers to apply to test the vehicles. Writing in the Sun, he said investment would “prepare the ground” …

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Tech to cut young drivers' insurance bills

Image copyright Getty Images The cost of insuring a car has never been higher. For young people it is not uncommon to be quoted amounts in excess of £4000 a year – sometimes more than the car is actually worth. Not long ago, the only option for young drivers was …

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UK seeks future cyber-security stars

Image copyright Matt Crypto Image caption Bletchley Park is host to a centre developing cyber-based lessons for school pupils A £20m initiative to get schoolchildren interested in cyber-security has been launched by the UK government. The Cyber Discovery programme is aimed at 15 to 18-year-olds and involves online and offline …

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Germany bans children's smartwatches

Image copyright NCC Image caption The German telecoms regulator urged parents to destroy children’s smartwatches A German regulator has banned the sale of smartwatches aimed at children, describing them as spying devices. It had previously banned an internet-connected doll called, My Friend Cayla, for similar reasons. Telecoms regulator the Federal …

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Chill seekers

Image copyright David Parry Image caption What’s the connection between a Formula 1 car and a supermarket? Have you ever gone food shopping on a lovely hot day only to be turned into a icicle walking past the supermarket’s open chiller cabinets? Suddenly that shorts and T-shirt combo doesn’t seem …

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Kaspersky defends its role in NSA breach

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Eugene Kaspersky has denied his company has worked with the Kremlin to hack others The Russian-headquartered anti-virus company Kaspersky Lab has hit back at reports it deliberately extracted sensitive files from a US National Security Agency worker’s computer. The allegations stem from a Wall Street …

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Jack Dorsey saddened by Japan's 'Twitter killer'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Takahiro Shiraishi was arrested after police found several people’s body parts in his home Twitter’s chief executive has said a case in which an alleged serial killer is said to have lured victims by searching the social network for suicidal thoughts is “extremely sad”. …

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Handy app bans cleaner for being ill

Image copyright Getty Images When Polly Mackenzie heard her cleaner was ill and unable to work her normal day, she was hoping to reschedule through the Handy site that supplied her. But that was not how the system worked. When her cleaner was unable to attend on her regular day, …

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UK supermarkets try face-based ID and payment system

Image copyright Yoti A new facial recognition app from British start-up Yoti could be trialled in two supermarkets, following a deal with self-service till maker NCR. It would enable shops to check the age of customers buying restricted products such as alcohol and knives, without human intervention. The free-to-consumer app …

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