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Amazon Prime two hour delivery service to be trialled in Manhattan

E-retailer to introduce same-day service in Manhattan before rolling out to other US cities next yearAmazon is attempting to make Prime membership even more alluring by promising free deliveries within two hours in Manhattan. The move is the online retailer’s latest attempt to become the only place that consumers think of when buying almost anything on the internet. It offers groceries to

Driverless cars: a retrospective from the year 2035 on what went wrong – video

A look back from the year 2035 back at what was once seen as the pinnacle of automotive utopia – the self-driving car. Seen as as ultimate in tech innovation, traditional car makers were overtaken by Google in the battle for some 'hands-off' on-road action. But as with every utopia, stuff went wrong. Digital disruptor Ollie Peart reports from the future• Watch Ollie on Hashtags and YouTube Conti

Scissr dating app: the new Tinder for lesbians?

It’s the latest dating app for women seeking women, but what’s the app, named after a lesbian sex position, all about?It’s being tipped as the lesbian equivalent of Grindr, but “classier”, a dating app “for lesbians, by lesbians”: introducing, the none-too-subtly named, Scissr.The free app, which will be available on iOS and Android, will fill a gap in the women-seeking-women app sector.

Job ad error confirms European launch of Apple Pay

Introduction of mobile wallet and online payment system outside the US revealed by search for London-based internApple has inadvertently confirmed that its mobile wallet and online payment system, Apple Pay, is coming to Europe by posting a job advertisement on its website.The advert, which has now been taken down, said that the company was seeking a London-based intern to “drive out the r

Apple faces Canadian investigation into iPhone deals

Competition authority orders company to hand over documents relating to agreements struck with mobile network operatorsApple has been ordered to hand over documents in an investigation into whether the company used unfair tactics to boost iPhone sales in Canada.The country’s competition bureau said agreements that Apple struck with mobile networks may have encouraged the operators not to r

Chinese Android phones contain in-built hacker 'backdoor'

Smartphones made by Coolpad on sale in Britain and the US have a major security flaw that lets hackers steal private dataSmartphones from a major Chinese manufacturer have a security flaw that was deliberately introduced and allows hackers full control of the device. Continue reading...

North Korea probably not behind Sony Pictures hack, says cyber security expert - video

Caroline Baylon, a research associate in cyber security at Chatham House, discusses why the North Korean government was probably not behind the hack of Sony Pictures. The company has now cancelled the Christmas release of a film at the centre of the hacking scandal, The Interview, after terrorist threats to cinemagoers and a decision by major movie theatre groups to cancel screenings in the US Con

How can I convert my handwritten notes into Word documents?

Michael has a large pile of handwritten notepads that he would like to convert into Microsoft Word documentsI have many A4 pads of handwritten notes, which I would like to convert into Microsoft Word documents. To type them all in would take a very long time. I’ve noticed that Google’s ability to read text from photos has vastly improved in recent months. Are you aware of a tool from Google o

Bitcoin is the worst investment of 2014. But can it recover?

Bitcoin halved in value over 2014. That’s a pretty bad investment, and could spell doom for the currency2014 has been a rough year for bitcoin. Almost as soon as it began, the currency was shaken by news of the collapse of MtGox, once the sole bitcoin exchange.The same month, Charlie Shrem, a Bitcoin Foundation board member, was arrested for alleged money laundering. And over the rest of s

Snapchat CEO 'devastated' at Sony leak, but were tech sites right to report it? Open thread

Have your say on Evan Spiegel’s internal memo, as well as VAT on apps, Reddit bans, Netflix offline viewing and moreEvan Spiegel is not a happy man. Snapchat’s chief executive is furious, in fact, after some previously-unreported acquisitions and future business plans were splashed all over the tech blogosphere this week, after being leaked as part of the Sony Pictures hack.In an internal

YouTube's next big challenger could be Vessel and its 'early access' videos

US startup says YouTubers and media companies will be able to earn ‘20x’ more revenues from its online subscription serviceWeb video startup Vessel has revealed its plans to take on YouTube in 2015, including striking “early access” exclusivity deals with some of the latter company’s popular channels.Vessel will launch early in 2015 as a two-tier service: a free ad-supported version, and a

Tim Cook makes personal donation to gay rights campaign

Apple CEO’s contribution amount not disclosed, but the $8.5m three-year initiative intends to build acceptance throughout the American south*Tim Cook: ‘I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me’ Continue reading...

BlackBerry courts fans with new Classic model that looks like 2012 all over again

The company is returning to its roots with a new smartphone featuring a traditional keyboard at a time when rivals and most customers have fully embraced touchscreens*BlackBerry Classic goes back to the old way of doing things Continue reading...

Darius Kazemi: the Oscar Wilde of internet bots – Tech Weekly podcast

How Twitter and Tumblr bots use algorithmic skill to bring wit, warmth and a critical eye to internet culture Continue reading...

BlackBerry Classic goes back to the old way of doing things

BlackBerry tries to rekindle the love of its physical keyboard with the new Classic, which is essentially an upgraded Bold from 2011 Continue reading...

Reddit bans users for sharing hacked Sony documents

The social news site has acceded to a DMCA takedown request from Sony and removed a hub for sharing the company’s hacked files Continue reading...

Is the Year 2038 problem the new Y2K bug?

Reports proclaim that the Year 2038 problem is going to cause computerised doom: here’s what you need to know Continue reading...

Apple closes Russian website because of rouble crisis

US-based tech company says online store ‘unavailable while we review pricing’ owing to extreme fluctuations in value of currency Continue reading...

Hatred game back on Steam Greenlight

The controversial ‘mass-murder’ game has been restored to the community voting area of the major digital games store Continue reading...

More people may be dodging NSA surveillance than you think – Open thread

Have your say on Edward Snowden’s impact, as well as Uber’s privacy promises, teenage revenge porn, Foursquare and more Continue reading...

Spotify CEO wants 'to do a better job' convincing musicians of its value

But Daniel Ek says his company remains unwilling to let Taylor Swift and her peers choose to keep their music off Spotify’s free serviceAfter a bruising year for streaming music service Spotify, chief executive Daniel Ek admits the company is thinking hard about how to convince artists like Taylor Swift of its value to their careers.“What it has highlighted for us is we need to do a better

Foreign criminals’ data taken off police records

Biometrics commissioner warns privacy laws meant to protect innocent could also guard those committing offences abroadThousands of foreign criminals who have been convicted of offences outside England and Wales have had their DNA profiles and fingerprint details deleted from British police databases, a Home Office watchdog has revealed.Alastair MacGregor QC, the biometrics commissioner, has

Google faces €15m fines over privacy breaches in Netherlands

The search giant has been ordered to change the way it collects data from users that is then used to target advertising, or face a significant fineDutch authorities could fine Google as much as £12m (€15m) for online privacy breaches.The search company is failing to abide by the data protection act in the Netherlands by taking users’ private information such as browsing history and locatio

Yik Yak is the hottest messaging app in the world. So how are Brits using it?

With $61m of funding, anonymous social app Yik Yak is the UK’s new discussion post for crisps, toasters, ‘arsehole’ cats and drinkingAre you yakking yet? No, not a reference to throwing up as part of a venomous post-Christmas-party hangover. Yik Yak is the latest messaging app to take US college campuses by storm, and then Silicon Valley.The app, which makes anonymity a key feature, launch

Airbnb agrees to collect Amsterdam tourist tax

Accommodation website will no longer leave collection of 5% tax to hosts renting homes or rooms after city hotels protested Continue reading...

Sky News journalists to give evidence at inquest of alleged internet troll

Brenda Leyland was found dead after she featured in Sky News report about abuse of Madeleine McCann’s parents Continue reading...

Sony hack: the plot to kill The Interview – a timeline so far

As Sony Pictures pull their planned home entertainment release of The Interview, as well as theatrical, and the FBI suggests North Korea may well be behind the IT hack, we look back over how events have played out so far*FBI to link North Korea to Sony hack*Sony cancels Christmas release of The Interview*Sony’s cancellation of The Interview surprises North Korea-watchers*Review: The In

Mobile phone firms agree £5bn deal with government to improve coverage

Sajid Javid secures deal with EE, O2, Three and Vodafone to ensure 90% of UK landmass has basic coverage by 2017 Continue reading...

Army tests radar-laden balloons as part of early-warning missile shield

Blimp-like vehicles near nation’s capital will scan for airborne attacks on east coast and help direct military response Continue reading...

The X Factor's slow death at the hands of the internet

As X Factor ratings hit a 10-year low, experts suggest the internet could be responsible for luring away the youth audience Continue reading...


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