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Facebook successfully tests laser drones in UK skies

Social network prepares to use solar-powered drones with wingspan of a commercial airliner to beam internet access to rural areasFacebook has been testing large, solar-powered drones in the skies over the UK, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has announced.The drones use lasers to beam internet access down to the ground, designed to provide connections to rural and internet-free zones. Cont

Is Periscope the lunch-sharing social network Twitter always threatened to be?

Twitter’s new video app is brilliant technology in a lush package – what a shame our lives are all so boringIn November 2009, Twitter made a small, seemingly cosmetic, change to its web interface. For two years, ever since the site was still called “twttr”, the box for composing a new tweet had posed the question “what are you doing?”But seeing how the site was actually being used, Twitter

Tim Cook plans to donate $800m fortune to charity before he dies

*Cook says money will go to many social causes, as well as nephew’s education*Apple co-workers found Cook’s sexuality to be a ‘yawner’, he says in interviewTim Cook is planning to give away all of his near $800m fortune before he dies, the Apple boss said in a surprisingly frank interview, in which he also described his sexuality as a “yawner”.Cook, 54, who took over as Apple chief execu

Asus ZenWatch review: a sophisticated-looking Android smartwatch

Comfortable, well styled, functional and with a hidden heart rate function this Android Wear watch comes as a surprise The ZenWatch is one of the most attractive square Android Wear watches on the market. The OLED screen is gently curved with a polished stainless steel body inlaid with a rose gold-coloured inset. A traditional brown leather strap with a locking clasp completes the look.The

Google loses UK appeal court battle over 'clandestine' tracking

Judges dismiss internet firm’s appeal in landmark ruling that could lead to British consumers suing it for damages over privacy breachesGoogle has failed in its attempt in the court of appeal to prevent British consumers having the right to sue the internet firm in the UK. A group known as Safari Users Against Google’s Secret Tracking wants to take legal action in the English courts over w

Leave Facebook if you don't want to be spied on, warns EU

European Commission admits Safe Harbour framework cannot ensure privacy of EU citizens’ data when sent to the US by American internet firmsThe European Commission has warned EU citizens that they should close their Facebook accounts if they want to keep information private from US security services, finding that current Safe Harbour legislation does not protect citizen’s data.The comments

Microsoft to require suppliers to provide paid leave to workers

The software giant said that paid leave is an important benefit for workersSuppliers that do business with Microsoft in the US will have to provide employees handling the company’s work with at least 15 days of paid leave each year, Microsoft announced on Thursday.“We believe paid time off is an important benefit for workers in our economy,” Brad Smith, general counsel and executive presid

Fifa 15 is not broken, insists Electronic Arts

As ardent fans continue to rail against Ultimate Team price ranges, the publisher says its motivation for change was players rather than pound signsFifa 15 publisher Electronic Arts has launched a stern defence of its decision to reconfigure the transfer market within the game’s popular Ultimate Team mode. In a blog post seen by the Guardian before publication, the company insists that fans w

The joy of sticks: let's celebrate the return of the specialist gaming controller

With the return of epic space shooters and the rise of virtual reality, elaborate game controllers are on the way backI can remember my first proper joystick. It was the mid-80s and my dad had brought us a Commodore 64, “to do homework on and stuff”. He wasn’t fooling anyone, least of all himself; this sexy chunk of brown plastic was for gaming and we all knew it. Soon though, we got fed up o

Trent Reznor to be 'point man' for iTunes relaunch

Music industry sources say Apple has yet to convince labels that it should undercut streaming rivals on priceHere’s one hard fact about Apple’s plans to relaunch its Beats Music streaming service later this year: there will be an endless stream of rumours about those plans until it happens.Why? Because if there’s one thing leakier than the hype cycle leading up to new Apple products, it’s

Minecraft free for every secondary school in Northern Ireland

Educational block-building game set to be distributed to schools in project devised by CultureTECH innovation festival Minecraft will be given to secondary schools in Northern Ireland as part of a project organised by the annual CultureTECH festival and funded by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure.The hugely popular building-block game will be supplied to 200 schools and 30 librar

Ruth Porat in line for $70m as Google's chief financial officer

*Porat to receive $5m signing bonus and $65m in shares and stock awards*‘Most powerful woman on Wall St’ moves from Morgan Stanley Continue reading...

BlackBerry steadies losses but admits it sold just 8.5m handsets last year

Chief executive John Chen said company made a pre-tax loss of $385m – an improvement on $7.2bn of losses the previous year Continue reading...

20 best Android apps and games this week

Beatport, Nuzzel, UltraTuner, Silly Sausage in Meat Land, Fast & Furious: Legacy, Final Fantasy Record Keeper, LinkedIn Job Search and more Continue reading...

EU plans competition inquiry into e-commerce sector

Competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager to examine price differences between country-specific websites, which she say may be breaking the law Continue reading...

Facebook to launch social virtual reality experiences using Oculus Rift

Sharing birthday celebrations or a child’s first bike ride in virtual reality could become a thing if Facebook gets its way with new Oculus Rift headset Continue reading...

Bloodborne review

Plus Hotline Miami 2 and Sid Meier’s Starships reviews Continue reading...

Google did not lobby us into submission, US trade watchdog says

The Federal Trade Commission denies accusations that it took no legal action against the tech company because of intense lobbying efforts Continue reading...

Can you suggest a cheap desktop PC for family use?

Sam wants a new family desktop computer for word processing, photos and listening to music and he wants to spend less than £500. Here are some options. Continue reading...

Uber moves to improve passenger safety

Company reacts to recent rape allegations against driver in India by setting up incident response teams and implementing new code of conduct Continue reading...

Periscope review: does Twitter's live-streaming service beat Meerkat?

This video app might be late to the party, but its extra features makes it worth the wait Continue reading...

Twitter launches Periscope live video streaming app to rival Meerkat

Social network makes its move into live-streaming video with free app that allows public and private broadcasts from celebrities and regular users alike Continue reading...

The app generation - good or bad? - Tech Weekly podcast

This week on the podcast we're talking apps and the generation of creatives using them for work and play Continue reading...

Why Silicon Valley isn’t helping to solve the drought in its own backyard

While some water technology companies take on solving California’s drought, tech kingpins prefer to follow the money to mobile apps and internet startups Continue reading...

Mandatory metadata retention becomes law as Coalition and Labor combine

Major parties join forces in the Senate to vote for the metadata storage scheme despite attempts to amend bill by independents and minor parties Continue reading...

Steven Spielberg to direct adaptation of virtual reality novel Ready Player One

Oscar-winning director will take on cult sci-fi book after making Roald Dahl’s The BFG Continue reading...

Rihanna teases single BBHMM on mobile phone app Dubsmash

Pop singer directs fans to social video messaging app where users can stream snippets of single Bitch Better Have My Money Continue reading...

Ellen Pao jury begins deliberations in Silicon Valley sex discrimination case

Tech executive’s lawyer tells jury to look to their ‘conscience’ in decision on $16m lawsuit that is the most high-profile of its kind ever to reach court Continue reading...

Producer Oisin Tymon faces abuse from Jeremy Clarkson supporters

Tymon was attacked by Clarkson in the incident that led to the Top Gear presenter’s sacking by the BBC Continue reading...

ATF spent $600,000 on faulty drones that were never used, watchdog finds

Justice department says it is ‘troubled’ that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives spent money on drones that were rendered unsuitable Continue reading...

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