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Cable-laying drone wires up remote Welsh village

Cable-laying drone wires up remote Welsh village

A drone has helped bring superfast broadband services to an isolated Welsh village. Cable company Openreach used the drone to avoid having to lay cable across “challenging” terrain that included woods, a river and steep hills. The drone was flown across a section of forest […]

Google faces mass legal action in UK over data snooping

Google faces mass legal action in UK over data snooping

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Google faces its first mass legal action in the UK Google is being taken to court, accused of collecting the personal data of millions of users, in the first mass legal action of its kind in the UK. It […]

Bitcoin crosses $10,000 milestone

Bitcoin crosses $10,000 milestone

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bitcoin’s value has fluctuated widely during its nine-year existence The value of one bitcoin has gone past $10,000 (£7,493). The virtual currency reached the benchmark for the first time, just days after it passed $9,000. It caps a remarkable […]

Under-age social media use ‘on the rise’, says Ofcom

Under-age social media use ‘on the rise’, says Ofcom

Image copyright Thinkstock Half of children aged 11 and 12 have a social media profile, despite most platforms’ minimum age being 13, a study from regulator Ofcom suggests. Children’s charity the NSPCC called on the government to act on the issue of under-age profiles. The […]

Warnings over net-connected Christmas gadgets

Warnings over net-connected Christmas gadgets

Image copyright NCC Image caption Germany’s telecoms regulator urged parents to destroy some sorts of children’s smartwatches Net-connected toys and gadgets bought as Christmas gifts could put the privacy and safety of children at risk, warns the UK’s data regulator. Many toys have poor security, […]

Black Friday and Cyber Monday: Top tips

Black Friday and Cyber Monday: Top tips

Image copyright Getty Images Black Friday is well under way and the bargains will flow thick and fast all weekend – right up until the next sales peak on Cyber Monday. Analysts Kantar predict UK shoppers will spend on average £246 ($327) each during the […]

UK regulator has ‘huge concerns’ over Uber breach

UK regulator has ‘huge concerns’ over Uber breach

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption It is unclear whether UK citizens’ data was breached as Uber has not said. The UK’s information commissioner has “huge concerns about Uber’s data policies and ethics” following a breach that exposed the details of 57 million customers and […]

Uber and Volvo strike deal for 24,000 self-drive cars

Uber and Volvo strike deal for 24,000 self-drive cars

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Volvo hopes to sell tens of thousands of vehicles to Uber under the deal Uber has struck a deal to buy up to 24,000 self-driving cars from Volvo. The agreement envisages that the pick-up service will purchase the vehicles […]

Apple delays launch of smart speaker

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 […]

UK supermarkets try face-based ID and payment system

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 […]