Technology news

BBC News - Technology

Facebook owner Meta updates its privacy policy

But the company says the changes don’t allow Meta to collect, use or share your data in new ways

Google probed by competition watchdog over ad dominance

The Competition and Markets Authority launches an investigation into Google's advertising practices.

Dyson working on home robots

The company is setting up a major robotics research centre in the UK.

Female avatar sexually assaulted in Meta VR platform, campaigners say

Campaigners join calls by some Meta shareholders for an assessment of on potential harms users face.

Tether device aims to detect risky routes for cyclists

The Tether box collects data of cars passing too close to cyclists, creating a map of hazardous areas.

Newport Wafer Fab: Chinese buyout of UK's biggest chip plant to be reviewed

The UK government says it will make a national security assessment of the sale of Newport Wafer Fab.

Cryptocrash: ‘I was arrested for knocking on Luna boss's door'

A man says he lost millions, and then was arrested for trying to talk to crypto boss Do Kwon.

Airbnb to quit China as lockdowns restrict tourism

Stays in China made up only 1% of Airbnb's revenue for the last few years, a source said.

Clearview AI fined in UK for illegally storing facial images

The facial recognition database firm must pay more than £7.5m and delete data it holds of UK residents.

The sci-fi technology tackling malarial mosquitos

Gene drive development makes a genetically modified gene that spreads widely within populations.

Formula milk: Online groups hunt for baby milk during US shortage

A shortage of infant formula across America has led parents to share supply locations online.

WhatsApp to launch customer-business chat feature

Cloud-based software will offer more personalised business using the popular messaging app.

Canada to ban China's Huawei and ZTE from its 5G networks

The UK, US, Australia and New Zealand have also barred the Chinese telecoms equipment makers.

Cyber security: Global food supply chain at risk from malicious hackers

The growth of "smart" farm machinery is increasing the risk of hacking of food and farming systems.

Twitter steps up Ukraine misinformation fight

The social media platform says it will put false claims from official accounts behind warning notices.

Subsea internet cables could help detect earthquakes

Optical-fibre cables could spot tsunamis or the effect of climate change on currents, researchers say.

President Rodrigo Chaves says Costa Rica is at war with Conti hackers

The Conti cartel, which is thought to be run from Russia, has upped its ransom demand to $20m (£16m).

Buffalo shooting: NY probes 'bone-chilling' social media role

Prosecutors will ask whether social platforms were "used to stream, promote, or plan" the murders.

Netflix cuts 150 US-based jobs after losing subscribers

The US streaming giant is forced to lay off staff to minimise cost of viewers quitting the service.

New app to help spot online spies

MI5 backs a new app to help people spot online approaches by foreign spies in disguise.

How Gen Z is hooked on cryptocurrency and NFTs

A growing number of young people are getting into crypto trading - despite the risks.

US warns over risk of hiring North Korea IT workers

The remote workers allegedly aim to help fund Pyongyang's advanced weapons programmes.

Europeans' data shared 376 times daily in advertising sales, report says

A new report, based on industry figures, shows how often web users' data is shared during ad sales.

Asteroid mining: Helping to meet Earth's natural resource demands

With Earth's natural resources running out, people are looking to mineral-rich asteroids to meet demand.

Social platforms' Buffalo shooting response called inadequate

Campaigners accuse technology companies of failing to block and remove content posted by the attacker.

Meta being sued by ex-Facebook content moderator

The man worked in Kenya, and says he was paid under £2 an hour to review posts including beheadings.

Elon Musk warns Twitter deal stuck without fake account proof

The deal to buy Twitter can't "move forward" without proof of spam account numbers, Mr Musk says.

Crypto crash: Stablecoin collapse sends tokens tumbling

The sudden demise of TerraUSD sends other crypto coins into a downward spiral.

Royal Mail wants fleet of 500 drones to carry mail to remote UK communities

Fifty drone routes could bring mail to remote communities such as the Hebrides and Isles of Scilly.

Electric hydroplane boat: ‘It feels like we’re flying’

With the hull out of the water, the craft uses 80% less power than a boat would conventionally need.

How graphene and algae could help build space habitats

Scientists are researching how people might construct homes to live on other planets.

Robot developed that’s smaller than a flea

Researchers at Northwestern University in the United States have created robots less than 1mm big.

'I've got bass in a backpack': VR revives 1989 rave culture

The In Pursuit of Repetitive Beats exhibition shows visitors what the acid-house scene was like.

BBC announces first ever Gaming Prom

The event will be taking place on 1 August 2022 at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Could hydrogen ease Germany's reliance on Russian gas?

Why hydrogen might be one route for Germany to move away from dependence on Russian imports.

Could contact lenses be the ultimate computer screen?

Firms are developing smart contact lenses that can project data in front of the user's eye.

Will swapping out electric car batteries catch on?

One Chinese carmaker has plans for thousands of stations in Europe where you can switch batteries.

The new jet set - why private plane usage has soared

The pandemic led to more people using private jets, but is the increase set to continue?

Why the volatile price of aluminium matters

From door frames to aircraft and food packaging - how soaring prices will impact the world economy.

Why India's poorest children are falling further behind

Lack of access to smartphones and computers is widening the education gulf in India.

Is it fair for fantasy football managers to rely on AI?

Some managers think artificial intelligence helps remove their bias but others think it's cheating.

£5m Virtual Reality centre launches in Portsmouth

The university centre received more than £3m in government funding to help businesses create VR.

Why one firm is banking on carbon fibre bikes in Europe

Europe's bike firms want to source more components closer to home, including carbon fibre frames.

Source: BBC News - Technology

BBC News - Technology

How graphene and algae could help build space habitats

Scientists are researching how people might construct homes to live on other planets.

Robot developed that’s smaller than a flea

Researchers at Northwestern University in the United States have created robots less than 1mm big.

'I've got bass in a backpack': VR revives 1989 rave culture

The In Pursuit of Repetitive Beats exhibition shows visitors what the acid-house scene was like.

BBC announces first ever Gaming Prom

The event will be taking place on 1 August 2022 at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Ukraine war scams: Cybercriminals stole my identity

Scammers are using emotionally charged tricks in a bid to steal online donations.

Former Twitter exec questions seriousness of Musk offer

Vivian Schiller, who used to work there, tells Newsnight Elon Musk enjoys "throwing bombs" on Twitter.

This plug socket tells you if your energy is green

A power socket that helps you save electricity and tells you if it's from renewable sources.

Nano ink solar cells allow tech to charge in any light

Custom nano inks allow solar cells to be made to any shape and can use ambient light to power devices.

Prince Charles visits sustainable aviation laboratory

Prince Charles meets staff from the Whittle Laboratory to learn about sustainable aviation.

The handshake in space that brought hope to the world

What happened when US astronauts met USSR cosmonauts in space

Researchers in Hong Kong create 'soft robot' made of magnetic slime

The team hope the slime could one day be used to collect accidentally-swallowed objects.

Dune: How we made sand dunes and sandworms real

VFX supervisors Tristan Myles and Brian Connor tell the BBC about bringing a desert planet to life.

No Time To Die: How we made the Bond film’s visual effects

VFX Supervisor Jonathan Fawkner tells the BBC about the challenges of making the Bond film.

E-waste: Royal Mint wants to turn your old phone into gold

The Royal Mint has found a way to turn old circuit boards from phones, computers and televisions into gold.

Robot cheetah learns to run by itself and other tech news

LJ Rich looks at the best of the week's technology news stories.

How mountain rescue could be aided by 5G

Real-time tracking of a search dog’s path allows the team to assess which areas have been covered.

Spider-Man No Way Home: Making the visual effects

VFX Supervisor Scott Edelstein tells the BBC how they made one of the film's key sequences.

Console 'scalper' on stockpiling PlayStations for profit

Omar Mehtab spoke to a 'scalper;' a person who stockpiles popular products and resells them for profit.

Intimate image abuse: His confession protected him

Georgie received an anonymous tip-off on Facebook that intimate photos of her were being shared online.

The Matrix Resurrections: How we made the visual effects

VFX Supervisor Huw Evans tells the BBC about the challenges of recreating a world from 20 years ago.

Ukraine war: President Zelensky invites Elon Musk to visit

Ukraine's president was thanking the tech entrepreneur for supplying Starlink equipment to the country.

Motion capture rig removes the need to wear a suit

The system tracks a model’s movements down to finger level detail, recreating them in digital form.

Why won’t Telegram take down my naked photos?

A BBC investigation finds women’s nude images shared on the app without consent on a massive scale.

Wearable uses sweat to show stress levels and other news

LJ Rich looks at the best of the week's technology news stories.

Pod-based ice cream aims to overhaul frozen treats industry

The system uses recyclable aluminium cans which allow the product to be frozen rapidly on demand.

How augmented reality could spot when building work goes wrong

The augmented reality device is able to highlight where construction has deviated from the plans.

Click News: A round-up of the week's tech news

LJ Rich looks at some of the week's best technology stories.

Can tech help make us better football players?

Omar Mehtab tries the wearable tech used by professionals which is now offered as consumer versions.

Inside Kazakhstan's giant crypto-mine

Kazakhstan is now the world's second biggest crypto-currency mining country, thanks partly to a vast mine in the desert.

Shang-Chi: How we brought realism to the film’s dragons

WetaFX's visual effects and animation supervisors explain the challenges of making the film.

Hearing balls bounce at Australian Open and other tech news

LJ Rich looks at the best of the week's technology news stories.

Can this app help to keep women safe on the streets?

A new safety app has been developed by a team of volunteers with experience of abuse and violence.

Pebbles get caught in Mars rover and other tech news

LJ Rich looks at the best of the week's technology news stories.

CES: Should the world’s biggest tech show have gone ahead?

The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has gone ahead in Las Vegas, despite the pandemic.

From carpenter to property app founder

Michael Cockburn, co-founder of office-working app Desana, shares his business advice.

The rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes

The founder of the once promising start-up Theranos has been found guilty of fraud. What went wrong?

NHS hospital uses robot technology

Southmead hospital in Bristol is using robots to help improve services.

Games to look out for in 2022

The BBC's gaming reporter Steffan Powell runs through what to look out for over the coming year.

What is the metaverse?

From virtual versions of ourselves to augmented reality, we break down what the metaverse is.

Source: BBC News - Technology

Technology news