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Parents urged to boycott VTech toys after hack

February 10th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Cybersecurity experts have said parents should boycott or at least be cautious of VTech’s electronic toys because of how it has handled a hack attack. They gave the advice after it emerged that VTech’s new terms and conditions state that parents must assume responsibility for future breaches. More than 6.3 million children’s accounts were affected […]

CES 2016: Samsung, LG, Sony and Panasonic TVs adopt HDR

January 6th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Samsung and LG have both said that all their new flagship TVs will support high dynamic range video playback. HDR-enabled screens can show millions more colours and several more shades of brightness between black and white than normal displays. This lets them show more detail. The announcements follow the creation of a new scheme that […]

CES 2016: Hands-on with LG’s roll-up flexible screen

January 5th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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If you’re in the business of making TV cabinets – look away now. For the rest of you, feast your eyes on a remarkable innovation-in-progress. LG Display has been working on its fully flexible screen for some time now, but it’s at this year’s CES the BBC was given the exclusive first hands-on. The screen […]

Tech 2015: BBC News Online’s biggest technology stories

December 29th, 2015 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Part of the fun in following the tech scene is that there’s always so much new stuff to read about. And 2015 has been a very busy year indeed. Its highlights have included a series of mega-launches, including the well-received Windows 10, the curved Galaxy S6 smartphone, the Apple Watch and a Tesla car with […]

India puts brakes on Facebook’s Free Basics scheme

December 24th, 2015 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Facebook’s effort to provide Indians with free access to a limited number of internet services has run into trouble. India’s telecoms regulator has asked the mobile network that partnered with the US firm to put their Free Basics offer on hold. Data fees are relatively expensive in India, and the initiative aims to prevent this […]

Java plug-in malware alert to be issued by Oracle

December 22nd, 2015 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Millions of Java users are to be warned that they could be exposed to malware as a result of a flaw that existed in the software’s update tool. The plug-in is installed on many PCs to let them to run small programs written in the Java programming language. Its distributor Oracle has agreed to issue […]

Free wi-fi to be provided in all NHS buildings – Jeremy Hunt

December 21st, 2015 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Free wi-fi is to be provided in all NHS buildings in a bid to improve services and reduce costs, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said. At present some hospitals charge for wi-fi and others have no access at all. The move is a recommendation from a government-commissioned report on improving the use of online technology in […]

Driverless car rules perplexing, says Google

December 18th, 2015 by Mark Daly in ilicomm News No Comments »
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Google has criticised the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in California for insisting driverless cars must have a fully licensed driver behind the wheel. On Wednesday, the DMV published draft regulations which outline how the technology could be used on the roads. The regulations say truly driverless cars would be “initially excluded” from operation. Google’s […]

Quantum dots print tiniest inkjet image

December 17th, 2015 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Researchers in Switzerland have created what has been classed as the world’s smallest inkjet-printed picture. They made a 0.08mm-by-0.115mm (0.003in-by-0.005in) colour photo of tropical clown fish, which is about as wide as a piece of photocopy paper is thick. They printed it using “quantum dot” technology, an innovation also being deployed in new high-end TVs. […]

Fairy lights could ‘slow’ wi-fi speeds warns Ofcom

December 1st, 2015 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Christmas tree lights can slow your wi-fi warns watchdog Ofcom as it releases an app that can check home broadband. The app samples wireless signals to see if data is flowing uninterrupted from routers to phones and tablets. The app is released alongside research which suggests wi-fi in six million homes and offices is not […]

Children’s electronic toy maker Vtech hacked

November 30th, 2015 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Vtech, a company which specialises in electronic toys and educational material for children, has had its app store database, Learning Lodge, hacked. The firm said that there was “unauthorised access” to the database on 14 November. The app is a gateway for customers to download games, e-books and other content on to their Vtech devices. […]

Shrinking to Zero: The Raspberry Pi gets smaller

November 27th, 2015 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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It was launched in February 2012 with modest ambitions to give young people a small cheap programmable device – and has become Britain’s most successful homegrown computer. Now Raspberry Pi is getting smaller and cheaper. The latest edition is the Raspberry Pi Zero. It is slower than the full-size version (though faster than the original […]

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