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Vodafone offers thousands early contract exit

Image copyright Getty Images Thousands of Vodafone customers will be able to end their contracts early after the UK’s communications regulator raised concerns over new charges. In April, Vodafone introduced new international roaming charges for 60 countries outside the European Union, and told customers via text message. Ofcom said it had “intervened” because it had […]

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Amazon backs down in Google streaming spat

Image copyright Amazon Image caption The row meant YouTube was not accessible via Amazon’s Echo Show smart speaker Amazon has started selling Google’s Chromecast devices two years after it originally removed them from its store. Amazon said it removed them to end customer confusion about which services were available on which device. Analysts said it […]

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AI helps write Harry Potter fanfiction and other news

BBC Click’s Jen Copestake looks at the best of the week’s technology news stories including: An interstellar asteroid is checked for signs of alien technology San Francisco officials are to restrict where delivery robots can go in the city Artificial intelligence helps write a Harry Potter fanfiction chapter See more at Click’s website and @BBCClick […]

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Locked out

Image copyright Seehotel Jagerwirt Image caption Christoph Brandstatter (third from right) had his Austrian hotel hacked four times The internet of things (IoT) promises many advantages – smart cities with integrated transport systems, for instance – but it comes with a significantly increased cybersecurity risk. So how should we be tackling this new threat? Christoph […]

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NatWest bank spat prompts web security changes

Image copyright Natwest website Image caption The Natwest website shows as “not secure” in some web browsers NatWest bank says it will enhance the security of its website, following a spat with security experts who spotted a vulnerability. Several researchers had asked why some banks used encrypted HTTPS connections for online banking, but not on […]

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'Flirty secretary' smart assistant taken offline in China

Image copyright IQiyi One of China’s largest tech companies has taken its “flirtatious secretary” virtual assistant offline, following a suggestion that it objectified women. The avatar, called Vivi, was designed to be built-in on a new virtual reality headset sold by iQiyi, the video platform owned by search giant Baidu. The voice-controlled assistant could recommend […]

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Star Citizen game makers being sued

Image copyright Cloud Imperium Image caption Star Citizen players can become a pirate, a trader or a mercenary and travel between lots of solar systems The makers of the crowdfunded space game Star Citizen are being sued for copyright infringement and breach of contract by development studio Crytek. Crytek claims Roberts Space Industries (RSI) and […]

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Fast/slow lanes

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhat is net neutrality and how could it affect you? The US communications regulator has voted to weaken the rules that govern net neutrality in the country. It’s a decision that has enflamed passions, with many of the biggest names in tech opposing the change. What is […]