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CES 2019: Sex toy reawarded robotics prize

CES 2019: Sex toy reawarded robotics prize

Image copyright Lora DiCarlo Image caption Lora Haddock says she is thankful for the decision A sex toy that was banned from this year’s CES tech show after winning an innovation award has been given the prize again, four months later. The Ose robotic vibrator by Lora DiCarlo was originally given the prize by the […]

Google reveals lower-cost Pixel 3a phones and Nest Hub Max

Google reveals lower-cost Pixel 3a phones and Nest Hub Max

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: Chris Fox takes a first look at Google’s new Pixel 3a smartphones Google is to sell a range of lower-cost smartphones as part of an effort to jump-start sales of its Pixel brand. In addition, the company has shown off its first voice-controlled smart screen for […]

Why is the white hot Chinese tech sector cooling down?

Why is the white hot Chinese tech sector cooling down?

Image caption Food for thought: tech entrepreneur Lin Liu believes “winter is coming” for tech firms China’s once scorching tech sector is cooling off. “Winter is coming,” laughs Lin Liu, a 29-year-old Shanghai tech worker. Electric vehicles, industrial robots, and microchip production all slowed recently. Big firms like Alibaba, Tencent, and search engine Baidu have […]

Sonic the Hedgehog's teeth and why video game movies struggle

Sonic the Hedgehog's teeth and why video game movies struggle

Image copyright Paramount Pictures Image caption Sonic the Hedgehog’s teeth seen in the latest trailer On the face of it, it’s such an obvious idea: take a well-loved video game and bring it to the big screen. After all, a successful game and a successful movie have so many ingredients in common. Engaging lead characters, […]

Connecting my bird box camera to the web

Connecting my bird box camera to the web

Image copyright AFP Since my parents retired, they have spent more and more time enjoying the birds that visit their garden. The British Trust for Ornithology estimates that the public spends more than £200m on bird food each year, so my parents are not alone. My dad even got into a battle of wills with […]

E-voting by touch-screen trialled in local elections

E-voting by touch-screen trialled in local elections

Image copyright Feng Hao Image caption Feedback had been positive, said the team who developed the new system. Voters in Gateshead are being invited to vote twice in the local elections – via the traditional ballot box and on a touch-screen computer. Only their ballot paper vote will count, with the e-voting just a trial. […]

Could high-flying drones power your home one day?

Could high-flying drones power your home one day?

Image copyright Makani Image caption Makani’s unmanned tethered drone soars high while its propellers generate electricity A growing number of companies believe using tethered kites and drones is a viable way to harness the stronger and more consistent high-altitude winds. Could this tech release wind power’s full potential, or will it always remain a niche […]

Facebook and Twitter grilled over abuse faced by MPs

Facebook and Twitter grilled over abuse faced by MPs

Image copyright uk parliament Image caption Rebecca Stimson appeared on behalf of Facebook Facebook and Twitter executives have been grilled by MPs over how the social networks handle online abuse levelled at parliamentarians. MPs argued that such hostility undermined democratic principles. Twitter representative Katy Minshall admitted it was “unacceptable” that the site had relied wholly […]

Plan to secure internet of things with new law

Plan to secure internet of things with new law

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption More and more internet of things devices are being sold The rapidly growing “internet of things” (IOT) – internet-connected gadgets – would have to be made more secure under proposed new laws. Security vulnerabilities that could be targeted by hackers have been found in everything from toy dolls to […]

How tech is bringing Israelis and Palestinians together

How tech is bringing Israelis and Palestinians together

Image copyright Tech2Peace Image caption Palestinian Zada Haj says the Tech2Peace program has helped her make new Israeli friends Israeli and Palestinian youths are joining together, learning new skills and engaging in conflict resolution dialogue thanks to a number of new technology partnerships in the troubled region. Can tech really make a difference? Israel may […]