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Google explains 'weird' 1975 text message bug

Google explains 'weird' 1975 text message bug

Image copyright Reuters Google has addressed an unusual glitch in its Search and Assistant apps that made SMS text messages appear when specific search terms were entered. Entering phrases including “the1975..com” and “izela viagens” into the apps made the phone display a person’s text messages. The glitch was discovered by an Android user on Reddit, […]

Alibaba reveals new driverless delivery bot

Alibaba reveals new driverless delivery bot

Image copyright RoboSense Chinese retail giant Alibaba has unveiled a new automated vehicle which it says is easy to mass-produce and could serve a number of functions. These could include delivery courier or automated coffee vendor, it said. The Cainiao G Plus can travel at up to nine miles per hour, reports The Verge news […]

ZX Vega+ console faces Indiegogo's debt collectors

ZX Vega+ console faces Indiegogo's debt collectors

Image copyright Retro Computers Image caption Retro Computers had promised to deliver the Vega+ console with 1,000 games pre-installed Indiegogo has said that it is willing to extend the deadline it gave to a project attempting to make a handheld version of a classic British computer. But the crowdfunding site says that the team behind […]

Withings to return after Nokia sell-off

Withings to return after Nokia sell-off

Image copyright Nokia Image caption Withings makes connected devices such as watches and weighing scales Nokia is to sell its health division back to the founder of Withings, a company it acquired in 2016. The Withings brand name is set to return following the sale, reversing the Finnish company’s decision to axe it. The business […]

Google launches solar power service in UK

Google launches solar power service in UK

Image copyright Getty Images Google is offering a new service, which it says could help British homeowners save money by switching to solar power. The tech giant has released an online tool called Project Sunroof, in partnership with energy supplier Eon, that estimates savings using data from Google’s Earth and Maps apps. It first launched […]

GDPR 'risks making it harder to catch hackers'

GDPR 'risks making it harder to catch hackers'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Under GDPR, companies can be fined for publishing personal data without consent A service used to identify and contact website owners has been forced to strip out most of the information on its site to comply with the EU’s GDPR legislation. Whois, which is used by the police and […]

YouTube stars' fury over algorithm tests

YouTube stars' fury over algorithm tests

Image copyright Getty Images Some of YouTube’s most popular stars have criticised the website for “experimenting” with how their videos are delivered to their fans. Unannounced, YouTube started testing an algorithm that changed the order videos appeared in users’ subscription feeds. The experiment came to light when some users complained on social media. One YouTube […]

Busking goes cashless with 'a world first' for London

Busking goes cashless with 'a world first' for London

Image copyright PA Image caption Charlotte Campbell trialled the system by requesting donations of £2 London has introduced a contactless payment scheme for buskers in what the organisers claim is a world first. In addition to tossing loose change into a box, passers-by can use card readers to make contactless payments. It has been launched […]

Call of Duty Kansas 'swatting' death: Two more charged

Call of Duty Kansas 'swatting' death: Two more charged

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Barriss was extradited from his LA home to Kansas to face charges, including manslaughter Two more gamers accused of being part of a “swatting” hoax that led to a fatal shooting have been charged. A man renting a house owned by one of the men allegedly involved in the […]

Dota 2: UK major tournament to 'inspire' fans

Dota 2: UK major tournament to 'inspire' fans

Image copyright ESL/KelyKline Britain’s first-ever Dota 2 major tournament wants to “offer inspiration” to UK fans, organisers say. The event, being held in Birmingham this weekend, see teams from across the world compete for a $1m (£750,000) prize pool. There are only a few top level British players of the game, but tickets for the […]