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Apple apologises for slowing older iPhones down

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The company has announced a range of measures to “regain the trust” of customers Apple has apologised after facing criticism for admitting it deliberately slows down some ageing iPhone models. The company now says it will replace batteries for less and will issue software in …

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Tim Cook required to fly only by private jet

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Apple requires its chief executive Tim Cook to use only private jets for personal safety Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook has been ordered by the firm to use only private jets for both business and personal transport. In documents filed with the US markets …

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Vietnam army hires censors to fight 'internet chaos'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Vietnam’s young population has helped boost the popularity of social media The Vietnamese military has built up a force of more than 10,000 internet censors, according to local reports. A People’s Army leader is quoted as having said that the “cyber-troops” had been tasked …

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Edward Snowden's Haven app 'catches spies'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Edward Snowden has lived in exile in Russia since 2013 and does not carry a mobile phone US whistle-blower Edward Snowden has helped create an Android app designed to protect the possessions of journalists and human rights defenders. The software uses sensors – including …

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Apple changes rules on app 'loot boxes'

Image copyright EA Image caption Battlefront II was changed to remove a way to pay for loot crates and rewards Apple has changed the rules around how games on its app store use loot boxes. These boxes are random rewards for gameplay and often give players benefits and power-ups that …

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The glitch that stole Christmas: How to handle smart tech gifts

Image copyright Getty Images Although the rush to connect everything from toys to toothbrushes, cars to sex toys, and any number of household appliances to the internet, seems inexorable, there is little regulation protecting your cyber-security. Not surprising then that there has been a raft of stories this year highlighting …

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Can your online reputation be bleached?

Image copyright Science Photo Library Are companies “bleaching” their online reputations clean? Legislation that protects websites from lawsuits is cleansing negative comments from online forums, BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours has been told. Companies that threaten Section 5 defamation notices say they are a legitimate defence against false statements. …

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Medical marvels

Image copyright Tanusree Chaudhuri Image caption Tanusree Chaudhuri (centre) with two of her remote-working research colleagues Tanusree Chaudhuri, 34, was pregnant with her first child when her supervisor told her she would have to give up her dreams. She was doing a doctorate in computational biology and aspired to improve …

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Eric Schmidt steps down as boss of Google owner

Image copyright Getty Images The executive chairman of Google owner Alphabet is to step down in January, the company has announced. Eric Schmidt, who has been with the tech giant since 2001, will remain on the board as a technical adviser on science and technology issues. Mr Schmidt has played …

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Apple faces lawsuits over slowed iPhones

Image copyright Getty Images Two class action lawsuits have been launched against Apple in the US following the tech giant’s admission that it slows down older models of the iPhone as they age. Apple has said that it did this to “prolong the life” of the devices and maximise diminishing …

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