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Fortnite to skip Google Play on Android

[ad_1] Image copyright EPic Games Image caption Players can pay for character costumes The developer of Fortnite has confirmed it will bypass the Google Play app store when the game is released for Android smartphones.The Google Play store lets Android users buy and download apps using a simple interface, although Google takes a 30% cut of sales made.Epic Games' chief executive Tim Sweeney said 30% was "disproportionate" to the contribution
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Amazon removes Nazi-themed goods from its store

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Amazon was quizzed about why it allowed the right-wing groups to sell on its store Amazon has removed products bearing Nazi and white supremacist symbols from its online store.The retailer faced criticism for letting sellers offer a variety of far right-wing paraphernalia including clothing and jewellery.Politicians and organisations that track hate groups identified several sellers offering the goods via Amazon.Amazon said it had
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Dating apps: Tinder, Chappy and Bumble ‘least preferred’ way to meet people

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionReady for some first date horror stories?Dating apps are the least preferred way to meet someone new - despite around half of 16-34-year-olds using them, a Radio 1 Newsbeat survey suggests.Almost a third of those who use apps like Tinder, Chappy and Bumble do so because they're "too shy" to approach people they meet in person.It also suggests that almost half
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Surveillance camera drones and other news

[ad_1] BBC Click's Marc Cieslak looks at some of the week's best technology stories including:A US federal judge in Seattle has blocked the release of software that allows consumers to 3D-print firearmsDixons Carphone has said a huge data breach that took place last year involved 10 million customers, up from its original estimate of 1.2 millionTwo European tech companies have partnered to create the first ever indoor autonomous surveillance droneSee
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The crop-spraying drones that go where tractors can’t

[ad_1] Image copyright Hylio Image caption Drones can apply pesticides and fertilisers more accurately, proponents say Something unusual is happening on farms in the small Central American nation of El Salvador. Many fields, mainly of sugar cane, are now being tended by drones.Large unmanned hexacopters fitted with 20-litre tanks for carrying fertiliser or pesticides follow pre-mapped routes and spray crops accordingly. This isn't a case of new tech replacing old
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Deepmind co-founder Shane Legg gives London teen top AI tips

[ad_1] Image copyright Aron Chase Image caption Aron Chase was given five tips on how to succeed in the world of AI science A teenager from London has been given some extra homework for the school holidays by the co-founder of Artificial Intelligence firm DeepMind.Aron Chase, 17, tweeted Shane Legg looking for five top tips on how to succeed in the burgeoning field of AI.Dr Legg replied with some very
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Phone etiquette: How not to lose friends

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA They're the first thing many of us look at in the morning and the last thing at night. Our phones are never far from our side and we're checking them every 12 minutes, according to Ofcom.It's a love affair that looks set to last so we've come up with five rules of phone use worth observing - from no phones at dinnertime to turning it off
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Fitbit faces anger for setting limits on women’s periods

[ad_1] Image copyright Fitbit Image caption Fitbit added a female health tracker earlier this year Women who have signed up to Fitbit's period tracker have complained that it only allows them to log menstrual cycles of 10 days or fewer.Many women pointed out that their periods can last much longer, making the tracker on the wearable fitness device useless.Fitbit confirmed to the BBC that "currently a period must be less
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Google in China: Internet giant ‘plans censored search engine’

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption The new search app would reportedly "blacklist sensitive queries" Google is developing a version of its search engine that will conform to China's censorship laws, reports say.The company shut down the engine in 2010, complaining that free speech was being limited.But online news site The Intercept says Google has being working on a project code-named Dragonfly that will block terms like human rights and
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Phone and internet use: Number of mobile calls drops for first time

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption On average, people pick up their phone once every 12 minutes The number of voice calls made on mobile phones in the UK fell for the first time ever in 2017 - despite the fact we seem hooked on our devices.That is according to the latest report from telecoms regulator Ofcom, which charts what it describes as a decade of digital dependence.A total
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US names arrested Fin7 cyber-gang suspects

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The gang is accused of stealing millions of debit and credit card details Three Ukrainian citizens suspected of being part of a "prolific hacking group" have been arrested, the US Department of Justice has announced.The three men are accused of using malware to attack more than 120 US companies, including the restaurant chains Chipotle and Arby's.Firms in the UK, France and Australia were
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WhatsApp starts charging business users

[ad_1] Image copyright WhatsApp Image caption WhatsApp has about 1.5 billion users WhatsApp is launching new pay-to-use tools for businesses to communicate with their customers.The move will allow its owner, Facebook, to make money from WhatsApp, which has lacked a revenue stream since dropping subscription fees.Companies will be able to provide information and services, such as delivery dates or boarding passes, to customers via the platform.In return, the businesses will
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Apple value edges towards $1tn as shares hit new record

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhy Apple is worth $1 trillion ... and who could challenge itApple shares hit a record on Wednesday, pushing the market value of the tech giant closer to the $1 trillion mark.The shares rose more than 5% to end at more than $201, close to the roughly $207 price needed to make it a $1tn company.The rise came after Apple reported
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Vega+ to be stripped of Sinclair and ZX Spectrum brands

[ad_1] Image copyright Paul Benge Image caption A small number of backers have confirmed receipt of the Vega+ consoles A retro games console crowdfunding campaign is to lose the right to feature the brands of the original computers it is based on.The revelation coincides with the delivery of some units of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+ to backers, albeit without most of the games originally promised to be pre-installed.Rights-owner Sky
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Tesla boss Elon Musk facing two lawsuits

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Tesla boss Elon Musk is facing legal action on two fronts amid allegations over his firm's business practices.In one case, a former employee that Tesla accused of sabotage has hit back with his own lawsuit accusing it of "dangerous and wasteful" behaviour.In the other, ex-employees of its SolarCity subsidiary say they were wrongfully dismissed after uncovering evidence of fake sales records.Tesla, best known for electric
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Town dusts off typewriters after cyber-attack

[ad_1] Government workers in a borough of Alaska have turned to typewriters to do their jobs, after ransomware infected their computer systems.A spokeswoman for Matanuska-Susitna said the malware had encrypted its email server, internal systems and disaster recovery servers.She said staff had "resourcefully" dusted off typewriters and were writing receipts by hand.The borough is in the process of rebuilding its systems. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTechnology
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US release of 3D-printed gun software blocked

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption One version of a 3D printed gun A US federal judge in Seattle has blocked the release of software that allows consumers to 3D-print firearms.Gun access advocacy group Defense Distributed published downloadable gun blueprints five days early on Friday.The firm had reached a settlement with the Trump administration in June to allow it to legally publish the plans. But eight states and the District