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A way to improve the efficiency of wearable devices has been developed. This is based on gold wires being embedded onto flexible, thin plastic film. The wearable devices will be used primarily for health monitoring.

99 percent of fake Apple chargers are dangerous

A safety test of over 400 fake Apple chargers has revealed a staggering 99 percent are dangerous and pose potentially fatal risks. It comes after Apple filed a lawsuit against a counterfeit charger manufacturer selling on Amazon.

AirDroid app puts 10 million Android users at risk of attack

One of the most popular remote management apps for Android has been putting tens of millions of users at risk of crippling cyberattacks for several months. The company has been criticised for appearing to put new features above patching the issues.

Fake news detector helps solve Facebook's problem, gets blocked

A new browser extension that flags up fake news on Facebook can offer "helpful reminders" that not everything on the social network is genuine. After enjoying a short success, Facebook has blocked the tool, seemingly embarrassed by its results.

Amazon's Kindle now lets you read e-books in Indian languages

Amazon has finally added support for several Indian languages to its Kindle e-reader. For the first time, books written in languages including Hindi, Tamil and Marathi are available to purchase from the Kindle store. "Thousands" are available at launch.

Researchers warn hackers could turn off medical implants

Security researchers have warned that some medical implants contain flaws that could prove fatal if exploited by attackers. The implants can communicate data to devices outside the body and accept commands in return, letting hackers turn them off.

HP's newest laptop is a rugged convertible for schools

HP has launched a new laptop unlike anything it's built before. The company's ProBook x360 11 Education Edition is aimed at classroom environments, featuring a toughened design, range of operation modes and built-in software to aid teaching.

Nokia is getting ready to return to smartphones

Nokia is preparing to return to the smartphone industry with a new range of Android-powered handsets. Today, the company restored the "Phones" section of its website, teasing a launch in early 2017. Microsoft now owns Nokia's old devices division.

Fitbit buying smartwatch brand Pebble in deal worth $40m

Fitness wearable manufacturer Fitbit is purchasing smartwatch maker Pebble for around $40 million. The news has not yet been confirmed by the companies but follows a round of layoffs at Pebble. Fitbit may use the company's technology in its own devices.

The Internet of Things will change web searches

A new report from computer scientists explains how the Internet of Things will affect search engines and other aspects of the on-line experience.

Microscale energy storage devices advance wearables

Advances in wearable technology requires improvements with energy storage. Wearable devices are increasing in sophisticated and application, and power capacity needs to meet the demand.

Hacker is working to make his self-driving car software public

Comma.AI, the start-up run by famous hacker George Hotz, has open-sourced its semi-autonomous, Tesla-like driving system after shutting down the project in late October.

'Megaprocessor' lets you watch a processor compute in real time

A unique processor has been put on public display. Created from a desire to learn how transistors work, the "megaprocessor" has been hand-built to help people visualise a computer's operation. It allows viewers to watch a machine compute in real time.

Gooligan malware breaches over one million Google accounts

A new strain of malware called Gooligan has successfully breached over one million Google accounts, according to security researchers today. The "alarming" campaign uses malicious apps designed as real ones to gain control of accounts.

Meizu promises an 'exquisite' experience with the new PRO 6 Plus

Meizu has officially launched its new flagship smartphone, the PRO 6 Plus. The phablet-sized device is built for high performance and comes with powerful hardware and an extensive feature list. It runs Meizu's new Flyme 6 operating system.

You can finally download Netflix shows for offline viewing

Netflix now allows you to download your favourite shows for offline viewing when the Internet isn't available. The feature has long been requested by users who want to watch Netflix while on the go. A large portion of Netflix's library is available.

Diamond battery built from nuclear waste lasts for 10,000 years

Scientists have demonstrated a new battery that could simultaneously solve the power issues plaguing modern devices and alleviate the problem of nuclear waste. By placing a diamond inside a radioactive field, the researchers found a current is created.

Facebook brings games to Messenger

Facebook has announced you can now play games from within Messenger. The app includes a selection of social "instant games" that will augment conversations with fun and competition. Games can be played with friends you're already connected to.

Amazon's new Echo smart speaker features a seven-inch touchscreen

Amazon is planning an upgraded version of its popular Echo smart speaker with a large touchscreen display, according to a report today. The new device will be physically bigger and include higher-quality speakers but retain the same functionality.

Apple's iCal calendar service being targeted by spammers

iPhone owners are being targeted by scammers using iCal calendar event notifications in the run up to the holidays. Users are receiving invitations that claim to offer discounts on designer brands. The messages are fake and trigger more when responded to.

'Dronejacking' may be the next big cyber threat

A big rise in drone use is likely to lead to a new wave of "dronejackings" by cybercriminals, security experts warned Tuesday.

VR offers television producers 'Hollywood in a box'

On a soundstage no bigger than a large bedroom a cameraman takes up various angles to film a helicopter that isn't there, landing in a field that isn't there either.

Carmakers to build Europe network of e-charging stations

German carmakers BMW, Daimler, Porsche and Audi and US competitor Ford said on Tuesday they would cooperate on a Europe-wide network of electric charging stations.

Perovskite could herald next generation of data storage

Technologists have developed a new perovskite based-material. The material has special properties that can be used to design and build next-generation hard drives.

San Francisco transit system comes under ransomware attack

Transit riders in San Francisco this weekend got a nice surprise: all Muni Metro rides were free. Unfortunately, the reason behind the free fair wasn’t a show of good will on a stressful holiday weekend.

Windows 10 getting a much-needed UI overhaul with Project NEON

Microsoft is planning a major visual overhaul of Windows 10 for launch in 2017, according to recent reports. The new design language will clean up Windows 10's current inconsistencies and introduce a more refined look based on animations and transitions.

Amazon preparing to banish fake products during 2017

Amazon has announced a new initiative to eradicate fake products and counterfeit sellers from its site. The retailer will introduce new policies that will make it harder for traders to sell fake goods on the site. It is also revising its reviews system.

Wearables designed to help couples conceive

Wearable technology continues to develop at a rapid rate. A big growth area has been with health-related apps and wearables. A new product aims to help couples to conceive.

Google helps to drive paperless healthcare

Many health systems remain reliant upon paper records. This leads to problems with security and archive retrieval. One such area is the U.K. health service and here Google are assisting with digitalization.

Future solar storm could cause trillions in damage to technology

In 1859, an invisible wave crashed into the Earth. Electrons, swept up like so much detritus in the magnetic current, coursed along telegraph wires.

Microsoft's Cortana now comes preinstalled on more Android phones

Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant is now preinstalled on some new phones from Xiaomi, expanding its availability on new Android handsets. Cortana is available as an app for all phones. The partnership with Xiaomi will help increase user adoption.

Privacy warning over caller ID apps that upload your contacts

Concerns have been raised over the privacy afforded by caller ID apps such as Truecaller and CM Security. The apps are storing the details of billions of people in publicly searchable databases. People who have never used an app are also affected.

Bangladesh says Uber 'illegal', days after launch

Bangladesh said Friday the Uber ride-sharing service was operating "illegally", just days after it launched in the capital.

Email marketing keeps outperforming most media channels

Email marketing is one of the oldest advertisement channels in the digital era, whose roots go back to the earliest history of the Internet. Despite that, it never stopped evolving alongside the growth and rise of the most modern smart technologies.

Xbox One game streaming to Oculus Rift lets you play games in VR

Microsoft has announced it will enable Xbox One game streaming to the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset in early December. Coming just in time for the holidays, it will let gamers experience console titles in a special virtual reality environment.

Microsoft now sharing Windows 10 telemetry data with third party

Microsoft has begun to share telemetry data collected from computers running Windows 10 with a third-party company, according to reports today. Security firm FireEye will have access to data from "every" Windows 10 device as part of a new partnership.

Hackers could turn your headphones into a mic that spies on you

Security researchers have demonstrated how a pair of headphones could be turned into a microphone and used to snoop on conversations. In testing, the system proved to be as effective as a regular unpowered microphone connected to a PC.

LingLong's DingDong is China's answer to the Amazon Echo

Chinese electronics manufacturer LingLong has unveiled its own take on Amazon's Echo voice-activated smart home speaker. It can manage tasks and control home appliances. It is getting the most attention for its translated English name: "DingDong."

Biometrics algorithm will increase security and ID recognition Special

AU10TIX, an industry leader in ID authentication technologies, announced its release of the new Advanced Deep-Learning Beta software that will further increase security with forensic level authentication and smart face comparison.

Internet freedom increasingly restricted globally

The Freedom on the Net report ranks the United States as the fourth least restrictive government in 2016 while China ranks as most restrictive, having internet access shut-downs and social media user arrests.

$4.4 billion USS Zumwalt breaks down in the Panama Canal

The most expensive destroyer in U.S. history broke down in the Panama Canal on Monday. Dead in the water, the USS Zumwalt had to be towed back to port.