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At least 100 toilets with free Wi-fi access and automated teller machines will soon sprout across the Chinese capital of Beijing.

Apple could tell you when autocorrect destroys a text message

Autocorrect can dramatically speed up typing speed on mobile devices. It's not without its problems though and can insert a wrong correction or autocorrect things that should be left alone. Apple wants to fix that, letting you know when it makes mistakes.

Passwords of seven million Minecraft players being sold online

The passwords to over seven million user accounts owned by members of a popular Minecraft community have been hacked and are now being offered for sale on the dark net. The community, Lifeboat, didn't notify users until three months after the breach.

HP's newest laptop is a premium Chromebook with a 4K display

HP has launched a new Chromebook, the 13-inch Chromebook 13. The laptop is one of few to be billed as a premium Chromebook, starting at $500 and including an all-metal chassis and high-end features. HP said it is "built for performance" on the go.

Malaysian capital to be one of world's most connected cities

The Malaysian government is implementing an ambitious three-year plan to transform the capital Kuala Lumpur into one of world’s most connected cities.

Watch Windows 10 upgrade prompt ruin a live weather broadcast

Microsoft's "Upgrade to Windows 10" nagware has been annoying users for months with its insistence that you should install the new OS immediately. Recently, it interrupted a live weather broadcast by deciding an upgrade was required while on air.

Apple launches CareKit app platform to help you track your health

Apple has begun to roll out CareKit, a platform for health apps designed to make it simpler for app developers to build care products on iOS. CareKit connects patients with doctors, providing medication and treatment advice directly from a smartphone.

Why Microsoft is buying DNA molecules from an SF startup

Microsoft is buying 10 million strands of long oligonucleotides — laboratory-made molecules of DNA — from San Francisco startup Twist Bioscience, the companies announced today.

Microsoft adamant it is 'committed' to struggling Windows Mobile

Microsoft has reiterated its commitment to Windows 10 Mobile, saying it intends to support the platform for "many years." The OS has failed to make an impact on Microsoft's negligible mobile market share, leading some to suggest it should abandon it now.

HTC invests $100 million in virtual reality content creators

HTC has announced it is dedicating $100 million in investment to a new virtual reality accelerator program that aims to get more developers creating VR content. HTC Vive X looks to establish an ecosystem for VR shaped around unique content.

Intel wants to replace headphone jacks with USB Type-C ports

Intel has published a proposal to replace the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack with digital USB Type-C connections. The company claims it would provide higher quality audio and simplify the connection of audio equipment to different kinds of devices.

When technology bites back

From the 1912 sinking of RMS Titanic to the Chernobyl nuclear accident 30 years ago, technology has repeatedly confounded the confidence of its creators.

Innovative billboard uses human sweat smell as a mosquito killer

Brazil now has sweating billboards to add to its armory of weapons used to kill Zika virus-carrying mosquitoes. Created by advertising agencies NBS and Posterscope, the boards release a lactic acid and carbon dioxide solution that imitates human sweat.

New Android malware silently installs ransomware from website

A new form of malware using online advertisements to sneak ransomware onto Android devices has been discovered in the wild. The malware loads "Dogspectus" onto phones and doesn’t require any user interaction, operating completely silently.

Top Apple analyst: iPhone 7 to be a 'disappointment'

iPhone fans are in for a "disappointment" this year, according to noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities. According to Kuo, the iPhone 7 has no standout features and could send iPhone sales back to 2014 levels in a worst case scenario of demand.

Spotify denies it was hacked as lists of passwords appear online

A list that contains hundreds of Spotify usernames, email addresses and passwords has appeared online. Spotify says it wasn't hacked but users have confirmed many of the details are valid and have reported problems with their account.

Play retro videogames wirelessly with this tiny adapter

You can now play retro 8-bit videogames with a standard wireless controller using a tiny wireless adapter that works with the Nintendo NES. The adapter connects to the NES' standard controller port and works with most modern wireless gamepads.

Chromebooks to get millions of new apps from Android's Play Store

Google currently maintains two distinct operating systems, Android and Chrome OS. The company may be planning to tie the two together more closely than ever before though, letting the millions of Android apps run natively on Chromebook PCs.

Microsoft's popular Word Flow keyboard now available on iOS

Microsoft has publicly released its Word Flow keyboard for the iPhone, taking it out of beta and making it available to everyone. The keyboard is widely considered one of the best around and now includes more features than the Windows Phone original.

New battery can be recharged up to 200,000 times

Researchers at the University of California Irvine have developed a nanowire-based battery material that can recharged several hundred thousand times without breakdown or loss of energy.

Japan succeeds in test flight of first stealth fighter jet

Japan's first stealth fighter jet successfully took to the skies on Friday as the country joins a select group of world military powers wielding the radar-dodging technology.

Canonical launches Ubuntu 16.04 with more secure 'snappy' apps

Canonical has released Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, the sixth long-term support release of the popular Linux distribution. The headline feature is a new way to package apps that makes them more secure as well as several improvements to storage.

Dropbox to withdraw app from Windows XP

Popular cloud storage provider Dropbox has announced it will discontinue support for Microsoft's aging Windows XP this summer. Users will not be able to login to their accounts to access their files and will be automatically signed out in a few months.

Bug at BT forwards every sent email to one man's email account

BT, the UK's largest broadband provider, has admitted a "testing" error resulted in every email sent across its network being forwarded to a single account for a brief period this week. A "Steve Webb" received every email sent by BT users.

2.1 million Android devices were infected by malware last year

Google has released its annual Android security report for 2015, revealing that over 2.1 million devices were infected by malware present in the Play Store last year. Google's own store front is supposed to be a secure way to find new apps.

EU to charge Google over Android on Wednesday: Sources

The EU's anti-trust chief is widely expected to unveil anti-trust charges against Google's Android, the world's most popular mobile phone operating system, as she faces reporters on Wednesday.

New Twitter China chief raises concerns over military past

Kathy Chen, Twitter's newly hired managing director in China, has raised eyebrows and ire across the Twitterverse over her past military work and her role in enabling government censorship of the Internet.

Microsoft's flexible E-ink display makes your phone case smarter

Microsoft Research has developed a flexible E-ink display that could make smart smartphone covers a reality. The display can detect the way you flex it, letting you perform different actions on your phone right from the exterior case.

Apple bumps up MacBook battery life with refreshed range

Apple has quietly refreshed its line of MacBook computers with incremental hardware improvements. MacBooks now come with the latest Intel processors, improved graphics performance, faster storage and a longer battery life.

Google Play Music now supports podcasts

Google has released an update for its Play Music streaming service that adds support for subscribing and listening to podcasts. The anticipated and much-requested feature can suggest recommended podcasts based on your interests.

Sharp mobile phone can walk, dance, talk

Japanese electronics giant Sharp Corporation has developed the world’s first robot-shaped mobile phone that can talk, walk and dance.

Apple recycled $40 million worth of gold last year

Apple has announced it recycled over a ton of gold last year, or $40 million worth of the metal. Devices like smartphones contain relatively high amounts of gold as it is very electrically conductive and doesn't corrode easily, ideal for circuits.

Web hosting firm 'deletes part of Internet', loses customer sites

A web hosting company has accidentally deleted some of the customer websites it is responsible for, pulling a part of the Internet offline in the process. UK-based 123-reg admitted that many of its 1.7 million customers currently have inaccessible sites.

Man who 'deleted his company' with code bug reveals it was a hoax

The man who last week claimed to have deleted his entire business by running a single line of buggy code on his servers has revealed his original post was a hoax. The self-promotion effort was inspired by a real incident several years ago though.

Graphene used to make air detector for the home

Graphene, the carbon allotrope, has a new application. The versatile material is the basis of a new home air detector, designed to assess pollution levels.

Apple quietly admits it expects iPhones to last only three years

Apple recently published a webpage about its commitment to the environment. The page has attracted criticism for revealing the company expects iPhones to last just three years, not a long shelf life for a product costing hundreds of dollars.

Huawei enters virtual reality market with its own mobile headset

Huawei has announced its own virtual reality headset. The device is designed to work with a smartphone, rivalling Samsung's Gear VR and the LG 360 VR instead of the PC-bound Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. It will launch later this year.

Apple may let developers pay for better App Store search rankings

Apple may be planning to radically change the way apps are promoted in the App Store. The company is said to be investigating how it could offer paid search result placements to developers, giving app creators more exposure in exchange for cash.

Man 'deletes his entire company' with a single line of code

A man has managed to delete his entire company after accidentally running a command on his servers. The command removed every file stored on the servers that previously held customer websites the company was responsible for hosting.

Google's new tool lets you build your own photographic phone case

Google has announced a new online tool to let owners of its Nexus smartphones create truly unique cases featuring their own photo or map and overlay design. "My Live Case" rivals Motorola's similar Moto Maker, making phones more personal.

Save webpages to read later with Google's new Chrome extension

Google has quietly launched a new Chrome extension that lets you save webpages to the cloud for later reading. The extension rivals existing tools with the same purpose including Pocket, Evernote and Microsoft OneNote.
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