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Siri gets smarter in iOS 10, Apple's 'biggest ever' update

Apple has announced iOS 10, the latest version of its iPhone and iPad software. The free update will launch in the fall and includes a heavily upgraded Siri, improvements to the lock screen and notifications and a refreshed suite of preinstalled apps.

Apple may soon let you hide those annoying stock iPhone apps

Apple bundles a set of stock apps with every new iPhone out the box. Many of the apps are far from useful for every owner though, cluttering up the home screen and using storage space. Apple may finally be close to letting you remove them though.

Apple to release iOS update to fix broken webpage links

Apple rolled out iOS 9.3 to iPhone users last week, adding a number of features to the mobile operating system. The update isn’t without its problems though, including a bug that crashes Safari when tapping links on webpages.

Report: Google building a keyboard for Apple's iOS

Google is said to be building a feature-packed third-party keyboard for the iPhone and iPad that will see it bring elements of the Android user interface to Apple's rival platform. The company wants to increase the number of searches made by iOS users.

Apple details updates coming to iOS, Apple TV and Apple Watch

The new iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro were the headline announcements at today's Apple event but the company also unveiled a few other changes to its devices line-up. Apple TV and Apple Watch both received updates and an iOS refresh was detailed.

Kindle owners urged to update their device to keep using it

Amazon has warned owners of older models of its Kindle e-reader that they need to install an important software update today or face the device becoming unusable online from later this week. From March 22, Kindle services will be inaccessible.

iOS update makes it obvious if your boss can monitor your phone

Apple has rolled out a new beta of iOS 9 to its developers, containing mostly bug fixes and general improvements. One new feature has been receiving attention as iOS now displays obvious alerts when a device is being monitored by a boss.

Google takes 'some responsibility' for self-driving car/bus crash

Google was testing one of its' self-driving cars on Valentine's Day when the car struck a public bus on a street in Silicon Valley. It appears this is the first time one of the tech company's cars has caused a crash (albeit small) during testing.

Apple apologises for bricking iPhones with 'error 53', issues fix

Apple has responded to the complaints of iPhone owners who have been left with bricked phones after getting third-party home button repairs. Apple called the issue a security "feature" but has now promised to restore affected devices.

Bug in Adobe software deletes the first directory it finds on Mac

An embarrassed Adobe has been forced to admit a critical bug in its Creative Cloud suite of premium design software has been deleting users' files without warning or notice. The company has apologized and issued a new update.

Odd iOS bug leaves devices dead if date set to January 1st, 1970

A new and intriguing bug has been found in Apple's iOS software used on the iPhone and iPad. Manually setting the date to the earliest time possible, January 1st 1970, leaves devices completely bricked and unusable with no confirmed known fix.

Apple admits the iPhone 6s battery indicator may get stuck

Apple is investigating an issue with its newest smartphones, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, that causes the battery indicator in the status bar to stick on one percentage for several hours. The announcement comes after wide-spread complaints.

iPhone users report speed increase from App Store 'tapping tip'

In what may initially sound like a bizarre hoax created online, owners of slow iPhones are reporting a speed increase in some apps after trying a "tapping tip" making its way around Twitter. It comes as Apple faces a lawsuit for sluggish software.

Tech titans pledge $1 bn for artificial intelligence research

San Francisco - Several big-name Silicon Valley figures have pledged $1 billion to support a non-profit firm that on Friday said it would focus on the "positive human impact" of artificial intelligence.

Dozens of major websites crash all at once

San Francisco - Dozens of major websites including Netflix, Uber and the BBC went down simultaneously in some areas of the United States, but were soon up again in most cases.

Widespread reports suggest iPhone 6S may turn off at random

Reports of brand-new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus handsets turning themselves off at random are circulating online today. Preliminary analysis suggests the bug may be caused by a recent iOS software update.

Op-Ed: Politics and science collide in immigration row

A German scientist has pulled back the rights for some key European countries to use some software he has developed. The reason is because eight European countries are allowing too many immigrants in.

China builds a Windows replacement that looks like Windows XP

In a bid to move away from reliance on Microsoft's Windows, the Chinese government has built itself its own operating system to use instead. The result, named NeoKylin, looks almost exactly like Windows XP.

Apple rolls out WatchOS 2 after fixing critical delaying bug

A few days behind schedule, Apple has launched the second-generation version of its Apple Watch software. WatchOS 2 is available to download now and includes several new features designed to expand the functionality of the Apple Watch.

Microsoft confirms Office 2016 is coming later this month

Microsoft today announced that the next version of its Office productivity suite will be available on September 22. A free upgrade to Office 365 subscribers, Office 2016 includes several improvements and new features to enhance productivity.

Software lets paralyzed people speak by breathing

Another example of a potentially revolutionary new technology allows paralyzed people to speak by analysing their "breath signals". Software can recognise specific patterns of breathing and then translate those rhythms into a spoken word.

Torrent sites ban Windows 10 users amid privacy fears

Key torrent sites are banning Windows 10 users in fear that the operating system may be sending data back to Microsoft that could identify piracy and land websites in trouble. The sites have claimed that Microsoft is monitoring searches for pirated media.

Security alert as Lenovo caught using rootkit to install software

Lenovo has been accused of embedding files in the motherboard firmware of its computers that make it impossible to remove the often unwanted software that it bundles with them — even after reinstalling Windows from scratch. It is similar to hacker tools

Car hack reveals peril on the road to Internet of Things

Las Vegas - A software glitch that allows hackers commandeer a Jeep Cherokee while on the move is just a glimpse of dangers on the road ahead for the Internet of Things.

Spotify will now make you a new playlist to try every Monday

Spotify is launching a new way of discovering music to listen to. The streaming service will be adding a feature that will automatically generate users personalised playlists of tracks that they may like, refreshing the list with new entries each week.

NYC council asks Google to discourage left turns to save lives

New York City - New York City has reportedly asked Google to eliminate left turns from its navigation directions on Google Maps where possible. It is thought that this could save many lives over the course of the year as left turns are notoriously dangerous in NYC.

Chicago start-up aims to make wearable tech smarter

A start-up company founded by a graduate student is aiming to overcome some of the major shortcomings of today's smart fitness tracking wearables by developing a new software platform. It will allow advanced differentiation between types of movements.

Microsoft says the Ask toolbar is a 'high risk threat to your PC'

Microsoft is now flagging the Ask search toolbar as malware in its Malware Protection Centre. Older versions of the once popular toolbar can prevent users from changing their default search provider and many people now view it only as an annoyance.

Thousands sign petition asking Apple to include ginger emoji

Over 12,000 people have signed a petition that calls on Apple to add emoji representing gingers to iOS after its recent update that aimed to increase the racial diversion of emoji failed to include any, arguing that they should be recognised.

Microsoft threatened UK government over open source plans

Microsoft reportedly threatened the UK government over its plans to promote more open-source software standards instead of the company's products last year. Microsoft apparently even went so far as to consider closing its UK research facilities.
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