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Apple 27in iMac with retina 5K display review: oh my that screen

The 5K iMac is the best computer Apple has ever made, transforming what can be expected of a computer screen in a neat and tidy, but expensive packageThe iMac with 5K retina display is Apple’s attempt to do what it did with smartphones and tablets and redefine what a computer screen should be. If so it has hit a home run.From the outside the new iMac looks like the old one. A slim aluminiu

WikiLeaks demands answers after Google hands staff emails to US government

*Search giant gave FBI emails and digital data belonging to three staffers*WikiLeaks told last month of warrants which were served in March 2012 Google took almost three years to disclose to the open information group WikiLeaks that it had handed over emails and other digital data belonging to three of its staffers to the US government, under a secret search warrant issued by a federal judg

Tweetbot for Mac pulled from app store after hitting Twitter's user limit

Twitter’s crackdown on third-party apps, announced in 2012, takes a new victimA leading third-party Twitter app has been pulled from the Mac App store after hitting a cap imposed by the social network on the number of users it can have.Tweetbot for Mac, which launched on the Mac App Store in October 2012, is the latest application to fall foul of Twitter’s ongoing rule limiting new clients

The Pirate Bay set to return on 1 February

Notorious piracy site taken offline by Swedish police raid hints rise from the ashes with phoenix Pirate Bay’s revival seems certain after the torrent site has started to display a logo of phoenix with a timer counting down to 1 February.The timer was unveiled last week along with a revived but non-functioning site. Now the phoenix, a symbol of rebirth used by the Pirate Bay in previous re

Police urge Google to turn off 'stalking' feature on mobile app for drivers

Authorities claim popular app Waze poses a threat to law enforcement and encourages would-be cop-killers by warning drivers when officers are nearbySheriffs are campaigning to pressure Google Inc to turn off a feature on its Waze traffic software that warns drivers when police are nearby. They say one of the technology industry’s most popular mobile apps could put officers’ lives in danger fr

What is Trivia Crack and why are 100m people playing it?

The latest mobile game craze has launched in the UK, complete with questions about Prince George and Cheryl Cole for local tastes.From Angry Birds and Candy Crush Saga to Draw Something, Clash of Clans and SongPop: the mobile gaming world has had its fair share of crazes since Apple and Google launched their app stores in 2008. Now you can add Trivia Crack to the list.The game has only jus

Games industry will be 'really dull' in 2015

The author of games industry book The Curve reckons this year will be able consolidation rather than revolution. And free-to-play will be the growth areaAfter several years of tumultuous change, the games industry is set to have a quiet 2015, according to one analyst. Nicholas Lovell, founder of news site Gamesbriefand author of free business book The Curve told the Guardian that the next yea

Pinterest promises 'smarter search' including manly pins for men

Image-based social network has traditionally appealed more to women, but men were its fastest growing group of users in 2014Men! Don’t you just hate it when you search for a manly male man-watch online, and get presented with a screen full of female-focused timepieces for delicate lady-wrists? But thankfully, this 21st-century problem will soon be just a bad memory.Enough snark: Pinterest’

Hands on with Vessel, the app providing a 'first window' for YouTube stars

New short-form video service is promising 72-hour exclusives on new content from creators, but are those exclusives worth watching? YouTube is massive. More than one billion people visit its site and apps every month, watching more than 6bn hours of video. Its top channels count their annual views in billions.That’s why even though some grumble about the amount of money they make from ads

London's next $1bn firm? TransferWise raises $58m in funding round

The peer-to-peer foreign exchange firm looks set to follow Shazam to the $1bn marker after raising money from Silicon Valley VCs Andreessen HorowitzLondon-based peer-to-peer foreign exchange service TransferWise has become the latest company to join Silicon Valley super-venture-capitalists Andreessen Horowitz’s portfolio.The company raised $58m in a fundraising round led by A16Z, in which

Android WebView exploits: Google explains lack of patches and advises users to switch browsers

Users of pre-Lollipop versions of Android advised to download Chrome or Firefox web browsers from the Google Play storeOne of Google’s Android security experts has explained why the company has stopped providing patches for some exploits in early versions of the software, and advised users of those versions to switch to the Chrome or Firefox web browsers on their devices.News that Google h

YouTube goes to the movies with Rooster Teeth, Our 2nd Life, Nash Grier and Cameron Dallas

Multi-channel network Fullscreen is producing a series of films starring or about popular YouTubers, through its new Fullscreen Film division Continue reading...

IBM set to cut 110,000 jobs, blogger claims

Technology giant refuses to comment on report saying it will lose quarter of staff to get on top of falling revenue Continue reading...

Shazam: from text-based service to $1bn app in 15 years

Founded in 2000, the song-recognition service claims to be responsible for a tenth of all downloaded music Continue reading...

Microsoft's Hololens – what do virtual reality developers think?

Forget Kinect, Microsoft is now entering the realm of augmented reality. We ask experienced developers if there is substance beyond the considerable hype Continue reading...

Citizens of Earth review – absurdist humour and political satire

PS4, PS Vita, Wii U, 3DS, PC, Atlus, cert: 12 Continue reading...

Skylanders: Trap Team Light and Dark Element Expansions review – fresh components, more fun

all formats , Activision, cert: 7 Continue reading...

Lego — Silicon Valley entrepreneur's building block to technical innovation

Shubham Banerjee created a low-cost Braille printer with a toy. Now, the 13-year-old’s startup is attracting investors and shaking up an industry Continue reading...

What can we learn from Facebook’s annual Bullshit Report?

The internet giant’s annual attempt to make itself look useful seems to betray nervousness about a coming backlash Continue reading...

Internet filters block websites of sex abuse charities

‘Blunt tool’ approach is leading parents into false sense of security, insist campaigners Continue reading...

Malaysia Airlines website hacked by 'Lizard Squad'

Group claiming to represent the ‘Cyber Caliphate’ posts phrase ‘Plane Not Found’ on MH370 airline’s portalThe Malaysia Airlines website was commandeered on Monday by hackers who referenced the Islamic State jihadists and claimed to be from the “Lizard Squad”, a group known for previous denial-of-service attacks.The website’s front page was replaced with an image of a tuxedo-wearing lizard,

Xbox meets Windows 10 – will this end the PC v console war?

There have been many attempts to unite console and PC gamers in cross-platform play, but this could be the one that works Five years ago a scintillating rumour crept across gaming news sites and forums – a rumour that satisfied deeply entrenched beliefs held throughout the industry. The story goes that Microsoft was once considering introducing cross-platform play between PCs and Xbox 360s

John Bercow calls for online voting in 2020 general election

Commission set up by House of Commons Speaker also says there should be live social media coverage of debates Continue reading...

Fairfax and Nine's streaming service, Stan, launches ahead of Netflix arrival

The video-on-demand service enters an increasingly crowded market with local players, Presto, backed by Foxtel, and Quickflix, already up and running Continue reading...

Axa looks at cyber attack insurance policy in UK

Add-on policy sold in France aims to clean up private images and information posted online by hackers Continue reading...

From partwork 3D printing to robot tables: Sebastian Conran talks tech

Designer’s latest project is a build-it-yourself 3D printer, but he’s also exploring smart-crumpling cycle helmets and self-navigating furniture Continue reading...

Suzi Perry on F1 technology, her love of Apple and useful emojis

The BBC sports correspondent’s favourite devices include her headphones – and a submarine Continue reading...

Mother of Silk Road accused Ross Ulbricht: my son is innocent

The outcome of the case against the man who allegedly ran online black market could redraw the limits of personal freedom and state power in the digital age Continue reading...

Privacy is not dead: Microsoft lawyer prepares to take on US government

Interview: Brad Smith tells Dominic Rushe US demand for access to customer’s emails on server in Dublin strikes at heart of balance between safety and privacy Continue reading...

How to hack your home: why there’s never been a better time to tinker

As presenter of this year’s Christmas lectures, Professor Danielle George wants us to ‘hack our homes’. Here she explains why hacking – as in tinkering with technology, not sabotaging it – has become a key skill for today’s children Continue reading...


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