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Amazon tests delivery drones at secret Canada site after US frustration

Exclusive: Guardian gains access to unnamed British Columbia site where tech giant’s roboticists and engineers, stymied by American regulation, are now developing their unmanned domestic delivery service Related: Amazon warns Congress: US risks being left behind in delivery drone business Amazon is testing its drone delivery service at a secret site in Canada, following repeated warnings b

Jay Z set to reveal Tidal plans as stars lend support with #TIDALforALL tweets

Kanye West, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Jack White and Coldplay among the musicians promoting rapper’s relaunch of streaming music serviceMusicians including Kanye West, Rihanna and Beyoncé have turned their Twitter profiles blue to promote Tidal, the streaming music service recently acquired by Jay Z.Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Deadmau5 and Jay Z himself are among the other artists

The internet of things: convenience at a price

In the first of our series on the IoT we take a look at connected devices that are available today, the privacy and security issues of using them – and how Britain can play a key part in its futureChores are boring. Get home from work, let the dog out, put dinner on, start a load of laundry and write a list for your next grocery order. What if rather than doing housework when you get home, yo

Parents! Focus less on worrying about Minecraft and more on understanding it

Millions of kids are obsessed with Mojang’s crafting game, but understanding it rather than fearing it is a good first step for parentsA lot of people are getting hot under the collar about the BBC’s article on Minecraft, children and parenting, written by journalist Jolyon Jenkins.Should parents ever worry about Minecraft? asks whether Minecraft is entirely healthy for kids, from addictio

Allow Clean Reader to swap 'bad' words in books – it's a matter of free speech

Writers who are up in arms over the ebook app’s ‘profanity’ blacklist have no right to dictate how the reader should read their booksAn ebook app called Clean Reader has writers up in arms over its blacklist of “profanity”. While you read your ebooks, it looks for hot-words and swaps them with milder versions like “fiddlesticks”. This is a stupid, offensive app, but it’s emblematic of the bes

Why electronic voting isn't secure – but may be safe enough

We bank online, so why can’t we vote online? There’s good reason, argue security expertsWe do everything online – book doctors’ appointments, manage our bank accounts and find dates – but we still can’t yet vote from our PCs or smartphones.By 2020 that should be set to change, with a government report calling for online voting to be trialled again by that year. But critics continue to call

Uber denies security breach despite reports of logins for sale online

Taxi app says it found ‘no evidence of breach’ despite claims that thousands of usernames and passwords can be bought on the dark webUber denies that its servers were hacked after reports that thousands of usernames and passwords for the taxi-like service are available to buy for as little as $1 online.Two sellers with outlets on the AlphaBay Market dark web marketplace, hidden from the op

Nottingham’s National Videogame Arcade gets ready for play time

The UK’s first cultural centre for video games has opened in the east Midlands city and aims to put fun, entertainment and game design on the menu Related: New family attractions for the Easter holidays Most of us, thanks to the ever-presence of the smartphone, carry with us a clutch of video games wherever we go. But during the industry’s formative years, in the late 1970s, you had to com

GitHub cleans up after cyber-attack

US coding site responds to flood of traffic following hacking attack, with reports claiming Chinese search engine Baidu was source More than four days after it started, coding hub GitHub says it is deflecting most of the traffic from anattack that has caused intermittent outages on the site, which the Wall Street Journal says stems from China. “Eighty-seven hours in, our mitigation is defl

Apple's Tim Cook calls out 'religious freedom' laws as discriminatory

US laws enabling discrimination against LGBT people ‘rationalize injustice by pretending to defend something many of us hold dear’, says Apple chiefApple’s chief executive Tim Cook has called on US legislators to rethink their support of so-called religious freedom laws, which enshrine the ability of individuals to breach nondiscrimination laws if the laws go against personal religious belief

Google doodle marks day Eiffel tower was opened to public

It’s 126 years since work was compelted on Gustave Eiffel’s famous structure – still the tallest building in Paris Continue reading...

Undercover federal agents in Silk Road case accused of fraud

DEA agent Carl Force accused of extorting thousands’ worth of bitcoin from convicted money-launderer Ross Ulbricht, while second agent also charged Continue reading...

Apple targets Watch wearers with a taste for the exclusive

In a break from its tumultuous product launches, Apple is offering high-end customers its 18-carat gold Watch Edition with sapphire display for $17,000 Continue reading...

Amazon referral service connects consumers to help around the house

E-commerce company’s latest expansion attempt offers 700 services in major US cities that can be booked through Amazon, spanning from repairs to goat grazing Continue reading...

Internet activists blame China for cyber-attack that brought down GitHub

GitHub censorship project GreatFire alleges that China authorities redirected global web traffic to launch a massive denial of service attack on the website Continue reading...

Pebble Time smartwatch raised $20.3m in Kickstarter crowdfunding

Pre-orders for new device with seven-day battery life smash previous record on site, with more than 78k backers this time round Continue reading...

Sony launches Spotify-powered PlayStation Music streaming service

‘It’s a third-party service given first-party priority on the platform,’ says Sony of new PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 partnership Continue reading...

MPs - please post your CVs here

The Democracy Club project wants to encourage MPs to share their CVs so that prospective voters can examine their qualifications for the job Continue reading...

20 best iPhone and iPad apps and games this week

Periscope, Layout from Instagram, Vessel, Silly Sausage in Meat Land, The Trace, Fast & Furious: Legacy and more Continue reading...

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D review – marvellous but murky action

New 3DS, Nintendo, cert: 12 Continue reading...

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD review – dramatically different adventure

PS4, Xbox One, Square Enix, cert: 16 Continue reading...

Leave Facebook if you don't want to be spied on, warns EU

European Commission admits Safe Harbour framework cannot ensure privacy of EU citizens’ data when sent to the US by American internet firmsThe European Commission has warned EU citizens that they should close their Facebook accounts if they want to keep information private from US security services, finding that current Safe Harbour legislation does not protect citizen’s data.The comments

Australia's immigration department bans email autocomplete after G20 leak

Officials scramble to respond after blunder reveals passport numbers, visa details and other personal information about leaders including Barack Obama and Angela Merkel Continue reading...

MI6 chief says service is in 'technology arms race' with terrorists and criminals

Alex Younger, head of Secret Intelligence Service, defends use of internet and big data to protect the country Continue reading...

World's largest aircraft looking for investors to give it liftoff

The Airlander 10 airship can fly for weeks, land virtually anywhere that’s flat, and burns just a fifth of the fuel of a conventional aircraft Continue reading...

Stephen Fry quits Instagram: 'Hounded off. Goodbye'

Move by comic and actor, who has 92,000 followers on the picture-sharing site, follows his break from Twitter last November Continue reading...

Google hits back at News Corp – with a GIF of a laughing baby

Tech company claims there were ‘inaccuracies’ in coverage by Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal and responds to claims of undue political influence Continue reading...

Benefits Street's White Dee: we’ve lost everything

Deirdre Kelly claims Channel 4 show that Birmingham’s James Turner Street was previously a ‘massive happy family’ and it has now become a tourist attraction Continue reading...

Firms selling on pension details face fines for breaching data protection rules

Information Commissioner’s Office says allegations are ‘very serious’ and could result in fines of up to £500,000 Continue reading...

Selfie sticks banned at Coachella and Lollapalooza

The major US events in Chicago and California have prohibited the photography aid at their events this year Continue reading...


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