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The long wait for a Persian iPhone keyboard

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Apple introduced new iOS on Tuesday Android devices as well as Apple computers have Persian keyboards, but until this week the option wasn’t available on Apple phones or iPads. For years Persian speakers used the Arabic keyboard on the iPhone, which was not really ideal …

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Uber London loses licence to operate

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Some 3.5 million passengers and 40,000 drivers use the Uber app in London Uber will not be issued a new private hire licence, Transport for London (TfL) has said. TfL concluded the ride-hailing app firm was not fit and proper to hold a London private …

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Invisible threat

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption If a hacker managed to switch off a life-support machine, the results could be fatal Imagine a hacker remotely turning off a life support machine in a hospital, or shutting down a power station. These are the nightmare scenarios we face because many organisations …

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Google signs $1.1bn HTC smartphone deal

Image copyright Getty Images Alphabet’s Google has struck a $1.1bn (£822m) deal with Taiwan’s HTC to expand its smartphone business. Google will not take a stake in the firm, but some HTC staff will join the Silicon Valley giant. The Taiwanese company was once a major player in the smartphone …

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Nest reveals alarm system and smart doorbell

Image copyright Nest Image caption Nest’s home security system is more expensive than several rivals Nest is expanding its range of smart home products, ending a lull in which it improved existing kit, but did not expand into fresh categories. The items include an internet-connected intruder alarm, a video-streaming doorbell …

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Theresa May to warn tech firms over terror content

Image copyright Reuters Technology companies must go “further and faster” in removing extremist content, Prime Minister Theresa May is to tell the United Nations. She will urge social networks and search engines to act when she addresses the general assembly. Mrs May will also host a meeting with other world …

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Is Amazon recommending bomb ingredients?

Image copyright PA Image caption The Amazon investigation followed the detonation of a bomb on the London Underground Amazon is to “review” how products are presented on its website, following revelations about bomb-making ingredients for sale. A Channel 4 investigation found the retailer’s algorithms grouped together household ingredients that when …

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Slow drive?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Toyota blazed a trail in hybrid car design with its Prius Are electric cars really about to take over from the old-fashioned internal combustion engine? Judging by some of the headlines we’ve seen recently, you could be forgiven for thinking petrol and diesel engines …

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Visitors 'help' Pirate Bay mine virtual cash

Image copyright TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA Image caption Mining crypto-currencies typically involves a lot of computer power The Pirate Bay briefly put code on some of its web pages that used visitors’ machines to mine a virtual currency. The hidden code helped the file-sharing site generate coins for the Monero digital currency. …

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Facebook to trim advert categories aimed at 'anti-Semites'

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Facebook looks at what people do and say on its site to categorise them for advertisers Facebook is reviewing its ad targeting system after investigators found they could direct ads to self-described anti-Semites. Researchers at ProPublica found several ad categories for people who had declared …

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