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Sony sells one million VR headsets

Sony sells one million VR headsets

Image copyright Gallo Images Image caption Sony said sales had exceeded expectations Sony has sold more than one million virtual reality (VR) headsets, the company has said. President of Sony Interactive Entertainment Atsushi Morita said sales had “exceeded our expectations”. The headset, at $399 (£308), is cheaper than rival devices from Facebook and HTC. According […]

Amazon to discount Prime for US families on welfare

Amazon to discount Prime for US families on welfare

Image copyright AFP Image caption Paying for Amazon Prime gives customers access to the retailers’ online video services Amazon is to offer discounts on its Prime subscription service to Americans receiving financial aid from the US government. Instead of a monthly fee of $10.99 (£8.50), those eligible for the discounted rate will pay $5.99. Anyone […]

Baby bytes

Baby bytes

Image copyright Kristina Martin Image caption Ashley Albert used a breastfeeding app to help her keep track when nursing her girls Caring for a new baby can be an overwhelming experience – there’s lots to cope with and keep track of. And breastfeeding isn’t as easy as it looks. Can technology help new mums or […]

London attack: PM's condemnation of tech firms criticised

London attack: PM's condemnation of tech firms criticised

Image copyright Getty Images Prime Minister Theresa May has been warned that her promise to tighten regulation on tech firms after the London attacks will not work. Mrs May said areas of the internet must be closed because tech giants provided a “safe space” for terrorist ideology. But the Open Rights Group said social media […]

US can ask visa applicants for social media history

US can ask visa applicants for social media history

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Visa applicants to the US may be asked for social media usernames, email addresses and phone numbers The Trump administration has approved plans to ask US visa applicants for details of their social media use. Consular officials can now ask for social media usernames going back five years via […]

Google to let publishers charge users for ad-blockers

Google to let publishers charge users for ad-blockers

Image copyright Getty Images Google will let publishers ask people who use ad-blockers to either enable advertising or make a payment to view content without ads. “Funding Choices” will roll out first in North America, UK, Germany, Australia and New Zealand, Google said in a blog. Google is also working on an ad-blocker of its […]

ViaSat-2: Satellite goliath goes into orbit

ViaSat-2: Satellite goliath goes into orbit

Image copyright ARIANESPACE Image caption The Ariane lifted away from its pad during a tropical rain shower The most powerful commercial broadband satellite ever built has just gone into orbit on an Ariane rocket. ViaSat-2, which is to be stationed above the Americas, has a total throughput capacity of about 300 gigabits per second. The […]

'One in two' young online gamers bullied, report finds

'One in two' young online gamers bullied, report finds

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionOne online gamer told the BBC he had experienced death threats online. A study carried out by an anti-bullying charity found that 57% of the young people it surveyed had experienced bullying online when playing games. In addition, 22% said they had stopped playing a game as […]

Voter change

Voter change

Image copyright iStock The use of internet – or electronic – voting in elections is growing. But there are still plenty of concerns about reliability, safety and privacy. Will electing your government via the tap of a smartphone ever catch on? Next month people in the UK will vote in a general election, heading to […]

BA flight disruption at Heathrow set for third day

BA flight disruption at Heathrow set for third day

Image copyright Getty Images British Airways passengers are facing a third day of disruption at Heathrow as the airline deals with the impact of a worldwide computer system crash. BA says it aims to operate a full long-haul schedule and a “high proportion” of short-haul services after the outage caused by a power failure. It […]