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Amazon confirms Alexa outage in UK and mainland Europe

Users describe problems with Amazon Echo smart devices and Downdetector reports wave of outages on Friday morningAmazon has confirmed its Alexa virtual assistant service suffered an outage in the UK and mainland Europe but is now back to normal.The Downdetector website reported a wave of Alexa outages in the UK and across Europe on Friday morning at about 7am GMT, with the reports spread throughout the UK. Continue reading...
Tags: Amazon, Europe, UK, Technology, Internet, UK News, World news, E-commerce, Alexa, Amazon Alexa, Downdetector, Amazon Echo smart devices


Tales from the crypto: lira crisis fuels Bitcoin boom in Turkey

Lack of trust in official currency has led to surging interest in cryptocurrencies – despite their volatility and government oppositionIn the offices of AltCoin, a cryptocurrency hub tucked away in a sidestreet in Istanbul’s bustling Kadıköy neighbourhood, two wall-mounted TV sets showed the live value of currencies bitcoin and Ethereum, both graphs sloping downwards.AltCoin’s all-male inhabitants were not worried – in the chaotic world of cryptocurrency, their fortunes could soon change. Contin...
Tags: Business, Technology, Internet, World news, Turkey, E-commerce, Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies, Istanbul, Kadıköy, Altcoin


MPs criticise cyber agency for not aiding China rights group after it was hacked

Ipac’s website went offline following comments about lawyer Christine Lee reportedly seeking to influence MPsMembers of a cross-party China human rights group have accused Britain’s cybersecurity agency of “failing to respond” with help after their website was taken offline this week in an attack they fear came from Beijing.MPs from the Inter Parliamentary Alliance on China (Ipac) said the incident took place on Tuesday, days after the group had said publicly it was “deeply disturbed” by reports...
Tags: Politics, UK, Technology, Internet, China, UK News, World news, Beijing, Britain, Hacking, Asia Pacific, Espionage, Cyberwar, Christine Lee, IPAC, Inter Parliamentary Alliance on China Ipac


Emirates to resume Boeing 777 flights to US after 5G go-ahead

FAA gives approval for more types of planes to land in low visibility near 5G signalsThe long-haul carrier Emirates has said it will resume its Boeing 777 flights to the US after halting its use of the aircraft there over concerns new 5G services in the country could interfere with planes’ instruments that measure altitude.International carriers that rely heavily on the wide-body 777 and other Boeing aircraft cancelled early flights or switched to different planes on Wednesday after warnings fro...
Tags: Business, Technology, US, World news, US news, Chicago, Air transport, Emirates, Airline Industry, Faa, Boeing, 5g, Federal Aviation Administration


Facebook’s second life: the unstoppable rise of the tech company in Africa

Western users may be logging off, but across the continent of Africa, the social media company is indispensable for everything from running a business to sourcing vaccines. How has it become so inescapable?Badri Ibrahim is a Sudanese comic artist and the founder of the Abbas Comics empire. His strips are quirky and irreverent, poking fun at the Sudanese military and encouraging civic activism. One recurrent character is a hapless but wise cat called Ghadanfar, a sort of Garfield meets Snoopy pro...
Tags: Facebook, Business, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Africa, World news, Sudan, Garfield, Ibrahim, Facebook Continue, Abbas Comics, Ghadanfar


Airlines cancel some US flights over 5G concerns

Aviation watchdog says signals from 5G masts near airports could interfere with some planes’ equipmentAirlines including Emirates, Lufthansa and Air India have cancelled or changed US-bound flights owing to concerns about the deployment of 5G mobile phone technology near airports.The US aviation watchdog has said 5G signals could interfere with radio altimeters, which measure how high a plane is in the sky and are a crucial piece of equipment for pilots, particularly when landing in bad weather....
Tags: Business, Technology, US, World news, US news, Air transport, Airline Industry, 5g, Air India, Emirates Lufthansa


‘Virtual reality is genuine reality’ so embrace it, says US philosopher

In his book Reality+ David Chalmers says the material world may lose its allure as VR technology advancesIt is hard to imagine humans spending their lives in virtual reality when the experience amounts to waving your arms about in the middle of the lounge with a device the size of a house brick strapped to your face.But this is where humanity is heading, says the philosopher David Chalmers, who argues for embracing the fate. Advances in technology will deliver virtual worlds that rival and then ...
Tags: Books, Science, Technology, US, World news, Culture, Virtual Reality, David Chalmers, Philosophy books


Ukraine says evidence points to Russia being behind cyber-attack

Claim comes as Microsoft warns hack that hit government websites could be worse than first fearedUkraine has said it has “evidence” Russia was behind a massive cyber-attack that knocked out key government websites last week, while Microsoft warned the hack could be far worse than first thought.Tensions are at an all-time high between Ukraine and Russia, which Kyiv accuses of having massed troops on its border before a possible invasion. Some analysts fear the cyber-attack could be the prelude to...
Tags: Europe, Technology, Microsoft, Internet, Russia, World news, Ukraine, Hacking, Computing, Espionage, Cyberwar


Panic as Kosovo pulls the plug on its energy-guzzling bitcoin miners

Speculators rush to sell off their kit as Balkan state announces a crypto clampdown to ease electricity crisisFor bitcoin enthusiasts in Kosovo with a breezy attitude to risk, it has been a good week to strike a deal on computer equipment that can create, or “mine”, the cryptocurrency.From Facebook to Telegram, new posts in the region’s online crypto groups became dominated by dismayed Kosovans attempting to sell off their mining equipment – often at knockdown prices. Continue reading...
Tags: Energy, Facebook, Europe, Business, Technology, World news, Energy industry, Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies, Kosovo, Balkan


Ukraine hit by ‘massive’ cyber-attack on government websites

Suspected Russian hackers leave message warning: ‘Ukrainians … be afraid and expect worse’Ukraine has been hit by a “massive” cyber-attack, with the websites of several government departments including the ministry of foreign affairs and the education ministry knocked out.Officials said it was too early to draw any conclusions but they pointed to a “long record” of Russian cyber assaults against Ukraine, with the attack coming after security talks between Moscow and the US and its allies this we...
Tags: Europe, Technology, Internet, Russia, US, World news, Ukraine, Hacking, Moscow, Espionage, Cyberwar


Capitol attack panel subpoenas Google, Facebook and Twitter for digital records

Select committee seeks records related to January 6 attackMove suggests panel is ramping up inquiry of social media postsThe House select committee investigating the Capitol attack subpoenaed Twitter, Meta, Alphabet and Reddit on Thursday for records related to the 6 January insurrection, as it seeks to review data that could potentially incriminate the Trump White House.Facebook is part of Meta and Google is part of Alphabet. Continue reading...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Technology, Media, Social Networking, World news, US news, US politics, House, Reddit, Meta, Alphabet, Capitol, Google Facebook, US Capitol Attack, Trump White House Facebook


Nigeria lifts Twitter ban seven months after site deleted president’s post

Government says Twitter has agreed to conditions on management of unlawful content and to register in NigeriaNigeria has lifted a ban on Twitter, restoring access to millions of users, seven months after it clamped down on the social media site when it deleted a post by the president.Twitter was restored on Nigerian networks after midnight for the first time since June, with the government saying the company had agreed to its conditions on the management of unlawful content, to register its oper...
Tags: Twitter, Technology, Internet, Nigeria, Africa, World news, Blogging, Digital Media, NigeriaNigeria


Driving change: the all-female garage shifting attitudes in northern Nigeria

The NGO Nana is upending gender norms in conservative Sokoto state, where one in 20 girls finish secondary schoolThe green-and-red Nana Female Mechanic Garage sign is visible from the main road into Sokoto city. Behind its sliding iron gate, Zainab Dayyabu stomps around in heavy work boots and a blue jumpsuit, her hands callused and oily.“I love the job I’m doing,” says the 23-year-old, as she opens the bonnet of a Peugeot van to test its battery. Continue reading...
Tags: Technology, Nigeria, Africa, Women, World news, Global development, Motoring, Peugeot, Nana, Sokoto, Women's rights and gender equality, Zainab Dayyabu


YouTube is major conduit of fake news, factcheckers say

Platform is not doing enough to tackle spread of falsehoods, claims letter signed by 80 groupsYouTube is a major conduit of online disinformation and misinformation worldwide and is not doing enough to tackle the spread of falsehoods on its platform, according to a global coalition of factchecking organisations.A letter signed by more than 80 groups, including Full Fact in the UK and the Washington Post’s Fact Checker, says the video platform is hosting content by groups including Doctors for th...
Tags: UK, Technology, Washington Post, Youtube, US, World news


Wordle creator overwhelmed by global success of hit puzzle

Josh Wardle developed game to play with his partner – and now more than 2m others have joined in Wordle, a deceptively simple online word puzzle, has had a meteoric rise since its launch last autumn, from 90 daily players in November to 300,000 at the beginning of January, to 2 million last weekend. But, for its creator, the game’s rapid success has resulted in as much anxiety as excitement.The game has become an unexpected grassroots hit for Josh Wardle, who developed it for his puzzle-loving p...
Tags: Apps, Games, Technology, Wales, Internet, Life and style, UK News, World news, US news, Game culture, Mobile Games, Wordle, Board Games, Puzzle games, Josh Wardle


Meet Mr Trash Wheel – and the other new devices that eat river plastic

From ‘bubble barriers’ to floating drones, a host of new projects aim to stop plastic pollution before it ever reaches the oceanThe Great Bubble Barrier is just that – a wall of bubbles. It gurgles across the water in a diagonal screen, pushing plastic to one side while allowing fish and other wildlife to pass unharmed.The technology, created by a Dutch firm and already being used in Amsterdam, is being trialled in the Douro River in Porto, Portugal, as part of the EU-supported Maelstrom (marine...
Tags: Europe, Science, Technology, Environment, Eu, European Union, World news, Ces, Pollution, Wildlife, Marine Life, Oceans, Ethical and green living, Amsterdam, Recycling, Waste


Meet Mr Trash Wheel – and the other ingenious tools that eat river plastic

From ‘bubble barriers’ to floating drones, a host of new projects aim to stop plastic pollution before it ever reaches the oceanThe Great Bubble Barrier is just that – a wall of bubbles. It gurgles across the water in a diagonal screen, pushing plastic to one side while allowing fish and other wildlife to pass unharmed.The technology, created by a Dutch firm and already being used in Amsterdam, is being trialled in the Douro River in Porto, Portugal, as part of the EU-supported Maelstrom (marine...
Tags: Europe, Science, Technology, Environment, Eu, European Union, World news, Ces, Pollution, Wildlife, Marine Life, Oceans, Ethical and green living, Amsterdam, Recycling, Waste


France fines Google and Facebook €210m over user tracking

Data privacy watchdog says websites make it difficult for users to refuse cookiesFrance’s data privacy watchdog has fined Google and Facebook a combined €210m (£176m) for hampering users’ ability to stop the companies tracking their online activity.The Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) said on Thursday it had fined Google a record €150m for making it difficult for internet users to refuse cookies – small text files that build up a profile of a person’s web activity fo...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Europe, Technology, Media, Privacy, Social Networking, Youtube, France, World news, Data Protection, Internet Safety, Meta


Italian mafia fugitive arrested in Spain after Google Street View sighting

Convicted murderer Gioacchino Gammino tracked down in Galapagar, where he had lived undetected for 20 yearsAn Italian mafia boss on the run for 20 years was tracked down to a Spanish town after being spotted on Google Street View.Gioacchino Gammino, a convicted murderer listed among Italy’s most wanted gangsters, was arrested in Galapagar, a town near Madrid, where over the years he had married, changed his name to Manuel, worked as a chef and owned a fruit and vegetable shop. Continue reading.....
Tags: Google, Europe, Technology, Spain, World news, Italy, Mafia, Google Maps, Madrid, Google Street View, Mapping technologies, Manuel, Gioacchino Gammino, Galapagar


Sony to start electric car firm as it ‘explores a commercial launch’

Tokyo-listed shares in Japanese group rise after it shows off second concept vehicleSony has revealed plans to start an electric car company, making it the latest electronics manufacturer to target the automotive sector.The Japanese tech firm is “exploring a commercial launch” of electric vehicles, and the new company, Sony Mobility Inc, will launch this spring, its chairman and president, Kenichiro Yoshida, told a news conference before the Consumer Electronics Show in the US. Continue reading....
Tags: Business, Japan, Technology, US, World news, Asia Pacific, Sony, Tokyo, Automotive Industry, Manufacturing sector, Electric, Hybrid And Low-emission Cars, Consumer Electronics Show, Kenichiro Yoshida, Sony Mobility Inc


Melania’s latest NFT is selling for £180,000 – at last one of the Trumps is showing entrepreneurial spirit | Arwa Mahdawi

The former first lady has launched a jewellery line and caviar moisturiser, but digital portraits could be her real money makerThere’s no rest for the wicked, eh? While a lot of people have spent the past few weeks trying to do as little as possible, it has been go-go-go for the Trump family. Donald, Ivanka and Donald Jr have been issued with subpoenas as part of a fraud inquiry into the family’s businesses. Melania, meanwhile, has been busy building a business of her own. The former first lady,...
Tags: Technology, World news, US news, Donald Trump, Trump, Melania Trump, Arwa Mahdawi, NFT, Barron, Melania, Donald Jr, Donald Ivanka, Non-fungible tokens (NFTs


Melania Trump selling herself for £180,000 in NFTs? WTF | Arwa Mahdawi

The former first lady has launched a jewellery line and caviar moisturiser, but digital portraits could be her real money makerThere’s no rest for the wicked, eh? While a lot of people have spent the past few weeks trying to do as little as possible, it has been go-go-go for the Trump family. Donald, Ivanka and Donald Jr have been issued with subpoenas as part of a fraud inquiry into the family’s businesses. Melania, meanwhile, has been busy building a business of her own. The former first lady,...
Tags: Technology, World news, US news, Donald Trump, Trump, Melania Trump, Arwa Mahdawi, NFT, Barron, Melania, Donald Jr, Donald Ivanka, Non-fungible tokens (NFTs


Wordle: why the inventor of the fiendishly addictive online game doesn’t want your money

The mobile phone game Josh Wardle launched in October now has 300,000 people playing it daily – but, he says, he is not cashing inName: Wordle.Age: Nearly three months old. Continue reading...
Tags: Twitter, Technology, Internet, Social Media, Life and style, World news, US news, Game culture, Hobbies, Mobile Games, Josh Wardle


‘I’d been set up’: the LGBTQ Kenyans ‘catfished’ for money via dating apps

A colonial law that criminalises ‘unnatural’ sexual acts leaves LGBTQ+ people prey to social media extortion and blackmailOne day after work last month, Tom Otieno* went to a shopping centre in Nairobi to pick up groceries before heading home. He got a call from someone he had been chatting to for a week on Grindr, a social networking app for gay, bi, trans and queer people. The man had already tried ringing several times during the day while Otieno was with colleagues and was keen to meet.Otien...
Tags: Technology, Human Rights, Media, Africa, Social Media, World news, Digital Media, LGBT rights, Global development, Kenya, Grindr, Nairobi, Otieno, Tom Otieno


Apple becomes first US company to reach $3tn valuation

New year trading pushed Apple shares to a new high of $182.80 after tripling in value in under four yearsApple became the first US company to be valued at over $3tn on Monday as the tech company continued its phenomenal share price growth, tripling in value in under four years.A pandemic-era surge in tech stocks has driven the major US tech companies to new highs, pulling US stock markets with them. Apple became the world’s first trillion dollar company in August 2018, passed $2tn in 2020 and hi...
Tags: Apple, Business, Technology, US, World news, US news, Stock Markets, Computing


The Italian hamlet that gives a glimpse of life before the web

Galliano di Mugello’s poor signal has endeared it to Italians, but the mayor hopes to use recent publicity to close the digital divideAt the cafe that doubles-up as a newsagent in Galliano di Mugello, a medieval hamlet in Tuscany, there are no pings from mobile phones, people aimlessly browsing the internet or uploading pictures of their cappuccino to Instagram. Instead, customers read the newspaper – their main source of information on the outside world – or talk to each other.Surrounded by Tus...
Tags: Google, Europe, Technology, World news, Italy, Tuscany, Mugello, Galliano, Instagram Instead


From stand-in stars to tech titans: The Observer’s faces to watch in 2022

We look at who will be making headlines this year, in both a positive and negative lightToby Helm Continue reading...
Tags: Fashion, Politics, Science, Technology, Television, Film, Sport, Life and style, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Television & radio, Focus


Sanction-hit Huawei says revenues down 29% this year

Effects of the US-China trade war felt by the telecom were ‘in line with our forecasts, says chairman Guo PingChinese telecom giant Huawei said on Friday its annual revenue had fallen by nearly a third from the previous year, as it continued to be weighed down by US sanctions that have hit its smartphone sales.Huawei has been caught in the crossfire of a US-China trade and technology rivalry after the administration of former president Donald Trump moved to cripple the company over concerns it c...
Tags: Technology, China, US, World news, Asia Pacific, Donald Trump, Huawei, US China, Sanction, Guo PingChinese


Elon Musk rejects mounting criticism his satellites are clogging space

SpaceX founder says planned 42,000-strong network will not dominate slots or radio frequenciesElon Musk has rejected criticisms that his company is taking up too much room in space, saying his tens of thousands of planned satellites would be able to coexist with many others.As well as building up Tesla into the world’s most valuable carmaker by pioneering electric cars, Musk has shaken up the space industry by founding SpaceX, a private rocket company that is also seeking to become a major telec...
Tags: Business, Astronomy, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Technology, Tesla, World news, Technology sector, Telecommunications industry, Telecoms, Satellites, European Space Agency, Musk, Aerospace Industry


China berates US after ‘close encounters’ with Elon Musk satellites

Beijing urges US to act responsibly after two near misses that it says posed serious threat to astronauts’ livesChina has accused the US of ignoring international treaty obligations and engaging in irresponsible and unsafe conduct in outer space after two near misses between the Chinese space station and satellites operated by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company.Zhao Lijian, a foreign ministry spokesperson, said on Tuesday that China “urges the US to act responsibly” after incidents involving SpaceX’s St...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Technology, China, US, World news, US news, Beijing, Asia Pacific, StarLink, Zhao Lijian



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