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Chinese rival firm Ninebot buys Segway

Chinese vehicle maker Ninebot has bought iconic US rival Segway, the company announced on Wednesday. The Beijing-based firm did not disclose the amount of the acquisition, but did say that it received $80m (£54m) in funding from smartphone maker Xiaomi and investment firm Sequoia Capital. Ninebot also makes two-wheeled electric vehicles, designed for standing riders, […]

April 15th, 2015 | Posted in Technology | Read More »

IBM and Apple want to share how you are with others

IBM has launched a health unit to make sense of the wealth of data created by the boom in fitness trackers and apps. Watson Health aims to create “a secure, cloud-based data sharing hub” that can feed analytic technologies, it said. It could provide diagnoses or health alerts which could also be sent to doctors, […]

April 15th, 2015 | Posted in Technology | Read More »

Musicians unite behind Jay Z streaming service

Musicians including Kanye West, Jack White, Rihanna, Madonna and Coldplay are uniting behind Jay Z’s “artist-friendly” streaming site, Tidal. They all turned their Twitter profiles teal blue, to reflect Tidal’s branding, on Sunday night. The site launches on Monday, promising CD-quality streaming and thousands of music videos, for a subscription fee. Taylor Swift, who pulled […]

March 30th, 2015 | Posted in Technology | Read More »

Europol chief warns on computer encryption

A European police chief says the sophisticated online communications are the biggest problem for security agencies tackling terrorism. Hidden areas of the internet and encrypted communications make it harder to monitor terror suspects, warns Europol’s Rob Wainwright. Tech firms should consider the impact sophisticated encryption software has on law enforcement, he said. Mr Wainwright was […]

March 30th, 2015 | Posted in Technology | Read More »

G20 world leaders’ data emailed to football organisers

The passport numbers and Visa details of 31 world leaders were accidentally emailed to the organisers of the Asian Cup in Australia before the G20 summit in Brisbane in November 2014. Those affected included US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. A worker at the Australian Department of Immigration sent the list by […]

March 30th, 2015 | Posted in Technology | Read More »

Cyber-attacks hit British Airways, GitHub and Slack

British Airways’ air-miles accounts, the coding site GitHub and the work chat service Slack have all been hit in the latest wave of cyber-attacks. The firms have all notified their users of the incidents, which varied in approach and do not appear to be connected. In addition, several Uber users have complained of their accounts […]

March 30th, 2015 | Posted in Technology | Read More »

Internet Explorer is dead, but will continue as a work-focused zombie

Microsoft is retiring the Internet Explorer brand, ready to release a stripped down, streamlined internet browser with Windows 10. But the old browser, with its familiar “e” logo, won’t be disappearing just yet. Microsoft said this week that it was looking to re-brand its new browser, currently known as Project Spartan, when it is released […]

March 20th, 2015 | Posted in Internet,Technology | Read More »

Charges dropped in UAE Facebook rant row

Charges have been dropped against a US man who was arrested in the UAE after making critical comments about his employer while in America. Helicopter mechanic Ryan Pate wrote the comments in Florida in December about Global Aerospace Logistics (Gal). The comments were made after a phone call with Gal during which it refused a […]

March 19th, 2015 | Posted in Technology | Read More »

Mobile phone minister halts strikes

An education minister in Argentina has stopped waves of teachers’ strikes by giving every teacher his mobile phone number and inviting them to call him. Esteban Bullrich, in charge of schools in Buenos Aires, inherited a system plagued by teaching union walk-outs. Coming into office as the third education minister in 12 days, he published […]

March 19th, 2015 | Posted in Mobiles,Technology | Read More »

TED 2015: Google boss wants self-drive cars ‘for son’

The director of Google’s self-drive car project has revealed his motivation for ensuring that the technology is standard on roads within five years. Chris Urmson told delegates at the Ted (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference that his eldest son was 11-years-old and due to take his driving test in “four and a half years”. “My […]

March 19th, 2015 | Posted in Technology | Read More »