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Alibaba reveals new driverless delivery bot

Image copyright RoboSense Chinese retail giant Alibaba has unveiled a new automated vehicle which it says is easy to mass-produce and could serve a number of functions. These could include delivery courier or automated coffee vendor, it said. The Cainiao G Plus can travel at up to nine miles per hour, reports The Verge news […]

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Google explains 'weird' 1975 text message bug

Image copyright Reuters Google has addressed an unusual glitch in its Search and Assistant apps that made SMS text messages appear when specific search terms were entered. Entering phrases including “the1975..com” and “izela viagens” into the apps made the phone display a person’s text messages. The glitch was discovered by an Android user on Reddit, […]

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Buskers accept contactless payments and other news

BBC Click’s Lara Lewington looks at some of the best technology news stories of the week including: Virgin Galactic completes its second supersonic test flight in two months Street performers in London can now accept contactless payments as well as small change Google offers a new service which could help British homeowners find out what […]

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'I bought my mum a flat'

Image copyright Antonio Salvani Image caption Antonio never imagined his camera rentals would fund a flat for his mum Doca Peer-to-peer “sharing economy” tech platforms have mushroomed in the last decade, but very few have rivalled Airbnb or Uber in size, largely because consumers have found them difficult to trust. So how are tech firms […]

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Withings to return after Nokia sell-off

Image copyright Nokia Image caption Withings makes connected devices such as watches and weighing scales Nokia is to sell its health division back to the founder of Withings, a company it acquired in 2016. The Withings brand name is set to return following the sale, reversing the Finnish company’s decision to axe it. The business […]

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Instagram ad insulted disabled people

Image copyright YouTube Image caption The adverts for the game were made in Russia. Facebook has been criticised by disability charities for hosting adverts across the platform featuring the word “retard”. The adverts for the game Hustle Castle: Medieval Life featured characters with the heading “Level 1 Retard”, reported digital content site Digiday. The adverts […]

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Takeaways to be delivered by drone in Shanghai

Image copyright Ele.me Image caption Chinese takeaways delivered by drone Food delivery drones have been given the go-ahead in China. Food delivery service Ele.me, owned by Alibaba, has been given permission by the authorities to deliver takeaways by drone along 17 routes in Shanghai’s Jinshan Industrial Park. The newly approved routes cover a 22.4 sq […]

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Samsung won't be forced to update old phones

Image copyright Getty Images Samsung will not be forced to update the software on its mobile phones for years after their release, after it won a court case in the Netherlands. A consumer association had argued that Samsung should update its phones for at least four years after they go on sale. Regular software updates […]

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Google launches solar power service in UK

Image copyright Getty Images Google is offering a new service, which it says could help British homeowners save money by switching to solar power. The tech giant has released an online tool called Project Sunroof, in partnership with energy supplier Eon, that estimates savings using data from Google’s Earth and Maps apps. It first launched […]