Smartphone users temporarily blinded after looking at screen in bed
Medical journal reports that two women experience ‘transient smartphone blindness’ after constantly checking phones in the dark
Warning: Looking at your smartphone while lying in bed at night could wreak havoc on your vision.
Two women went temporarily blind from constantly checking their phones in the dark, say doctors who are now alerting others to the unusual phenomenon.
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Snooper's charter: GCHQ will be licensed 'to hack a major town'
Legislation will permit security services to hack all phones and laptops in an entire town, as long as it is overseas
The security services are to receive a licence for hacking into the phones and laptops of a “major town” under the snooper’s charter legislation, which reaches the House of Lords next week.
The broad nature of the hacking powers to be handed to GCHQ are disclosed in an obscure case study in a background Home Office document setting out the operational case for their use.
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Britain leads Europe in tech, with 18 of 47 $1bn companies – report
More than a third of European ‘unicorns’, technology firms worth over $1bn, were founded in the UK, with Sweden in second place
Europe is a successful Unicorn ranch. The number of private technology companies valued north of $1bn – originally nicknamed after the mythical creature due to their supposed rareness – that are based in Europe has risen to 47, according to tech investment bank GP Bullhound.
The count is up by 10 in the past year, and the combined value of the companies on the list is now $130bn (£90bn). Continue reading...
Apple barred from selling iPhones 6 in Beijing
Reports that the capital’s intellectual property regulator has accused Apple of infringing design patents for a Chinese phone
Beijing has ordered Apple to stop selling the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in China’s capital, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.
The city’s intellectual property regulator has ruled that the design of the two phones is overly similar to another phone, the 100C, made by the Chinese company Shenzhen Baili. In a statement, the Beijing Intellectual Property Bureau wrote that the phones infringe on a Chinese patent for exterior design held by Shenzhen Baili. Continue reading...
Take that, FBI: Apple goes all in on encryption
Apple’s newest encryption tool better secures files on all its devices, just the latest in a move to widespread encryption in the tech industry
Apple revealed a slew of new software features for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and desktop computers on Monday – yet omitted an important new technology that will better protect customers’ private data stored on Apple devices.
Apple File System, or APFS, is a new version of the technology Apple’s products use to save and retrieve information, and improves the way information is organized and protected to make it faster and more secure. Continue reading...
iOS 10 brings bigger emojis, better Siri and facial recognition to iPhone
Apple launch new version of iPad and iPhone operating system, including redesigned Apple Music, internet of things Home app, and new Apple Watch OS
The next version of Apple’s software for the iPhone and iPad, iOS 10, will feature enhanced 3D touch features, expanded Siri and an improved lock screen plus overhauls to Photos, Music and Messages.
Apple has also improved notifications, allowing apps to provide rich notifications that are activated via 3D touch gestures in the notification pane, as well as the widget pane and via the lock screen. Continue reading...