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Pets 'go hungry' After Smart Feeder Goes Offline

February 26 2020 | TW News Correspondent

Owners of a device designed to release food for pets say their animals were left hungry during a week-long system failure.

Petnet allows owners to schedule and control feeding via a smartphone app. When the BBC contacted Petnet on its advertised email address, the email bounced back with a delivery failure notice. One pet owner tweeted: "My cat starved for over a week", while others complained about other hardware is...

Google Warns Huawei Owners Against 'Sideloading' Its Apps

February 25 2020 | TW News Correspondent

Google has warned people not to circumvent the ban on Google apps that affects newer Huawei phones.

Recent Huawei devices cannot download the Google Play app store or hugely popular apps such as Gmail, YouTube, or Google Maps. Android phones allow users to install apps from unverified sources, however. But now, Google has warned this "sideloading" - manually installing app files fou...

Google Bans Nearly 600 Android Apps, Cites 'Disruptive Ads'

February 24 2020 | TW News Correspondent

Android devices are more secure than ever. Some developers, though, are continuing to release malicious apps. In a blog post, Google announced that nearly 600 apps were removed from the Play Store after violating its disruptive ads and disallowed interstitial policies. There's an ongoing effort to stop these apps from entering the Play Store and getting distributed on a large number of smartphones and tablets. I...

Google Sued by New Mexico Over Claims It Spies on US Students

February 23 2020 | TW News Correspondent

The attorney general of the US state of New Mexico is suing Google, accusing the company of illegally collecting the personal data of school children. The tech giant is alleged to have collected data on which websites pupils vi...

Scientists Discover Powerful Antibiotic Using AI

February 22 2020 | TW News Correspondent

In a world first, scientists have discovered a new type of antibiotic using artificial intelligence (AI). It has been heralded by experts as a major breakthrough in the fight against the growing problem of drug resistance. A powerful algorithm was used to analyse more than one hundred million chemical compounds in a matter of days. The newly discovered compound was able t...

Facebook Boss Faces 'blow-dried armpit' Jibes

February 20 2020 | TW News Correspondent

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has faced jibes on social media over claims he has staff blow-dry his armpits before public appearances. The claim is from a new book, Facebook: The Inside Story by Steven Levy, that will be released later this month. A Bloomberg review included the anecdote about Mr Zuckerberg having a mem...

Ring Doorbell Makes Two-Factor Verification Mandatory

February 19 2020 | TW News Correspondent

Ring, Amazon's video doorbell system, has introduced additional steps to the way users log in to their accounts. Users will need to enter a password and unique s...

Apple Warns Coronavirus will Hurt iPhones Supplies

February 18 2020 | TW News Correspondent

Apple has warned that disruption in China from the coronavirus will mean revenues falling short of forecasts. The tech giant said production and sales were affected, and that "worldwide iPhone supply will be temporarily constrained". The iPhone maker is the first major US company to say that the epidemic will hit its finances. Apple, which had foreca...

Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook Boss Urges Tighter Regulation

February 16 2020 | TW News Correspondent

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has called for more regulation of harmful online content, saying it was not for companies like his to decide what counts as legitimate free speech. Citing China, Mr Zuckerberg also warne...