Tech 2016: BBC News Online’s biggest technology stories

Tech 2016: BBC News Online’s biggest technology stories

Image copyright Reuters/Getty/BBC Another year of tech news is nearly over. It has been an eventful 12 months. Samsung smartphones exploded, GoPro drones dropped out of the air and Pebble smartwatches met an untimely end. Facebook became embroiled in a fake news controversy, Yahoo revealed several mega-breaches, we identified the supposed creator of Bitcoin – […]

Tech 2016: BBC News Online’s biggest technology stories

Tech 2016: BBC News Online’s biggest technology stories

Image copyright Reuters/Getty/BBC Another year of tech news is nearly over. It has been an eventful 12 months. Samsung smartphones exploded, GoPro drones dropped out of the air and Pebble smartwatches met an untimely end. Facebook became embroiled in a fake news controversy, Yahoo revealed several mega-breaches, we identified the supposed creator of Bitcoin – […]

Amazon files patent for flying warehouse

Amazon files patent for flying warehouse

Image copyright USPTO Image caption The patent envisages fleets of airships forming the air-borne delivery network Amazon has filed a patent for massive flying warehouses equipped with fleets of drones that deliver goods to key locations. Carried by an airship, the warehouses would visit places Amazon expects demand for certain goods to boom. It says […]

Drone-based blood deliveries in Tanzania to be funded by UK

Drone-based blood deliveries in Tanzania to be funded by UK

Image copyright Dfid Image caption The Zip drones are launched from a catapult The UK government is to fund a trial of drone-based deliveries of blood and other medical supplies in Tanzania. The goal is to radically reduce the amount of time it takes to send stock to health clinics in the African nation by […]

Medical device cyber-safety rules issued by US watchdog

Medical device cyber-safety rules issued by US watchdog

Image caption Operations at hospitals across Lincolnshire were delayed thanks to a malware infection Hackers are “continuously” targeting medical devices and hospitals, the US Federal Drug Administration has warned. The alert comes in new FDA rules that define how medical equipment makers should tackle cyber-threats. Manufacturers should be constantly vigilant, said the watchdog, and make […]

Murder squad sought Amazon Echo data

Murder squad sought Amazon Echo data

Image copyright Amazon Image caption Amazon refused to share data captured by one of its Echo speakers US police investigating a murder have tussled with Amazon over access to data gathered by one of its Echo speakers. The voice-controlled device was found near to a hot tub where the victim was found dead amid signs […]

Clash of Clans mobile game ‘blocked’ in Iran

Clash of Clans mobile game ‘blocked’ in Iran

Image copyright Supercell Iran has put limits on who can play the popular Clash of Clans mobile game. A government committee called for restrictions citing a report from psychologists, who said it encouraged violence and tribal conflict. The app could also negatively affect family life if teenagers got addicted to the game, warned the committee […]

Why I want my home to watch me

Media captionWATCH: Simon Daykin’s house keep a close eye over him As I step into the hallway in Simon Daykin’s New Forest home, his smartwatch goes into overdrive. He is receiving messages from the house itself, warning him there is somebody inside it doesn’t recognise. “As you come in, you’ve already been spotted by some […]

Robocop designer’s real world robot

A South Korean company has unveiled a prototype for the world’s first manned, two-legged robot. The four-metre high machine is reminiscent of the military robots found in the movie Avatar. And it is designed by a man involved in the Robocop and Terminator films. This time around though there are some real-life applications. Video produced […]

The garden shed full of helping hands

The garden shed full of helping hands

Media captionWATCH: Team Unlimbited’s 3D-printed limbs are changing lives At first glance, the shed, in a back garden in Swansea, doesn’t look remarkable. Step closer and you’ll hear the whirring of a hard-working machine. Open the door and, while I’d like to tell you it is Tardis-like inside, it isn’t. Every inch of space is […]