Samsung buys connected car firm Harman for $8bn in cash

Samsung buys connected car firm Harman for $8bn in cash

Image copyright Getty Images Samsung Electronics is buying automotive electronics-maker Harman International Industries for about $8bn (£6.4bn) in cash as it makes a big push into connected car technologies. The offer of $112 per share is a 28% premium to Harman’s Friday closing price and marks the biggest overseas purchase by a South Korean firm. […]

Police crackdown on use of mobiles when driving

Police crackdown on use of mobiles when driving

Image copyright PA Police in England and Wales are conducting a week-long crackdown on motorists who use their mobile phones while driving. The operations will include dedicated patrols and messages on road signs. The move follows government plans to double fines and points for using a mobile while driving. The National Police Chiefs’ Council said […]

Zuckerberg promises Facebook action over fake news

Zuckerberg promises Facebook action over fake news

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mark Zuckerberg says any changes must proceed ‘carefully’ Mark Zuckerberg has said Facebook will do more to tackle fake news, and again denied it had in any way aided Donald Trump’s presidential election victory. In a post on his Facebook profile Mr Zuckerberg said he hoped to announce measures […]

Amazon ordered to refund children’s in-app purchases

Amazon ordered to refund children’s in-app purchases

Image copyright Thinkstock A judge has ordered Amazon to refund the parents of children who made in-app purchases on Kindle and Android devices without their consent between 2011 and 2014. Seattle-based Judge John Coughenour ordered the firm to run the refund process for 12 months beginning in January 2017. It follows successful legal action by […]

Online bullying counselling on increase, says Childline

Online bullying counselling on increase, says Childline

Image copyright NSPCC/PA The number of children and young people needing counselling about online bullying has increased by 88% over five years, according to a helpline. The NSPCC’s Childline service said it counselled more than 4,500 children in the past year compared to about 2,400 in 2011-12. The total number suffering online abuse is thought […]

Amazon ordered to refund children’s in-app purchases

Amazon ordered to refund children’s in-app purchases

Image copyright Thinkstock A judge has ordered Amazon to refund the parents of children who made in-app purchases on Kindle and Android devices without their consent between 2011 and 2014. Seattle-based Judge John Coughenour ordered the firm to run the refund process for 12 months beginning in January 2017. It follows successful legal action by […]

Facebook bug ‘kills’ users in ‘terrible error’

Facebook bug ‘kills’ users in ‘terrible error’

Image copyright Facebook Image caption Facebook’s own CEO was among the “dead” during the bug’s brief appearance An unusual bug on Facebook briefly labelled many people as dead. The error on Friday caused the social network to show a memorial banner on user profiles for people who were still alive. Users posted status updates to […]

Amazon drivers ‘work illegal hours’

Amazon drivers ‘work illegal hours’

Image caption Amazon has a delivery depot in Avonmouth, in Bristol Amazon delivery drivers regularly work “illegal” hours and receive less than the minimum wage, it has been claimed. Drivers for agencies contracted by the internet giant told an undercover reporter they were expected to deliver up to 200 parcels a day. Some admitted breaking […]

Spotify patches ‘data gobbling’ glitch

Spotify patches ‘data gobbling’ glitch

Image copyright Spotify Music service Spotify is rolling out a fix to stop its desktop application repeatedly writing huge amounts of junk data to computer users’ hard drives. Reporters from new site Ars Technica found Spotify was writing up to 10GB of data an hour to their computers. Unnecessarily writing and rewriting data to some […]

Amazon ordered to refund children’s in-app purchases

Amazon ordered to refund children’s in-app purchases

Image copyright Thinkstock A judge has ordered Amazon to refund the parents of children who made in-app purchases on Kindle and Android devices without their consent between 2011 and 2014. Seattle-based Judge John Coughenour ordered the firm to run the refund process for 12 months beginning in January 2017. It follows successful legal action by […]