Anker crammed a projector into a soda can-sized smart speaker

While every CES brings a new set of smaller and smarter devices, the age of the mobile projector hasn’t quite arrived. But gadget company Anker’s Nebula Capsule, launched today on Indiegogo, makes a strong argument by bundling a speaker and Bluetooth connectability in to the visual package. Even if you aren’t binging TV or showing a […]

HSBC Beta app will ‘nudge’ over-spenders

HSBC UK is testing a new smartphone app that will help people track what they spend money on, and will “nudge” them if they exceed their spending limits. Customers will also be able to add accounts from 21 rivals including Lloyds and NatWest, to keep track of all their balances in one app. The app […]

Social media terms ‘jargon-busted’ for teens

A set of jargon-busting guides that teach children about their rights on social media sites has been published. Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield said Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp and YouTube had “not done enough” to clarify their policies. She simplified the websites’ terms and conditions with privacy law firm Schillings. But Instagram said the simplified version […]

Drone detects heartbeat and breathing rates

Researchers at the University of South Australia have developed drones that can remotely measure heart and breathing rates. Image-processing systems combined with specially created algorithms allow the drones to detect vital signs in several people at once, while they are moving. The drones could be deployed in nursing homes, on hospital wards and in war […]

Frictionless borders: learning from Norway

If you want to know how to run an efficient, hi-tech, virtually frictionless border – come to Norway. At least, that’s what Norwegian Customs would have you believe. But this country also has advice for the UK about making its border run smoothly after Brexit – it’s about collaboration, not just technology. Norway, which is […]

Twitter’s Russia briefings ‘inadequate’ – US senators

The US Senate Intelligence Committee has criticised Twitter for offering an “inadequate” appearance in briefings on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Democratic Senator Mark Warner said the briefings were “deeply disappointing”. The social network earlier said it had shut down about 200 accounts linked to a Russian misinformation campaign. It follows a review […]

Amazon revamps Echo smart speaker family

Amazon has announced new versions of its Echo smart speakers that promise improved sound and voice recognition. The basic model also allows its shell to be changed to give it different looks – a feature already offered by Google’s rival Home device. A larger Echo Plus adds a “home hub”, letting it control smart light […]

Alternatives to Uber: Apps to use if Uber is banned

Uber is under threat with the company’s private hire licence denied by Transport for London. The ride-hailing service has become the darling of most Londoners, but in a city filled with Black Cabs and minicab firms there are plenty of alternatives out there. There are several major competing cab hire apps that offer competitive rates compared to […]

Are Samsung’s Smart TVs really spying on you?

Remember when Microsoft revealed Kinect would quietly listen to everything you said, causing the internet to erupt into furious, anti-Orwellian storm? Now it’s Samsung’s turn. A passage from the company’s Smart TV privacy policy has been doing the rounds, revealing a small but concerning detail: “Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal […]