• By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor 5 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright Getty ImagesThe culture secretary is to order social media companies to be more aggressive in their response to conspiracy theories linking 5G networks to the coronavirus pandemic. Oliver Dowden plans to hold virtual meetings with representatives from several tech firms next week to discuss the...

  • By Zoe Thomas Technology reporter 5 April 2020 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Toy Story was the first feature length film released by Pixar and has gone on to become a billion dollar franchiseIn the opening scene of Toy Story, released in 1995, a cluster of boxes is scattered across a child's bedroom. The sun streams into the room as a Mr Potato Head doll demands money from a...

  • By Cristina Criddle Technology reporter 3 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image caption Virtual garden tours and personal online advice is the new way of businessGarden centres and nurseries are offering online personal shopping services to reduce wastage. Companies have been livestreaming videos of their centres and FaceTiming and emailing customers to offer advice and guidance...

  • By David Molloy & Joe Tidy BBC News 3 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright AFP Image caption The UK Cabinet has been meeting via Zoom - something researchers say may not be idealThe hugely popular video meetings app Zoom has "significant weaknesses" which might make it unsuitable for secrets. A team at The Citizen Lab found that Zoom was using a non-standard type of...

  • By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter 3 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There are growing demands from workers for stricter safety measures in the wake of coronavirusLeaked notes from an internal Amazon meeting throw light on how executives are dealing with increased worker unrest during the Covid-19 crisis. A lawyer suggested focusing on...

  • By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor 3 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright Getty ImagesGoogle is to publicly track people's movements over the course of the coronavirus pandemic. The tech firm will publish details of the different types of places people are going to on a county-by-county basis in the UK, as well as similar data for 130 other countries. The plan is to...

  • By Sooraj Shah Technology of Business reporter 3 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright Mazen Kourouche Image caption Mazen Kourouche likes to be among the first to get the latest iPhoneEvery Autumn, Mazen Kourouche heads to the biggest Apple Store in Sydney, Australia, and queues up for hours to be one of the first people in the world to get his hands on the latest...

  • By Steffan Powell Newsbeat gaming reporter 2 April 2020 Related Topics Bafta Awards Image copyright MOBIUS DIGITALAction-adventure game Outer Wilds has won the prestigious Best Game prize at the 16th annual Bafta Games Awards. The title's writer Kelsey Beachum credited its players saying: "Word of mouth has been essential in getting people to play the game, you're all really beautiful"' The game...

  • 2 April 2020 Image copyright Amazon Image caption The court case surrounded unlicensed sales of Davidoff perfume - but the ruling should set a precedentAmazon has been given the all-clear by the European Court of Justice after a legal battle over the sale of bottles of unlicensed Davidoff perfume. The German arm of beauty company Coty - which owns the Davidoff brand - went to court in a bid to...

  • 2 April 2020 Image copyright Getty Image caption Google is hoping to end poor quality audio during video calls.Google is hoping to end low quality video calls by deploying artificial intelligence to "fill in" audio gaps caused by bad connections. WaveNetEQ works by using a library of speech data to realistically continue short segments of conversations. The AI is trained to produce mostly...

  • By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter 2 April 2020 Image copyright Zoom Image caption Zoom has become the app many are using to stay in touch with friends, family and work colleaguesZoom is to pause the development of any new features to concentrate on safety and privacy issues, in the wake of criticism from users of the app. In a blog, the chief executive of the video conferencing app...

  • By Steffan Powell Newsbeat gaming reporter Image copyright BaftaWhen you're hosting an awards ceremony during lockdown, the first thing you do is ask all the nominees to record a winners speech - just in case. Well that's what Bafta has done in preparation for its pre-recorded Games Awards. There might not be a traditional red carpet, champagne reception or live audience but organisers are still...

  • 2 April 2020 Image copyright AmazonAmazon has begun allowing iPhone and Apple TV users to make in-app purchases and rent movies and shows from Amazon Prime. The move is a reversal for Amazon which had forced Prime users to leave the app and go to Amazon's website via a browser to make purchases. It is also a change for Apple which will allow Amazon to use its own payment system. The changes...

  • 1 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright HOC Image caption Sir Lindsay Hoyle was elected Speaker in November last yearMPs should be able to take part in Prime Minister's Questions and debates via video if they are unable to return to work, Sir Lindsay Hoyle has said. Parliament has been shut down until 21 April to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. But the Commons...

  • By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor 1 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Moscow's police will soon ask citizens to show them a QR code to prove they have permission to go outMoscow is launching an app to track the movements of people in the capital diagnosed with coronavirus, who have been ordered to stay at home. The city's IT chief said...

  • 1 April 2020 Image copyright Getty Image caption TSB customers complained on Wednesday they were unable to access their online bankingA number of TSB customers were left unable to access online banking and mobile app services for both Android and iOS on Wednesday. Independent website DownDetector, which tracks social-media posts on how sites are performing, showed hundreds of customers...

  • 31 March 2020 Apple has purchased the weather predicting app Dark Sky and plans to shut down the Android and Wear OS versions. Dark Sky is known for its hyper-local weather predictions and ability to forecast minute by minute. The app's creator Adam Grossman said the partnership would allow Dark Sky to reach "far more people". Owners of Android phones or wearable devices not made by Apple will...

  • Image copyright Family who attended the meeting Image caption One family held up a sign of peace amid the abuseA synagogue service being held online has been hijacked by racist accounts which posted anti-Semitic abuse to congregants, the BBC has learned. The meeting was being held on video chat app Zoom. "Zoombombing" - where uninvited guests enter meetings - is on the rise as more people use...

  • 1 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright Getty ImagesThe videoconferencing app Zoom has come under fresh high-level scrutiny as its popularity soars during the coronavirus pandemic. New York's attorney general has written to the firm raising concerns over its ability to cope with the rise in users. Zoom is now being used by millions of people for work and leisure, as...

  • By Joe Tidy Cyber-security reporter 31 March 2020 Image copyright EpicThe messages began circulating at the weekend: "Delete the Houseparty app, it's hacked my Spotify account!" Like many rumours, the posts went viral across both public networks, like Twitter and Facebook, and closed forums on WhatsApp and Snapchat. They have become so widespread that Houseparty itself says it is a victim of a...