Technology

You can finally zoom in on Instagram photos

Instagram has released an update to its iOS app that introduces one of users’ most wanted features: pinch to zoom.  The new feature means that users can now reverse pinch on a photo or video to zoom in on it. To date the lack of zoom, which is a staple in almost all other picture sharing and viewing apps, has been a ...

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Samsung delays Galaxy Note 7 shipments after reports of exploding batteries

Samsung has delayed shipments of its new Galaxy Note 7 phone after reports that batteries in the devices were overheating, causing them to catch fire and explode. The delay, which threatens to halt the South Korean company’s recent upturn in fortunes, sent Samsung’s shares falling by 2pc on Thursday. Several owners of the £750 device reported that it had spontaneously ...

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Google Sheep View: Tech giant to map out Faroe Islands using sheep, ships and wheelbarrows

The remote Faroe Islands have for many years been neglected by Google Street View. That was until islander Durita Andreassen began attempting to map out her homeland using a flock of sheep equipped with solar-powered 360 cameras. [embedded content] Her efforts prompted thousands of people to urge the tech giant to include the Faroe Islands in its visual mapping project. Credit: Google Google, who ...

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Samsung launches Gear S3 smartwatch – best new features and how it compares to the Apple Watch

Samsung has unveiled the fourth generation of its Gear smartwatch, which is larger and more sturdy than previous models. The Gear S3 smartwatch, released at the IFA technology trade show in Berlin, features some iterative updates on the Gear S2, including a bigger screen, a GPS signal, and a 4G-enabled model.  The company launched two additions to its smartwatch range, the Frontier and ...

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Uber unveils a fleet of electric cars

Fully electric cars will now be available on the Uber app as the taxi firm tries to help tackle air pollution in London. With the first battery-powered vehicles hitting the capital’s roads from Wednesday, the company said more than 50 fully electric cars will be available on the app in the capital by the end of September. Uber said it also has plans to introduce the vehicles ...

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iPhone 7 to come with wireless 'AirPods' after Apple ditches headphone jack

Apple’s next iPhone, due for release on September 7, could come with wireless headphones, according to a leaked document.  Rumours about the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have consistently suggested that the upcoming Apple handsets will not have a 3.5mm headphone jack. Instead, the only port on the device will be the Lightning port, which is currently only used for charging.  ...

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Dropbox hackers stole 68 million passwords – check if you're affected and how to protect yourself

A huge cache of personal data from Dropbox that contains the usernames and passwords of nearly 70 million account holders has been discovered online.  The information, believed to have been stolen in a hack that occurred several years ago, includes the passwords and email addresses of 68.7 million users of the cloud storage service. Dropbox confirmed that the credentials were stolen in a hack that ...

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Amazon Dash: One-click internet shopping buttons launched in UK

There are few worse feelings than the horror of running out of razor blades, coffee or – God forbid – toilet paper at a crucial moment. But the days of British households being caught without essential supplies may be over after Amazon announced its latest invention. The online retailer has unveiled a range of internet-connected buttons which, with one click, ...

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ARM investors approve £24bn SoftBank takeover

Shareholders in ARM Holdings have overwhelmingly backed SoftBank’s £24.3bn takeover offer in a vote held this afternoon, quelling cries from influential quarters that the deal should be blocked. Microchip designer ARM, Britain’s biggest technology company, accepted SoftBank’s all-cash offer in July. The deal cleared its final hurdle today when 95pc of shareholders endorsed the deal at a meeting in central London. The deal, which is the biggest-ever ...

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Tim Cook says Apple tax decision 'has no basis in fact': Read his letter in full

Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook has criticised the European Commission ruling that the Silicon Valley giant’s tax deal with Ireland amounted to “illegal state aid”.   In an open letter addressed to “the Apple community in Europe”, Cook denied any wrongdoing and said Apple would appeal against the decision, which dictates that Apple must pay €13bn (£11bn) in unpaid taxes to the Irish state. Cook said he was “confident” ...

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