Technology

Apple to be hit with multi-million euro tax demand

Apple will tomorrow be hit with a demand to repay more than €1bn (£850m) in unpaid taxes to the Irish state when the European Commission declares that its tax affairs in the country amount to illegal state aid. The decision, which is likely to generate a fierce backlash from Dublin, Silicon Valley and Washington, will be Brussels’ biggest attack on ...

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Fitbit unveils long-awaited successors to Charge and Flex fitness trackers

Fitbit, the world’s biggest seller of activity trackers, has stepped up its efforts in wearable technology with a new range of fitness bands as companies prepare to descend on Europe’s biggest tech show. The company has unveiled two successors to its most popular trackers, the Charge and Flex, with new features such as the ability to estimate fitness levels and ...

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The web's domain name revolution has been a missed opportunity

Depending on what date you choose to believe, the world wide web turned 25 this month. On August 6, 1991, Tim Berners-Lee published a modest-looking bundle of text and links – the first public webpage – from CERN’s headquarters in Geneva. For the nostalgic, it is still available today, although the advice on using discontinued browsers and building elementary websites ...

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iPhone 7 faces claims of supply shortages ahead of launch

Apple may struggle to meet demand for the iPhone 7 when it is released next month due to supply shortages, according to reports. Problems with faulty components among Apple’s suppliers as the company prepares to release the new device could lead  to a shortage of iPhones at release, according to the Nikkei Asian Review. The report quotes sources claiming that ...

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Lord Myners criticises Government green light of ARM sale

A former City minister has attacked SoftBank’s perceived lack of commitments to ARM Holdings as shareholders prepare to approve the £24.3bn offer for Britain’s most high-profile technology company. Lord Myners said the “assurances obtained by the Government from SoftBank were not worth the paper they were written on”, arguing that the Japanese company’s promises to protect jobs and keep ARM’s ...

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Brussels set to demand years of extra tax payments from Apple

Apple is preparing to appeal an imminent order that it pay back years of unpaid taxes to the Irish state should the European Commission rule this week that Ireland gave the tech giant illegal state aid. The European Commission is expected to declare this week that deals stretching back 25 years between Apple and the Irish state gave the company an unfair ...

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Internet of things struggles as use of smart home gadgets flatlines

The technology giants of Silicon Valley have long predicted that all our fridges, ovens and light bulbs will soon be connected to the internet. But British households have yet to embrace the so-called “internet of things”, according to new research showing that sales are flatlining. Figures from Deloitte show that the popularity of connected home gadgets has barely changed in the ...

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Belgian teacher creates Pokémon Go style game for hunting books

Inspired by the success of Pokémon Go, a Belgian primary school headmaster has developed an online game for people to search for books instead of cartoon monsters, attracting tens of thousands of players in weeks. While with Pokémon Go, players use a mobile device’s GPS and camera to track virtual creatures around town, Aveline Gregoire’s version is played through a Facebook group called “Chasseurs ...

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WhatsApp met with backlash after giving users' data to Facebook

WhatsApp and Facebook have come under fire after the messaging app announced an update to its privacy policy that gives it permission to share its users’ phone numbers, device information and metadata with the social network, its parent company.  The new terms have sparked outrage among privacy conscious users, given the messaging service’s traditional commitment to privacy and promise not to compromise this when it was bought by ...

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