Google developing a cancer detector

28 October 2014 Last updated at 17:35 By Leo Kelion James Gallagher Technology and health desk editors Google hopes to develop a wristband that would carry out non-invasive blood tests Google is aiming to diagnose cancers, impending heart attacks or strokes and other diseases, at a much earlier stage than is currently possible. The company […]

Samaritans app flags worrying tweets

29 October 2014 Last updated at 00:40 By Zoe Kleinman Technology reporter, BBC News Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. WATCH: Rory Cellan-Jones shows how the new Samaritan Radar app works The Samaritans charity has launched a new app which will notify Twitter users if people they follow on the site appear […]

Argos faces glitches on website

29 October 2014 Last updated at 11:40 The error message seen by some users was inaccurate Retailer Argos’s website has suffered problems for a second day following a revamped design of the site. It displayed an error message on some computers, but not others, saying access had been blocked because of a “high volume of […]

White House computers ‘hacked’

29 October 2014 Last updated at 12:02 According to reports, an unclassified network was breached A White House computer network has been breached by hackers, it has been reported. The unclassified Executive Office of the President network was attacked, according to the Washington Post. US authorities are reported to be investigating the breach, which was […]

Why we retired the feedly URL shortener

As part of the feedly web and mobile 24 update, we retired the feedly URL shortener. It felt like the right thing to do for users and makes us a better citizen of the Web. It is the right thing to do for users, because people who receive those links in emails, SMSs and social […]

A single fiber strand could carry the world’s internet traffic

Researchers in the US and Netherlands have managed to transmit data at 255Tbps across a single strand of fiber cable over a kilometer (0.6 miles), about 2,500 times faster than any commercial fiber. They used a so-called multicore cable with seven separate channels, but the hardware alone didn’t account for the speed. They also squeezed […]

UK’s £97 million supercomputer will predict the weather in your back yard

If someone asks you about UK weather, you can probably say “lousy” with about 75 percent accuracy. But the UK’s national weather service, the Met Office, needs a bit more precision than that, so it just purchased a £97 million ($156 million) Cray XC40 supercomputer. With 480,000 CPUs, the 140 tonne (154 ton) machine will […]

Reserve’s restaurant concierge app lets you forget about the bill

You can already organize fine dining excursions through a single app like OpenTable, but you still have to pull out your phone or wallet to pay when the night’s over. You won’t have to worry about the bill with Reserve’s new concierge service, though. The currently iOS-only platform lets you not only find and book […]

Nintendo returns to profit thanks to ‘Super Smash Bros.’

Super Smash Bros. isn’t just fun to play, it finally gave Nintendo a fun financial quarter, as well. For the first time in a while, the Japanese company turned a profit, 24 billion yen worth ($224 million) to be exact. That’s a big U-turn over last quarter, when it managed to lose 9.9 billion yen […]

Huawei’s Honor 6 smartphone comes to Europe to spook the OnePlus One

Huawei’s Honor series of smartphones are designed to pack a punch without punching a hole in your wallet, but these devices typically don’t see the light of day outside of China and other select markets. Today, that changes, with the announcement of the European launch of the Honor 6, a high-powered Android phone with an […]

A guide to end awkward handshakes

Mikael Cho is the co-founder of Crew, a network that connects short-term software projects with handpicked developers and designers. This post originally appeared on the Crew blog. The awkward handshake. It happens all the time. From Snoop Dogg and Bill Maher to Yao Ming and his whole family, it seems no one is immune. Even President Obama can’t […]

Nike+ Running for iOS updated with HealthKit support… But it might delete your Health data

Nike today updated its Nike+ Running app for iOS to flesh it out with some new features. They’re small but welcome additions for keeping better track of your runs. Chief among them is Apple Health integration, which lets you source data from wearables, such as heart rate monitor support when using certain devices like Wahoo’s Tickr. The app […]

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