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The long wait for a Persian iPhone keyboard

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Apple introduced new iOS on Tuesday Android devices as well as Apple computers have Persian keyboards, but until this week the option wasn’t available on Apple phones or iPads. For years Persian speakers used the Arabic keyboard on the iPhone, which was not really ideal ...

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Gym app Pact pays $1m over broken promises

Image copyright Pact Fitness app Pact, which promised members financial rewards for meeting their health goals, has settled accusations that it broke its promises. The app let people set exercise and dietary goals, and charged them a penalty between $5 (£3.70) and $50 if they failed to meet their target. ...

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Hijacked software used to target tech giants

Image copyright die-phalanx Image caption It’s still not clear what the attack code does on compromised machines Hackers who booby-trapped widely used security software also used their malware to infiltrate machines at tech firms, suggests analysis. Evidence that other companies had been compromised came to light as Cisco researchers probed ...

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Uber loses its licence to operate in London

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Uber lost its private hire licence Uber will not be issued a new private hire licence, Transport for London (TfL) has said. TfL concluded the ride-hailing app firm was not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence. Uber’s approach and conduct demonstrated ...

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Invisible threat

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption If a hacker managed to switch off a life-support machine, the results could be fatal Imagine a hacker remotely turning off a life support machine in a hospital, or shutting down a power station. These are the nightmare scenarios we face because many organisations ...

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Fake website fools Equifax staff

Image copyright EPA Credit rating firm Equifax has mistakenly directed some customers to an imposter website via its Twitter page, security researchers say. The firm recently disclosed a data breach affecting more than 143 million people, and set up a new website to share information with customers. But it mistakenly ...

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‘Payment by vein’ trialled in supermarket

Image copyright Fingopay Image caption The system could be handy if you have forgotten your purse or wallet A supermarket in London is trialling a biometric payment system that uses the unique vein pattern in fingertips to pay for goods. Costcutter said it would consider rolling Fingopay out more widely ...

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Faster fashion

A number of shows at London Fashion Week trialled a system where clothes are made available for sale immediately after appearing on the catwalk. Gigi Hadid modelled the outfits she’d collaborated on with designer Tommy Hilfiger in Camden. The brand is one of five which used the “see now, buy ...

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Facebook trial lets users hide alcohol adverts

Image caption Facebook is testing a tool that allows users to hide alcohol adverts. Facebook is testing a tool that lets people hide advertisements for alcohol. It is the first time a social network has let people proactively block adverts on a specific topic. The move has been welcomed by ...

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NotPetya cyber-attack cost TNT at least $300m

Image copyright TNT Image caption TNT has yet to restore all its computer systems Delivery company FedEx says a recent cyber-attack cost its TNT division about $300m (£221m). The company was one of several to have its computer systems severely disrupted by the NotPetya ransomware outbreak in June. Company executives ...

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Tomb Raider poster gets it in the neck

Image copyright Warner Bros/Getty Images Image caption Spot the difference: Vikander on the Tomb Raider poster and in the flesh A poster and action-packed trailer for the new Tomb Raider film have been released – but all everyone’s talking about is Alicia Vikander’s neck. The Oscar-winning actress appears to be ...

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