Tuesday, 06 Dec, 2022

Tech

Chinese astronauts return to Earth after 6-month mission

Three Chinese astronauts have returned to Earth after completing a six-month mission aboard China's space station. They left for space on 5 June to oversee the final construction stage of the Tiangong space station, which was completed in November. The crew touched down on board

US unveils high-tech B-21 stealth bomber

The Air Force on Friday unveiled its newest stealth bomber aircraft, the B-21 Raider, in Palmdale, California. Built by Northrop Grumman, the bomber was named in honor of the “courageous spirit” of airmen who carried out the surprise World War II Doolittle Raid. The

WhatsApp may soon allow users to search messages by date

With several new features, the meta-owned instant messaging app WhatsApp is continuously working on enhancing the user experience. The messaging app has rolled out several new features like emoji reactions for messages, surveys, transferring chats between iOS and Android, muting

iPhone maker offers payments for finding new workers

Apple supplier Foxconn is ramping up efforts to recruit workers after unrest at the world's biggest iPhone factory. Employees who successfully refer a friend or family member to work at its plant in Zhengzhou, China will receive a 1,000 yuan award ($141; £117). It comes

San Francisco to allow police 'killer robots'

San Francisco's ruling Board of Supervisors has voted to let the city's police use robots that can kill. The measure permits police to deploy robots equipped with explosives in extreme circumstances. Dr Catherine Connolly, from the group Stop Killer Robots, said the move was

Elon Musk's Twitter lifts rule against COVID misinformation

Twitter will no longer enforce its policy against COVID-19 misinformation, raising concerns among public health experts that the change could have serious consequences if it discourages vaccination and other efforts to combat the still-spreading virus. Eagle-eyed users spotted the

China sends new crew to Tiangong space station

Three Chinese astronauts have taken off for the Tiangong space station to make its first in-orbit crew handover. It will be the second permanently inhabited space outpost, after the Nasa-led International Space Station from which China was excluded in 2011. The fresh crew will live

Apple Has Threatened to Pull Twitter From App Store, Musk Claims

Elon Musk unleashed a stream of confrontational Twitter posts directed at Apple — including claiming that the tech giant has threatened to remove the Twitter app from the Apple App Store without providing a reason for doing so. “Apple has also threatened to withhold Twitter

NASA Orion spacecraft enters lunar orbit: officials

NASA’s Orion spacecraft was placed in lunar orbit Friday, officials said, as the much-delayed Moon mission proceeded successfully. A little over a week after the spacecraft blasted off from Florida bound for the Moon, flight controllers “successfully performed a burn to

US bans sale of Huawei, ZTE tech amid security fears

The US has banned the sale and import of new communications equipment from five Chinese companies, including Huawei and ZTE, amid concerns over national security. Other companies listed include Hikvision, Dahua and Hytera, which make video surveillance equipment and two-way radio

Amazon workers stage walkouts, protests on Black Friday

Amazon employees and their supporters have rallied in dozens of countries to protest against the retail giant’s labour policies, according to campaigners. From Germany and France to the United States, from India to Japan and the United Kingdom, Amazon’s employees downed

Musk announces 'amnesty' for banned Twitter accounts after poll

Elon Musk said Thursday many previously suspended Twitter accounts would be allowed back on the platform after a landslide of users responding to an informal poll by the new owner voted in favor of the move. The announcement comes as Musk faces pushback that his criteria for content

iPhone maker apologises after huge protests at China plant

Apple supplier Foxconn has apologised for a "technical error" in its payment systems, a day after its iPhone factory in China was rocked by angry protests. Videos had showed hundreds of workers marching at the world's biggest iPhone factory in the city of Zhengzhou, with

Nasa's Artemis spacecraft arrives at the Moon

The Orion capsule swept 130km (80 miles) above the lunar surface, and it will now begin to enter a larger orbit. The vehicle was out of contact for 34 minutes during this manoeuvre, which began at 12:44 GMT, as it took place on the far side of the Moon. As the signal returned, the

Musk lifts Donald Trump's Twitter ban

Twitter's new owner Elon Musk has said Donald Trump's account has been reinstated after running a poll in which users narrowly backed the move. "The people have spoken," tweeted Mr Musk, saying that 51.8% of more than 15 million Twitter users voted for the ban to be

Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes jailed for fraud

A California judge has sentenced Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes to 11 years and three months in prison for defrauding investors in her now-defunct blood-testing startup that was once valued at $9bn. US District Judge Edward Davila in San Jose, California, sentenced Holmes on three

Twitter closes offices until next week

Twitter has told employees that the company's office buildings will be temporarily closed, effective immediately. In a message seen by the BBC, workers were told that the offices would reopen on Monday 21 November. It did not give a reason for the move. The announcement comes

Nasa's Artemis Moon rocket lifts off Earth

The American space agency Nasa has launched its most powerful ever rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida. The 100m-tall Artemis vehicle climbed skyward in a stupendous mix of light and sound. Its objective was to hurl an astronaut capsule in the direction of the Moon. This

Google to pay record $391m privacy settlement

Google will pay $391.5m (£330m) to settle allegations about how it collects data from users. The technology giant tracked the location of users who opted out of location services on their devices, 40 US states said. Google has been told to be transparent about location

Musk delays relaunch of Twitter’s beleaguered paid service

Tesla CEO says he is postponing restart of the subscription service by two weeks to make sure it is “rock solid”. Elon Musk has delayed the relaunch of his paid subscription service for Twitter after the billionaire’s overhaul of the platform’s verification