Apr 11, 2024

Watch OJ Simpson's notorious 1994 car chase

Archive video shows the June 1994 pursuit of OJ Simpson as he fled Los Angeles police in a white Ford Bronco after failing to turn himself in. Simpson, a former star football player, had become the main suspect in the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson. Millions of Americans watched the lengthy chase and standoff on live television, which ended when he surrendered to police outside his home. Simpson was later acquitted of the murder after a trial in 1995.

Apr 10, 2024

Apple sparks Palestinian flag emoji controversy

Apple has been criticised after the Palestinian flag emoji was automatically suggested to iPhone users who type "Jerusalem." East Jerusalem, along with the West Bank and Gaza Strip, were captured by Israel from Jordan and Egypt in a war in 1967, and have since been viewed internationally as occupied Palestinian territory. Last year rival tech giant Meta had to apologise after a bug resulted in it adding "Terrorist" to the biographies of some Instagram users describing themselves as...

Apr 6, 2024

Behind the McDonald's boycott controversy

EPA. The sudden decision by McDonald's to take over ownership of its branches in Israel has thrust the franchise company Alonyal and its chief executive Omri Padan into the spotlight. McDonald's will buy back all of its Israeli restaurants after global sales slumped due to a boycott of the brand over its perceived support for Israel in its war against Hamas in Gaza.The fast-food giant uses a franchise system which means that individual operators are licensed to run outlets and employ staff....

Apr 5, 2024

Samsung profits jump by more than 900% on chips

Samsung Electronics says it expects its profits for the first three months of 2024 to jump by more than 10-fold compared to a year earlier. South Korea-based Samsung is the world's largest maker of memory chips, smartphones and televisions. Samsung's semiconductor division is usually the biggest revenue earner for the firm. Samsung is also expected to get a boost from sales of its new flagship Galaxy S24 smartphones, which were launched in January. The firm's shares have soared since its...

Apr 4, 2024

Dramatic drop in logging in key Amazon countries

The number of trees lost in tropical forests in Brazil and Colombia fell dramatically last year because of political action, a new analysis finds. The return to government of President Lula has coincided with a dramatic drop in forest losses in Brazil. As a result, there has been a 36% drop in primary forest losses in Brazil in 2023, compared to 2022."I think what we're seeing in Brazil, for example, is really a case of putting law enforcement back in place that was dismantled during the...

Apr 3, 2024

WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook apps hit by outage

WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram have all gone down briefly as part of a major outage at parent company Meta.Thousands of app users reported issues accessing the three sites late on Wednesday, with people taking to other social media to air grievances. Problems began around 19:00 BST.The UK site Downdetector, which monitors the performance of websites, indicated around 82,000 issues with WhatsApp at 19:25 BST but an hour later the issue appeared to have been largely resolved. Facebook users...

Apr 2, 2024

Microsoft splits Teams and Office globally

Teams is a collaboration application developed by Microsoft. Microsoft has said it is splitting the Teams business messaging and video app from its Office software globally. Microsoft said in a blogpost that Teams Standalone will cost $5.25 for new customers. After Teams was split from the Microsoft 365 and Office Suites in Europe last October, the platform saw little change to the size of its user base, according to market intelligence firm Sensor Tower. Mustafa Suleyman, the co-founder of...

Apr 1, 2024

Netflix's 3 Body Problem, a billionaire and a 'despicable' murder

The release of Netflix's series 3 Body Problem has been watched millions of times around the globe since its release late last month. According to the court, Xu Yao, who was known as a distinguished lawyer, became consumed by professional rivalry after Lin sidelined him shortly after he helped land the Netflix deal in 2020.Within months of this apparent slight, Lin was dead - the victim of a poisoning plot described as both "Premeditated" and "Extremely despicable" by the court last week. "At...

Mar 29, 2024

KFC Nigeria sorry after disabled diner refused service

KFC Nigeria says it will train its staff on empathetic customer service. KFC Nigeria has issued an apology after the country's airport authority shut one of its outlets over the alleged discrimination of a disabled client. Adebola Daniel, son of a former Nigerian state governor Gbenga Daniel, said in a post on X that he was ordered to leave a KFC outlet at Lagos airport because of his wheelchair. In a post on X on Thursday, KFC Nigeria said sorry to Mr Daniel and announced measures to address...

Mar 27, 2024

European flying car technology sold to China

WATCH: Convertible 'flying car' took to the sky in 2021.The tech behind a flying car, originally developed and successfully test-flown in Europe, has been bought by a Chinese firm. Hebei Jianxin Flying Car Technology Company, headquartered in Cangzhou, has purchased exclusive rights to manufacture and use AirCar aircraft inside an undisclosed area. Having led the way in the development of the EV revolution, China is now actively developing flying transport solutions. The sale of the Slovakian...

Mar 25, 2024

Apple, Meta and Google to be investigated by the EU

The EU has announced investigations into some of the biggest tech firms in the world over uncompetitive practices. It comes three weeks after the EU fined Apple €1.8bn for breaking competition laws over music streaming. Apple fined €1.8bn for breaking streaming rules. 'Mass surveillance' fears over law change plans. Trade body techUK outlines "Substantial concerns" over plans to amend the Investigatory Powers Act.

Mar 22, 2024

Row erupts over German football kit deal

The German Football Association's decision to switch the supplier of the national team's kit away from Adidas has been blasted by politicians. The contract will pass from the German company to US firm Nike from 2027.Economy Minister Robert Habeck said he would have "Liked a bit more local patriotism", while Health Minister Karl Lauterbach called the decision "Wrong". Adidas has supplied the kit for the German national football team for more than 70 years. According to reports in the German...

Mar 22, 2024

FBI probes mid-air blowout on Alaska Airlines flight

The FBI is investigating a January Alaska Airlines flight, where a door plug on the aircraft, a Boeing 737 Max 9, blew out mid-air. A criminal probe was confirmed by the FBI in a letter sent to those aboard the plane, identifying them as "Victims". The letters confirm early media reports that the Department of Justice had launched a criminal investigation into the Boeing jetliner blowout, which occurred on a 5 January flight from Portland, Oregon to Ontario, California. The Alaska Airlines...

Mar 21, 2024

US accuses Apple of monopolising smartphone market

The US has filed a landmark lawsuit against Apple which accuses the tech giant of monopolising the smartphone market and crushing competition. Apple has vowed to "Vigorously" fight the lawsuit and denies the claims. It is the third time the company has been sued by the justice department since 2009.The lawsuit, filed to a federal court in New Jersey, alleges that Apple used "a series of shapeshifting rules" in a bid to "Thwart innovation" and "Throttle" competitors. Mr Garland added that...

Mar 21, 2024

Apple becomes the latest tech giant under siege

Apple has a unique position as a tech brand, and is regarded with enormous affection by those who like it. "Apple is like a strange drug that you just can't quite get enough of," wrote Leander Kahney in his 2006 book The Cult of Mac.It is this "Strange drug" or "Magical experience", as Apple put it in a statement on Thursday, which is now under fire. This means all Apple products work seamlessly together, and every app, payment method and operating system update is vetted and approved by the...

Mar 20, 2024

MacKenzie Scott donates $640m to US non-profits

MacKenzie Scott, the ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, is giving $640m to non-profit organisations, more than double her previously planned donations for the year. Ms Scott has given away $16.5b since divorcing Mr Bezos in 2019.She has a net worth of $37.5b according to Forbes, which rates her as the fourth richest woman in the world, and has pledged to give away half of her wealth over the course of her life. Ms Scott posted on social media that the money had been given to groups "For...

Mar 18, 2024

Uber agrees $178m payout to Australia taxi drivers

Maurice Blackburn Lawyers filed the class action on behalf of over 8,000 taxi and hire car owners and drivers. "Since 2018, Uber has made significant contributions into various state-level taxi compensation schemes, and with today's proposed settlement, we put these legacy issues firmly in our past," Uber said in a statement. Over the years, it has faced protests by taxi drivers in cities around the world. In December 2023, the company won a lawsuit brought against it by 2,500 taxi drivers in...

Mar 12, 2024

Airbnb bans surveillance cameras inside properties

Airbnb says it is introducing a worldwide ban on the use of security cameras inside rental properties. The online rental platform says the move aims to simplify its rules on security cameras and prioritise the privacy of guests. Airbnb users have previously voiced concerns about the use of indoor surveillance cameras. Airbnb's current rules allow the use of security cameras in common areas such as living rooms and hallways, as long as the location of the equipment is made clear on the...

Mar 11, 2024

Trump says TikTok ban would only help Facebook

Former US President Donald Trump has criticised a congressional bill to force TikTok's parent company to sell the app or see it banned in the US. Mr Trump, who attempted to ban TikTok in 2020 while in the White House, said the proposal would give unfair advantages to Facebook owner Meta. "Without TikTok, you can make Facebook bigger, and I consider Facebook to be an enemy of the people," Mr Trump told NBC on Monday. "There are a lot of people on TikTok that love it. There are a lot of young...

Mar 10, 2024

Apple 'like Godfather' with new App Store rules

"Apple says it's opening up, but it still has a tight fist around iPhones", says Colton Adamski, a former hacker and businessman who lives near Chicago and is trying to launch one of the first alternative app shops in the EU. The 22-year-old has been running an unofficial iPhone app store for more than six years. For everywhere other than the EU, starting an app store is against Apple's terms, and installing apps outside the official App Store is prohibited. In the last few weeks, since...

Mar 8, 2024

Watch: United Airlines plane loses tyre during take-off

The Tokyo-bound Boeing-777 was diverted to Los Angeles, where it made a safe emergency landing. Video shows one of the tyres from the plane's main landing gear falling off seconds after the flight took off from San Francisco airport on Thursday. Debris landed in an airport staff car park, where at least one car appeared to have been damaged.

Mar 7, 2024

Netflix hits make Adam Sandler the best-paid actor

Adam Sandler may not be up for any Oscars this weekend for Netflix's Murder Mystery 2 - but he can console himself with the fact that the rom-com-thriller sequel helped make him the best-paid actor in Hollywood last year, according to Forbes magazine. Sandler's success on Netflix, appearing in and producing three films for the streamer in 2023, contributed to his $73m earnings, Forbes said. Tom Cruise is third on the Forbes list, with Robbie's Barbie co-star Ryan Gosling joint fourth with...

Mar 6, 2024

iPhone China sales slide as Huawei soars - report

Sales in China of Apple's iPhone fell by 24% in the first six weeks of 2024 compared to a year earlier, according to research firm Counterpoint. During the same period China's Huawei saw its sales jump by 64% in its home market, the report says. Apple and Huawei did not immediately respond to requests for comment from the BBC. Aside from a resurgence of Huawei sales at the more expensive end of the Chinese phone market, Apple was also "Squeezed in the middle on aggressive pricing from the...

Mar 5, 2024

Elon Musk sued over $128m unpaid severance at Twitter

Elon Musk is facing a lawsuit from Twitter's former top brass, who say he owes them more than $128m in unpaid severance. The four executives, including former chief Parag Agrawal, said Mr Musk fired them as he took over Twitter, now X, "Without reason, then made up fake cause" to avoid handing over the money. In the lawsuit the executives accused Mr Musk of turning the company into an entity that flouts the law and does not pay its debts. Last year, a former human resources officer at the...

Mar 5, 2024

Facebook and Instagram restored after outages

Facebook and Instagram have gone down in what appears to be a massive outage of parent company Meta's platforms. People trying to log onto the websites and apps were finding error messages and were unable to refresh their feeds as normal. Tracking website Downdetector indicated more than 300,000 reports of outages for Facebook, while there were more than 20,000 reports for Instagram. Its own status page suggests the products are experiencing major disruptions. "We are aware of an issue...

Mar 4, 2024

Apple fined €1.8bn for breaking streaming rules

Apple has been fined €1.8 billion by the EU for the first time. The penalty is for preventing Spotify and other music streaming services from informing users of payment options outside the Apple app store. The European Commission's decision was triggered by complaint by the Swedish music streaming service over this restriction and Apple's 30% fee. The EU competition enforcer said Apple abused its dominant position in the market.

Mar 1, 2024

Elon Musk sues OpenAI over Microsoft links

Elon Musk is suing OpenAI, the makers of ChatGPT, arguing it has breached the principles he agreed to when he helped found it in 2015. The lawsuit - which has also been filed against OpenAI boss Sam Altman - says the firm has departed from its original non-profit, open source mission. The lawsuit, which has been filed in San Francisco, states it was under these conditions, that Mr Musk agreed to found OpenAI, along with Mr Altman and co-founder Greg Brockman. The filing comes after the Wall...

Mar 1, 2024

Biggest US pharmacies to begin selling abortion pill

The two largest US pharmacy chains will begin selling the prescription abortion pill, mifepristone, this month. The announcement by CVS and Walgreens on Friday also comes as the Supreme Court is set to weigh whether the pill could be acquired by mail without an in-person doctor visit. Spokespeople from both CVS and Walgreens confirmed that they will begin selling the abortion pill in interviews with the New York Times on Friday. With the pill being available through a retail pharmacy, it will...

Feb 28, 2024

Apple unplugs electric car project, reports say

Apple has reportedly cancelled its plans to build electric vehicles a decade after the iPhone maker was rumoured to be working on the project. The firm has never publicly acknowledged the project, which is involves around two thousand people. Many employees from the project will be moved to the iPhone maker's artificial intelligence division, according to Bloomberg News. The Apple car team was reportedly known as the Special Projects Group, or SPG, and was understood to still be years away...

Feb 27, 2024

Sony to axe 900 PlayStation roles worldwide

Sony has announced it will lay off 8% of PlayStation employees globally, amounting to approximately 900 people. In addition to cuts in the US and Japan, the gaming giant said this would mean closing PlayStation's London Studio entirely. Sony's London Studio was founded in 2002 as a result of the merging of two other London-based studios under the PlayStation brand. According to LinkedIn, the studio has between 51 and 200 employees, and it was working on "An unannounced online co-op combat...