Tech Tent: Uber at a crossroads

Tech Tent: Uber at a crossroads

Stream or download the latest Tech Tent podcast Listen to previous episodes on the BBC website Listen live every Friday at 15:00 GMT on the BBC World Service On the Tech Tent podcast this week, we explore the stunning resignation of Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick. We also hear why Indian IT workers are suffering mass lay-offs – and we ask whether virtual reality could have a more serious purpose beyond games and entertainment. Uber…

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Tech leaders defy Trump on climate deal

Tech leaders defy Trump on climate deal

The biggest US tech firms are rallying behind the 2015 Paris climate agreement, despite President Trump’s decision to leave it. Mr Trump’s move has been met with dismay from other world leaders signed up to the accord – but much of the outcry can be heard on the west coast of his own country. The chief executives of Apple, Google, Microsoft and Facebook have all criticised the president’s decision. Elon Musk, who had been a…

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Tech and Gadgets Gift Guide: Father’s Day 2017

Tech and Gadgets Gift Guide: Father’s Day 2017

Photo Credit: Kuvée If you are struggling to find something a little more unique than a new tie or nice pair of shoes for your old man, turn to tech. Father’s Day is coming up fast, and it is the perfect opportunity to give your dad the latest gadget so he can stay ahead of the technology curve. From new headphones or wine systems, to smart clothes and app-connected home devices, there are a plethora of tech-inspired…

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Wikileaks is offering tech firms CIA files first

Wikileaks is offering tech firms CIA files first

Technology firms will get “exclusive access” to details of the CIA’s cyber-warfare programme, Wikileaks has said. The anti-secrecy website has published thousands of the US spy agency’s secret documents, including what it says are the CIA’s hacking tools. Founder Julian Assange said that, after some thought, he had decided to give the tech community further leaks first. “Once the material is effectively disarmed, we will publish additional details,” Mr Assange said. US federal agencies have…

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Has wearable tech had its day?

Has wearable tech had its day?

With the clicking of poles and a determined stride, the Winchester Nordic Walking group is a distinctive sight as its members pound the Hampshire countryside. The day I bumped into them, all but one was using some form of fitness tracker. A few Fitbits, a Garmin smartwatch, a couple of phone apps and one basic pedometer – and all, they claimed, were roughly counting the same paces. “Before I had a watch it didn’t bother…

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Tech giants oppose Trump immigration ban

Tech giants oppose Trump immigration ban

A group of 97 US tech companies have filed a legal document stating that President Trump’s immigration ban affects their operations and “inflicts significant harm” on business. The 97 signatories include Apple, Facebook and Microsoft but not Amazon or Tesla. The document is an amicus brief, which allows parties not directly involved in a case but who feel they are affected by it, to give their view. It was filed in Washington on Sunday. Mr…

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Tech firms back legal fight against Trump's travel ban

Tech firms back legal fight against Trump's travel ban

Amazon, Microsoft and Expedia have backed a legal challenge to President Donald Trump’s immigration curbs. The lawsuit, filed by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, aims to prove that President Trump’s order, which temporarily bars nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US, is unconstitutional. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos said his firm had “prepared a declaration of support”. Microsoft said it would be happy to testify “if needed”. In an email to employees, Mr Bezos said:…

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