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Dixons Carphone posts £440m loss in first half

Image copyright Dixons Carphone Image caption Dixons Carphone employs more than 42,000 people in eight countries Shares in Dixons Carphone have tumbled by 14% after the retailer wrote down the value of its mobile business, Carphone Warehouse. The retailer, which also owns Currys PC World, posted a loss of £440m for the six months to […]

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'Meghan Markle' most googled person in UK in 2018

“Meghan Markle” was the most searched-for person’s name for the second year running on Google’s UK search service. But the Duchess of Sussex came second to the overall winner of the most queried term – “World Cup” – in the company’s search trends review for 2018. “Royal wedding” and “royal baby” were the top two […]

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Streets with UK's slowest and fastest broadband named

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption One in eight homes had download speeds below 5Mbps, according to uSwitch A village street in Bamfurlong, Gloucestershire, has been named as the slowest for broadband internet, according to an annual survey. The study said homes on Greenmeadows Park averaged just 0.14 megabits per second (Mbps). The fastest spot, […]

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Amazon sackings 'follow sales data leaks'

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Merchants bribed Amazon workers who looked at internal logs of what sold well, the WSJ reports Amazon has sacked workers it believes had been misusing internal data on high-selling products, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports. Amazon reportedly believed the staff, in India, China and the US, had abused their […]

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Broadband customers to get automatic compensation

Image copyright Getty Images Many customers who experience fixed broadband or landline loss will soon automatically receive compensation. The £8-per-day deal follows a new agreement between Openreach and five of the UK’s internet service providers. It will apply only when the fault takes longer than two days to fix. If an engineer does not arrive […]

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Child advice chatbots fail to spot sexual abuse

Image copyright Woebot Labs/Touchkin Image caption Woebot and Wysa are part of a new wave of mental health chatbots Two mental health chatbot apps have required updates after struggling to handle reports of child sexual abuse. In tests, neither Wysa nor Woebot told an apparent victim to seek emergency help. The BBC also found the […]

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Apple denies iPhone import ban in China

Image copyright Getty Images Chinese chip-maker Qualcomm claims it has won an injunction against Apple that effectively bans the import of a number of iPhone models, ranging from the iPhone 6S to the iPhone X. The preliminary order, issued by a Chinese court, is the latest in step a continuing feud between the two tech […]