Smart appliances may not be worth money in long run, warns Which? | Technology

Smart appliances that can be controlled remotely and will let you know if there is a fault or other problem may not be worth paying extra for unless manufacturers commit to keeping software updated, Which? has warned. The consumer group said that smart fridges, dishwashers and tumble dryers cost hundreds Continue Reading

Huge rise in hacking attacks on home workers during lockdown | Technology

Hackers have launched a wave of cyber-attacks trying to exploit British people working from home, as the coronavirus lockdown forces people to use often unfamiliar computer systems. The proportion of attacks targeting home workers increased from 12% of malicious email traffic before the UK’s lockdown began in March to more Continue Reading

Planned obsolescence: the outrage of our electronic waste mountain | Technology

‘Imagine you showed someone a smartphone 20 years ago. You said: ‘Here’s this thing, it’s going to be awesome, and it’ll cost $1,000. But the manufacturers are going to glue the battery in, and you’re supposed to get rid of it when the battery wears out.’ You would have thought Continue Reading

O2 and Three confirm mobile network problems | Technology

O2 and Three have confirmed issues with their mobile networks and said they are investigating the issue. In a message on its website, O2 said it was aware of a problem with its “voice services” and apologised to customers. Three UK also confirmed an issue with voice calls was affecting Continue Reading

eBay urged to clamp down on coronavirus profiteering | UK news

EBay has been urged to clamp down on people profiteering from the coronavirus outbreak as sellers rake in hundreds of pounds from vastly inflated prices on household goods. The Guardian found one UK-based seller who had pocketed £1,000 from selling packs of Andrex toilet roll at £50 each – more Continue Reading

5G confirmed safe by radiation watchdog | Technology

5G is safe, according to the international body in charge of setting limits on exposure to radiation, which has updated its advisory guidelines for the first time in more than 20 years. The International Commission on Non‐Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), the Germany-based scientific body that assesses the health risks of Continue Reading

Six grand and a Rolex: lure of riches sucked me into online fraud | Technology

Like most 18-year-olds, “Carlos” is never far from his phone, using it to catch up on his social media feeds and scroll through friends’ pictures. Unlike most teenagers though, he posted photographs depicting a level of affluence unlikely for someone who left school after GCSEs and is now a junior Continue Reading

Sunsets, supermoons and cold hard cash: 50 things you miss while staring at your phone | Media- Tempemail

The average British child spends 44 hours – almost two days – staring at screens every week, a study claims. That is double the figure for Japanese kids and puts Britain second to last out of 30 countries in terms of “disciplined digital use”. Obviously, there are many dangers associated Continue Reading

Boxed in: Amazon refused to take back unwanted delivery | Technology

A pensioner from Bristol has described his disbelief after Amazon delivered a 28kg (62lb) exercise machine he had not ordered, and then flatly refused to take it away – leaving it blocking his front room. Tony Harding, who is 79 and unable to move the heavy item, says Amazon effectively Continue Reading

By air or sea, your untouched mobile can automatically rack up a £1,000-plus bill | Technology

Gay Haines had stowed her mobile phone in her hand baggage before her flight to Barbados and forgot to set it to flight mode. The mistake cost her dear. On arrival, she discovered that she had racked up charges of £1,095, twice the price of the transatlantic fare. “I had Continue Reading