Using the internet is ‘good for you’, Siri to get major upgrade with iOS18

Using the internet may be good for your wellbeing, an international study has found. The findings suggest that despite popular concerns to the contrary, the association between internet use and wellbeing is likely to be positive. Researchers at the Oxford Internet Institute, part of the University of Oxford, analysed data from two million people aged…

Tougher laws for smart devices, Tesla shares surge following China deal

Manufacturers will have to follow stricter rules if they want to sell internet-enabled ‘smart’ gadgets such as smart speakers and security cameras as a new law comes into force.  From today, manufacturers will be legally required to protect consumers from hackers and cyber criminals from accessing devices with internet or network connectivity – from smartphones to…

Microsoft to open AI office in London, Spotify launches AI Playlist tool

Microsoft is opening a new office in London dedicated to artificial intelligence (AI) research and development. The tech firm's AI boss Mustafa Suleyman said it will advertise roles for "exceptional individuals" in the coming weeks and months. But he has not said how many jobs will be created. Microsoft is a major investor in ChatGPT-creator…

X reinstates some free blue ticks, Disney+ cracks down on password sharing

X has caused confusion by reinstating free blue ticks for some users - a year after it began charging for the service. For years, Twitter blue ticks effectively served as verification badges and were given to celebrities, politicians, journalists, and other influential accounts for free. However, months after Elon Musk purchased Twitter for $44bn (£38bn) in October…

Apple shares slump, Meta shares soar on Wall Street

Apple shares slumped in after-hours trading - driven by disappointing iPhone sales in China and a warning that future revenues will fall well short of expectations on Wall Street. The gloomy market reaction overshadowed an otherwise strong financial performance in Apple's first fiscal quarter. In the three months to 30 December, the tech giant reported…

Microsoft becomes $3 trillion company, Apple Mac turns 40

Microsoft became the second-ever company to exceed a $3 trillion (£2.4 trillion) valuation on Wednesday, after its focus on artificial intelligence (AI) drove an investor rally. The valuation follows Apple hitting the milestone in June last year. Microsoft’s shares rose by more than 1.45pc during trading on Wednesday in New York, on a day when…

Apple overtakes Samsung as top smartphone seller, Motorola unveils £149 5G smartphone

For the first time ever, Apple has unseated Samsung—and all other smartphone manufacturers—to lead in worldwide smartphone shipments. In 2023, Apple shipped 234.6 million iPhones, capturing 20.1% market share and growing 3.7% year over year, according to IDC data. Samsung had led global smartphone unit sales for 13 years, since 2010. Every other top smartphone…