ShinyShiny tech roundup: Vauxhall backs ‘Build Back Greener’ strategy

Vauxhall Mokka-e. Image: Vauxhall With the COP26 global climate summit around the corner, the UK government has announced another push towards electric vehicles (EVs) as part of an overall shift to a carbon-neutral economy.  Ministers are investing £620m in grants for electric vehicles and street charging points. Carmakers will also be…

ShinyShiny roundup: Apple resists EU call for common USB-C charger

The European Commission has set out plans for a common charger port for all mobile phones, tablets and headphones, in the face of resistance from US tech giant Apple. An 18-page directive released on Thursday said a common charger for all brands “would benefit consumers and reduce electronic waste”. It estimates that it will save EU…

ShinyShiny tech round up: Apple launches ‘no longer a spectacle’

A smaller notch. A faster processor. A new camera with cinematic mode. In the pantheon of Apple keynote events, Tuesday’s iPhone 13 launch was towards the modest end. “We still see room for innovation,” was one analyst’s rather dry take. Perhaps Tim Cook didn’t want to make any risky moves on an unlucky number. The unveiling…

ShinyShiny tech roundup: Apple dealt blow in Epic Games trial

Apple faces losing billions of dollars in sales after a US judge ruled that the tech titan must allow developers to bypass controversial fees on its App Store. The company was told to lift a rule that forces apps to use Apple’s own payments system, which charges fees of up to 30pc, amid growing opposition…

ShinyShiny tech roundup: Twitter testing bigger pictures

Twitter is testing new changes to how photos and videos appear on its apps, closer to how images appear on other services such as Instagram. The new feature will expand visual media embedded in tweets to fill the whole width of a mobile phone's screen. Currently, images are indented next to a user's profile photo…

ShinyShiny tech round up: Apple shares just off record high

Things are looking up for Apple, with shares just off a record high before its quarterly earnings results this evening. The device maker is expected to benefit from a surge in iPhone sales as consumers snap up 5G models, while the App Store and Apple Music are also set to drive growth. Analysts expect Apple's…

ShinyShiny tech round up: Apple products should be kept away from ‘medical devices’

Apple has listed products it says should be kept a "safe distance" away from medical devices like pacemakers and implanted defibrillators. The list includes iPhone 12 models, Apple Watch and MacBook Pro. Many consumer-electronic devices contain components, such as magnets, which can interfere with medical devices. The BBC has asked for comment from Apple, which…

Apple iOS 14.5 update: 6 Big Changes

Own an iPhone or an iPad? Here are the six changes with the latest Apple software update, iOS 14.5, that you need to know about... 1. Unlock your iPhone while wearing a facemask Currently, you can't unlock your phone using facial recognition if you are wearing a face mask. However, Apple's new operating system (iOS…

Apple introduces purple iPhone 12 to line up

Apple is adding purple versions of its iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini to its latest generation of smartphones, according to The Standard.  The new models will be available for pre-order 23 April and officially released 30 April in the UK. Fans of the iPhone will recognise Apple’s return to its statement flat aluminium edges…

ShinyShiny round up: iPhone users to pick male or female Siri

Apple will ask iPhone users to pick between male and female versions of its digital assistant Siri, the first of the major tech companies to automatically make users choose. The company said that setting up the assistant will involve choosing between the genders after an upcoming software release. Tech companies have come under pressure over…