Review: AUTODOC car parts app

This week I took my car, an Audi A5 Sportback, for a service at the local car repair shop in North London. It cost me a few hundred pounds and I didn't really need that much in the way of new parts. Just a new Xenon headlight. God only knows why they are expensive. Had…

Tumblr returns to the App Store ahead of adult content ban

The app for social networking site Tumblr has reappeared on Apple's App Store after the platform announced it is to ban all explicit adult content. The app was removed in November after child pornography images were uncovered on the site, having evaded the service’s content filters. Previously, adult content was allowed when an age-restricted ‘safe…

Half of homes could switch to faster broadband, Ofcom says

Half of British households could switch to faster broadband today, according to Ofcom, as the regulator announced proposed new rules that will force internet providers tell customers about their best deals. A review of broadband pricing practices will also be launched, alongside a new consumer website – Boost Your Broadband – offering information on broadband…

One in five do not bother to read gadget manuals, claims CAA

Nearly one in five people (19%) rarely bother to read the manual after unwrapping a new gadget at Christmas, a survey suggests (frankly we're amazed the percentage isn't higher).  Some 26% of respondents said opening the manufacturers’ handbook is “the worst part” of receiving such a present, with almost half (49%) describing the process as…

Sega Classics gaming bundle comes to Amazon’s Fire TV

A collection of classic Sega Mega Drive games has been added to Amazon’s Fire TV streaming service to celebrate the games console’s 30th anniversary. The bundle, called Sega Classics, which includes Sonic The Hedgehog and Streets Of Rage in its 25 game collection, can be downloaded through any of Amazon’s Fire TV devices for £11.99.…

Court rules JD Wetherspoon can find out identity of Twitter imposter

The identity of a mystery tweeter responsible for fake Wetherspoon Twitter accounts will be revealed to the pub chain following a judge’s ruling. Imposter accounts have amassed tens of thousands of followers while sending “abusive” replies to customers and posting false updates using the name “Tom” since 2014, the High Court was told. JD Wetherspoon’s…

Tiny solar panels embedded in clothes could charge a mobile phone

Researchers at Nottingham Trent University have developed small solar panels which can be embedded in clothes and used to charge a mobile phone. The tiny panels are small enough to be placed into yarn and then knitted or woven into textiles. The team behind the technology said that in testing it was capable of charging…

Professor Plum goes hi-tech as Cluedo launches on Nintendo Switch

Colonel Mustard on the bus with the Joy-Cons, or Professor Plum on the sofa with the Pro Controller? Players can now decide for themselves as Marmalade Game Studio releases the CLUEDO game for Nintendo Switch, just in time for Xmas. Ways to play include single-player against customizable AI, cross-platform online multiplayer against players on any…

Robot Boris turns out to be man in a £3000 robot suit!

A robot that appeared at a tech show in Russia turned out to be a man in a suit! The apparent technological marvel, named Robot Boris, was on display at the Proyektoria youth technology forum and even appeared on TV channel Russia-24 where it was seen dancing. But soon afterwards questions were raised about its…