Paul Sandle

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30 Aug 2018 | 9:30 AM

Facebook rolls out Watch video service internationally

Facebook is rolling out its Watch video service globally one year after it launched in the United States with original entertainment news and sports content to compete with platforms like Alphabet Inc's YouTube.

With Watch, users can have a two-way conversation about the content with friends, other fans or even the creatives themselves. — Reuters
29 Aug 2018 | 5:30 PM

Britain's O2 allows customers to choose smartphone pay back terms

Britain’s O2 said it will allow customers to choose how much they pay upfront for a smartphone and how they spread the payments of the balance, targeting subscribers who want more control over their mobile contracts.

O2 subscribers are free to select their own payment plans for their smartphones. — Reuters
24 Aug 2018 | 11:50 PM

Thomas Cook evacuates 300 from Egyptian hotel after couple's deaths

LONDON/CAIRO (Reuters) - Thomas Cook said it was evacuating all 301 of its customers from a hotel in Egypt's popular Red Sea resort of Hurghada as a precautionary measure after two of its holidaymakers died in circumstances it said were still unclear.

2 Aug 2018 | 2:30 PM

Everything but the voice: Britons’ mobile calls fall for first time

Britons are more attached to their mobile phones than ever before, but the amount of time they spend using them for their original purpose – talking to someone else – has fallen for the first time, Ofcom said on Aug 2.

Ofcom said the popularity of Internet-based services such as WhatsApp, Skype and Snapchat, all of which can be used to make calls as well as send messages, had reduced the time spent on mobile voice networks. — Reuters
13 Jul 2018 | 7:15 PM

Snarling orange 'Trump baby' blimp flies outside British parliament

LONDON (Reuters) - A blimp depicting Donald Trump as an orange, snarling nappy-wearing baby flew outside the British parliament in London on Friday, launched by critics of the U.S. president who are demonstrating throughout his visit to the country.

29 Jun 2018 | 3:41 PM

Feeling poorly? The app will see you now

London-based Babylon Health says its artificial intelligence technology, in tests, has outperformed most physicians in assessing disease symptoms, throwing down a challenge to doctors, some of whom doubt its true abilities.

Parsa said the results demonstrated Babylon's AI could help bring healthcare to millions of people who have no access to even basic services, adding he was "saddened" by the criticism as the app was never designed to replace doctors. — Reuters
7 Jun 2018 | 11:04 PM to screen Premier League football for first time

LONDON (Reuters) - has won rights to show 20 English Premier League football matches a season from 2019, giving its Prime Video online streaming service a foothold in the most watched sports league in the world.

25 Apr 2018 | 1:54 PM

WhatsApp raises minimum age in Europe to 16 ahead of data law change

WhatsApp, the popular messaging service owned by Facebook Inc, is raising its minimum age from 13 to 16 in Europe to help it comply with new data privacy rules coming into force next month.

19 Apr 2018 | 2:19 AM

Russia's RT faces seven investigations in Britain over broadcasts since Skripal case

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's media regulator opened seven investigations into Russian news channel RT, saying it had found an increase in programmes which may have breached impartiality rules since a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy last month.

15 Mar 2018 | 3:30 PM

Stephen Hawking’s voice was his tool and his trademark

Stephen Hawking's computer-generated voice was known to millions of people around the world, a robotic drawl that somehow enhanced the profound impact of the cosmological secrets he revealed.