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Alexa down: Amazon voice assistant outage affects UK users

Amazon’s Alexa is reportedly suffering an outage (Getty) Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant appears to be suffering an outage affecting some customers in the UK. The company’s Echo speakers are reportedly unable to respond to commands, according to users. Some are reporting seeing a ring of red lights and hearing a warning message to try again …

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Unexpected Roku outage leaves thousands fuming at frozen TV screens

Over 5,500 users had complained about experiencing problems with Roku. Credit: Currys Roku’s smart TVs experienced a significant service disruption on Wednesday evening, resulting in frozen screens and infinite reboot loops. The outage reportedly affected the company’s streaming devices and Roku TVs from TCL, Hisense, and other manufacturers. Users took to social media to upload …

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UK’s largest medicine-dispensing robot is helping with the vaccine rollout

Pharmacy support worker Sandy McIntosh checking the dispensing robot. (Credits: Herald & Times / SWNS) The UK’s largest medicine dispensing robot has helped with the vaccine rollout using Amazon-style technology. It is responsbile for supplying 2.1million Covid jabs in Glasgow. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is the only health trust to have such an advanced form of …

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Microsoft buys Candy Crush and Call of Duty maker in biggest tech deal ever

It could be one of the most expensive tech acquisitions in history, since Dell bought data storage company EMC in 2016 for around £44 billion (Picture: Microsoft) Microsoft is paying £50.4 billion for Activision Blizzard – the maker of Candy Crush and Call Of Duty – as it enters the fiercely competitive businesses of mobile …

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US airlines claim 5G will cause ‘catastrophic disruption’ to plane equipment

US airlines are concerened that 5G signals will interfere with planes and cause ‘chaos’ (Getty) A number of US-based airlines have raised fears over the potential for 5G signals to disrupt aviation equipment and ground planes. In a letter sent to the White House, the bosses of carriers including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United …

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Ukraine points finger at Russia over destructive cyber attack

Ukraine has said Russia was behind a devastating cyber attack that hit the country this week (Getty) Ukraine has said Russia was behind a cyberattack that defaced its government websites and alleged Russia was engaged in an increasing ‘hybrid war’ against its neighbour. The statement from the ministry of digital development came a day after Microsoft …

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Netflix price rise for all subscription plans in the US announced

Netflix has raised its monthly subscription price across plans for the US and Canada (Picture: REX) Netflix announced a raise in prices for all of its monthly plans in the US, that went into effect immediately. The streaming service’s standard plan rose from $14 to $15.50 per month, and its 4K plan increased from $18 …

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Black diamond so rare it’s in the Guiness Book of Records can be bought with crypto

Sotheby’s will accept cryptocurrency for the rare diamond. (Credits: EPA) A rare black diamond listed in the Guinness World Record as the largest cut diamond can be had with a bit of Bitcoin. That’s because it’s expected to sell for between $4 -7 million (£3 – 5 million) at auction, and could be bought using …

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