Peter SayerParis Bureau Chief, IDG News Service

Peter Sayer covers European public policy, artificial intelligence, the blockchain, and other technology breaking news for the IDG News Service.

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No roaming fees next year (* as long as you don't roam much)

There'll be no more roaming fees for European Union mobile phone subscribers next June -- as long as they don't roam for too long at a time.

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IBM's Watson looks for a role in the home

Not content with helping to cure cancers and winning Jeopardy, Watson wants to get inside our heads and our homes, whispering instructions into our wireless headsets and helping us do our laundry.

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Sam Labs shows off a new educational electronics kit -- with no wires

Tell young people today that building interactive electronic devices once involved soldering irons and assembly code and they won't believe you -- especially if they've used one of Sam Labs' educational electronics sets.

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A series of tubes: What's next for home automation

The prevalence of hot water radiators in European home heating systems has made room-by-room heating automation difficult -- until now.

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Peanuts with a purpose: Sen.se unveils new smart sensors at IFA

Expecting people to figure out what its Cookie multipurpose smart sensors could be used for didn't work out so well for Sen.se. It's trying a different approach with its new Peanut sensors: application-specific packaging that sells the purpose, not the product.

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Keezel's wireless device protects hotel Wi-Fi , home IoT connections

In cryptography, the "man in the middle" is usually an attacker -- but when Keezel wants to get between you and the Wi-Fi connection in your hotel or your home, it's for your own good.

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Toshiba's smartphone backup device is for people who hate the cloud

The centerpiece of Toshiba Storage Peripherals' booth at IFA is a prototype device that will back up the contents of your smartphone without using the cloud.

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Huawei's Nova phones aim for practicality over originality, despite their name

Practical and reliable is the image Huawei Technologies is trying to project with two new smartphones unveiled at the IFA tradeshow on Thursday.

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Bang & Olufsen's Dalek-esque BeoSound wireless speakers project music 360 degrees

Audiophiles may roll their eyes at the very idea of portable Bluetooth speakers, but high-design hi-fi firm Bang & Olufsen just unveiled two of them in Berlin.

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Apple must pay Ireland $14.5 billion in unpaid taxes

Apple's tax benefits in Ireland are illegal, the European Commission has ruled, and the company will have to pay up to $14.5 billion in back taxes, plus interest.

Cloud

Nutanix gets hyperconverged with PernixData and Calm.io

Nutanix has snapped up a couple of companies, PernixData and Calm.io, to extend its enterprise cloud platform.

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Privacy Shield data transfer agreement now shelters 200 companies

There are now 200 companies standing behind Privacy Shield, the framework agreement allowing businesses to process the personal information of European Union citizens on servers in the U.S.

Facebook gambles $16 billion on WhatsApp

Facebook taps Whatsapp user data to target ads

Two years after its acquisition by Facebook, WhatsApp is changing its privacy policy to allow it to share more information about its mobile app users with its owner.

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Telegram's encryption stymies French police but pleases their bosses

French government officials have been revealed as avid users of Telegram, a messaging app that is frustrating their interior minister with its end-to-end encryption.

Tinder swipes too much personal information, says E.U. lawmaker

Some mobile apps' terms of use breach European Union privacy laws, according to Marc Tarabella, a member of the European Parliament.