Cannes film festival director Thierry Frémaux (left) and festival president Pierre Lescure at the presentation of the official selection for the 71st Cannes Film Festival. Photograph: Ian Langsdon

As controversy concerning the absence of Netflix films from the Cannes film festival bubbled, festival director Thierry Frémaux announced a programme (...)

The door display of LG’s smart refrigerator with Smart ThinQ technology is seen at the 2013 International CES at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 8th, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photograph: David Becker/Getty Images

France is preparing to tax smartphones, tablets and all other internet-linked devices to help fund the production of French art, films and musi(...)