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Major Wi-Fi Security Risk

Researches have uncovered a major flaw in Wi-Fi connections dubbed as Krack, which could be putting homes and businesses at risk from hackers. The Flaw Researchers from Belgian university, KU Leuven, discovered that there is a critical flaw in the authentication...

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Cortana Integrated With Skype

Microsoft has added its talking digital assistant ‘Cortana’ to Skype to provide ‘contextual assistance’, which could help Skype users in their online chats. What Kind of Assistance? The idea is that the digital assistant can use its AI to pick up on what is being said...

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Alexa Now Recognises Multiple Voices

Amazon’s Alexa AI digital assistant is now able to tell the difference between the voices of different users in the same household, thus enabling the Amazon Echo to handle multiple-user profiles in a convenient way. Following Google This latest development from Amazon...

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Drone Hits Passenger Aircraft

A remotely piloted drone struck a Skyjet turboprop passenger plane as it made its approach to land at Jean Lesage Airport in Quebec, Canada last Thursday. What Happened? The drone craft, which was being operated by a person as-yet unknown, was reported to have been...

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Staff Sue Morrisons Over Personal Data

5,518 former and current Morrisons employees are suing the company in the High Court over failing to protect their personal data after it was posted online by a rogue employee with a grudge. What Happened? Back in 2014, Andrew Skelton, who was an auditor at the head...

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Cash From Cloud Bigger Than Expected

A Gartner report shows evidence that revenues from the public cloud look likely to grow by 18.5% this year, and could top $260 Billion. Public Cloud The ‘public cloud’ refers to the service whereby companies / individuals can access virtual machines (VMs),...

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Tech Tip: Android: Device Manager Locates Your Phone

If you’ve put your phone down somewhere in the house or office but can’t remember where, you can use Android Device Manager (Find My Device) to help you locate it. Here’s how: You can access Device Manager via the web on a mobile device or computer. Find My Device is...

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How Your Phone Can Depress You

Research by Nottingham Trent University has revealed that mobile phone alerts can have a negative impact on your mood, especially if they're work-related and or non-human notifications. App Research The research, which was carried out to study the way people interact...

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Are You Unwittingly Making Crypto-Currency?

Scammers are secretly installing 'mining code' in websites so that they can use the computers of website visitors to help them generate digital cash or 'crypto-currencies'. What's Happening? Hackers are operating a popular scam which involves installing 'mining...

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Legal Threat From GDPR

Speaking at the recent IP Expo in London, Irwin Mitchell solicitors warned businesses that focusing too much on consent as a basis for data collection could mean that they miss other options and issues, and leave themselves open to the risk of fines from the UK...

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Google’s DeepMind To Monetize AI

After years of astonishing AI developments and expensive R & D and staffing bills, Google now plans to finally monetize its DeepMind AI by embedding it into a host of Google products and services. Losing Money Up until now, the expense of AI development work by...

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Crackdown On Tax Payments By Online Businesses

The European Commission is using the rulings of two cases involving Apple and Amazon, and reforming the way VAT is collected to make sure that all online businesses pay their taxes. The Apple & Amazon Cases The rulings on cases involving Apple’s operations in...

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Augmented Reality Maps

The Ordnance Survey augmented reality (OS) Maps app will allow users to see signs identifying UK landmarks in the area they’re looking at through their phone or tablet’s camera view. Augmented Reality Maps The new version of the OS Maps app uses ‘augmented reality’...

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Tech Tip: Android Phone: Snap A Screenshot

If you see something on the screen of your android phone that you want to save and share, there’s an easy way to do it. Press your phone's power and volume-down buttons at the same time to capture a screenshot. Share via the notification that appears on your device or...

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UK Moves To Subscription Economy

A recent YouGov survey of more than 2,000 people in the UK, sponsored by subscription software firm Zuora has revealed that the average monthly spend by UK adults on subscription services of all kinds has tripled in the past year. Why? A challenging global economy,...

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E-Currency A Real Possibility For Sweden

A year after launching an investigation into the viability of introducing an e-currency, Sweden’s central bank looks likely to introduce the ‘e-krona’ as a government-guaranteed means of payment and a digital complement to cash. Why? In November last year, Sweden’s...

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Google’s Shopping Ads Change

After receiving a €2.42 billion fine from the European Commission back in June, Google is now letting other comparison shopping services (rather than just its own Google Shopping) place ads at the top of its search results. What Happened? Back in June, Google was...

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Rudd’s ‘War’ With Techies Over Encryption

After making critical comments about unhelpful techies while answering questions at a fringe meeting at the Conservative Party Conference, Home Secretary Amber Rudd is facing criticism from technical commentators about her apparent lack of understanding about the...

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US Government Wants Your Data

Reports from Apple and Google indicate that there has been a dramatic increase in the last year in the number of requests by the US government for user account details. Requests To Google Hits Six-Year High Requests to Google are reported to have reached a six-year...

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EC Pushes Tech Companies To Remove Hate

Technology companies are coming under renewed pressure, this time from the European Commission (EC), to take measures to rid their platforms of hate speech and terrorist materials, or face the threat of legislation. Propaganda Surge According to the EC, despite a...

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Tech Tip : Remove Clutter From Your Search Results

If you ever find that you're getting unwanted search results, you can quickly and easily narrow down the list by using the minus sign. Here's a classic example; let's say that you're interested in natural history and wanted to know more about a jaguar. However, the...

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Cops Get Younger, Windows Gets Older

Via a freedom of information release, the BBC has uncovered some embarrassing information about the technology used by some of our boys in blue. With regards to the Greater Manchester Police (GMP), they discovered that around a fifth of the force are still trying to...

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The Battle For Delivering Groceries

A new, "hyper-convenience" delivery service is being trialled by US giant Wal-Mart. They're testing the market viability of delivering goods directly into consumer's refrigerators. This bold move is seen as a direct challenge to online retail heavyweight Amazon. King...

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Two Hours Or Less To Remove Terrorist Content

Speaking at the United Nations, Prime minister Theresa May said technology companies must go "further and faster" in removing extremist content. Given the recent increase in terror-related incidents in London and Manchester (and other European cities), it's likely her...

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Uber Loses London Licence

Taxi-booking giant Uber will lose its licence to operate in London at the end of September. The ruling, made by regulators at Transport for London, was because they deemed Uber was "not fit and proper". London Mayor Sadiq Khan publicly endorsed the decision.Uber has...

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Equifax… Spoof Site

Equifax, the firm beleaguered by a record hack which compromised millions of sensitive, personal details (multi-nationally) has made yet another world-class slip-up. Wrong URL Tweeted Further to the recent revelations that over 143 million people had been compromised...

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China Bans Bitcoin: Value Falls

The value of Bitcoin has taken a tumble on worldwide currency markets after China ordered exchanges to cease trading in the cryptocurrency. What Is Bitcoin? Bitcoin is a digital web-based currency that operates without the need for central banks and uses highly secure...

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Government Could Share Data To Reduce Immigration

In order for the government to cut net migration numbers to the UK post-Brexit, it has been reported that three government departments will be sharing data on citizens so that immigration status checks can be made more easily. Departments It has been reported that the...

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Parking Chatbot Could Help You Sue Equifax

In the wake of the recent, massive Equifax hack, a well-known chatbot developed to overturn parking fines has been modified to help victims file legal claims against Equifax. What Happened? A vulnerability in the Equifax website was reportedly exploited by unknown...

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Tech Tip: Access Cortana’s Secret Calculator

Sometimes the calculator on your computer can come in very handy, and Cortana in Windows 10 gives you access to a full featured calculator via the search box. Here’s how. With Cortana enabled: Tap the Windows key. Type your calculation into the search box. Cortana...

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AI Can Tell Your Sexuality From A Photograph

An AI algorithm developed by researchers at Stanford University has been able to identify men and women as gay or straight just by studying photographs, with up to 91% accuracy. Why? The study by Stanford’s Michal Kosinski and Yilun Wang used AI to test a theory that...

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Google Drive To Be Replaced With Drive File Stream

Google has announced on its blog that it will be replacing Google Drive with a new (and less bandwidth and hard-disk space-hungry) desktop app called Drive File Stream. What Is Google Drive? Google Drive has been Google’s file storage and synchronization service for...

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WhatsApp For Business Announced

It has been announced that a standalone ‘for business’ version of Facebook’s WhatsApp messaging platform will soon be made available. WhatsApp Business Although many businesses have used WhatsApp for communications with customers, suppliers and other stakeholders, the...

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China To Stop Selling Fossil Fuel Cars

The world’s largest auto market, China, is reportedly planning to ban the sale of diesel and petrol vehicles to help tackle pollution and to develop the market for electric and hybrid vehicles. Near Future China’s vice-minister of industry and information technology,...

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Phone App Detects Cancer

A new app called BiliScreen, developed by Researchers at the University of Washington, uses eye-scanning technology to detect early stage pancreatic cancer, thus increasing the chances of successful treatment. Surgery Early Is Best Option Relatively little real...

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Smartphone Danger For Teenagers

A new book by an American Psychologist highlights her research findings that young people who spend more than an hour a day on smartphones are more likely to be unhappy, lonely, depressed, and have more risk factors for suicide. Title Says It All The new book by Dr...

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Six UK Regions Get Full Fibre Broadband Trials

The UK government has announced the six regions of the UK that will host trials of full fibre broadband for businesses, schools and hospitals as part of a £200m scheme by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS). Which Six Regions? The DCMS has...

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New 400GB MicroSD Card

SanDisk's parent company ‘Western Digital’ has announced at the 'IFA 2017' in Berlin that it is launching the world's largest storage capacity (400GB) microSD card. What Is MicroSD Card? A microSD card is a small (fingernail size or less) removable flash memory card...

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CEX Hacked – Two Million Customer Details Stolen

The second-hand electronics and video game store CEX have reportedly been hacked, and as many as two million customer details may have been stolen. What Happened? Hackers breached online security for CEX’s WeBuy.com online shop and were able to steal two million...

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Tech Tip: Customise Your Start Menu

One of the features of Windows 10 is that it allows you to customise your start menu so that it has your most used software to hand, and it has a look and layout that you are happy with. Here’s how: To blend the traditional interface with the Live Tiles - right-click...

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Autonomous Lorries To Be Tested On UK Roads

The government has announced that ‘platoons’ (mini-convoys) of self-driving, partially autonomous lorries will be tested on UK roads before the end of 2018. Platoons The so-called ‘platoons’ will take the form of several lorries driving closely together in a line in...

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Digital Life After Death

Advances in technology have meant that a whole new industry is emerging around helping us to leave extensive digital records of our lives to our descendants, and perhaps even a digital avatar self that can continue living online. Not Much Of Ourselves The challenge...

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Tech Tip: Easier On The Eyes With ‘Dark’ Theme

Looking at bright window backdrops and bright white backgrounds when you open folders can be tough on the eyes. Windows 10 offers your eyes some relief with ‘Dark’ theme. Here’s how it works. To switch to black folder backdrops which are easier on the eyes: Click on...

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Speech Recognition Now As Good As A Human

It has been reported that Microsoft’s speech recognition system has reached its lowest ever Word Error Rate (WER) of 5.1%, a rate that puts it on par with humans. What Speech Recognition System? For the last 25 years, reaching human parity with a speech recognition...

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Tougher Sentences For Online Abusers

The UK’s Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders, has said that the Crown Prosecution Service will treat online hate crime as seriously as offences carried out face to face, and will seek tougher penalties and sentences for online abuse on social media...

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68% of UK Firms Not Trained Against Cyber Attacks

The annual Cyber Governance Health Check has shown that 68% of the UK’s top business board members have received no training in how to respond to a cyber attack. No Plan For One In Ten FTSE Companies Also, according to the report from The Department for Digital,...

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Closing Time For Lovefilm’s Postal DVD Service

Lovefilm has announced that it will be ceasing its postal DVD rental service on 31st October this year, as the format is being superseded by streaming services. Streaming Kills DVD Demand A decrease in demand for DVD and Blu-ray rentals, caused by the huge increase in...

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Tech Tip: Two Handy Right-Clicks

There are two handy right mouse click tips on Windows 10 that can help you save time and personalize your desktop. Right-Click To Personalize Tiles To personalise your tiles, simply right-click on them to prompt a pop-up menu. This will enable you to un-pin them from...

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Tech Tip: Setting A Picture Or PIN As Your Password

As traditional passwords have become less secure options, Windows 10 offers you the chance to sign-in by using a picture (annotated by you), or a PIN as your password. Here's how: Click the Start button and select Settings from the menu. Choose Accounts. On the left,...

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Li-Fi Could Boost Wi-Fi

Upcoming wireless protocol Light Fidelity or Li-Fi could be used to complement and boost Wi-Fi by turning special LED light bulbs into network access points, and by co-existing in mobile devices to improve performance. What Is Li-Fi? Light Fidelity or Li-Fi is a...

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Cryptocurrency Scam Foiled By London Police

A scam which involved duping investors out of £160,000 by selling fake cyber cash has been foiled by London police and has resulted in the arrest of one man. What Is A Cryptocurrency? A cryptocurrency is a digital (virtual) currency which uses encryption techniques to...

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Blockchain Links Students To Employers

A new Sony Global Education (SGE) service uses Blockchain to enable students to more easily share their qualifications with employers. Building on IBM’s Blockchain SGE, the international education services development subsidiary of Sony, will use IBM’s Blockchain to...

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Encoded DNA Used To Carry Computer Malware

Researchers in the US have used digitised human DNA loaded with malware to infect a computer as part of an experiment to demonstrate that open-source programs used by laboratories worldwide are vulnerable to hackers. What? It has been reported that researchers at the...

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New Windows Eye-Tracking Feature

Microsoft Windows Insiders are reported to have been trying out a new eye-tracking feature that enables users to type and even draw the shapes of letters just using their eye movements. Why? Development of the eye-tracking feature started back 2014, when ex US NFL...

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Your Amazon Echo Could Be Used To Spy On You

A British security researcher is reported to have said that malware can be installed on an Amazon Echo along with code that could allow the device to eavesdrop on your conversations. Who & How? Security expert Mark Barnes has made the news by saying that anyone...

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AI Can Defeat Anti-Virus Software

The potential of AI to be used against businesses when in the wrong hands has been highlighted with the news that an AI robot has been able to crack open a safe and that AI can be used to create custom malware that can defeat antivirus software. Safe Cracking Robot...

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VPNs Blocked In China, Banned In Russia

Global Internet freedom has experienced some setbacks recently as Apple pulled VPNs from its Chinese App Store, and Russia has banned VPNs completely. What Are VPNs? VPN stands for ‘Virtual Private Network’ and a VPN allows a user to connect to the internet via a...

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Google Stopping Instant Search

With the huge rise in the use of mobile devices, and to promote design consistency across platforms, Google has dropped its Instant Search feature for desktops. What Is Instant Search Introduced in 2010, Google Instant Search offers pre-emptive, dynamically generated...

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EE Clutches Onto No.1 Spot

The level of competition in the mobile network market has now become so fierce that O2, Three, and Vodafone have made inroads into EE’s lead in overall market share. EE Still Leading The latest mobile network performance report from RootMetrics, which covers the first...

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Tech Tip: Useful Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts are a fast way to carry out specific tasks and access certain modes and features. Here are a few keyboard shortcuts that you may find useful in Windows 10: To snap a window: WIN + LEFT or RIGHT, can and be used with UP or DOWN to get into quadrants....

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Drones To Be Registered, Users To Be Tested

The UK government announced last week that drones need to be registered and users may have to undergo safety awareness tests soon. Accountability and Responsibly New government rules mean that drones weighing 250 grams and above now need to be registered online....

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House of Lords Investigating AI ‘Ethics’

With the advancement of artificial intelligence, the House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence (AI) is calling on academics, experts, industry insiders, and the public for feedback on the social, economic, and ethical implications of the technology....

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Mobile Banking Iris-Scanning

This September, TSB customers will just have to look at their phone’s camera to access mobile banking services thanks to the introduction of iris-scanning authentication. Iris-Scanning Access TSB customers with Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ will be the first in Europe to...

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New ‘Pay To Read’ Facebook Content Model

It has been reported that in a move to satisfy the publishers on its social network, Facebook may soon be moving over to charging its users for reading news on its platform. Keeping Publishers Happy Facebook is reported to be in the early stages of talks with various...

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A Great Example Of Video To Engage With Your Market

In the interest of starting the kids early with life skills, The Halifax is enlisting the help of young YouTube stars / ‘vloggers’, to help teach other children about basic money management. Halifax and the Young Vloggers What better way is there to communicate with...

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MoneySuperMarket Fined For Sending Emails

The Information Commissioner’s Office has fined MoneySuperMarket £80,000 for sending 7 million emails to former subscribers who had already opted out of receiving communications from the company. What Happened? It has been reported that MoneySuperMarket sent 7.1...

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Tech Tip: Stop Default Microsoft Edge

In Windows 10, the Microsoft Edge Browser has a habit of trying to open everything as the default app. To stop this, and to be able to re-assign your own defaults for many different services and applications: Open Settings and go to System. Find "Default Apps” (near...

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Age Checks To View Porn To Be Compulsory

The Digital Economy Act, which comes into force in nine months, will mean that those trying to view pornography on any commercial website or online platform available people in the UK could face a compulsory age check. What Is The Digital Economy Act? The Digital...

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AI Growth – A Risk To Human Civilisation

In a recent meeting with the National Governors Association, the US bi-partisan body dealing with state and national public policy and governance, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk reportedly described ‘Artificial Intelligence’ (AI) as a "fundamental risk to the...

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Tech Tip: Annotate Web Pages With Windows 10

One great feature of Windows 10 is that Edge allows you to mark up web pages with your own notes and drawings. To add annotate, write, highlight, and even type directly on a website: Click on the Edit image at the top right. Use the purple bar that appears. The tools...

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Unlimited Streaming Deals Contributing To Piracy

As Three becomes the first network provider in the UK to launch a tariff that lets its customers use unlimited streaming services without it affecting their monthly data allowance, some media commentators are concerned that more streaming services of this kind could...

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News Bots to Flood UK with 30,000 Articles a Month

Google’s has awarded €706,000 ($800,000) to the UK’s Press Association (PA) so they can develop robot reporters or news-bots that can generate 30,000 articles a month Digital News Initiative The funding is part of Google’s €150m Digital News Initiative, a three-year...

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Smart Pest Control System Outsmarts Rats

A smart new system from Swedish company Anticimex is now using smart technology to bring pest control into the 21st century by tracing rats and revealing vital information about where they converge or nest. Used To Be Manual Like many companies in that industry...

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Hologram Phone Launched

Hollywood-based, high-quality camera manufacturer ‘Red’ has surprised the tech world by producing a holographic, virtual-augmented and mixed-reality-ready smartphone. Hydrogen One Red, a developer and manufacturer of high-quality cameras used in Hollywood blockbusters...

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