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Google bans AI for weapon use

Image copyright Getty Images Google has promised not to use AI for weapons, following protests over its partnership with the US military. A decision to provide machine-learning tools to analyse drone footage caused some employees to resign. Google told employees last week it would not renew its contract with the …

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Facebook.gg: New video game streaming service to rival Twitch

Image copyright Facebook Facebook has launched its own video game streaming hub. Facebook.gg, which launched on Thursday, will compete directly with popular platforms like Twitch and Mixer. It’s part of the social media site’s continued efforts to become a destination for video content. The new service suggests streams based on …

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Ransomware hits Atlanta police dashcam footage

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Atlanta City Council president Felicia Moore said the attack hit about one-third of its systems Years of video evidence gathered by police has been lost thanks to a ransomware attack on Atlanta in the US. Most of the lost evidence involves dashcam recordings, said Atlanta …

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Ship hack 'risks chaos in English Channel'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The English Channel is the busiest shipping route in the world A commonly used ship-tracking technology can be hacked to spoof the size and location of boats in order to trigger other vessels’ collision alarms, a researcher has discovered. Ken Munro has suggested that …

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The beauty of vloggers

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHow YouTube is changing the face of beauty From expensive brushes to fingertips, luxury mascara to budget-friendly concealers – make-up lovers all have their own tips and tricks. Millions watch YouTube beauty tutorials every day. Watching vloggers empty out bags after their …

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TSB investigated over IT meltdown

Image copyright Getty Images A computer failure at TSB that caused up to 1.9 million people to lose access to online banking services is being investigated by the financial regulator. The introduction of a new IT system in April left customers struggling to make transactions and see their balances. The …

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Asus 'phone with a fan' among weird gadgets at Computex

Image copyright Asus Image caption The ROG gaming phone has a clip-on fan A gaming phone with a removable fan, and a dual-screen laptop are among the new gadgets on show at the Computex conference in Taiwan. Computer giant Asus revealed a powerful handset designed for gamers that comes with …

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Dangerous waters

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Much of the fishing takes place at night when lethal storms can blow up quickly We can’t stop Nature when it unleashes its fury in the form of volcanoes, earthquakes, storms and avalanches, but we can use technology to warn us of imminent danger …

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Apple lets Siri chat to other apps

Image copyright Apple Image caption Tim Cook said 20 million developers are now working on software for Apple products Apple has overhauled its virtual assistant Siri to control third-party apps without users having to open them. A new Shortcuts function allows device owners to assign their own phrases to different …

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