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ZX Vega+ console faces Indiegogo's debt collectors

Image copyright Retro Computers Image caption Retro Computers had promised to deliver the Vega+ console with 1,000 games pre-installed Indiegogo has said that it is willing to extend the deadline it gave to a project attempting to make a handheld version of a classic British computer. But the crowdfunding site …

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Are you scared yet? Meet Norman, the psychopathic AI

Image copyright MIT Image caption Norman was named after Alfred Hitchcock’s Norman Bates from his classic horror film Psycho Norman is an algorithm trained to understand pictures but, like its namesake Hitchcock’s Norman Bates, it does not have an optimistic view of the world. When a “normal” algorithm generated by …

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Google 'to end' Pentagon Artificial Intelligence project

Image copyright Steve Jennings Image caption Top Google executive Diane Greene told staff on Friday there would be no renewal of the contract (file pic) Google will not renew a contract to do artificial intelligence work for the US Pentagon, company sources say. The decision follows strong opposition in the …

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Visa payment disruption hits Europe

Image caption A Sainsbury’s store in Vauxhall, London, is not taking card payments Customers across the UK and Europe have been unable to pay for some of their purchases with Visa cards because of a network failure. Shoppers reported being stuck in queues in supermarkets and petrol stations as Visa …

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'I bought my mum a flat'

Image copyright Antonio Salvani Image caption Antonio never imagined his camera rentals would fund a flat for his mum Doca Peer-to-peer “sharing economy” tech platforms have mushroomed in the last decade, but very few have rivalled Airbnb or Uber in size, largely because consumers have found them difficult to trust. …

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Takeaways to be delivered by drone in Shanghai

Image copyright Ele.me Image caption Chinese takeaways delivered by drone Food delivery drones have been given the go-ahead in China. Food delivery service Ele.me, owned by Alibaba, has been given permission by the authorities to deliver takeaways by drone along 17 routes in Shanghai’s Jinshan Industrial Park. The newly approved …

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Don't buy tickets from Viagogo, minister warns

Image copyright PA A minister has told consumers not to use Viagogo, one of the big four secondary ticket resellers. Digital Minister Margot James told BBC Radio 5 live that if fans had to use a secondary site to buy tickets, “don’t choose Viagogo – they are the worst”. Now …

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GDPR 'risks making it harder to catch hackers'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Under GDPR, companies can be fined for publishing personal data without consent A service used to identify and contact website owners has been forced to strip out most of the information on its site to comply with the EU’s GDPR legislation. Whois, which is …

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