Technology | The Guardian

‘Alexa, are you invading my privacy?’ – the dark side of our voice assistants

October 09, 2019 at 06:00AM There are more than 100m Alexa-enabled devices in our homes. But are they fun time-savers or the beginning of an Orwellian nightmareOne day in 2017, Alexa went rogue. When Martin Josephson, who lives in London, came home from work, he heard his Amazon Echo Dot voice assistant spitting out fragmentary… Continue reading ‘Alexa, are you invading my privacy?’ – the dark side of our voice assistants

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83North closes $300M fifth fund focused on Europe, Israel

October 07, 2019 at 12:21PM 83North has closed its fifth fund, completing an oversubscribed $300 million raise and bringing its total capital under management to $1.1BN+. The VC firm, which spun out from Silicon Valley giant Greylock Partners in 2015 — and invests in startups in Europe and Israel, out of offices in London and… Continue reading 83North closes $300M fifth fund focused on Europe, Israel

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The Lovelace effect: Chips with Everything podcast

October 07, 2019 at 06:00AM Ada Lovelace Day is in its 10th year, and to mark it, Jordan Erica Webber is joined by the founder of the event, Suw Charman-Anderson, to talk about why we need to do more to help support women working in STEM. She also talks to Dr Tilly Blyth, the head… Continue reading The Lovelace effect: Chips with Everything podcast

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‘We are hurtling towards a surveillance state’: the rise of facial recognition technology

October 05, 2019 at 10:00AM It can pick out shoplifters, international criminals and lost children in seconds. But as the cameras proliferate, who’s watching the watchers?Gordon’s wine bar is reached through a discreet side-door, a few paces from the slipstream of London theatregoers and suited professionals powering towards their evening train. A steep staircase plunges… Continue reading ‘We are hurtling towards a surveillance state’: the rise of facial recognition technology

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Facial recognition row: police gave King’s Cross owner images of seven people

October 04, 2019 at 03:06PM Met apologises after local police passed on images for controversial surveillance schemeImages of seven people were passed on by local police for use in a facial recognition system at King’s Cross in London in an agreement that was struck in secret, the details of which have been made public for… Continue reading Facial recognition row: police gave King’s Cross owner images of seven people

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‘It’s going to be a revolution’: driverless cars in new London trial

October 03, 2019 at 10:10AM Self-driving vehicles reach UK milestone with first demo in ‘complex urban environment’ in StratfordWork to bring driverless cars to Britain’s streets has reached a milestone with the first demonstration of an autonomous fleet driving in a “complex urban environment” in London.Ford Mondeos fitted with autonomous technology from the UK tech… Continue reading ‘It’s going to be a revolution’: driverless cars in new London trial

Technology | The Guardian

Minecraft Earth is coming – it will change the way you see your town

October 01, 2019 at 09:07AM As the augmented-reality spinoff from the block-building game arrives this month, players will be taking their creations to the streetsSix of us are huddled together in Cavendish Square Gardens in central London, fighting a horde of warrior skeletons. To passersby, however, we must look like a bunch of adults pointing… Continue reading Minecraft Earth is coming – it will change the way you see your town

Technology | The Guardian

Uber granted two-month extension to London licence

September 24, 2019 at 10:23AM Transport for London again rejects ride-hailing firm’s application for a full licenceUber’s application to renew its private hire operating licence in London has been rebuffed again by regulators.Transport for London has instead given the ride-hailing firm only a two-month extension to its licence, which is due to expire on Wednesday… Continue reading Uber granted two-month extension to London licence

Enterprise – TechCrunch

IEX’s Katsuyama is no flash in the pan

September 17, 2019 at 04:10PM When you watch a commercial for one of the major stock exchanges, you are welcomed into a world of fast-moving, slick images full of glistening buildings, lush crops and happy people. They are typically interspersed with shots of intrepid executives veering out over the horizon as if to say, “I’ve… Continue reading IEX’s Katsuyama is no flash in the pan

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‘Flying fish’ robot can burst from water and fly through the sky

September 11, 2019 at 06:00PM Innovative robot could collect water samples following floods or nuclear disasters, engineers say 'Flying fish' robot can burst from water and fly through the sky ... Selected by softengoxford Search Web: 'Flying fish' robot can burst from water and fly through the sky

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Snyk grabs $70M more to detect security vulnerabilities in open source code and containers

September 10, 2019 at 02:11PM A growing number of IT breaches has led to security becoming a critical and central aspect of how computing systems are run and maintained. Today, a startup that focuses on one specific area — developing security tools aimed at developers and the work they do — has closed a major… Continue reading Snyk grabs $70M more to detect security vulnerabilities in open source code and containers

Enterprise – TechCrunch

Spendesk raises $38.4 million for its corporate card and expense service

September 09, 2019 at 07:01AM French startup Spendesk has raised another $38.4 million Series B round with existing investor Index Ventures leading the round. The company has raised $49.4 million (€45 million) over the years. Spendesk is an all-in-one corporate expense and spend management service. It lets you track expenses across your company, empower your… Continue reading Spendesk raises $38.4 million for its corporate card and expense service

Technology | The Guardian

Facial recognition technology scrapped at King’s Cross site

September 02, 2019 at 06:00PM Surveillance software switched off at prestigious development after backlashFacial recognition technology will not be deployed at the King’s Cross development in the future, following a backlash prompted by the site owner’s admission last month that the software had been used in its CCTV systems.The developer behind the prestigious central London… Continue reading Facial recognition technology scrapped at King’s Cross site

Technology | The Guardian

Strike 2.0: how gig economy workers are using tech to fight back

August 31, 2019 at 07:59AM Up to 10 million people in the UK are in precarious work, juggling low paid jobs as cleaners, Deliveroo riders and Uber drivers. But a movement is under way to rewire the economy from withinFatima, from Guinea-Bissau, wakes up in the early hours of the morning to be in with… Continue reading Strike 2.0: how gig economy workers are using tech to fight back

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Mews grabs $33M Series B to modernize hotel administration

August 29, 2019 at 02:31PM If you think about the traditional hotel business, there hasn’t been a ton of innovation. You mostly still stand in a line to check in, and sometimes even to check out. You let the staff know about your desire for privacy with a sign on the door. Mews believes it’s… Continue reading Mews grabs $33M Series B to modernize hotel administration

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Climate activists plan to use drones to shut down Heathrow Airport next month

August 29, 2019 at 01:00PM A UK group of climate activists is planning to fly drones close to Heathrow Airport next month in a direct action they hope will shut down the country’s largest airport for days or even longer. The planned action is in protest at the government’s decision to green-light a third runway… Continue reading Climate activists plan to use drones to shut down Heathrow Airport next month

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Time: Cyclists and E-Scooters Are Clashing in the Battle for Europe’s Streets

August 27, 2019 at 05:36PM It was five o’clock on a recent Monday afternoon, and at one of the busiest connectors between the city’s center and its surrounding neighborhoods, rush hour was in full swing. Hundreds of vehicles flowed across Dronning Louise’s bridge every minute, but this being Copenhagen, the vast majority of them–some 48,000… Continue reading Time: Cyclists and E-Scooters Are Clashing in the Battle for Europe’s Streets

Technology | The Guardian

Uber contradicts own research with London congestion ad claim

August 26, 2019 at 03:02PM Poster displayed near two TfL offices said car-pooling service helped reduce trafficAn Uber advertising campaign in London has claimed that its car-pooling service reduces traffic, contradicting the findings of the US ride-hailing app company’s own research.A large billboard poster displayed in London this month says “Uber Pool reduces traffic by… Continue reading Uber contradicts own research with London congestion ad claim

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The rise of digital fitness: can the new wave of high-intensity home workouts replace the gym?

August 19, 2019 at 10:00AM You can now have personal trainers in your headphones, or set up a mirror that beams classes into your home. The options are limitless. But can they ever beat the camaraderie of working out with other people?Chessie King whoops, flipping her ponytail out of her face. Her partner, Mathew Lewis-Carter,… Continue reading The rise of digital fitness: can the new wave of high-intensity home workouts replace the gym?

Technology | The Guardian

People at King’s Cross site express unease about facial recognition

August 13, 2019 at 08:28PM One person reassured by the technology but most echo the complaint that ‘it’s unjustified’Members of the public have said there is no justification for the use of facial recognition technology in CCTV systems operated by a private developer at a 67-acre site in central London. Related: London mayor writes to… Continue reading People at King’s Cross site express unease about facial recognition

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Time: Artificial Intelligence Could Improve Health Care for All—Unless it Doesn’t

August 13, 2019 at 07:00PM You could be forgiven for thinking that AI will soon replace human physicians based on headlines such as “The AI Doctor Will See You Now,” “Your Future Doctor May Not Be Human,” and “This AI Just Beat Human Doctors on a Clinical Exam.” But experts say the reality is more… Continue reading Time: Artificial Intelligence Could Improve Health Care for All—Unless it Doesn’t