UK to launch specialist cyber force able to target terror groups

February 27, 2020 at 08:00AM GCHQ and Ministry of Defence to roll out national task force of hackers after months of delay A specialist cyber force of hackers who can target hostile states and terror groups is due to be launched later in the spring, after many months of delays and turf wars between theContinue reading “UK to launch specialist cyber force able to target terror groups”

Can I move my data to the EU before Google shifts it to the US?

February 27, 2020 at 09:15AM Post-Brexit, Sean wants to keep his data protected by the EU’s GDPR rather than laxer US privacy laws Given Google’s recent announcement about moving UK users’ data to US jurisdiction, what’s the best way to migrate to EU-based services? Can you download+upload or crossload your Gmail to another service? AndContinue reading “Can I move my data to the EU before Google shifts it to the US?”

Mike Bloomberg’s campaign is polluting the internet

February 26, 2020 at 11:00AM From doctored videos to fake quotes, the presidential candidate is muddying the water online – and it’s working If a dumpster is already on fire, is there any harm in throwing some more trash into it? Mike Bloomberg’s campaign has spent the last month unapologetically performing the digital equivalent ofContinue reading “Mike Bloomberg’s campaign is polluting the internet”

Tekken: the fighting game that takes women’s stories seriously

February 26, 2020 at 10:13AM Filled with intrigue and drama, the Tekken games are like violent soap operas in which women are the complex stars A young woman stands at the grave of her recently departed father, her blond hair in a ponytail. After a quiet moment, she places flowers on the ground, then hearsContinue reading “Tekken: the fighting game that takes women’s stories seriously”

Users would tell Facebook their bank balance for $8.44 a month

February 26, 2020 at 12:40AM Study of people across six countries finds German users would charge most for sharing personal data German Facebook users would want the social media platform to pay them about $8 per month for sharing their contact information, while US users would only seek $3.50, according to a study of howContinue reading “Users would tell Facebook their bank balance for $8.44 a month”

Tesla driver who died in ‘autopilot’ crash was playing on phone, inquiry finds

February 25, 2020 at 07:19PM Walter Huang killed when Tesla Model X SUV hit a barrier Carmaker ignored our recommendations, safety board says A Tesla driver killed in a Silicon Valley crash was playing a video game on his smartphone at the time of his fatal crash, investigators said on Tuesday. The National Transport andContinue reading “Tesla driver who died in ‘autopilot’ crash was playing on phone, inquiry finds”

Nvidia Shield TV review: the best Android TV box with brilliant AI upscaling

February 26, 2020 at 07:00AM New hide-away design, great remote, top performance and impressive HD to 4K upscaling make for a killer smart TV box The Nvidia Shield TV is a refined version of the best Android TV box for years, packed with impressive new AI-based upscaling technology and a novel space-saving design. The newContinue reading “Nvidia Shield TV review: the best Android TV box with brilliant AI upscaling”

Xbox Series X console features 12 teraflops graphics processor

February 25, 2020 at 02:00AM Microsoft confirms key specs of games console plus new ‘Smart Delivery’ feature allowing one-size-fits-all game purchases Microsoft has confirmed that its next games console, the Xbox Series X, will feature a 12 teraflops graphics processor, eight times more powerful than the Xbox One graphics chipset. The announcement, made by theContinue reading “Xbox Series X console features 12 teraflops graphics processor”

Apple may be forced to disclose censorship requests from China

February 25, 2020 at 07:00AM Two major shareholder groups backed proposal that would force tech company to make new human rights commitments Apple could be forced to disclose details of censorship requests from China and other nations after two major shareholder groups backed a proposal that would force the tech firm to make new humanContinue reading “Apple may be forced to disclose censorship requests from China”

Follow your Dreams: how the future of playing video games is making them

February 24, 2020 at 11:41AM Media Molecule’s ambitious new PlayStation 4 release is a game development tool that allows you to be creative for the fun of it We’re living in an age of mass, democratised creativity – or at least that’s what the technology industry likes to tell us. You can shoot a movieContinue reading “Follow your Dreams: how the future of playing video games is making them”

Met police chief: facial recognition technology critics are ill-informed

February 24, 2020 at 03:43PM Cressida Dick defends tech after civil liberties groups raise fears over accuracy and privacy The Metropolitan police commissioner, Cressida Dick, has attacked critics of facial recognition technology for using arguments she has claimed are highly inaccurate and ill-informed. The Met began operational use of the technology earlier this month despiteContinue reading “Met police chief: facial recognition technology critics are ill-informed”

Mate Xs: Huawei launches latest version of folding smartphone

February 24, 2020 at 01:30PM Chinese firm also unveils updates to its tablet and laptop lines, plus new wifi speaker Huawei is launching a new version of its folding smartphone, the Mate Xs, alongside revamped tablets and laptops. Despite Mobile World Congress being cancelled owing to fears over the coronavirus, the embattled Chinese firm HuaweiContinue reading “Mate Xs: Huawei launches latest version of folding smartphone”

The real test of an AI machine is when it can admit to not knowing something | John Naughton

February 22, 2020 at 04:00PM Mark Zuckerberg and Brussels both have ideas on AI regulation, but it’s a Cambridge statistician who has produced something intelligible On Wednesday the European Commission launched a blizzard of proposals and policy papers under the general umbrella of “shaping Europe’s digital future”. The documents released included: a report on theContinue reading “The real test of an AI machine is when it can admit to not knowing something | John Naughton”

TikTok viral stars could make up to $1m per post, say researchers

February 22, 2020 at 06:00AM Video app’s most popular users could rake in millions by collaborating with brands Teenagers used to aspire to become astronauts, firefighters, footballers or pop stars, but times change and so do career goals. Today, more than half of millennials and Generation Z-ers – those aged 13-38 – in the USContinue reading “TikTok viral stars could make up to $1m per post, say researchers”

Call for English councils to be given powers to regulate Airbnb

February 21, 2020 at 05:25PM Caroline Lucas urges move to help ease ‘intolerable’ pressure on availability of local housing Local councils in England must be given powers to regulate Airbnb and other short-term letting sites in order to alleviate the “intolerable” pressure they put on the availability of local housing, the Green party MP, CarolineContinue reading “Call for English councils to be given powers to regulate Airbnb”

German court says Tesla can clear trees to build car factory

February 21, 2020 at 10:06AM Environmental group had challenged original ruling that carmaker could fell pines A German court has ruled that clearing of trees from the site of Tesla’s first electric car factory in Europe can go ahead, days after it issued an injunction temporarily halting the preparatory work. The top administrative court inContinue reading “German court says Tesla can clear trees to build car factory”

Revealed: quarter of all tweets about climate crisis produced by bots

February 21, 2020 at 08:00AM Draft of Brown study says findings suggest ‘substantial impact of mechanized bots in amplifying denialist messages’ The social media conversation over the climate crisis is being reshaped by an army of automated Twitter bots, with a new analysis finding that a quarter of all tweets about climate on an averageContinue reading “Revealed: quarter of all tweets about climate crisis produced by bots”

Creator of copy and paste command, Larry Tesler, dies aged 74

February 20, 2020 at 10:31PM Scientist copied the printing technique of physically cutting and glueing printed text Tributes have been paid to Larry Tesler, the computer scientist who introduced the cut, copy and paste commands, after his death at age 74. The Stanford University graduate, who was a pioneer of early computing, died on MondayContinue reading “Creator of copy and paste command, Larry Tesler, dies aged 74”

US campaign against Huawei’s 5G role in UK set to continue

February 20, 2020 at 08:27PM Issue raised by Trumps chief of staff Mick Mulvaney in meeting with Dominic Cummings The White House campaign against Britain’s decision to allow Huawei to supply 5G network technology is expected to continue after a critical UK-US meeting at Downing Street broke up without reaching agreement on the issue. SourcesContinue reading “US campaign against Huawei’s 5G role in UK set to continue”

Goodbye, blue eyes: why an Instagram filter had to be altered

February 20, 2020 at 06:22PM Lil Icey Eyes gave users cold stares and thick eyelashes – and also seemed to persuasively slim noses and enlarge lips Some online fads are “blink and you miss ‘em”, but I couldn’t help noticing the viral ascent of Lil Icey Eyes – an augmented reality face filter that becameContinue reading “Goodbye, blue eyes: why an Instagram filter had to be altered”

Revealed: the areas in the UK with one Airbnb for every four homes

February 20, 2020 at 05:22PM ‘Out-of-control’ dominance of rentals in some communities depriving locals of homes, critics say The Devon village changed by Airbnb How Airbnb is forcing out Barcelona locals Airbnb has become so prevalent in Great Britain that some parts of the country now have one listing for every four properties, prompting concernContinue reading “Revealed: the areas in the UK with one Airbnb for every four homes”

UK Google users to lose EU GDPR data protections

February 20, 2020 at 11:29AM Brexit prompts tech firm to move data and user accounts of British users from EU to US Google is to move the data and user accounts of its British users from the EU to the US, placing them outside the strong privacy protections offered by European regulators. The shift, promptedContinue reading “UK Google users to lose EU GDPR data protections”

Sonic the Hedgehog is designed for fans – no wonder movie critics hated it

February 19, 2020 at 11:59AM Video game movies get bad reviews but are working to different criteria from other films From the moment the Paramount ident appeared on the screen with Sonic’s trademark gold rings replacing the usual stars, I knew this movie was for me. Taking my sons to see Sonic the Hedgehog lastContinue reading “Sonic the Hedgehog is designed for fans – no wonder movie critics hated it”