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Google gun emoji becomes water pistol

Image copyright Google Google is to replace the gun emoji with a water pistol on its Android operating system, bringing it in line with Apple, Samsung and Twitter. Apple led the way in 2016 in the wake of a series of shootings in the US. It was criticised at the time for deviating from the […]

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Shark-spotting drones help keep swimmers safe

Drones capable of detecting sharks and helping save stranded swimmers are being used by lifeguards in Australia. The Westpac Little Ripper drones use the artificial intelligence software, Shark Spotter, to distinguish between sharks and other marine life. An on-board siren warns swimmers of a nearby shark. Human lifeguards still need to physically retrieve those in […]

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Canada developing quantum radar to detect stealth aircraft

Image copyright University of Waterloo Image caption Canada is investing $2.7m to develop technology to detect stealth aircraft Canada has invested $2.7m (£1.93m) into developing quantum radar – a new technology that would greatly improve the detection of stealth aircraft. The technology is being developed by the University of Waterloo to replace existing Arctic radar […]

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'Facebook in PR crisis mode', says academic at heart of row

Image caption Dr Kogan has said Facebook is using him as a scapegoat in the crisis The academic at the centre of the Facebook data scandal has said the social network is in full-on “PR crisis mode”. Aleksandr Kogan’s remarks came as he faced a grilling over his role from MPs. The social network was […]

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BBC iPlayer streams sport in 4K HDR for first time

Image copyright Timeline Television Ltd Image caption The BBC’s trial was the first 4K HDR live broadcast of its kind The BBC has broadcast a live event in 4K resolution and high dynamic range (HDR) colour for the first time. Its iPlayer service streamed a full rugby match on Sunday, which was made available to […]

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Ransomware infects Ukraine energy ministry website

Image copyright AlienVault Image caption Hackers have used a ransomware cyber-attack to compromise a Ukranian government website Hackers have used ransomware to take the website of Ukraine’s energy ministry offline and encrypt its files. The website currently contains a message written in English, demanding a ransom of 0.1 Bitcoin – worth $927.86 (£664.98) by today’s […]

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The senior citizens taking on coding

There’s a saying that old dogs can’t learn new tricks. But, in Singapore, senior citizens are putting that myth to rest by learning how to code computer programs. The training courses are designed to modernise skills and keep older brains sharp – all with a bit of fun thrown in. Source link

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YouTube publishes deleted videos report

Image copyright Reuters YouTube’s first three-monthly “enforcement report” reveals the website deleted 8.3 million videos between October and December 2017 for breaching its community guidelines. The figure does not include videos removed for copyright or legal reasons. Sexually explicit videos attracted 9.1 million reports from the website’s users, while 4.7 million were reported for hateful […]

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Lab-grown meat

Image copyright Impossible Foods Image caption It looks like meat, it even bleeds. But does it taste meaty enough to convert committed carnivores? The meat industry is a major contributor to carbon dioxide emissions and deforestation, and a huge consumer of water. But can lab-grown veggie alternatives wean us off our addiction to red meat? […]

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Robot helps Jack McLinden, 14, to be Everton mascot

Image copyright PA Image caption Everton captain Phil Jagielka carried the robot on to the pitch A 14-year-old Everton fan has made history by becoming football’s first “remote” match-day mascot. Jack McLinden, who has multiple health conditions, was able to savour the experience of joining his heroes on the pitch before their game against Newcastle […]

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Spotify tests filter to block swearing in songs

Image copyright PA Image caption Drake is among the artists whose explicit songs are riding high in the Spotify charts Spotify, the UK’s biggest music streaming service, has started testing a way of filtering out songs which have explicit lyrics. The feature has been introduced on its iPhone and iPad apps – six years after […]

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Police 'visit funeral home to unlock dead man's phone'

Image copyright Getty Images Police in Florida have been criticised for allegedly entering a funeral home in a futile bid to unlock a dead man’s smartphone. Linus Phillip, 30, was killed while trying to escape from police at a petrol station in Largo on 23 March. After his body was released to the Sylvan Abbey […]