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Call of Duty 'swatting' death prankster pleads guilty

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There have been a spate of incidents involving gamers that have led to prank calls to the police A California-based gamer faces up to 20 years in jail after admitting crimes including making a hoax call to US police that resulted in them shooting an innocent man dead. Tyler […]

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US asks London court to hand over two alleged hackers

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The dark web forum is alleged to have been used to trade stolen payment card details The US’s attempt to have two alleged cyber-criminals extradited from the UK has come before a London court. The two men are accused of being members of a 36-strong group said to have […]

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Deepfake: BBC newsreader 'speaks' languages he can’t

BBC newsreader Matthew Amroliwala only speaks English, but by using artificial intelligence software he suddenly appears to be speaking Spanish, Mandarin and Hindi. The technique is known as deepfake, where software replaces an original face with a computer-generated face of another. Amroliwala was asked to read a script in BBC Click’s film studio and the […]

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Parents 'need to put their phones in a box', MPs told

“You’re a parent whether your child’s online or not,” Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England told MPs looking into the impact of social media and screen-use on young people’s health. She told the Commons science and technology committee the “danger zone” is from 9pm to 11pm. She suggested parenting classes to show how to create […]

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'Ugly' mistake sends Google data to China

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Data can easily go astray if hardware uses the wrong address book Google data for search and cloud services went astray for more than an hour on Monday thanks to an “ugly” mistake by an African ISP. The data was sent the wrong way when MainOne Cable, in Nigeria, updated […]

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Hitman 2: Sean Bean on being killed in video game

Actor Sean Bean has played many roles where his character dies before the end of the film or TV series and now gamers have the chance to digitally kill him when he appears as a special guest star target in the video game Hitman 2. The Hitman games cast the player as Agent 47 who […]

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Esports Awards: Ninja 'blessed' to pick up two awards

Image copyright Getty Images Ninja says he feels “blessed and honoured” after winning two Esports Awards. The streamer picked up Personality of the Year and Streamer of the Year at the event in London on Monday. He told fans on Twitter after the ceremony: “No stream tonight guys. I am going to play FFXI with […]

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US overtakes China in top supercomputer list

Image copyright Carlos Jones/Oak Ridge National Laboratory Image caption The Summit supercomputer is housed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. China has been pushed into third place on a list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers. The latest list by Top 500, published twice a year, puts two US machines – Summit and […]

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Xiaomi criticised for UK smartphone £1 flash sale

Image copyright Xiaomi Image caption Only three Mi 8 Lite phones could be bought in the first flash sale “Flash sales” publicising a Chinese smartphone company’s UK launch have sparked a backlash on social media. Xiaomi advertised two of its new handsets for £1 each last week as part of a “crazy deals” promotion. But […]

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Steam bug allowed unlimited free downloads

Image copyright Valve A man has been given $20,000 (£15,500) for discovering a bug in the Steam video games store that let people download any game for free. Security researcher Artem Moskowsky found a flaw in Steam’s portal for games developers that let anybody generate licence keys without paying. Millions of people use Steam to […]

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Russia suspected of jamming GPS signal in Finland

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNato holds biggest military exercise since Cold War Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila has said the GPS signal in his country’s northern airspace was disrupted during recent Nato war games in Scandinavia. He said he believed the signal had been jammed deliberately and that it was possible […]

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Chelsea Pensioners' verdict on WW1 VR experience

Nothing to be Written is a virtual reality (VR) experience that moves you between war trenches, hospitals, trains and anxiously waiting at home for field postcards sent by soldiers during World War One. BBC Click visited two Chelsea Pensioners, Michael Allen and Michael Paling asking them to put on VR headsets to try out the […]