Tech

Twitter closes more terrorism-linked accounts

  • 22 March 2017 - 18:31
Twitter closes more terrorism-linked accounts

BBC - Twitter says it shut more than 377,000 accounts for promoting terrorism in the second half of last year. It represents a 60% increase on the last numbers provided by the company, which covered the period from February to August 2016. Twitter has faced pressure to do more to stop...

Google to take tough stance on hateful content

  • 21 March 2017 - 18:23
Google to take tough stance on hateful content

BBC - Google has responded to major companies withdrawing online adverts by promising to take "a tougher stance on hateful, offensive and derogatory content". Philipp Schindler, the firm's chief business officer, said Google would also tighten advertising safeguards. He added that as...

Uber president has resigned after six months in office

  • 20 March 2017 - 23:19
Uber president has resigned after six months in office

BBC - Uber president Jeff Jones is leaving the company after less than six months. A source at the taxi booking app told the BBC the resignation was "completely unexpected". They said Mr Jones was frustrated the company was hiring a new chief operating officer and that he was not among...

Google removes Beauty and the Beast ad from Home page

  • 18 March 2017 - 23:04
Google removes Beauty and the Beast ad from Home page

BBC - Google has removed audio about the movie Beauty and the Beast which played out unprompted on Google Home. "By the way, Disney's live action Beauty and the Beast opens today," the smart speaker said after listing the time, weather and travel update. In a video posted on Twitter, it...

Headphones explode in ears of a passenger on flight

  • 15 March 2017 - 15:18
Headphones explode in ears of a passenger on flight

BBC - Australian authorities have warned about the dangers of using battery-powered devices on flights after a woman's headphones caught fire. The woman was dozing on a flight from Beijing to Melbourne when she was woken by the sound of an explosion. She tore the headphones off to find them...

Europol says technology behind all serious crimes

  • 11 March 2017 - 18:55
Europol says technology behind all serious crimes

Technology is now at the "root" of all serious criminality, says Europe's police agency. The returns generated by document fraud, money laundering and online trade in illegal goods helps to pay for other damaging crimes, said Europol, the BBC reported. The wider use of technology by...

Google agrees to remove “I’m not robot” security checks from websites

  • 10 March 2017 - 16:39
Google agrees to remove “I’m not robot” security checks from websites

BBC - Website security checks that challenge people to prove they are human are likely to "disappear" in favour of a new system developed by Google. Captcha checks typically ask people to complete a puzzle that a computer would struggle to complete correctly. They are designed to stop...

Amazon to release Alexa devices to make phone calls by voice

  • 5 March 2017 - 16:34
Amazon to release Alexa devices to make phone calls by voice

Amazon plans to unveil one or more new Alexa-powered devices this year that will allow people to initiate phone calls by voice, according to multiple sources. The device, or devices, will also allow people to talk with others on the opposite end of another Alexa device through a feature that...

Windows 10 to give the option of updates snooze to users

  • 4 March 2017 - 19:45
Windows 10 to give the option of updates snooze to users

BBC - Microsoft will enable Windows 10 users to choose when security updates are installed once they arrive rather than enforcing them straightaway. Users have complained that the reboots required for some updates, which cannot currently be deferred, are disruptive. People using Windows 10...

Snapchat firm valued at 24 billion US dollars

  • 2 March 2017 - 13:31
Snapchat firm valued at 24 billion US dollars

Snap, owner of messaging app Snapchat, has priced its shares at $17 ahead of Thursday's listing on the US stock market. The flotation values the business at $24bn, although Snap has never made a profit. It will turn the company's founders Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy into...