Facebook, Twitter and Google grilled by MPs over hate speech

Facebook, Twitter and Google grilled by MPs over hate speech

Image copyright PA Image caption Executives from Google, Facebook and Twitter (L-R) were questioned by the Home Affairs select committee Social media giants should “do a better job” to protect users from online hate speech, MPs have said. Executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google were asked by the Home Affairs select committee why they did […]

Hands-on with the jacket with Google woven in

A partnership between Levi’s and Google has yielded the Jacquard, a denim jacket with technology woven into the fabric. Once paired to a smartphone via Bluetooth, the jacket allows the wearer to control key functions with just a brush or tap of the cuff. A double tap with two fingers, for example, starts or stops […]

California mulls driver-free car tests

California mulls driver-free car tests

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Google is a prolific tester of driverless cars in California The California Department of Motor Vehicles is considering new regulations to allow driverless cars without back-up drivers to be tested on its roads. Currently 27 manufacturers have a permit to test autonomous vehicles in California. However there must always […]

Big data unites the study of stars with cancer research

Big data unites the study of stars with cancer research

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Milky Way can be analysed by algorithms The study of the stars and the fight against cancer may seem to have little in common but the two have been brought together by the algorithms that read big data. Every day we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data – […]

The smart button controlled by your fingerprints

A smart button controlled by your fingerprints was one of the gadgets on display at the recent Wearable Technology Show. The device can be programmed for each part of each finger to activate a different function. BBC Click’s Lara Lewington reports. See more at Click’s website and @BBCClick. The smart button controlled by your fingerprints

25 years since first email attachment

It is 25 years since the invention of Mime, or Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions – the system that made it possible to send attachments. Since 1992, people have gone on to send rather a lot of them, as the BBC’s Rory Cellan-Jones explains. 25 years since first email attachment

Google develops invisible web security Captcha form

Google develops invisible web security Captcha form

Image caption Captcha forms may soon disappear 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 automated bots […]

Smartphones conscripted in cancer fight

Smartphones conscripted in cancer fight

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The aim is to find cures for childhood cancers much faster than previously possible Scientists are calling on Android phone owners to donate some of their processing power to help in the fight against childhood cancers. The spare computing power of Android devices and computers can be utilised to […]

Technology behind ‘all serious crime’

Technology behind ‘all serious crime’

Image copyright LuckyBusiness Image caption Modern thieves are likely to use social media to check if you are home before calling round 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 […]

Legal fight over $22.5m gaming takeover deal

Legal fight over $22.5m gaming takeover deal

Image copyright Bethesda Image caption Doom’s most recent version was released in 2016 Gaming veteran John Carmack is suing ZeniMax Media for $22.5m (£18.5m) which he claims the company has not paid him. He alleges the cash should have been handed over as part of the deal that saw ZeniMax take over id Software – […]

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