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Mapping a new frontier

Image copyright Share Lab Image caption Vladan Joler says that all Facebook users are effectively working on behalf of the company Facebook’s collection of data makes it one of the most influential organisations in the world. Share Lab wanted to look “under the bonnet” at the tech giant’s algorithms and …

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Google AI defeats human Go champion

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Chinese Go player Ke Jie has lost two games to AlphaGo Google’s DeepMind AlphaGo artificial intelligence has defeated the world’s number one Go player Ke Jie. AlphaGo secured the victory after winning the second game in a three-part match. DeepMind founder Demis Hassabis said Ke …

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Robot police officer goes on duty in Dubai

Image copyright Dubai Media Office Dubai Police have revealed their first robot officer, giving it the task of patrolling the city’s malls and tourist attractions. People will be able to use it to report crimes, pay fines and get information by tapping a touchscreen on its chest. Data collected by …

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Microsoft launches new Surface Pro

Image copyright Microsoft Image caption The new Surface Pro keyboard has a similar fabric finish to the Surface laptop Microsoft has launched a “faster, more powerful” Surface Pro tablet, with a battery life of 13.5 hours. The device, which weighs 770g (1.69lb) and has a 31cm (12.3in) screen, will cost …

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Samsung S8 'eye security' fooled by photo

Image copyright ccc Samsung’s eye-scanning security technology, used on the new Galaxy S8 smartphone, has been fooled with a photograph and a contact lens. The iris-scanner can be used to unlock the phone simply by looking at it, which Samsung says provides “airtight security”. But researchers at Chaos Computer Club …

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Cuban revolution

Image copyright Noam Galai/Getty Image caption Cubazon’s Bernardo Romero Gonzalez is counting on the Cuban diaspora to help grow his business As the internet becomes more widespread in Cuba, online start-ups are emerging. But the problems many of the companies hope to address are also a reminder of how far …

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Virtual rabbits 'culled' in Second Life

Image copyright Ozimals Thousands of rabbits have been “culled” in the Second Life virtual world. The web server sustaining them has been deactivated after a legal threat from a company claiming to have designed them. Added to Second Life in 2010, Ozimals bunnies were collectible pets that players could breed. …

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BBC fools HSBC voice recognition security system

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe bank’s voice-based ID system was fooled by Dan and his twin Security software designed to prevent bank fraud has been fooled by a BBC reporter and his twin. BBC Click reporter Dan Simmons set up an HSBC account and signed up …

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London City first in UK to get remote air traffic control

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRichard Westcott has visited London City Airport’s new control centre, 120 miles from the landing strip London City is to become the first UK airport to replace its air traffic control tower with a remotely operated digital system. Instead of sitting in …

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FCC votes to overturn net neutrality rules

Image copyright Reuters Image caption FCC chairman Ajit Pai said existing rules hampered the growth of the tech sector The US Federal Communications Commission has voted to overturn rules that force ISPs to treat all data traffic as equal. Commissioners at the agency voted two-to-one to end a “net neutrality” …

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