Facebook: Another three billion fake profiles culled

Image copyright Reuters Facebook has published its latest “enforcement report“, which details how many posts and accounts it took action on between October 2018 and March 2019. During that six-month period, Facebook removed more than three billion fake accounts – more than ever before. More than seven million “hate speech” posts were removed, also a […]

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DJI drones to come with plane detection

Image copyright DJI Drone-maker DJI has pledged to add plane and helicopter “detection” features to its consumer drones, to reduce the risk of collisions. Some of DJI’s industry-focused drones already have the feature built in but it has now pledged to add it to all drones weighing more than 250g (9oz). Its AirSense system picks […]

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Nintendo removes mobile games in Belgium

Image copyright Nintendo Two Nintendo mobile games will soon no longer be available in Belgium as the game-maker moves to comply with local gambling laws. In 2018, Belgium outlawed games that used “loot boxes” to reward players with random items. The game mechanic is an illegal form of gambling, the country’s gambling regulator says. Animal […]

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Amazon heads off facial recognition rebellion

Image copyright AmazonImage caption Rekognition can match photos to databases holding millions of people’s faces Shareholders seeking to halt Amazon’s sale of its facial recognition technology to US police forces have been defeated in two votes that sought to pressure the company into a rethink. Civil rights campaigners had said it was “perhaps the most […]

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Apple to warn iPhone users about update impact

Image copyright Getty Images Apple has pledged to warn iPhone owners if an update is likely to significantly slow a device or affect battery life. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in the UK had expressed concerns in 2017 that people had not realised an operating system update could affect the performance of the phone. […]

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EA shows off its next-generation hair

Image copyright EA Gaming giant EA has been showing off its next-generation hair-rendering capability in a blog post. It said it had put together a team of developers to work on hair shading, scattering, smoothness and volume in its Frostbite gaming engine. The demo videos posted by EA show a faceless mannequin leaping around an […]

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Would you pay $1m for a laptop full of malware?

Image copyright Guo O DongImage caption The laptop is being live-streamed on gaming platform Twitch A laptop deliberately infected with six notorious strains of malware, including WannaCry and ILoveYou, is being auctioned in the US as an art project. At time of writing, the highest bid for the device was $1.1m (£800,000). The auction states […]

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Huawei’s Android loss: How it affects you

Image copyright ReutersImage caption Huawei’s smartphone division’s success has been tied to the popularity of Google’s Android The restrictions being placed on Huawei’s access to the Android operating system will cast a long shadow over Tuesday’s launch of the Chinese company’s latest handsets. The firm has invited press from across the globe to London to […]

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Warning over using augmented reality in precision tasks

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption HoloLens allows the user to see digital images over real-world backgrounds People who use augmented reality headsets to complete complex tasks fare worse than those with no high-tech help, a small study suggests. In addition, those fitted with headsets over-estimate how well they perform. The discovery might limit the usefulness […]

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