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Tuesday, 03 December 2019 16:07

TikTok suppressed disabled users' videos

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Videos made by disabled users were deliberately prevented from going viral on TikTok by the firm's moderators, the app has acknowledged.

The social network said the policy was introduced to reduce the amount of cyber-bullying on

Viral animated images of a new Star Wars character, nicknamed Baby Yoda, are back online after a brief ban.

Gifs featuring the co-star of the Mandalorian TV series had been widely shared online, with

Friday, 22 November 2019 14:50

Tesla's new Cybertruck smashed during demo

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Tesla has unveiled its "Cybertruck" pickup truck, but not without an embarrassing moment on stage.

The truck's windows were smashed during a demonstration supposed to show how hard they were to break.

Thursday, 21 November 2019 14:20

Energy group attacks Labour nationalisation plans

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An energy industry lobby group has been buying adverts on Facebook attacking Labour's nationalisation policies ahead of the general election.

The Energy Networks Association has so far spent £3,215 on 130 ads on the social media site.

Wednesday, 20 November 2019 16:00

Amazon gets closer to getting Alexa everywhere

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Rohit Prasad has 17 smart speakers in his home powered by Amazon's smart assistant.

"I test my own technology - with all of them being called Alexa, I see which one is waking up

Monday, 18 November 2019 14:59

Ford unveils all-electric car - the Mustang

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Ford has unveiled its all-electric Mustang Mach E at a glitzy event in Los Angeles that included an appearance by actor Idris Elba.

The top-range version of the car can travel up to 370 miles on a full charge and recharge 57

Thursday, 07 November 2019 16:21

Boston Dynamics boss learned by unbalancing toddler

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The boss of robotics company Boston Dynamics has confessed he once nudged his one-year-old daughter over to work out how people balance.

A YouTube video of Marc Raibert's humanoid robot Atlas remaining upright

Friday, 01 November 2019 16:21

Valve shuts down money laundering via CS:GO game

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"At this point, nearly all key purchases that end up being traded or sold on the marketplace are believed to be fraud-sourced," it said.

It is not clear how much money was being laundered via the Steam marketplace but hundreds

Wednesday, 30 October 2019 16:13

Microsoft's GitHub blocks Catalan protest app

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Microsoft-owned GitHub has blocked Spanish users from accessing an app designed to help Catalan independence protesters.

It follows a takedown request by the Spanish military police.

Authorities described the Tsunami Democràtic group, which is behind the app, as a "criminal organisation" which incites riots.

GitHub said it always complied with lawful requests.

A spokesman said: "Although we may not always agree with those laws, we may need to block content if we receive a valid request from a government official so that our users in that jurisdiction may continue to have access to GitHub to collaborate and build software."

GitHub has received takedown requests from China and Russia, related to different posts.

From hosting to protests
San Francisco-based GitHub provides hosting for software developers and allows coders to collaborate with each other.

It was bought by Microsoft in 2018 for $7.5bn (£5.8bn).

Tsunami Democràtic used GitHub to develop tools to co-ordinate protest action, including an encrypted communication app.

The group helped to organise pro-independence rallies at Barcelona airport, which saw dozens of flights cancelled.

Protestors demonstrating against the imprisonment of nine Catalan separatist leaders have copied tactics devised by demonstrators in Hong Kong, including blocking airports and using encrypted messaging.

This is not the first time a company has removed an app linked to protests.

Earlier this month, Apple removed an app which protesters in Hong Kong used to track police movements, claiming it violated the company's rules.

Tsunami Democràtic told TechCrunch that users of Apple's iPhone can't yet download the app

The latest Call of Duty game has been hit by thousands of negative reviews over its portrayal of Russia.

The sixteenth major title in the series has largely been praised by critics.

Amy says it all started when her husband seemed to know intimate details about her friends.

"He would drop snippets into conversations, such as knowing about Sarah's baby. Really

Wednesday, 23 October 2019 14:54

UK cyber-centre targets payment card fraud

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Britain's cyber-defence centre has thwarted more than one million cases of suspected payment card fraud in the last year, its annual review reveals.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said a dedicated anti-fraud effort stopped the

Video-sharing app TikTok is being used by Islamic State militants to spread propaganda to a younger audience, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Supporters reportedly shared videos showing IS fighters with guns and corpses being paraded through streets.

Monday, 21 October 2019 16:00

League of Legends admits censoring error

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League of Legends is facing a backlash after players discovered its online chat system censored the term "Uighur".

Uighurs are a Muslim ethnic minority who claim they have faced human rights abuses from the Chinese government.

Banning staff from accessing their work emails outside office hours could do more harm than good to employee wellbeing, a study suggests.

University of Sussex researchers found while a ban could help some staff switch off, it could

A flaw that means any fingerprint can unlock a Galaxy S10 phone has been acknowledged by Samsung.

It promised a software patch that would fix the problem.

Tuesday, 15 October 2019 16:16

Microsoft seeks to clean up Xbox game chat with AI

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Microsoft is turning to AI and machine learning to let Xbox gamers filter the language they see in text messages.

It is introducing customisable filters that let gamers choose the vocabulary they see in messages from

Tuesday, 08 October 2019 14:23

Femtech: Right time, wrong term?

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The meteoric rise of the label "femtech" to describe technology products, apps and hardware addressing women's health and wellbeing issues divides opinion.

While some say it helps the sector secure vital funding from male-dominated venture capitalists,

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