TECHNOLOGY

TECHNOLOGY
Can a sleepy Japanese town become Asia’s Silicon Valley?

Always seen as Japan’s backwater, Tokushima is not where you would expect to see the opening of a special new school for tech-savvy young entrepreneurs. Located on the southern island of Shikoku, the sleepy, rural region doesn’t have a reputation for being a thriving place. But the area, which has been suffering from both an […]

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TECHNOLOGY
Andrew Tate banned from Facebook and Instagram

Meta has banned influencer Andrew Tate from Facebook and Instagram for violating its policies. The former kickboxer rose to fame in 2016 when he was removed from TV show Big Brother over a video which appeared to depict him attacking a woman. He went on to gain notoriety online, with Twitter banning him for saying […]

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TECHNOLOGY
Apple settles US butterfly-keyboard legal action for $50m

Apple has agreed to pay $50m (£41.6m) to settle a legal action by claimants in the US, over its MacBook keyboards. Customers in seven states claimed the technology giant had sold the “butterfly” keyboards, on MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro laptops, from 2015 to 2019, knowing they had unresponsive and sticky keys that could […]

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TECHNOLOGY
Netflix loses almost a million subscribers

After enjoying a long reign as the king of streaming, Netflix faces a tough fight to keep its crown. It lost almost a million subscribers between April and July as more people decided to quit the service. The streaming giant has now lost members for two quarters in a row, but the drop was smaller […]

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TECHNOLOGY
Twitter-Musk takeover dispute heading for October trial

A US judge has ordered that Twitter’s lawsuit against Elon Musk go to trial in October, a blow to the world’s richest man who had asked for a delay. Mr Musk walked away from his $44bn (£36bn) bid to buy Twitter earlier in July, prompting the company to sue him. Twitter hopes that the court […]

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TECHNOLOGY
Why a network upgrade pushed millions in Canada offline

In early July, a massive network outage at Rogers, a Canadian telecoms giant, forced more than 10 million customers – over a quarter of the country’s population – off their internet or wireless services. The firm is now under intense pressure from regulators to explain what happened. The consequences of the 19-hour nationwide outage ranged […]

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TECHNOLOGY
Why record heat doesn’t mean record solar power

The UK’s heatwave is helping to generate large amounts of solar power – but experts say it’s actually too hot for the highest levels of electricity generation. Trade body Solar Energy UK says the last few days have seen about 10% of Britain’s electricity come from solar. But its chief executive Chris Hewett says: “The […]

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TECHNOLOGY
Apple sued over Apple Pay payment system

Apple has been hit with a lawsuit in the US over Apple Pay. The tech giant is being accused of using its market power in the mobile phone industry to fend off competition from other payment card issuers. The class-action complaint was filed in a federal court in California by Affinity Credit Union, an Iowa-based chartered credit […]

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TECHNOLOGY
Amazon targets 10,000 fake review Facebook groups

Amazon is taking legal action against the administrators of more than 10,000 Facebook groups, the BBC has learned. It says the groups are generating fake reviews on Amazon marketplaces in the US, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and Japan. The tech giant says the groups offer money or free goods in exchange for reviews being […]

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TECHNOLOGY
Elon Musk became father of twins last year, say reports

Elon Musk’s latest tweets appear to confirm reports he had twins in late 2021 with Shivon Zilis – an executive at his technology company Neuralink. The Tesla chief executive recently had a second child with on-off partner and electronic artist, Grimes. Reports on Wednesday claimed Mr Musk had twins with 36-year-old Ms Zilis in November […]

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TECHNOLOGY
Apple launches Lockdown Mode to block spyware attacks on at-risk users

Apple has announced a new security feature to protect high-risk users from spyware cyber-attacks. Lockdown Mode will be available in the autumn with the next operating system across all of the company’s iPhones, iPads and Macs. The setting blocks certain functions and prevents unknown users from calling. It comes after Apple devices owned by activists, […]

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TECHNOLOGY
Tech firms told to do better on child abuse images

The government is giving Ofcom extra tools to ensure tech companies act to prevent, identify and remove child sexual abuse and exploitation content. The powers will be introduced through an amendment to the Online Safety Bill, which aims to police the internet. If the tech firms do not comply, Ofcom will be able to impose […]

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TECHNOLOGY
Twitter challenges India order to take down tweets

Twitter has mounted a legal challenge in India against government orders to take down content. The social media giant has filed a petition with the high court in Karnataka state resisting “several” such orders, sources told the BBC. Twitter was reacting to a letter from the government in June warning of “serious consequences” of non-compliance […]

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Australia’s devastating floods spur new warning systems

On 27 February, Karl Sprogis and his wife Jill spent most of the night anxiously monitoring flood height data from Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology. Their town, Lismore, was caught in the catastrophic floods that submerged southern Queensland and northern New South Wales in February and March. Those floods have become the most costly in the nation’s […]

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TECHNOLOGY
What would happen if we stopped using plastic?

Plastic has seeped into every aspect of our existence. Can we live without it? Of the 8,300 million tonnes of virgin plastic produced up to the end of 2015, 6,300 million tonnes has been discarded. Most of that plastic waste is still with us, entombed in landfills or polluting the environment. Microplastics have been found in Antarctic […]

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TECHNOLOGY
What if all roads went underground?

Roads pollute cities, eat up public space and fragment habitats. Could moving them underground help? In 1863, in an effort to reduce street traffic, London opened the world’s first underground line, the Metropolitan Railway. Its birth can be traced back two decades before to the building of the world’s first under-river tunnel below the Thames, which swiftly […]

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TECHNOLOGY
UK-built Forum satellite will measure greenhouse effect

A spacecraft measuring Earth’s warming ‘greenhouse’ effect in its greatest ever detail will be built in the UK. The Forum satellite will be assembled by aerospace giant Airbus at its factory in Stevenage. It will monitor far-infrared radiation coming up from our planet’s surface. It’s this particular type of light that makes molecules of gases […]

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TECHNOLOGY
Google sign-up a ‘fast track to surveillance’, consumer groups say

Google is facing action from a coalition of ten European consumer organisations over the company’s account sign-up process. A Google account is essential in order to use a number of its products and services. But the coalition alleges the sign-up process steers users toward options which collect more data. Google told the BBC it welcomed […]

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TECHNOLOGY
What parents need to know about online safety

“Parents think a child is safe because when they’re online they’re quiet, but they don’t know what they’re watching,” says Nic Wetton, the head teacher of JH Godwin Primary School in Chester. She warns their silence is often misleading. “Children can be traumatised by horrific videos they see online,” says the head teacher who has […]

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TECHNOLOGY
Will electric motorbike sales take off across Asia?

The term “electric vehicle” in the UK immediately conjures up images of a Tesla, or another similar car, but across Asia the battle for EV dominance is being waged on motorbikes. Visit most Asian countries, and you’ll immediately notice that motorcycles swarm and buzz about everywhere. Often functioning much like a family car – only […]

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Japanese man loses USB stick with entire city’s personal details

For many, after-work drinks are a common way of relaxing after a busy week. But one worker in Japan could be nursing a protracted hangover after he lost a USB memory stick following a night out with colleagues. Why? It contained the personal details of nearly half a million people. The unnamed man placed the […]

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Instagram: Video selfies trial to verify age of teens

Instagram is exploring new ways for teenagers to verify their age and comply with platform rules. The Meta-owned app is testing video selfies with facial analysis software as a new age-verification method. Some users on Instagram try to skirt its 13+ age rule by editing their date of birth to make them appear over 18. […]

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How human-like are the most sophisticated chatbots?

Chatbots have hit the headlines over the past few days after a Google engineer claimed that the firm’s most advanced system has developed human-like feelings, or become sentient. Simply put, a chat bot is a computer program deliberately designed to mimic and respond to human speech. But just how lifelike are the best on the […]

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BUSINESS
Two killed as Nio electric car falls from third floor office in Shanghai

Chinese electric carmaker Nio says that two people were killed when one of its vehicles fell from the third floor of its headquarters in Shanghai. One member of staff and a person from a partner company died in the crash. The incident took place on Wednesday at around 17:20 local time, the firm said. The […]

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Crypto crash: Is this cryptocurrency’s ‘Lehman Brothers moment’?

Celsius Network, Babel Finance, Three Arrows and Hoo are latest casualties of market chaos More than $2 trillion has been wiped from the overall cryptocurrency market in the seven months since it peaked last November. This averages out at nearly $10bn per day, with retail investors, corporations and even some countries all seeing their holdings wiped out. Just like […]

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TECHNOLOGY
Microsoft retires controversial AI that can guess your emotions

Tech giant warns that ‘new guardrails’ are required for artificial intelligence Microsoft has announced that it will halt sales of an artificial intelligence service that can predict a person’s age, gender and even emotions. The tech giant cited ethical concerns surrounding the facial recognition technology, which it claimed could subject people to “stereotyping, discrimination, or unfair denial of services”. In […]

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SCIENCE
China achieves ‘brain-scale’ AI with latest supercomputer

Sunway supercomputer ran 174 trillion parameters, ‘rivalling the number of synapses in the brain’ Computer scientists in China claim to have run an artificial intelligence program using architecture that is as complex as the human brain. The AI model, named ‘bagualu’ or ‘alchemist’s pot’, was run on the latest generation of the Sunway supercomputer based at the National Supercomputing […]

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Meta removes ‘large numbers’ of upskirting images found on Facebook

The social media firm took action after a BBC investigation found upskirting content being shared in groups on Facebook. Facebook owner Meta said it has removed a large number of groups and accounts which were sharing upskirting content following a BBC News investigation into the issue. The TV report found images and videos of upskirting being shared on the social […]

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Space factory will make materials that are ‘impossible to produce on Earth’ is about to launch

Earth’s dense atmosphere, temperatures, and gravity means that its ‘a pretty bad place to make things’ A prototype space factory that can produce materials that cannot be made on Earth will be launched from the UK later this summer. Space Forge, a Welsh startup, will make more efficient semiconductors and stronger, lighter alloys. These materials, […]

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SpaceX may have turned the galaxy red

A SpaceX rocket’s exhaust may have lit the upper atmosphere in a reddish glow SpaceX may have turned the galaxy an eerie shade of red during its latest launch, a sight made all the weirder in that it was invisible to the naked eye. According to the Washington Post, photographers in Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, Tennessee and North Carolina attempted […]

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Rio Ferdinand calls for new ‘inspiring’ online platform to combat child bullying

The former England footballer helped launch an anti-bullying campaign Don’t Face It Alone at No 10 Downing Street. Rio Ferdinand has called for a new social media platform to be set up as he criticised tech giants for failing to get a grip on bullying and “toxic behaviours”. The former England footballer, who suffered racial abuse as a […]

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Elon Musk’s ex-wife says she’s ‘proud’ of their child’s move to sever all ties with him

‘I no longer live with or wish to be related to my biological father in any way, shape or form,’ Musk’s child from his first marriage said Elon Musk’s ex-wife says that she’s “proud” of their child for making the move to sever all ties with their biological father. Formerly known as Xavier Alexander Musk, […]

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Huge spot appears on the Sun and begins to grow – but there is nothing to panic about yet

A huge spot on the Sun is getting bigger and pointing towards Earth – but there is nothing to worry about yet. Numerous news reports pointed to the growing spot and suggested that there could be reason to fear. It had grown dramatically – doubling in size over a space of 24 hours – and could send out a burst […]

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Zoom down: Video call app breaks in the middle of the working day

Zoom, the video call app, has broken in the middle of the working day. Users said they were unable to get into meetings, likely leaving many remote offices struggling to work. The outage came at the beginning of the working day in the US, and as it came to a close in the UK – both […]

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‘500 internal server error’: The message that appeared on websites across the internet – and what it means

Much of the internet has been hit by an issue that took major websites offline. The problems hit much of the internet: Discord, Amazon Web Services, Substack, some online games and more were offline. Users were instead shown a somewhat cryptic message, informing them only that they were experiencing a “500 error”. It might not be immediately […]

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Eye movements could be the missing link in our understanding of memory

Humans have a fascinating ability to recreate events in the mind’s eye, in exquisite detail. Over 50 years ago, Donald Hebb and Ulrich Neisser, the forefathers of cognitive psychology, theorised that eye movements are vital for our ability to do this. They pointed out we move our eyes not only to receive sensory visual input, but […]

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SCIENCE
Blue light: what we do and don’t know about the damage it causes our skin

Take a wander down the skincare aisle of any health and beauty retailer and you’ll be met with a bewildering array of creams and sprays, promising to protect you from various threats to your skin. You might have noticed skincare companies claiming their products can protect you from the effects of blue light. If you […]

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Do we need a better understanding of ‘progress’?

A growing and influential intellectual movement aims to understand why human progress happens – and how to speed it up. Garrison Lovely investigates. You’re a typical American in 1870. You live on a rural farm. If you’re a man, you likely began a lifetime of manual labour as a teen, which will end when you’re […]

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Is Google’s LaMDA conscious? A philosopher’s view

LaMDA is Google’s latest artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot. Blake Lemoine, a Google AI engineer, has claimed it is sentient. He’s been put on leave after publishing his conversations with LaMDA. If Lemoine’s claims are true, it would be a milestone in the history of humankind and technological development. Google strongly denies LaMDA has any sentient capacity. LaMDA certainly seems to […]

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Gaia continues quest for the ultimate sky map

Europe’s Gaia telescope has dropped its latest batch of data as it seeks to assemble the largest catalogue of light sources in the sky. It is becoming a discovery machine like no other. Stars, asteroids and distant, bright galaxies – anything that can be visibly pinpointed is having its vital statistics measured by the observatory. […]

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UK-based sat-nav trial to augment GPS performance

London satellite company Inmarsat is testing an overlay system to improve the performance of GPS signals received in the UK. Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union means it is no longer involved in the bloc’s Galileo sat-nav system, nor its augmentation service called Egnos. Overlay systems can reduce the errors in standard sat-nav fixes from […]

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SCIENCE
Perseverance: Nasa rover begins key drive to find life on Mars

Nasa’s Perseverance rover has reached a big moment in its mission on Mars. Tuesday will see the six-wheeled robot begin the climb up an ancient delta feature in the crater where it landed. It will roll uphill, stopping every so often to examine rocks that look to have the best chance of retaining evidence of […]

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