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Amazon and eBay pull CloudPets smart toys from sale

Image copyright Spiral Toys Image caption Owners controlled audio recordings by pressing the toys’ paws Amazon and eBay are among retailers pulling a brand of cuddly smart toys from sale after warnings they pose a cyber-security threat. Concerns were raised about CloudPets products in February 2017 after it was discovered that millions of owners’ voice […]

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Job application tool PageUp suspects data breach

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The breach could be the first major incident since tough new EU data laws came into force A firm that manages millions of job applications around the world suspects it has suffered a data breach. PageUp’s software is used for recruitment, but also salary information, bank details, tax numbers […]

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100 Women: The modern face of the 'DIY abortion'

Image copyright Getty Images Global online searches for abortion pills have more than doubled over the last decade, BBC analysis of Google searches shows. The findings also suggest that in countries where abortion laws are more restrictive, there is greater search interest in abortion pills. By buying pills online and sharing medical advice through WhatsApp […]

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Facebook confirms data-sharing agreements with Chinese firms

Image copyright Getty Images Facebook has confirmed it has a data-sharing partnership with Chinese firms including Huawei, a company US intelligence previously flagged as a security threat. The agreements gave the Chinese firms some access to users’ data to help them build Facebook “experiences” on their own platforms. Facebook said all the data collected remained […]

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Facebook and Twitter replacement sought by Kim Dotcom

Image copyright Getty Images Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has announced that he would like to build a new social network. He described Facebook and Twitter as “deep state conspirators” and said it was “time for something better”. Writing on Twitter, he also invited CIA whistleblower Edward Snowden, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and the German hacker […]

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The robots taking on your housework

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT CSAIL) have developed VirtualHome where artificial intelligence (AI) can learn how to do household chores. A simulator teaches robots how to perform tasks by breaking them down into small steps and watching videos. BBC Click finds out more. See more at Click’s website and @BBCClick. Source link

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Apple gives Siri new powers over apps

Image copyright Apple Image caption Tim Cook said 20 million developers are now working on software for Apple products Apple has overhauled its virtual assistant Siri to control third-party apps without users having to open them. A new Shortcuts function allows device owners to assign their own phrases to different commands. In addition, a single […]

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Apple Watch use at lights leads to fine for student

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Apple watch is a distraction just like a phone, said a Canadian judge A Canadian student has been fined Canadian $400 (£230, $310) for looking at her Apple smartwatch while waiting at traffic lights. Victoria Ambrose was found guilty of breaking Ontario’s distracted driving law. In court, Ms […]