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Spotify ad banned for causing 'distress' to children

Image copyright Spotify Image caption The advert featured a doll surprising young people A Spotify ad has been banned for “unjustifiably” distressing children. The advert mimicked a horror film and showed young people being menaced by a scary doll when they played a particular song. In its ruling, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said the […]

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Robot 'talks' to MPs about future of AI in the classroom

Image copyright AFP Image caption Pepper appeared alongside two third-year students from Middlesex University Pepper has become the first robot to appear at a UK parliamentary meeting, talking to MPs about the future of artificial intelligence in education. The robot is currently based at Middlesex University, working with students and appearing at events. MPs smiled […]

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Russian censor offers 24-hour online bans for anniversary

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Protesters in Moscow demand internet freedom in May To celebrate the fourth year of its presence on Russia’s most popular social media platform, controversial Russian media watchdog Roskomnadzor offered users day-long bans. Posting on VKontakte, Russia’s media regulator made light of its role in web censorship, which has included […]

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Fortnite cheat YouTuber sued by Epic Games

Image copyright EPic Games A YouTube gamer who posted videos of himself cheating at Fortnite is being sued by its developer Epic Games. Brandon Lucas has attracted 1.7 million subscribers to his Golden Modz channel, where he plays modified or hacked versions of Fortnite and other games. He also runs a website where he sells […]

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Tiny Palm smartphone baffles gadget fans

Image copyright Palm Image caption US basketball player Stephen Curry is one of the ambassadors for the new Palm phone A tiny Android smartphone designed to be a “companion phone” to a full-sized device has been launched in the US – using the former brand name Palm. The handset is the size of a credit […]

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UK cyber-centre thwarts hostile hackers

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The NCSC believes most of the attacks it repelled were perpetrated from within nation states hostile to the UK The UK’s top cyber-defence centre has stopped Britain falling victim to almost 1,200 attacks in the last two years, its annual review reveals. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) was […]

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Robot seeks out skin cancer with suction

A semi-autonomous robot that can take different types of measurements from the skin has been developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Fitted with suction cups to help it move, the prototype can be fitted with a dermatoscope to help look for signs of abnormalities, including skin cancer, something normally done manually […]

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Virgin Media disrupted in London

Image copyright Getty Images Virgin Media says it is investigating a problem which has left many customers in London without internet access and TV services. The company tweeted that the problem “might be fixed this evening”, but said a separate “system issue” left it unable to provide more information. The problems were first reported on […]

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UK seeks to secure smart home gadgets

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Web-connected security cameras are among many devices hijacked and use for cyber-attacks Makers of smart home devices are to be encouraged to make their gadgets secure against hack attacks. The UK has published a voluntary code of practice for manufacturers that shows how they can proof their creations against […]

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Snapchat adds selfie filters for cats

Image copyright AFP Image caption Snapchat can now add virtual bread to cats Snapchat’s augmented-reality selfie filters now work on cats, the photo-sharing app has announced. Previously, its facial-recognition technology could apply the filters to only humans and some breeds of dog. Now, cat owners can use Snapchat’s Lenses to decorate their pet with hats, […]