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Ghana drones: Row over blood-delivery devices

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Critics of the scheme say Ghana has many other health problems that are more pressing A row has broken out in Ghana over the government’s decision to buy unmanned drones to deliver blood and essential medicines. The government wants the drones to deliver to hospitals nationwide, especially in remote areas. […]

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When out-of-date code causes chaos

Image copyright Reuters Image caption US politicians have criticised Equifax, saying that it “botched” its earlier response to the breach A report from the US Congress has revealed that credit agency Equifax’s 2017 network breach, which affected 143 million people, was not spotted because of an expired software certificate Last week, mobile operator O2 blamed […]

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Word processor pioneer Evelyn Berezin dies aged 93

Image copyright Eyevine/New York Times Image caption Evelyn Berezin said her word processor would help secretaries become more efficient at their jobs The woman who created and sold what many recognise as the world’s first word processor has died aged 93. Evelyn Berezin called the device the Data Secretary when, in 1971, her company Redactron […]

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Google hearing sees 'idiot' trending

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Typing “idiot” into Google Images search reveals pictures of President Trump The word “idiot” has been searched for more than one million times, following testimony typing it into Google Images threw up pictures of President Trump. The link between the two was mentioned during a congressional grilling of Google […]

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'Meghan Markle' most googled person in UK in 2018

“Meghan Markle” was the most searched-for person’s name for the second year running on Google’s UK search service. But the Duchess of Sussex came second to the overall winner of the most queried term – “World Cup” – in the company’s search trends review for 2018. “Royal wedding” and “royal baby” were the top two […]

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Streets with UK's slowest and fastest broadband named

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption One in eight homes had download speeds below 5Mbps, according to uSwitch A village street in Bamfurlong, Gloucestershire, has been named as the slowest for broadband internet, according to an annual survey. The study said homes on Greenmeadows Park averaged just 0.14 megabits per second (Mbps). The fastest spot, […]

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Amazon sackings 'follow sales data leaks'

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Merchants bribed Amazon workers who looked at internal logs of what sold well, the WSJ reports Amazon has sacked workers it believes had been misusing internal data on high-selling products, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports. Amazon reportedly believed the staff, in India, China and the US, had abused their […]

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Broadband customers to get automatic compensation

Image copyright Getty Images Many customers who experience fixed broadband or landline loss will soon automatically receive compensation. The £8-per-day deal follows a new agreement between Openreach and five of the UK’s internet service providers. It will apply only when the fault takes longer than two days to fix. If an engineer does not arrive […]

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Child advice chatbots fail to spot sexual abuse

Image copyright Woebot Labs/Touchkin Image caption Woebot and Wysa are part of a new wave of mental health chatbots Two mental health chatbot apps have required updates after struggling to handle reports of child sexual abuse. In tests, neither Wysa nor Woebot told an apparent victim to seek emergency help. The BBC also found the […]