Can technology solve Chicago’s gun crime problem?

Can technology solve Chicago’s gun crime problem?

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption In Chicago, there were 51 homicides in January 2017 Chicago has one of the highest murder rates in the US, with 51 homicides in January alone. And President Donald Trump has threatened to “send in the Feds” if the “totally out of control” city cannot halt the “carnage”. But, now, […]

Snapchat firm share price soars on debut

Snapchat firm share price soars on debut

Image copyright AP Shares in Snap, owner of messaging app Snapchat, began trading on the US stock market on Thursday. At the close of trade shares were $24.48 each, a jump of more than 40%. The flotation valued the company at $17 a share, or $24bn in all, although Snap has never made a profit. […]

Nintendo Switch cartridges ‘taste so bad’

Nintendo Switch cartridges ‘taste so bad’

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Nintendo Switch, released worldwide this week, is Nintendo’s latest home console Cartridges for the Nintendo Switch console taste foul because of a “bittering agent” intended to prevent them from being accidentally swallowed. The discovery was made after gamers noticed the repellent flavour. “I can still taste it. Do not […]

Chevrolet to offer unlimited data plan with cars

Chevrolet to offer unlimited data plan with cars

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Chevy said cars and passengers were becoming big consumers of data Chevrolet has become the first carmaker to offer an unlimited data plan with its cars. The deal, for a 4G LTE data plan, applies to cars sold in the US from 3 March and will cost $20 (£16) a […]

Snapchat fans: ‘Don’t change app’

Snapchat fans: ‘Don’t change app’

Image copyright Snap Image caption There are now glasses for Snapchat, with a built-in camera As the owner of the Snapchat messaging app targets a valuation of about $24bn (£20bn), one question hangs in the air: will it stay cool? Users of the popular service are wondering how Snapchat might change as efforts to make […]

MWC 2017: Netflix chief is worried and excited by future

Netflix’s chief executive Reed Hastings has said his movie and TV streaming service is facing growing competition from Amazon, Apple and Google. But at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona he told the BBC’s Rory Cellan-Jones that there was still room for growth. MWC 2017: Netflix chief is worried and excited by future

App creates selfies with avatars of dead relatives

An app that lets people speak to avatars of dead relatives and take selfies with them is being developed in South Korea. The BBC’s Chris Foxx asked Eun Jin Lim from Elrois, the company making it, whether people might find the idea strange. App creates selfies with avatars of dead relatives

Can Snapchat keep its young fans?

Can Snapchat keep its young fans?

Image copyright Snap Image caption There are now glasses for Snapchat, with a built-in camera As the owner of the Snapchat messaging app targets a valuation of about $24bn (£20bn), one question hangs in the air: will it stay cool? Users of the popular service are wondering how Snapchat might change as efforts to make […]

Facebook artificial intelligence spots suicidal users

Facebook artificial intelligence spots suicidal users

Image caption Facebook said its algorithms would flag messages expressing suicidal thoughts Facebook has begun using artificial intelligence to identify members that may be at risk of killing themselves. The social network has developed algorithms that spot warning signs in users’ posts and the comments their friends leave in response. After confirmation by Facebook’s human […]

Bad bug found in Microsoft browsing code

Image copyright maciek905 Image caption The bug emerges because of the way the browsers handle formatting instructions Google has released details of a bug in Microsoft’s browsing programs that would allow attackers to build websites that make the software crash. Google researcher Ivan Fratric said the bug could, in some cases, allow attackers to hijack […]

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