Microsoft pips Amazon for $10bn AI ‘Jedi’ contract

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Pentagon wants to replace ageing computer networks with a single cloud system The Pentagon has awarded a $10bn (£8bn) cloud-computing contract to Microsoft, following a heavily scrutinised bidding process in which Amazon had been seen as the favourite. The 10-year contract for the Joint Enterprise Defence Infrastructure, or […]

How a social network could save democracy from deadlock

Image caption A protest known as the Sunflower Revolution gave rise to a consensus-building social network There is one thing that practically everyone can agree on: politics has become bitterly divided. Whether it is the daily Brexit face-offs, the endless scandals on Capitol Hill or the yellow vests of France, the space for meaningful compromise […]

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare arrives amid China controversy

Image copyright Activision Blizzard The latest Call Of Duty (CoD) game has been released, amid calls to boycott its publisher’s products. Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare is the sixteenth major title in the series, which is one of the best-selling games franchises of all time. Activision Blizzard has faced criticism for punishing an e-sports competitor […]

Transgender people treated ‘inhumanely’ online

Image copyright Reuters A study into online slurs used against trans people has identified the most commonly used terms of abuse. Anti-bullying charity Ditch The Label and its analytics partner Brandwatch described the harassment as being “inhumane”. Researchers analysed 10 million posts on the topic of transgender identity, shared from the UK and the US […]

Why Terminator: Dark Fate is sending a shudder through AI labs

Image copyright Victor Chavez Arnold Schwarzenegger means it when he says: “I’ll be back,” but not everyone is thrilled there’s a new Terminator film out this week. In labs at the University of Cambridge, Facebook and Amazon, researchers fear Terminator: Dark Fate could mislead the public on the actual dangers of artificial intelligence (AI). AI […]

Wheels of fortune? A new age for electric motors

Image copyright Protean Electric When it comes to making electric cars better, it’s the batteries that you’ll hear about the most. But what about the motor that actually drives the car? Car enthusiasts have long-obsessed about what is under the bonnet of a traditional car, but in the electric world the motor gets little attention. […]

Banks pull Samsung S10 apps over security flaw

Image caption A graphic symbol on the Galaxy S10 tells users where they need to press to provide a fingerprint RBS and its sister bank Natwest have pulled their apps for the Samsung Galaxy S10 after a security flaw was found on the phone. Last week, users found the device could be unlocked by anyone […]

Facebook’s Zuckerberg grilled over ad fact-checking policy

Image copyright Getty Images US lawmakers have sharply criticised Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg about the firm’s policy not to fact check political ads. In a hearing in Washington, the social network chief was accused of letting political disinformation spread ahead of the 2020 US presidential election. He also was unable to confirm if hate speech […]

BBC News launches ‘dark web’ Tor mirror

The BBC has made its international news website available via the Tor network, in a bid to thwart censorship attempts. The Tor browser is privacy-focused software used to access the dark web. The browser can obscure who is using it and what data is being accessed, which can help people avoid government surveillance and censorship. […]

Facebook’s Zuckerberg grilled over Libra currency plan

Image copyright AFP Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has tried to reassure sceptical US lawmakers over the safety of the social network’s proposed digital currency Libra. At a fractious hearing in Washington, members of Congress attacked plans for the payment system, warning it could be abused by criminals and terrorists. Mr Zuckerberg was also challenged over […]

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