Apple hires engineers from UK company Dialog

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Apple uses Dialog’s chips in its iPhones, iPads and Watches Apple is adding 300 computer chip engineers to its team after striking a deal to hire them from one of its British suppliers. It is paying Dialog Semiconductor $300m (£227m) for the acquisition, which also includes some of the Reading-based […]

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WhatsApp fixes booby-trap video call bug

Image copyright ReutersImage caption The bug made answering some video calls risky Answering a booby-trapped video call via the WhatsApp messaging service could force the app to crash and close, a security expert has found. The bug was a “big deal” said researcher Tavis Ormandy, who is part of the team that found it. It […]

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US weapons systems can be ‘easily hacked’

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Most weapons systems, including the F-35 jet, were found to be vulnerable to cyber-attack Some of the most cutting-edge weapons in the US’s military arsenal can be “easily hacked” using “basic tools”, a government report has concluded. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) found “mission-critical” cyber-vulnerabilities in nearly all weapons systems […]

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James Murdoch tipped to lead Tesla board

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption James Murdoch joined the Tesla board last year. James Murdoch could become the next head of Tesla’s board of directors. He is “the favourite” to replace Elon Musk, who currently serves as both board chairman and chief executive, the Financial Times has reported. However, Mr Musk said on Twitter that […]

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BBC News disrupted by software glitch

Image caption Bulletins on the BBC News channel showed recorded material from 15:00 BST The BBC had to replace live broadcasts with recorded material on its TV news channels for about an hour on Wednesday following a technical glitch. The issue affected OpenMedia, a new computer system rolled out across BBC News outlets over the […]

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Walmart planning ‘net-connected trolley’

Image copyright WalmartImage caption A drawing of how a biometric trolley may work US retail giant Walmart has applied for a patent for a smart shopping trolley that can track a shopper’s heart rate, temperature, grip and walking speed. Such a system would provide valuable information about how shoppers respond to different stores, it said. […]

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Amazon scrapped ‘sexist AI’ tool

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption The algorithm repeated bias towards men, reflected in the technology industry An algorithm that was being tested as a recruitment tool by online giant Amazon was sexist and had to be scrapped, according to a Reuters report. The artificial intelligence system was trained on data submitted by applicants over a […]

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Google appeals against €4.3bn Android fine

Image copyright Getty Images Google is fighting a record €4.3bn ($4.9bn; £3.8bn) fine for allegedly using the Android operating system to “cement its dominance” as a search engine. In July, the European Commission said Google’s Android policies had “denied rivals the chance to innovate and compete”. The company could face further fines if it does […]

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Sony PlayStation 4 console set for next generation

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption The PlayStation division accounts for more than 20% of Sony’s sales Sony’s president has confirmed that his company is developing a new video games console. Kenichiro Yoshida told the Financial Times that “it’s necessary to have a next-generation hardware”. However, he declined to say whether the successor would be branded […]

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Google drops $10bn battle for Pentagon data contract

Image copyright Getty Images/GoogleImage caption Google’s Cloud computing division had eyed up a lucrative US Department of Defense contract Google has abandoned efforts to win a $10bn (£7.7bn) Pentagon cloud computing contract. The firm said the work might have transgressed principles it published in June limiting its artificial-intelligence-related activities. Thousands of its staff had previously […]

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