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Robot news presenter causes a stir on Russian TV

Robot news presenter causes a stir on Russian TV

Image copyright Rossiya 24 Russian state news channel Rossiya 24 has introduced a robot presenter for some of its bulletins. ‘Alex’ has already caused a stir, with some viewers complaining about his appearance and accusing him of peddling political propaganda. The robot was developed by […]

Facebook bans UK far right groups and leaders

Facebook bans UK far right groups and leaders

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Former BNP leader Nick Griffin and ex-Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen are among those affected Facebook has imposed a ban on a dozen far-right individuals and organisations that it says “spread hate”. The ban includes the British National […]

Facebook copied email contacts of 1.5 million users

Facebook copied email contacts of 1.5 million users

Image copyright Reuters Facebook “unintentionally” uploaded the email contacts of more than 1.5 million users without asking permission to do so, the social network has admitted. The data harvesting happened via a system used to verify the identity of new members, Facebook asked new users […]

Samsung’s folding phone breaks for reviewers

Samsung’s folding phone breaks for reviewers

Image copyright Samsung Image caption Samsung’s folding phone was shown off for the first time earlier this year Earlier this week, Samsung sent out its remarkable new folding smartphone to a number of media outlets, including the BBC. Perhaps now it wishes it hadn’t. Bloomberg’s […]

TED 2019: Prize to online classes project causes controversy

TED 2019: Prize to online classes project causes controversy

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Upstart offers online lessons, and says it is something children should do with their parents The TED talk organisers have announced the Audacious Project, a $280m (£215m) prize fund to be shared across eight projects it feels tackle the […]

Assassin’s Creed’s maker pledges aid to help Notre-Dame

Assassin’s Creed’s maker pledges aid to help Notre-Dame

Image copyright Ubisoft Image caption Notre-Dame cathedral as it appears in the Assassin’s creed game The maker of the Assassin’s Creed games will donate €500,000 ($565,000; £433,000) to the reconstruction of the fire-damaged Cathedral of Notre-Dame. A digital version of the building, which featured in […]

Netflix to trial showing top 10 lists to UK users

Netflix to trial showing top 10 lists to UK users

Image copyright Netflix Image caption Sex Education, Bird Box and You have been big successes for Netflix Netflix is to start showing UK users a Top 10 list of the most popular programmes on the platform. It will be the first time it has done […]

UK to introduce porn age-checks in July

UK to introduce porn age-checks in July

Image copyright Getty Images An age-check scheme designed to stop under-18s viewing pornographic websites will come into force on 15 July. From that date, affected sites will have to verify the age of UK visitors. If they fail to comply they will face being blocked […]

The Redditor who accidentally spent a year talking to himself

The Redditor who accidentally spent a year talking to himself

Image copyright Andy Bowen Image caption Andy Bowen is a father-of-two living in Coventry, UK “I just thought I was dull.” Reddit user Andy Bowen could be forgiven for his frank assessment of his online presence. I’m sure we all know the feeling of posting […]

Windrush: Home Office admits data breach in compensation scheme

Windrush: Home Office admits data breach in compensation scheme

Image copyright AFP Image caption Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes has apologised for the data breach The Home Office has admitted breaching data protection rules when it launched the Windrush compensation scheme. The department sent information to Windrush migrants in a way that meant their email […]