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'Walkie talkie' app Zello tops App Store during hurricanes 'Walkie talkie' app Zello tops App Store during hurricanes
An app that enables people to have live conversations in large groups is being used as an unofficial rescue co-ordination tool during the US hurricanes. One woman shared a harrowing account of her experience collating people's SOS messages received via the app and dispatching volunteer rescue boats. Zello was downloaded one million times in one day, the firm said on Facebook. The demand i...
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'Self-driving' lorries to be tested on UK roads 'Self-driving' lorries to be tested on UK roads
Small convoys of partially self-driving lorries will be tried out on major British roads by the end of next year, the government has announced. A contract has been awarded to the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) to carry out the tests of vehicle "platoons". Up to three lorries will travel in formation, with acceleration and braking controlled by the lead vehicle. But the head of the AA said ...
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Overwatch trolls face tougher penalties Overwatch trolls face tougher penalties
Overwatch players will face harsher penalties if they abuse or harass others, developer Blizzard has announced. The company said "verified reports" of "bad behaviour" would lead to players being silenced, temporarily suspended or banned from the game completely. Abusing other gamers over voice-chat or deliberately wasting time in games were examples of bad behaviour, it said. One reviewer said ...
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Google to add 'news feed' to website and app Google to add 'news feed' to website and app
Google is adding a personalised Facebook-style news feed to its homepage - Google.com -to show users content they may be interested in before they search. It will display news stories, features, videos and music chosen on the basis of previous searches by the same user. Users will also be able to click a "follow" button on search results to add topics of interest to their feed. One analyst said...
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Google struggles to increase workforce diversity Google struggles to increase workforce diversity
Google hasn't made much progress on diversity. On Thursday, it released its annual diversity report -- and it showed little improvement over last year. The tech giant still overwhelmingly employs white men. About 69% of its total workforce is male, and 56% of all employees are white. Men dominate leadership positions at Google (GOOGL, Tech30), too. Only 25% of women fill these roles, and only 2...
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Microsoft warns of 'elevated risk of cyber attacks' in releasing new updates Microsoft warns of 'elevated risk of cyber attacks' in releasing new updates
Microsoft has released several critical security updates to protect against widespread hacking, citing an "elevated risk of cyber attacks." These patches could help prevent another global ransomware outbreak like last month's WannaCry. "In reviewing the updates for this month, some vulnerabilities were identified that pose elevated risk of cyber attacks by government organizations, sometimes refe...
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How to protect yourself against ransomware How to protect yourself against ransomware
SAN FRANCISCO ó As the world copes with a fast-moving ransomware variant that has infected thousands of computers in at least 74 countries, experts offer advice for what users should and should not do to protect themselves and their data. Patch The ransomware in question, WannaCry, relies on a hole in the Windows 10 code which Microsoft issued a patch for on March 14. Itís crucial that custo...
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Facebook wants you to say happy birthday with a donation Facebook wants you to say happy birthday with a donation
For his 31st birthday, Scott Harrison threw a giant party at a club and asked each of his 700 guests for $20. He didn't want it for gifts or to cover the bar tab. All of the money went directly to a refugee camp in Uganda. Ten years later, the idea of "donating" a birthday to charity has spread, thanks in part to Harrison's organization charity: water and to easy online donation options. Everyone...
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Scientists can now count endangered birds from space Scientists can now count endangered birds from space
Scientists have a new solution for counting endangered birds -- using satellite images from space. A team of researchers from the British Antarctic Survey and the Canterbury Museum in New Zealand showed that high-resolution satellite imagery can see albatross birds from space, according to a paper published in the journal "Ibis" on Thursday. Albatrosses -- large, mostly white seabirds with win...
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Top Indonesia phone company Telkomsel's website defaced Top Indonesia phone company Telkomsel's website defaced
The website of the largest telecoms provider in Indonesia has been defaced with an offensive post. Visitors to Telkomsel's site on Friday morning were greeted by a profanity-laden message criticising the company. The perpetrator also replaced the text that shows under Telkomsel's name and description in search engines, with an explicit message. Telkomsel said it was repairing the site and inves...
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