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Amazon Alexa-NHS partnership splits expert opinion Amazon Alexa-NHS partnership splits expert opinion
Worried about a lump? Got a nasty cough that won't budge? Many people Google queries about such symptoms daily - but now they can get NHS advice instantly by asking Amazon's Alexa. The voice-activated assistant is now automatically searching NHS web pages to find answers to medical questions. And the government hopes it will reduce the demand on human doctors. But the move has split opini...
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Listen to the Talking Tech podcast Listen to the Talking Tech podcast
The Talking Tech podcast is available for you every day with a quick hit on the latest tech news, gadget reviews, opinion on tech trends and interviews with insiders. On this page, you'll find quick links to all of our shows. How to listen: You can hear #TalkingTech on: Stitcher (on both Apple and Android.) Apple Podcasts (Apple devices only.) Google Podcasts (Android devices ...
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Government error delays online pornography age-check scheme Government error delays online pornography age-check scheme
An age-check scheme designed to stop under-18s viewing pornographic websites has been delayed a second time. The changes - which mean UK internet users may have to prove their age - were due to start on 15 July after already being delayed from April 2018. The culture secretary confirmed the postponement saying the government had failed to tell European regulators about the plan. Completin...
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5G: EE launches UK's next-generation mobile network 5G: EE launches UK's next-generation mobile network
EE has launched the UK's first next-generation 5G mobile network, with a concert by rapper Stormzy live-streamed from a boat on the River Thames. 5G mobile networks offer faster downloads, but customers will need a new handset to take advantage. At first, the service will only be available in limited areas of Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London and Manchester. Rival Vodafone p...
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The Google city that has angered Toronto The Google city that has angered Toronto
It was meant to be a vision of how we will all live in future - a smart city built from the internet up - offering citizens the chance to experience the very latest technology. That would include autonomous cars, innovative ways to collect rubbish and shared spaces for communities to come together in new ways. Sidewalk Labs, a sister company to Google, had acquired disused land in Toronto, C...
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Binance exchange hackers steal bitcoins worth $41m Binance exchange hackers steal bitcoins worth $41m
Hackers have stolen $41m (31m) worth of Bitcoin in a major crypto-currency heist. The Binance exchange, which stores Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies for members, said hackers took 7,000 bitcoins in one go. Withdrawals have now been suspended on the platform. "We beg for your understanding in this difficult situation," Binance said. However, the exchange said it would replace the lost...
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Smart speaker recordings reviewed by humans Smart speaker recordings reviewed by humans
Amazon, Apple and Google all employ staff who listen to customer voice recordings from their smart speakers and voice assistant apps. News site Bloomberg highlighted the topic after speaking to Amazon staff who "reviewed" Alexa recordings. All three companies say voice recordings are occasionally reviewed to improve speech recognition. But the reaction to the Bloomberg article suggests ma...
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Scooter fault leaves Lime riders injured Scooter fault leaves Lime riders injured
E-scooter hire company Lime has warned about a fault that can lead to riders being flung off scooters at high speed. The fault, which has caused injuries, strikes most often when scooters hit bumps while going full speed downhill. The bug meant the scooter suddenly applied "excessive braking", said Lime. A software update had "resulted in a material reduction of occurrences", it said, but...
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Huawei and 5G: Decision time Huawei and 5G: Decision time
It's called the Supply Chain Review and sounds very dull but it could determine the UK's hi-tech future. As the political temperature around Huawei's role in the UK rises, mobile phone operators await a decision from the government on whether they can continue to use the Chinese giant's equipment. They expect that ruling to come in late March or early April, when the review of the supply cha...
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Tesla reverses charging prices hike Tesla reverses charging prices hike
Electric-car maker Tesla has reversed a decision to drastically increase prices for its charging stations, following a backlash from customers. Owners had complained the price rise - estimated to be around 30% - would mean electric cars risked becoming far less competitive than petrol ones. The planned price rises will now be reduced by an average of 10% globally. Tesla said it had listen...
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