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Tech Tent: VR, AI and eSports Tech Tent: VR, AI and eSports
On this week's edition of Tech Tent we look at two visions of the future of gaming, and we ask whether we should be worried or excited by the latest advances in artificial intelligence. Sony stakes its VR claim Finally, after all the hype and excitement, consumers are about to get their hands on virtual reality headsets - and we will find out whether there really is a market for this technolog...
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Apple faces US appeal to force it to unlock iPhone Apple faces US appeal to force it to unlock iPhone
US authorities are appealing against a judge's decision not to order Apple to unlock an iPhone in a drugs case. The Justice Department is relying on the same law as the one in its fight with Apple over the encrypted phone belonging to the San Bernardino gunman. It has gone to a higher court after a Brooklyn judge said he had no power to give the order. Apple said the order would be the st...
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Amazon reverses itself on Fire encryption Amazon reverses itself on Fire encryption
SAN FRANCISCO — Just a day after it became public that Amazon had quietly removed the option of encrypting its Fire tablets, the company reversed itself. “We will return the option for full disk encryption with a Fire OS update coming this spring,” the Seattle company said in a statement emailed to reporters Friday night. Amazon dropped encryption from Fire devices with the launch of its lat...
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A creepy robot sensor that watches you sleep A creepy robot sensor that watches you sleep
Mother is a peanut-shaped robotic sensor hub that watches over you and your family. It measures how well you brush your teeth, it knows how much you drink and it watches you when you sleep. The idea behind Mother is that you can have everything in your home constantly monitored. Affix a sensor to your door, and it's a door alarm. Put a sensor on your grandmother's pills, and it will tell you if...
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Baidu apps found to be 'leaking' personal data Baidu apps found to be 'leaking' personal data
Personal data is being collected and transmitted insecurely by thousands of apps using code from the Chinese net giant Baidu, say security researchers. Millions of Chinese people are believed to have been affected by the data leaks, said security experts at the University of Toronto. The data reveals where people are, search terms, sites visited and the ID numbers of devices they own. Bai...
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MWC 2016: Facebook uses AI to map people's homes MWC 2016: Facebook uses AI to map people's homes
Facebook has announced it will make highly detailed maps of places where it believes people are living available to the public later this year. The social network has been using artificial intelligence software to scan satellite imagery and identify human-built structures. It hopes to use the information to determine where internet-beaming drones would best be deployed. But it suggests ot...
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MWC 2016: Samsung Galaxy S7 restores expandable storage MWC 2016: Samsung Galaxy S7 restores expandable storage
Samsung's latest flagship phones restore a couple of popular features dropped from the previous generation. The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge both accept MicroSD cards, allowing their storage to be expanded, and can also be submerged underwater. In addition, they feature new gaming tech and a rear camera that should cope better in low-light conditions. Their overall design, however, is sim...
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John McAfee offers to unlock killer's iPhone for FBI John McAfee offers to unlock killer's iPhone for FBI
Anti-virus software creator John McAfee has said he will break the encryption on an iPhone that belonged to San Bernardino killer Syed Farook. Mr McAfee made the offer to the FBI in an article published by Business Insider. Apple has refused to comply with a court order asking it to unlock the device, dividing opinion over whether the firm should be compelled to do so. Mr McAfee said he a...
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Apple rejects order to unlock gunman's phone Apple rejects order to unlock gunman's phone
Apple will contest a court order to help FBI investigators access data on the phone belonging to San Bernardino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook. The company had been ordered to help the FBI circumvent security software on Farook's iPhone, which the FBI said contained crucial information. In a statement, Apple chief executive Tim Cook said: "The United States government has demanded that Apple take...
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Mash-up of 'Star Wars,' 'Mario Kart' is the video game we need Mash-up of 'Star Wars,' 'Mario Kart' is the video game we need
Star Wars is pretty great. The same can be said for Mario Kart. But what happens when you bring the two together? You have the video game that needs to be developed right now. Dark Pixel Digital — the film production studios behind gems such as 'Super Mario Brothers Parkour' — released an incredible video showing what Nintendo's classic go-kart racing game would look like if it featured Star Wa...
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