Facebook faces renewed privacy concerns about collecting phone numbers and text messages

NEW YORK — On the same day Facebook bought ads in U.S. and British newspapers to apologize for the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the social media site faced new questions about collecting phone numbers and text messages from Android devices. The website ars technica reported that users who checked data collected by Facebook found that it […]

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Self-driving cars may be the science world’s dream, but premise is flawed

NEW ORLEANS — MIT researchers have developed what’s called a “Moral Machine” online test-slash-game to learn how people think artificial intelligence programs ought to act in certain situations — namely, in situations involving a self-driving car carting several passengers that’s suddenly confronted with a crowded crossing walk and a nearby concrete barrier. For what purpose? At root, […]

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Sony challenges iPhone with 4K recording quality

Sony focuses on 4K high-definition video recording in its new smartphone as the industry faces uphill challenges. The Sony Xperia XZ2 on display during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 26, 2018 [Photo/Sergio Perez /Reuters] Japan’s Sony Corporation is turning its focus to 4K high-definition video recording in its new Xperia XZ2 smartphone, […]

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2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 Night Package Ticks All The Right Boxes

Subtle, but effective styling tweaks make the AMG G-Wagen even more desirable. The G63 is technically the highest specification of the new G-Class money can buy right now, but Mercedes-AMG still gives you a few ways to spend even more. After unveiling the sinister-looking Edition 1 a couple of weeks ago, the folks from Affalterbach are now […]

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Samsung Galaxy S9: Release date, features, price and rumours

The first big smartphone launch of 2018 is edging closer, with Samsung expected to announce its hotly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S9 in just over two weeks. The Samsung Galaxy S9 is the latest phone in the company’s series of flagship smartphones, with high-end specs, an edge-to-edge display, its own version of Animoji and a dual […]

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Government develops artificial intelligence program to stop online extremism

The Home Office has joined forces with a start-up to create a machine learning programme which can spot online extremism. The £600,000 software can automatically detect Isil propaganda and stop it from going online, and ministers claim the new tool can detect 94 per cent of Isil propaganda with 99.9 per cent accuracy. However, the developers, London start-up […]

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Apple’s pricey HomePod sounds great but exacts some trade-offs

USA Today Personal Tech Columnist Ed Baig discusses his experience with Apple’s HomePod.Josmar Taveras (Photo: Jefferson Graham) HomePod may be a latecomer on the smart loudspeaker scene, but Apple’s entry onto the dance floor is about to liven up the party. At least for well-heeled Apple die-hards who share my passion for all kinds of […]

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