‘Killer robots’ to be debated at UN

Autonomous killer robots do not currently exist but advances in technology are bringing them closer to reality

Killer robots will be debated during an informal meeting of experts at the United Nations in Geneva. Two robotics experts, Prof Ronald Arkin and Prof Noel Sharkey, will debate the efficacy and necessity of killer robots. The meeting will be held during the UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW). A report on the discussion will be presented to the ...

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Apple ‘in talks’ to buy Beats for $3.2bn

Beats is best known for its headphones which have been gaining popularity

Technology giant Apple is in talks to buy headphone maker and music-streaming service provider Beats Electronics, according to various media reports. The reports claim Apple could pay as much as $3.2bn (£1.9bn) and a deal could be announced next week. If completed, it will be Apple’s biggest ever acquisition. It is being seen as move by Apple to get a ...

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Nintendo says ‘No’ to gay game characters

The game features a cast of "Mii" characters or personalised avatars of real players

Nintendo has said it will not allow gamers to play as gay characters in its life-simulation game Tomodachi Life. A fan had launched a social media campaign urging Nintendo to allow same-sex relationships between characters in the game – modelled after real people. Nintendo said it “never intended to make any form of social commentary” with the launch of the ...

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Twitter ads get language targeting

Twitter said the new feature will help advertisers reach out to its global user base

Social networking giant Twitter has introduced a new feature that will allow advertisers to target users on its platform based on their language. It is being seen as the latest step by Twitter to attract more advertisers. Advertising is the biggest source of revenue for Twitter – accounting for 90% of sales in the first quarter of this year. The ...

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Purple Wifi in Ghana

Purple Wifi

QSG Worldwide limited, a Ghanaian registered Technology firm, is happy to announce to the business community that Purple Wifi is now in Ghana. Purple Wifi is a high impact user driven Social WIFI application that allows shops, hotels, restaurants and other businesses to increase their visibility and retain patrons by giving customers free WIFI when the Facebook or social media ...

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Faster Chromebook laptops revealed by Google and Intel

Intel has unveiled new Chrome OS laptops powered by its chips

New computers running Google’s Chrome operating system from Lenovo, Acer, Asus, HP and Toshiba have been shown off at an event in San Francisco. In addition, Dell announced it would offer its existing Chromebook laptop with a faster processor. The move is designed to build on rising demand for the web-oriented tech. According to research firm NPD, Chrome OS computers ...

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Spy plane causes air traffic chaos

A spy plane used during the Cold War was blamed for computer glitch

A spy plane was responsible for a computer glitch that caused air-traffic chaos in western US states last week, the Federal Aviation Administration has revealed. The meltdown occurred when software incorrectly thought the plane was on a collision course with other aeroplanes. The system was overloaded as it struggled to plot new courses for affected aircraft. Hundreds of planes were ...

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Warning over unintentional file leak from storage sites

Dropbox has moved to fix the issue

People using file storage services, such as Dropbox and Box, are being warned that they are at risk of inadvertently leaking their own files. Intralinks – which is a competitor – said it found sensitive files, such as mortgage records. The problem centred on the use of the services’ sharing function that generated a public link. As a precaution, Dropbox ...

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Amazon launches shopping via Twitter


Online retailer Amazon has announced a partnership with Twitter that allows users to add products to their shopping carts by tweeting a special hashtag. They can do so by replying to tweets containing a link to an Amazon product with #amazoncart in the US and #amazonbasket in the UK. Users will still need to go to Amazon to pay and ...

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Sony tape smashes storage record


Sony has developed a new storage tape that is able to hold up to 185 terabytes (TB) of data per cartridge. Created with the help of IBM, Sony’s technology allows for tapes that can store the equivalent of 3,700 Blu-ray discs. The tape hold 148 gigabits (Gb) per square inch – beating a record set in 2010 more than five ...

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