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US government removes Russian security software, Kaspersky

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The US Department of Homeland Security has told government departments and agencies to remove all security software from the Moscow-based company Kaspersky Lab from their IT systems. It said it was concerned about ties between company officials and the Russian intelligence services. The move comes ahead of a vote in the US Senate this week to prohibit use of the ...

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Instagram removes photo showing Stoke boy without an eye

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A photo of a 12-year-old boy shown without his eye was removed by Instagram. Harry Beswick was born with Goldenhar syndrome. He is missing an eye, eye socket, nostril and ear from one side of his face. His mother, Charlie Beswick posted a photo of Harry without his prosthetic eye on Monday. It was later removed for “breaching guidelines”. The ...

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Apple iPhone X adopts facial recognition and OLED screen

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Apple has revealed a high-end smartphone with an “edge-to-edge” screen that has no physical home button. The iPhone X – which is referred to as “ten” – uses a facial recognition system to recognise its owner rather than a fingerprint-based one. Apple said FaceID can work in the dark by using 30,000 infra-red dots to check an identity, and was ...

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Chatbot offers legal help to Equifax data breach victims

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An artificially intelligent chatbot that provides free legal advice has been configured to help victims sue hacked credit report giant Equifax without a lawyer. The DoNotPay robot lawyer generates documents US consumers can take to the small claims court. Depending on the state, consumers can sue Equifax for up to $25,000 (£19,000). The Equifax data breach has affected 143 million ...

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Row over AI that ‘identifies gay faces’

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A facial recognition experiment that claims to be able to distinguish between gay and heterosexual people has sparked a row between its creators and two leading LGBT rights groups. The Stanford University study claims its software recognises facial features relating to sexual orientation that are not perceived by human observers. The work has been accused of being “dangerous” and “junk ...

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KNUST female students invent sanitation improvement app

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Two students from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) have challenged Government and other policy makers to use science and technology to address Ghana’s sanitation problems. The two; Miss Agyirakwa Monney Bernice and Doreenda Nikoi Kotei-Sika, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science students at the Kwame Nkrumah Science and Technology (KNUST) respectively have developed an app which has ...

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Apple suffers ‘major iPhone X leak’

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Details of new iPhones and other forthcoming Apple devices have been revealed via an apparent leak. Two news sites were given access to an as-yet-unreleased version of the iOS operating system. The code refers to an iPhone X in addition to two new iPhone 8 handsets. It also details facial recognition tech that acts both as an ID system and ...

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China looks at plans to ban petrol and diesel cars

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China, the world’s biggest car market, plans to ban the production and sale of diesel and petrol cars and vans. The country’s vice minister of industry said it had started “relevant research” but that it had not yet decided when the ban would come into force. “Those measures will certainly bring profound changes for our car industry’s development,” Xin Guobin ...

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Instagram stories may soon let you relive more than 24 hours

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Instagram appears to be testing a new feature that Stories users are going to love. As it currently works, Stories is the ephemeral feature stolen from made popular by Snapchat. Users upload photos and videos, add stickers, scribbles, or text in a “story” that disappears after 24 hours. B ut a new version spotted by some lucky users appears to ...

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Massive Equifax data breach hits 143 million

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About 143 million US customers of credit report giant Equifax may have had information compromised in a cyber security breach, the company has disclosed. Equifax said cyber-criminals accessed data such as Social Security numbers, birth dates and addresses during the incident. Some UK and Canadian customers were also affected. The firm’s core consumer and commercial credit databases were not accessed. ...

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