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Google pulls Beauty and the Beast 'ad' from Home

Google pulls Beauty and the Beast 'ad' from Home

Image copyright Reuters Google has removed audio about the movie Beauty and the Beast which played out unprompted on Google Home. “By the way, Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast opens today,” the smart speaker said after listing the time, weather and travel update. In a video posted on Twitter, it then talked about […]

These teenagers built their own mental health app

These teenagers built their own mental health app

These four students have created an app to help teenagers talk about being bullied and get access to counselling. For Me was originally a school project but the NSPCC’s Childline has turned it into reality. “I hope that young people now realise they have somewhere to go,” one of the creators, Laura Hindle, tells Newsbeat. […]

Robo-nurses.

Robo-nurses.

Image copyright NTU Singapore Image caption Nadine started life as a robotic receptionist but Professor Nadia Thalmann believes she can be developed into a carer The receptionist at the Institute of Media Innovation, at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, is a smiling brunette called Nadine. From a distance, nothing about her appearance seems unusual. It’s only […]

Millions of US employee records 'leaked'

Millions of US employee records 'leaked'

Image copyright AFP Image caption Data on 100,000 US Department of Defense employees is reported to be contained in the leak Details of more than 33 million US employees – including military staff – have been released online, according to a security researcher. The database is reported to contain information on 100,000 US Department of […]

Driverless cars 'could lead to complacency'

Driverless cars 'could lead to complacency'

Certain types of driverless vehicles may not be safe, peers have warned. Over-reliance on technology could mean drivers react slowly to taking back control of a semi-autonomous vehicle in an emergency, they said. However, the Lords Science and Technology Committee noted that some technology could reduce accidents caused by human error. The Department for Transport […]

'Invisible epidemic'

'Invisible epidemic'

Image copyright HearScreen Image caption The smartphone hearing test app can be operated by non-specialists There is an “invisible epidemic” afflicting the world, but it’s not contagious or infectious, and there are often no outward symptoms. It is hearing loss – a condition that can still have profound consequences, experts say. “Hearing loss is considered […]

Big data unites the study of stars with cancer research

Big data unites the study of stars with cancer research

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Milky Way can be analysed by algorithms The study of the stars and the fight against cancer may seem to have little in common but the two have been brought together by the algorithms that read big data. Every day we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data – […]

Google develops invisible web security Captcha form

Google develops invisible web security Captcha form

Image caption Captcha forms may soon disappear Website security checks that challenge people to prove they are human are likely to “disappear” in favour of a new system developed by Google. Captcha checks typically ask people to complete a puzzle that a computer would struggle to complete correctly. They are designed to stop automated bots […]

Germany surveillance: Security trumps privacy as video bill passed

Germany surveillance: Security trumps privacy as video bill passed

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Videos are being increasingly deployed by the German state and private firms – but critics question their impact on crime rates Public video surveillance appears set to become more commonplace in Germany after the lower house of parliament approved a package of new measures. Security concerns will now be given […]

Machines v hackers

Machines v hackers

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Smart machines are helping businesses defend themselves against hackers There is a gaping hole in the digital defences that companies use to keep out cyber thieves. The hole is the global shortage of skilled staff that keeps security hardware running, analyses threats and kicks out intruders. Currently, the global […]