Internet regulator considered for UK

Image copyright Getty Images The UK government is considering “all options”, including a regulator, as part of new legislation governing the internet. It has previously said it will publish a White Paper in the coming months, laying out its proposals. According to Buzzfeed News, the White Paper will propose a regulatory body similar to Ofcom, […]

GoPro Hero 7 camera films smooth videos without gimbal

GoPro Hero 7 camera films smooth videos without gimbal

Media captionWATCH: GoPro’s new stabilisation put to the test GoPro’s latest action camera promises to produce smooth videos without the need for a separate gimbal or other stabilisation equipment. The Hero 7 Black uses the feature to record steadied clips in both real-time and a sped-up footage mode. The company is also making it easier […]

John Hancock makes fitness tracking ‘mandatory’ for insurance

Image copyright Getty Images One of the largest life insurance providers in North America will no longer offer policies that do not include digital fitness tracking. John Hancock will now sell only “interactive” policies that collect health data through wearable devices such as a smartwatch. Policyholders can earn discounts and rewards such as gift cards […]

Facebook told to speed up changes or face ‘sanctions’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Facebook had made “limited progress” said European Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova Facebook has been given a deadline to provide more information about what is done with users’ data, or it will face sanctions from the European Commission. Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova said the firm had not acted quickly enough after […]

Equifax fined by ICO over data breach that hit Britons

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The data breach affected 15 million UK customers Credit rating agency Equifax is to be fined £500,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after it failed to protect the personal data of 15 million Britons. A 2017 cyber-attack exposed information belonging to 146 million people around the world, mostly in […]

Sony unveils mini PlayStation Classic console

Image copyright Sony Image caption Sony’s PlayStation Classic is 45% smaller than the original. Sony has announced a miniature version of the first PlayStation console, which originally launched in 1994. The mini version will come with 20 retro titles, including Final Fantasy VII and Tekken 3. The PlayStation Classic is around half the size of […]

US judge allows e-voting despite hack fears

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption E-voting machines are in use across 14 US states A judge in the US state of Georgia has approved the use of electronic voting machines – despite being “gravely concerned” that they could be hacked. There wasn’t enough time before November’s mid-term elections to switch to a secure paper-based […]

Breck Bednar murder: Film warning of online grooming launched

Media captionVideo raises awareness of online grooming A film telling the “absolutely horrific” story of how a 14-year-old boy was lured to his death by a man he met online has been launched. Breck Bednar was murdered by Lewis Daynes in Grays, Essex, in 2014. Four police forces have teamed up to produce “Breck’s Last […]

IBM launches tool aimed at detecting AI bias

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Algorithms and machine-learning could increasingly be used to calculate things like car insurance IBM is launching a tool which will analyse how and why algorithms make decisions in real time. The Fairness 360 Kit will also scan for signs of bias and recommend adjustments. There is increasing concern that […]

Facebook accused of job ad gender discrimination

Image copyright Facebook Image caption These ads were among those directed only at men on Facebook, according to the complaint Van driving, roofing, police work – all jobs for men. At least, that’s what a cluster of job ads placed on Facebook seemed to suggest. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Tuesday submitted a […]

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