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Tech Tent: Do the police have your biometric digits?

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Police are testing facial recognition systems Campaign group Big Brother Watch claims that many people who have been wrongly identified by police facial recognition systems still end up in police databases, despite their innocence. On the Tech Tent podcast this week, we hear about growing concerns that governments and law […]

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Instagram’s IGTV recommended ‘abusive’ videos

Image copyright ChesnotImage caption Facebook hopes to compete with YouTube via the IGTV service Instagram has been criticised after sexually suggestive videos of children were recommended to its users. News site Business Insider found the videos during an investigation into Instagram’s IGTV app. A video featuring a graphic depiction of genital mutilation was also recommended […]

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Facebook stops sending staff to help political campaigns

Image copyright Reuters/Getty ImagesImage caption Facebook employees advised Donald Trump’s election campaign managers Facebook will no longer send employees to work at the offices of political campaigns during elections, the company has announced. The social network used to offer dedicated staff to political campaigns to help them develop their online advertising campaigns. Donald Trump’s digital […]

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China blocks Twitch game-streaming service

Image copyright Zhang PengImage caption Gaming and e-sports are hugely popular in China Video game-streaming service Twitch has been blocked in China. Since 20 September, Twitch’s website has been unreachable from the country and its app has been removed from the local Apple App Store. Twitch has confirmed that it is being blocked but it […]

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Amazon makes Alexa-controlled microwave

Amazon has unveiled a microwave that can be controlled using its Alexa voice assistant. Our North America technology reporter Dave Lee found out why – and saw what else the company unveiled at its yearly Alexa event at the company’s Seattle headquarters. Follow Dave Lee on Twitter @DaveLeeBBC https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-45596547

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Jellyfish robots to watch over endangered coral reefs

Image copyright Florida Atlantic UniversityImage caption The robotic jellyfish propel themselves with rubber tentacles A fleet of robotic jellyfish has been designed to monitor delicate ecosystems, including coral reefs. The underwater drones were invented by engineers at Florida Atlantic University and are driven by rings of hydraulic tentacles. The robots can squeeze through tight holes […]

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Sony unveils mini PlayStation Classic console

Image copyright SonyImage 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 the […]

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US judge allows e-voting despite hack fears

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage 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 alternative, […]

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Google admits changing phone settings remotely

Image caption Android Pie is the latest version of Google’s operating system. Google has apologised after Android phone users noticed that the battery saver setting was remotely activated last week without their consent. The battery saver affects how often apps update and work in the background. The firm took to discussion website Reddit to explain […]

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Google bans birds on bikes from algorithm contest

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Software can struggle to distinguish between birds and bikes Google wants pictures of bicycles and birds that can defeat image-recognition algorithms, as part of a contest launched to improve the technology. While it is easy for humans to tell the difference between birds and bikes, computer systems can struggle to […]