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'Extremist' Google algorithms concern ex-police chief

'Extremist' Google algorithms concern ex-police chief

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Anjem Choudary was imprisoned for leading an extremist group, banned under terrorism laws A former police chief has called on Google to amend its technology to help stop the spread of terrorist material. Ex-Met Police assistant commissioner Sir Mark Rowley says it is a disgrace a jailed radical preacher […]

Protests over plan to change domain pricing

Protests over plan to change domain pricing

Image caption Many non-profits and charities, such as the Red Cross, use the .org domain Protests have greeted plans to remove a cap on the price of web domains that end in .org, .biz and .info. This change could hit a lot of charities, many of which use the .org domain for their websites. The […]

Fitness trackers 'add miles to your marathon'

Fitness trackers 'add miles to your marathon'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Apple Watch was the most accurate, according to the Which? study Some fitness trackers are inaccurately measuring running distance, according to research from the consumer watchdog Which? It tested 118 trackers using a treadmill to complete the distance of a marathon – 26.2 miles (42km). It found that the […]

Tracking the toxic air that's killing millions

Tracking the toxic air that's killing millions

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Could better tracking of air pollution help us choose safer routes? The air we breathe is killing us. The World Health Organisation (WHO) says air pollution causes the death of seven million people a year and accounts for a third of fatalities from stroke, lung cancer and heart disease, […]

Neo-Nazi's Facebook account left active

Neo-Nazi's Facebook account left active

Image caption Jack Renshaw admitted two charges on the first day of his trial Facebook is investigating after the account of a neo-Nazi who planned to kill an MP remained active despite the company saying it would be deactivated. Last week the social media giant announced a series of far-right Facebook pages would be removed. […]

Netherlands 'hosts most child sex abuse images'

Netherlands 'hosts most child sex abuse images'

Image copyright Getty Images Almost half of the child sexual abuse images reported to the Internet Watch Foundation last year were hosted in the Netherlands, the organisation says. It confirmed more than 105,000 web addresses were connected to illegal images in 2018, with 47% of the content hosted in the Netherlands. It warned that the […]

Could a computer ever rival Rembrandt or Beethoven?

Could a computer ever rival Rembrandt or Beethoven?

Image copyright Christie’s Image caption This portrait was created by computer, so is it really art and is it any good? Last year a portrait of Edmond Belamy sold for $432,000 (£337,000). A bit steep, you might think, for a picture of someone you’ve never heard of. And you won’t have heard of the artist […]

An alternative way to capture childhood on your phone

An alternative way to capture childhood on your phone

Parents are desperate to record childhood memories and the smartphone has allowed them to do this like never before. But what is the best way to go about it? If all the videos you took of your children growing up were damaged and you could keep only the pictures or the sound, which would it […]

Millions using 123456 as password, security study finds

Millions using 123456 as password, security study finds

Image copyright AFP Image caption Liverpool FC topped the list of Premier League club names used as passwords Millions of people are using easy-to-guess passwords on sensitive accounts, suggests a study. The analysis by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) found 123456 was the most widely-used password on breached accounts. The study helped to […]

TED 2019: The start-ups launching in space

TED 2019: The start-ups launching in space

Image copyright Rocket Lab Image caption Rocket Lab has had five successful launches from a base in New Zealand Peter Beck is a space entrepreneur with a rocket and launch pad in New Zealand that has permission for flights “every 72 hours for the next 30 years”. The 25 satellites his firm Rocket Lab has […]