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Month: December 2017

Nintendo Switch secret golf game wiped

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: Hidden game found on Nintendo Switch A hidden golf video game found on the Nintendo Switch console has been removed in the latest software update, according to fans of the device. In September, gamers found the game buried in the Switch operating system code, but it could only be activated following specific steps. Some fans thought it was a tribute to late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata […]

Failed satellite programmed with 'wrong co-ordinates'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The rocket carrying the satellite and other equipment launched from Vostochny cosmodrome The loss of a multi-million pound weather mapping satellite was due to programming errors, the Russian deputy prime minister has said. Dmitry Rogozin said Meteor-M had been programmed for take-off from a different space station. Speaking to Russian state TV, he blamed “human error”. “The rocket was programmed as if it was taking off from Baikonur,” he […]

Edward Snowden's Haven app 'catches spies'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Edward Snowden has lived in exile in Russia since 2013 and does not carry a mobile phone US whistle-blower Edward Snowden has helped create an Android app designed to protect the possessions of journalists and human rights defenders. The software uses sensors – including a phone’s camera, microphone, gyroscope and accelerometer – to detect intruders tampering with someone’s possessions. It is open source, meaning its code can be inspected. […]

Vietnam army hires censors to fight 'internet chaos'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Vietnam’s young population has helped boost the popularity of social media The Vietnamese military has built up a force of more than 10,000 internet censors, according to local reports. A People’s Army leader is quoted as having said that the “cyber-troops” had been tasked with tackling “wrongful views” and anti-state propaganda. Vietnam has a high rate of social media use but also a reputation for restricting freedom of speech. […]

Tesla's Elon Musk promises pick-up truck and new features

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Elon Musk tweeted about Tesla’s future plans over a six hour period Tesla’s chief has pledged to make a pick-up truck as part of future plans for the electric vehicle-maker. Elon Musk made the promise on Twitter after asking his followers for suggestions about how the firm could improve. He said the open-backed truck would follow the Model Y – a yet-to-be detailed car, which is expected to be based […]

Go player to take on Chinese AI in match

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ke Jie took on AlphaGo in May 2017 and lost The world’s top Go player will take on an artificial intelligence opponent again this spring, but this time it will not be Google’s DeepMind that provides the machine rival. Ke Jie had previously vowed never to play against AI again after repeatedly losing to DeepMind’s AlphaGo. But according to Chinese media reports, he will take on a range AI […]

Obama warns against irresponsible social media use

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBarack Obama opens up about how he felt after Donald Trump’s inauguration Former US President Barack Obama has warned against the irresponsible use of social media, in a rare interview since stepping down in January. He warned that such actions were distorting people’s understanding of complex issues, and spreading misinformation. “All of us in leadership have to find ways in which we can recreate a common space […]

Bitcoin: Would you want to get paid in cryptocurrency?

Image copyright Getty Images Bitcoin. Lots of people are talking about, but very few own it. So how would you feel about getting paid in the high profile cryptocurrency? From early next year, staff at Japanese internet firm GMO Group will be among the latest to find out how that feels. More than 4,000 employees are being given the option to receive a portion of their salary in Bitcoin. Critics say it is a marketing […]

Bitcoin slump sees trades suspended on certain exchanges

Image copyright Getty Images Bitcoin plunged on Friday, extending a fall that saw the crypto-currency lose almost a third of its value from a record of nearly $20,000 (£15,000). The crypto-currency’s price dipped below $11,000 on Friday, according to the Coindesk exchange website, before recovering to above $13,000. Amid the swings, three Bitcoin-related exchanges suspended certain trades. Bitcoin has had a blistering trip over the past 12 months. Its price at the start of the […]

Boris Johnson says UK wants better relations with Russia

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBoris Johnson says poor UK relations with Russia a tragedy Boris Johnson says the UK’s relations with Russia are “not on a good footing” but he wants them to improve, after talks in Moscow. Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov accused the UK of making “insulting” statements ahead of the meeting. But he said he trusted Mr Johnson and they had agreed on the need to work together […]

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