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High speed camera uses 1,000 frames per second

Click visits the University of Tokyo where a high speed camera has been developed. It can process an image faster than the eye can see and make a moving object appear stationary. The developers believe it has the potential to revolutionise how sporting events are broadcast. Spencer Kelly went to find out more. See more at Click’s website and @BBCClick. Source: BBC News

Daimler recalls 400,000 Mercedes-Benz cars in the UK

Image copyright Getty Images About 400,000 Mercedes-Benz cars are being recalled by Daimler in the UK over a potential airbag safety issue. The firm’s safety recall covers more than a million vehicles worldwide, including 495,000 in the US. The recall is not related to the exploding Takata airbag scandal, and there have been no fatalities. The problem affects certain A, B, C, and E-Class models, together with CLA, GLA and GLC vehicles, built between November […]

UK TV drama about North Korea hit by cyber-attack

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kim Jong-un’s officials described Opposite Number as being “slanderous” North Korean hackers targeted a British television company making a drama about the country, it has emerged. The series – due to be written by an Oscar-nominated screenwriter – has been shelved. In August 2014, Channel 4 announced what it said would be a new “bold and provocative” drama series. Titled Opposite Number, the programme’s plot involved a British nuclear […]

Huawei Mate 10 uses AI to distinguish cats from dogs

Image caption The phone takes account of the fact cats’ eyes are more reflective than dogs’ Huawei says it has given its latest smartphones advanced object-recognition capabilities to help them take better photos than the competition. The Chinese company says the artificial intelligence-based technology can even distinguish between cats and dogs in a split-second, allowing it to automatically tweak how their fur and eyes appear. It says this is possible because of a new type […]

Microsoft Windows 10 breaches Dutch privacy law

Image copyright Getty Images Microsoft breaches data protection law in the Netherlands because of the way its Windows 10 operating system processes personal information, according to a report. The Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) also said users were not clearly informed about what data the technology giant was using. There were four million active devices in Holland using Windows 10, it said. Microsoft said it was “a priority” for the company to comply with Dutch […]

Can we teach robots ethics?

Image copyright Getty Images We are not used to the idea of machines making ethical decisions, but the day when they will routinely do this – by themselves – is fast approaching. So how, asks the BBC’s David Edmonds, will we teach them to do the right thing? The car arrives at your home bang on schedule at 8am to take you to work. You climb into the back seat and remove your electronic reading […]

Why Pinterest boss Tim Kendall takes a daily ice bath

Image caption Pinterest president Tim Kendall When you think of the giants of Silicon Valley, Pinterest may not immediately spring to mind. But with 200 million active users and a recent valuation of $12.3bn (£9bn), the platform that started out in 2012 as a quirky online scrapbook has quietly become a hot commodity for advertisers and investors alike. Perhaps that’s why Pinterest president Tim Kendall chooses to keep his cool with a daily ice bath. […]

YouTube lifts Swazi bare-breasted dancer restrictions

Image copyright AFP Image caption The famous reed dance is an annual cultural event held in Swaziland featuring bare-breasted women YouTube has lifted restrictions from videos showing Swaziland’s reed dance, which feature bare-breasted women. A spokesperson for the video-sharing platform told the BBC that YouTube allows nudity when “culturally relevant or properly contextualised”. Users who had uploaded reed dance videos were angered when it was classified as age-restricted content. YouTube has denied accusations of racism, […]

Microwave breakthrough helps boost hard drive sizes

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Web giants and large firms rely on cheap hard drives to store information in data centres The data-storing abilities of hard drives could soon swell to 40 terabytes (TB) and beyond, says Western Digital. Currently the largest hard disk drive (HDD) that stores data on spinning disks can hold about 14TB of information. Western Digital said the bigger drives were made possible by finding a way to use microwaves to […]

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