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Social media data shared by spy agencies

Image copyright PA Image caption GCHQ is due to offer its view to the court later this week UK spy agencies are collecting citizens’ social media and medical data, a court has heard. The details emerged in a case brought by Privacy International, looking at the legality of mass data collection. It said it was concerned that the information could have been shared with foreign governments and corporate partners. The body which oversees UK surveillance […]

Adobe patches Flash bug used for planting spying tools

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kaspersky discovered a new Flash security vulnerability being used to distribute spying software Adobe has patched a new Flash security flaw that was being used by attackers to install spying tools on victims’ computers. The security bug was delivered using malicious Flash files embedded in Microsoft Word documents, sent as an email attachment to targets. When the document was opened, the FinSpy malware would secretly install itself. The vulnerability […]

'First 5G mobile net connection' claimed by Qualcomm

Image copyright Qualcomm Image caption Qualcomm has showcased 1Gbps mobile internet speeds using a 5G chip Qualcomm has demonstrated mobile internet speeds of 1Gbps using a 5G smartphone chip. The chipset manufacturer claims this is the first working 5G data connection on a mobile device. The fifth generation of the mobile network does not yet exist, but it promises faster data speeds and more bandwidth to carry more web traffic. Qualcomm is describing the demonstration […]

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 […]

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