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Fortnite Playground mode quickly taken offline

Image copyright Epic GamesImage caption Fortnite is hugely popular and has more than 125 million players A new mode that let novices practise playing the hugely popular video game Fortnite has been taken offline for repairs after less than two hours. Some newcomers are finding it difficult to compete with more experienced Fortnite players. The […]

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Elon Musk accused of stealing farting unicorn image

Image copyright Elon Musk Tesla chief executive Elon Musk has been accused of using an image of a farting unicorn for his business without permission or compensation. Last year, Mr Musk tweeted the original image, which featured on a mug by Colorado potter Tom Edwards. However, similar images of farting unicorns were used in Tesla […]

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Swann home security camera sends video to wrong user

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: Video footage from a family’s kitchen was leaked via Swann’s app A leading security camera-maker has sent footage from inside a family’s home to the wrong person’s app. Swann Security has blamed a factory error for the data breach – which was brought to its attention […]

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BBC releases computer history archive

Image caption Ian McNaught-Davis presented a programme on Micro computers and how to use them A slice of computing history has been made public, giving people the opportunity to delve into an archive that inspired a generation of coders. The Computer Literacy Project led to the introduction of the BBC Micro alongside programmes which introduced […]

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Scammers abuse multilingual domain names

Image copyright ReutersImage caption Smartphones often shorten website names, making scams hard to spot, security experts say Cyber-criminals are abusing multilingual character sets to trick people into visiting phishing websites. The non-English characters allow scammers to create “lookalike” sites with domain names almost indistinguishable from legitimate ones. Farsight Security found scam sites posing as banks, […]

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Red Hen Yelp listing becomes net battleground

Image copyright GoogleImage caption The restaurant has received criticism and praise for its action The Yelp page of the Red Hen restaurant has become a political battleground after President Trump’s press secretary was kicked out of the eatery. Sarah Sanders was asked to leave as a protest against the Trump administration. The event has caused […]

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Adobe says it can identify manipulated images using AI

Image copyright AdobeImage caption Adobe’s tool looks for clues such as noise inconsistencies The company behind the photo-editing program Photoshop says it has developed a tool that can detect if an image has been tampered with. Vlad Morarium, an Adobe researcher, employed artificial intelligence to scan for signs of manipulation that are not usually visible […]

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Voices of millions of UK taxpayers stored by HMRC

Image caption HMRC’s Voice ID scheme asks callers to repeat the phrase “my voice is my password” The voices of millions of taxpayers have been analysed and stored by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) without consent, privacy campaigners say. Big Brother Watch says HMRC’s Voice ID system has collected 5.1 million audio signatures and accuses […]

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Westworld game hit by Bethesda legal claim

Image copyright Warner Bros InteractiveImage caption The game lets players control the park and its robotic attendants Game publisher Bethesda is suing Warner Brothers over a game based around the HBO series Westworld. Bethesda alleges the Westworld game, released last week, is a “blatant rip-off” of its Fallout Shelter title. Included in the legal challenge […]