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China’s ride-hailing giant Didi to launch in Australia

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Didi Dache and Kuaidi Dache merged in 2015 to form Didi Kuaidi, later renamed Didi Chuxing China’s ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing is set to launch in Melbourne, Australia, from 25 June as it continues its international expansion. The firm, which recently launched in Mexico, has just completed a month-long trial […]

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AI gives silenced radio journalist his voice back

Image copyright Jamie DupreeImage caption Radio journalist Jamie Dupree will be able to broadcast again thanks to artificial intelligence A US radio journalist who lost his voice two years ago will soon return to the air, thanks to artificial intelligence. Jamie Dupree, 54, a political radio journalist with Cox Media Group, is unable to talk […]

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Sony faces growing Fortnite backlash at E3

Image copyright Epic GamesImage caption Fortnite’s maker says the game has attracted 125 million players since it launched last year Sony chiefs are under pressure to respond to complaints about “cross-play” restrictions imposed on Fortnite. Gamers have discovered that if they had first played the title on a PlayStation console, they are unable to use […]

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Fewer people ‘using Facebook for news’

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Fake news, toxic debates and privacy issues are turning people off social news, a study says Fewer people are using Facebook to discover and discuss news, as messaging apps such as WhatsApp gain in popularity, a study has suggested. The seventh annual Digital News Report said the fall in users […]

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UK rebuffed over Galileo sat-nav procurement

Image copyright OHBImage caption Artist’s impression: There are currently 22 Galileo satellites in orbit The UK space industry, fighting to be part of the European satellite-navigation system, Galileo, has suffered another Brexit setback. Delegations to the European Space Agency have approved the procurement of the next batch of spacecraft, despite British calls to delay. The […]

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Smart lock can be hacked ‘in seconds’

Image copyright TapplockImage caption The padlocks are widely available in the UK and cost around £80 A hi-tech padlock secured with a fingerprint can be opened by anyone with a smartphone, security researchers have found. On its website, Tapplock is described as the “world’s first smart fingerprint padlock”. But researchers said it took just 45 […]

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Spanish football league defends phone ‘spying’

Image copyright Getty Images Spanish football league La Liga has defended the privacy policy of its app after admitting it was accessing the microphone and GPS of Android users. It said it had been trying to track down venues illegally broadcasting matches, by matching audio data and phone location. The app, downloaded more than 10 […]

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E3: Nolan North wants to turn movies into video games

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Former Naughty Dog creative director and writer, Amy Hennig, with Nolan North Nolan North believes more movies should be turned into games. The actor has voiced some of gaming’s most iconic characters, including most recently God of War’s Modi. Few films are made into games aside from tie-ins like Harry […]

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Social media must be made less addictive, says watchdog

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJames Reevell looks at the tricks technology companies use to keep you hooked on your phone Social media firms need to limit features that hook youngsters on devices, Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, has said. Streaks, the number of consecutive days people have sent Snapchat messages […]

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Uber applies for patent to spot drunk passengers

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption The app would judge a person’s drunkenness based on how they type, walk and hold their phone Taxi app company Uber has applied for a patent to use artificial intelligence to determine how drunk potential passengers might be. The app used to summon rides could also feed other information to […]