Twitter to expand 280-character tweets

November 7, 2017 7:36 pm0 comments
Twitter to expand 280-character tweets

Twitter plans to increase the number of characters in tweets from 140 to 280 for the majority of users. The new limit will not apply to tweets written in Japanese, Chinese and Korean which can convey more information in a single character. The move follows a trial among a small […]

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Facebook's fake news experiment backfires

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Facebook's fake news experiment backfires

A Facebook test that promoted comments containing the word fake to the top of news feeds has been criticised by users. The trial, which Facebook says has now concluded, aimed to prioritise “comments that indicate disbelief”. It meant feeds from the BBC, the Economist, the New York Times and the […]

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iPhone users fume over letter 'i' bug

November 6, 2017 8:00 pm0 comments
iPhone users fume over letter 'i' bug

Some iPhone users have been left frustrated after an update to the iOS operating system started inexplicably auto-correcting the letter “i” to a capital “a” and a question mark. The affected version of iOS, 11.1, is available on iPhones and iPads. “I have a $ 1,150 [£877] telephone that can’t […]

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Fake WhatsApp app downloaded more than one million times

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Fake WhatsApp app downloaded more than one million times

A fake version of the WhatsApp messenger app was downloaded more than a million times from the Google Play Store before it was removed. The app, “Update WhatsApp Messenger”, appeared to have been developed by the firm behind the real program – WhatsApp Inc. According to users on web forum […]

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Twitter criticised for 'erasing' bisexual photos

November 5, 2017 8:43 am0 comments
Twitter criticised for 'erasing' bisexual photos

Twitter is being criticised for failing to show any photos under the bisexual hashtag. Some are calling it bi-erasure, as photo results for “lesbian” and “gay” still exist. Users are pointing out that when you search #bisexual, a message appears on the photos tab stating: “The term you entered did […]

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Social media giants have 'moral duty' to tackle child abuse

November 4, 2017 10:02 pm0 comments
Social media giants have 'moral duty' to tackle child abuse

Social media giants must do more to stop child sexual exploitation, Home Secretary Amber Rudd has said. Writing in the Sun on Sunday, Ms Rudd said the companies have a “moral duty” to go “further and faster” in their efforts to tackle the abuse. She is to meet counterparts in […]

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Xbox One X: Microsoft's new console reviewed

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[unable to retrieve full-text content] The console can display 4K 60 frames-per-second graphics in high dynamic range. BBC News – Technology

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Human trounces AI bots at StarCraft video game

November 3, 2017 10:27 pm0 comments
Human trounces AI bots at StarCraft video game

Computers may be able to beat humans at Chess and Go but they are a poor second when it comes to video game StarCraft. One of the world’s best human players trounced AI-controlled opponents 4-0 in a StarCraft tournament this week. Social media giant Facebook was behind one of the […]

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AI image recognition fooled by single pixel change

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AI image recognition fooled by single pixel change

Computers can be fooled into thinking a picture of a taxi is a dog just by changing one pixel, suggests research. The limitations emerged from Japanese work on ways to fool widely used AI-based image recognition systems. Many other scientists are now creating “adversarial” example images to expose the fragility […]

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Verso Group data hoarder fined by UK watchdog

November 2, 2017 10:57 pm0 comments
Verso Group data hoarder fined by UK watchdog

A company that specialises in asking the public to take part in “surveys” in which the answers are then used to target respondents with unsolicited marketing calls has been fined. An investigation found Verso Group had not been clear about what it was doing. The Hertfordshire-based company came to regulators’ […]

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