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Mia Farrow Calls for Clarence Thomas to Resign

Actress Mia Farrow took to Twitter on Sunday and called on Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to “resign” his position on the country’s highest court. “And another thing is painfully clear all over again Clarence Thomas has no business on the Supreme Court. He should resign,” Mia Farrow wrote. And ... Read More

China shuts down 4,000 websites in purge on ‘improper values’

Image copyright Getty Images China has shut down thousands of websites and online accounts following a three-month campaign against "harmful" content, the state news agency Xinhua has announced.The content, on 4,000 sites, included infringements of copyright and material spreading "improper values, vulgarity or obscenity", it said.But the purge also appeared ... Read More

3D-printed gun pioneer bailed after sex assault charge

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCody Wilson: The man behind America's 3D-printed gunsCody Wilson has been released on bail in Houston, Texas, after being charged with the sexual assault of an under-age girl.His bail was posted at $150,000 (£114,000).Mr Wilson runs Defense Distributed, a company that offers ... Read More

Android at 10: Google’s mobile OS has come a long way

On its premiere, Android was particularly rough around the edges. By default, it couldn't play video outside of YouTube. Android Market, the precursor to Google Play, had just a handful of apps. There wasn't even a virtual keyboard. Andy Rubin and crew initially designed Android as a BlackBerry-like experience, before ... Read More

Global advertising expenditure to grow 4.5 percent in 2018: Zenith

(Reuters) - Global advertising expenditure is predicted to reach $581 billion at the end of 2018, with most of the growth coming from sponsored content in search engines and social media ads, according to industry forecaster Zenith. Zenith, owned by France’s Publicis, raised its forecast for global advertising spending growth ... Read More

Video games created using artificial intelligence

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After Math: To infinity… and Taiwan!

$60: So Amazon is now selling a ridiculously inexpensive microwave that comes with Alexa functionality. That's great when you're feeling lazy and want the digital assistant to make you some popcorn. But it doesn't address the problem of you still having to get up, walk over, and actually put the ... Read More

The best microwave

Why you should trust us To find out what makes a great microwave, we spoke to Sharon Franke, former director of the Kitchen Appliances and Technology Lab at Good Housekeeping; appliance expert Chris Zeisler of RepairClinic.com; cookbook author Leslie Bilderback, who wrote Mug Cakes: 100 Speedy Microwave Treats to Satisfy ... Read More

Playing ‘Not Tonight’ – the dystopian Brexit video game

Would you play a video game about Brexit?Not Tonight is a game that imagines a dystopian post-Brexit future where citizens of European heritage have been rounded up and exiled. Forced out of your previous life, you find yourself in the midst of a booming gig economy, fighting to scrape by ... Read More

PHOTO: Idaho Boys Go to Great Lengths to Protect U.S. Flag

A photo of three Idaho boys going to great lengths to make sure an American flag did not touch the ground is capturing the hearts of Internet users everywhere. The three boys—Naylan Tuttle, Jack LeBreck, and Casey Dolan—are fifth-graders at Hayden Meadows Elementary School in Hayden, Idaho, and were tasked Wednesday ... Read More

Report: White House Drafts Executive Order to Investigate Big Tech

The White House has reportedly drafted an executive order that would open an antitrust investigation into the Silicon Valley Masters of the Universe. According to a report from Bloomberg, the White House has drafted an executive order that would begin an antitrust investigation into the business practices of  Silicon Valley ... Read More

GoPro Hero 7 stabilisation put to the test

GoPro's latest action camera promises to produce smooth videos without the need for a separate gimbal or other stabilisation equipment.The Hero 7 Black can record steadied clips in real-time and sped-up hyperlapse mode.The company has posted a loss in all but one of the previous 11 quarters, leading to speculation ... Read More

‘Overwatch’ tests new colorblind options and tweaked Torbjörn

Also, his turret no longer requires hammering to build or upgrade, since he can just toss it out and it sets itself up, although he can repair it if it's damaged, and a cooldown timer for the ability doesn't start until the turret has been destroyed (either by Torb himself ... Read More

China shuts thousands of websites in clean-up campaign: Xinhua

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has shut down more than 4,000 websites and online accounts in a three-month campaign against “harmful” online information, the official Xinhua news agency said on Saturday, citing the country’s illegal publication watchdog. China keeps the internet under tight control and has been cracking down on a ... Read More

Creating 3D sculptures from 2D video and other news.

BBC Click's Stephen Beckett looks at some of the week's best technology stories including:The world's first hydrogen powered train takes to the rails in GermanyA junk hunting satellite has captured space debris for a first timeMIT's CSAIL Lab has revealed research to create 3D motion sculptures from two dimensional videoSee ... Read More

Epson’s latest LCD projector does 4K for $2,000

The Home Cinema 4010 is HDR10 ready (although, like other projectors it doesn't support Dolby Vision or HDR10+) and claims a 200,000:1 contrast ratio. If you're ready to live the projector life of huge screens and a true home theater experience, it can be had online or in-store for just ... Read More

Google Drive ‘Priority’ AI monitors your team to surface the right files

The new feature, first mentioned during the Cloud Next 18 event earlier this year and in development pretty much since Quick Access launched, is Priority. It lives in the left-hand column for easy access to files and comments. It goes a step further and digs into activity, calendar events and ... Read More

Rosie O’Donnell Demands ‘Too Old’ GOP Senators Retire, Ignores Aging Democrats

Comedian Rosie O’Donnell said that Sen. Chuck Grassley and Orrin Hatch were “too old” and “should be done” with politics on Friday, ignoring the many liberal politicians that are of similar age. “grassley and hatch – too old – they should be done – come on – at thanksgiving we ... Read More

‘Groomed aged 13 by hundreds of men on Kik’

Within seconds of setting up a profile, Taylor (not their real name) was approached. At first the men wanted to chat, then selfies. Then they demanded naked pictures and sexually explicit videos.The Kik app was founded in 2009 and claims to have more than 300 million users.Kik app 'used in ... Read More

The security alarm ‘smoking out’ burglars

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Belkin’s wireless charging dock handles your iPhone XS and Apple Watch

Besides a relatively clean design, it promises up to 7.5W for Qi-enabled devices (that should work through cases up to 3mm thick), 5W/1A charging for the Apple Watch, and 1A charging via a USB-A port for another device, all plugged into one electrical outlet. It will be on sale in ... Read More

SpaceX gives us a glimpse of its Mars base vision

Mars Base Alpha pic.twitter.com/O1llQp8rFY — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 21, 2018 pic.twitter.com/Fn0hKJd3uJ — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 21, 2018 SpaceX also intends to use the BFR to build a base on the moon and for return trips to and from our planet's loyal companion. The company showed off its Moon ... Read More

Future of Political Discourse at Stake: Farage Calls for Social Media ‘Bill of Rights’ to End Bias

Nigel Farage has called for a Bill of Rights for social media users after tech giants were exposed for their bias against conservatives. Mr Farage told the audience in attendance at The New Culture Forum, which was also watched live by some-60,000 on Facebook, on Thursday night in London that ... Read More

Poor Toad: How Stormy Daniels ruined Mario Kart

Image copyright Getty Images/Nintendo Image caption Stormy Daniels used Toad from the Mario series to describe something about President Trump He's the lovable mushroom-headed character from the Super Mario games.But thanks to excerpts from porn star Stormy Daniels' tell-all book, Toad has become associated with US President Donald Trump.In it, ... Read More

IBM launches tool aimed at detecting AI bias

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Algorithms and machine-learning could increasingly be used to calculate things like car insurance IBM is launching a tool which will analyse how and why algorithms make decisions in real time.The Fairness 360 Kit will also scan for signs of bias and recommend adjustments.There is ... Read More

FCC’s Ajit Pai labels California net neutrality law ‘illegal’

Suggesting that the FCC would pull federal rank over state's rights, he reminded his well-heeled audience: "In fact, just last week, the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit reaffirmed the well-established law that state regulation of information services is preempted by federal law. Last December, the FCC made ... Read More

Google tests see-through mode, better motion tracking for Daydream

Secondly, the company says it's adding APIs that support position controller tracking with six degrees of freedom, which will enable more real-world, natural movement in VR. Along with that, Google has developed a set of experimental 6DoF controllers (pictured above) using machine learning and off-the-shelf parts instead of expensive external ... Read More

Tech Tent: Do the police have your biometric digits?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Police are testing facial recognition systems Campaign group Big Brother Watch claims that many people who have been wrongly identified by police facial recognition systems still end up in police databases, despite their innocence.On the Tech Tent podcast this week, we hear about growing ... Read More

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Talks ‘Global Conservation and Consciousness’ with Kanye West

Kanye West shared a portion of a text exchange he had with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, posting a screenshot of the messages on his Instagram profile on Thursday. West described the exchange as “a conversation with my friend Jack the head of Twitter.” In the exchange, Dorsey repeated his previous ... Read More

Google Employees Discussed Tweaking Search Results to Counter Trump Travel Ban

Google employees brainstormed ways to tweak the tech giant’s search functions to encourage users to push back against Trump policies following the President’s proposed travel ban on certain countries in 2017, according to a report on Tucker Carlson Tonight that was also confirmed by the Wall Street Journal.  Via the WSJ (paywalled): Days ... Read More

Facebook told to speed up changes or face ‘sanctions’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Facebook had made "limited progress" said European Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova Facebook has been given a deadline to provide more information about what is done with users' data, or it will face sanctions from the European Commission.Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova said the firm had not ... Read More

China blocks Twitch game-streaming service

Image copyright Zhang Peng Image caption Gaming and e-sports are hugely popular in China Video game-streaming service Twitch has been blocked in China.Since 20 September, Twitch's website has been unreachable from the country and its app has been removed from the local Apple App Store. Twitch has confirmed that it ... Read More

Here’s every Alexa device Amazon announced today

Echo Dot The revamped Echo Dot has a new look, with rounded edges, and packs more punch, with a 1.6-inch driver delivering 70-percent-louder audio than the previous model. Amazon says the speaker has lower distortion and enhanced bass. Of course, it can connect to other speakers and other apps and ... Read More

Amazon’s new Echo lineup targets Google, Apple and Sonos

Just like the Dot, the Plus sounds a lot better this year than last. I was impressed by just how booming the bass sounded, and I thought the highs sounded much clearer as well. Combine that with an upcoming feature that'll let you pair any two Echo speakers into a ... Read More

3D-printed gun pioneer Cody Wilson charged with sexual assault

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCody Wilson: The man behind America's 3D-printed gunsA Texas man who has played a central role in making 3D-printed weapons available has been charged with sexually assaulting an underage girl.A warrant was issued for Cody Wilson but he flew to Taiwan before ... Read More

Why did Amazon make an Alexa-controlled microwave?

Amazon has unveiled a microwave that can be controlled using its Alexa voice assistant.Our North America technology reporter Dave Lee found out why - and saw what else the company unveiled at its yearly Alexa event at the company's Seattle headquarters ... Read More

Hulu’s website looks different today

The Watchlist is now bundled into the "My Stuff" tab, and hovering over the thumbnail for a show or movie offers the option to play it, remove it from view or add it to "My Stuff" to check out later. Click on a title and an information card pops up ... Read More

Amazon’s 2018 Echo Show finally gets it right

I tried it out briefly following the Amazon announcement earlier today, and the first thing I noticed is that it's much more minimalist in design, with a beautiful 10-inch HD display dominating the front. It even takes up less counter space than the Google-powered 10-inch Lenovo Smart Display. Not only ... Read More

‘Boo Hoo Hoo’: Democrat Eric Swalwell Mocks Threats Against Sen. Collins’ Staff

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) mocked Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) late Wednesday night about threats she and her staff received over the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. “Boo hoo hoo. You’re a senator who police will protect. A sexual assault victim can’t sleep in her home tonight because of threats,” Swalwell tweeted, ... Read More

Rep. Jim Jordan: Big Tech Companies Need to be Reclassified as Publishers, or Broken Up

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) joined SiriusXM Patriot’s Breitbart News Daily, Thursday, to discuss what needs to be done about the bias of Big Tech companies. After being asked by Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow about the leaked 2016 Google “TGIF” all-hands meeting, which was released by Breitbart News and showed ... Read More

Louisiana Attorney General Encourages Jeff Sessions to Break Up Google, Facebook

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry will reportedly encourage Attorney General Jeff Sessions to break up Big Tech companies like Google and Facebook during a meeting next week. “My opinion is you are not going to fix this legislatively,” declared Landry during a radio interview with News Radio 710 KEEL, in ... Read More
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