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Europe puts 1bn euros into supercomputer research

Europe puts 1bn euros into supercomputer research

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Car makers have had help from supercomputers which have been modelling manufacturing methods The European Commission has unveiled plans to spend 1bn euros creating “world class” supercomputers. The project was needed, it said, because European contributions to existing high-performance computing projects was “insignificant”. The cash will be spent developing machines […]

US retirement village to have 'largest' self-driving taxi scheme

US retirement village to have 'largest' self-driving taxi scheme

Image copyright The Villages Image caption Voyage will start rolling out the scheme next year One of America’s largest retirement villages will have a fleet of self-driving taxis introduced next year. US firm Voyage said it will start rolling out the service at The Villages, Florida which is home to 125,000 senior residents. It said […]

Apple: Chinese firm to operate China iCloud accounts

Apple: Chinese firm to operate China iCloud accounts

Image copyright Getty Images Apple’s iCloud services in mainland China will be operated by a Chinese company from next month, the tech giant has confirmed. It has contacted customers based in China, advising them to examine new terms and conditions. They include a clause that both Apple and the Chinese firm will have access to […]

Toy firm VTech fined $650,000 over data breach

Toy firm VTech fined $650,000 over data breach

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pictures taken with VTech toys were hackable by attackers, security researchers found Electronic toymaker VTech will pay $650,000 (£480,000) to settle charges that it failed to protect the privacy of children using its gadgets. The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) levelled the charges at VTech following a data breach […]

CES 2018: Event chief reacts to sexist speaker list row

CES 2018: Event chief reacts to sexist speaker list row

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The CES tech trade show runs until Friday 12 January The chief of the CES tech trade show has pledged to try to have more female keynote speakers at future events. The Consumer Technology Association’s Gary Shapiro said his team would “redouble our efforts to expand women’s voices”. It […]

Meltdown and Spectre: How chip hacks work

Meltdown and Spectre: How chip hacks work

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWatch: Chip hacks explained As technology companies race to fix two major vulnerabilities found in computer chips, the ways in which those chips could theoretically be targeted by hackers are becoming clear. Collectively, Meltdown and Spectre affect billions of systems around the world – from desktop PCs […]

CES 2018: Tech preview of the show's coolest new products

CES 2018: Tech preview of the show's coolest new products

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: First look at an electric virtual reality suit that shocks gamers that will be at CES 2018 All aboard the (self-driving) bus – next stop, CES: Las Vegas’ annual gigantic tech fest. About 4,000 companies – many of them start-ups – are arriving in town this […]

Nintendo Switch is fastest-selling US home console

Nintendo Switch is fastest-selling US home console

Image copyright Nintendo Image caption Super Mario Odyssey was released at the end of October The Nintendo Switch has been named America’s fastest-selling home games console. A total of 4.8 million units were sold in the US during the 10 months following the Switch’s launch there on 3 March last year. The Switch breaks tradition […]

Schools 'should help children with social media risk'

Schools 'should help children with social media risk'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption“Everyone’s always Snapchatting you” – five children describe how they use social media Schools should play a bigger role in preparing children for social media’s emotional demands as they move from primary to secondary school, England’s children’s commissioner says. Anne Longfield said she was worried many pupils […]

Psychedelic toasters fool image recognition tech

Psychedelic toasters fool image recognition tech

Image copyright Getty Images A team of Google researchers has created psychedelic stickers that can fool image recognition software into seeing objects that are not there. Using a toaster as an example, the team produced colourful computer-generated patterns by sampling hundreds of photographs of the appliance. When the patterns were put next to another item, […]