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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, […]

Ripple becomes second most valuable crypto-coin

Ripple becomes second most valuable crypto-coin

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Three large Japanese credit card firms have signed up to use Ripple A crypto-currency called Ripple has become the second most valuable virtual cash system. Over the weekend the value of the digital currency hit more than $100bn (£74bn) according to some market monitors. This valuation is higher than […]

Nintendo Switch secret golf game wiped

Nintendo Switch secret golf game wiped

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: Hidden game found on Nintendo Switch A hidden golf video game found on the Nintendo Switch console has been removed in the latest software update, according to fans of the device. In September, gamers found the game buried in the Switch operating system code, but it […]

YouTube app removed from Amazon Fire TV kit early

YouTube app removed from Amazon Fire TV kit early

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Amazon Fire TV boxes now send people to the YouTube website The YouTube app has been removed from Amazon’s Fire TV devices four days earlier than expected, as a dispute between Amazon and Google continues. Fire TV devices now encourage people to use the YouTube website in a web […]

New Year Honours 2018: AI chief Demis Hassabis made CBE

New Year Honours 2018: AI chief Demis Hassabis made CBE

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption DeepMind chief executive Demis Hassabis British artificial intelligence researcher Demis Hassabis has been recognised on the New Year Honours list. Mr Hassabis is chief executive of DeepMind, which has developed software that can beat human experts at the complex board game Go. He was made a Commander of the […]

Contact made with 'missing' Angolan satellite

Contact made with 'missing' Angolan satellite

Image copyright AFP Image caption Launched on 26 December, Angosat-1 will improve TV, radio and net communications in Angola Russian scientists have restored communications with a satellite days after they lost contact with it. Launched on 26 December, Angosat-1 will boost mobile and net communications in Angola as well as broadcast radio and TV shows. […]

Troll alert tool banned by Twitter

Troll alert tool banned by Twitter

Image copyright Getty Images Twitter has shut down a crowd-sourced effort to expose fake accounts posting racist messages on the social network. The Imposter Buster bot automatically replied to tweets posted by fake accounts, to warn other people. However, Twitter suspended the bot after a large number of “spam complaints” were filed against it, according […]

Tesla's Elon Musk promises pick-up truck and new features

Tesla's Elon Musk promises pick-up truck and new features

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Elon Musk tweeted about Tesla’s future plans over a six hour period Tesla’s chief has pledged to make a pick-up truck as part of future plans for the electric vehicle-maker. Elon Musk made the promise on Twitter after asking his followers for suggestions about how the firm could improve. He […]

Apple changes rules on app 'loot boxes'

Apple changes rules on app 'loot boxes'

Image copyright EA Image caption Battlefront II was changed to remove a way to pay for loot crates and rewards Apple has changed the rules around how games on its app store use loot boxes. These boxes are random rewards for gameplay and often give players benefits and power-ups that can be used in games. […]

The glitch that stole Christmas: How to handle smart tech gifts

The glitch that stole Christmas: How to handle smart tech gifts

Image copyright Getty Images Although the rush to connect everything from toys to toothbrushes, cars to sex toys, and any number of household appliances to the internet, seems inexorable, there is little regulation protecting your cyber-security. Not surprising then that there has been a raft of stories this year highlighting the vulnerabilities that are coming […]