Airbus unveils 'more efficient' A380 jumbo

Airbus unveils 'more efficient' A380 jumbo

Airbus has unveiled plans to upgrade the world’s biggest passenger jet, promising greater fuel efficiency and room for more seats. The A380Plus, which was announced ahead of the Paris Airshow, will boast a new wing design intended to improve aerodynamics. Airbus also said the cabin had been optimised to allow up to 80 extra seats “with no compromise on comfort”. The move has been seen as a way of boosting flagging sales of the A380….

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India internet shutdowns 'violate human rights'

India internet shutdowns 'violate human rights'

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said India needs to cease “arbitrary restrictions” on internet and phone services. The organisation said state governments had imposed 20 temporary internet shutdowns in 2017. Authorities say they shut internet and telecommunications services to stop rumours during times of unrest. But the rights group said arbitrary internet shutdowns “violated India’s obligations under international human rights law”. Kashmir social media ban criticised Heat wave in India: Frustration, rumours and memes Indian…

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UK's fraud hotspots revealed by Which?

UK's fraud hotspots revealed by Which?

Norfolk is a dating scams hotspot, Surrey succumbs to investment fraud and west and mid-Wales suffers cold calling computer cons, according to data from UK cyber-crime centre Action Fraud. Consumer watchdog Which? has collated the data, which came via a Freedom of Information request And it wants the government to do more to tackle the problem. A recent Office of National Statistics survey suggested there are 5.4 million fraud and computer misuse cases a year….

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Facebook reveals measures to remove terrorist content

Facebook reveals measures to remove terrorist content

Facebook has announced details of steps it is taking to remove terrorist-related content. The move comes after growing pressure from governments for technology companies to do more to take down material such as terrorist propaganda. In a series of blog posts by senior figures and an interview with the BBC, Facebook says it wants to be more open about the work it is doing. The company told the BBC it was using artificial intelligence to…

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'US rethinks Chinese investment in AI start-ups'

'US rethinks Chinese investment in AI start-ups'

The Pentagon has raised concerns about China’s access to artificial-intelligence-based technology developed in the US, according to Reuters. The news agency says a leaked report proposes that export controls be updated to stop Chinese organisations being able to invest in some start-ups. It suggests the move is needed to prevent their advanced algorithms being repurposed for the military by Beijing. One expert said the report sounded credible. “Quite a few people in the US security…

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Apple's Tim Cook confirms self-driving car plans

Apple's Tim Cook confirms self-driving car plans

Apple’s chief executive has confirmed it is developing a self-driving car system. But Tim Cook indicated that it is too soon to say whether it would license the tech to other carmakers or try to build its own vehicles. His interview with the Bloomberg news agency yielded his most detailed comments about the project to date. Until now, Apple had avoided publicly discussing its plans, although it had confirmed the scheme in US filings. There…

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Uber: Travis Kalanick's rollercoaster reign

Uber: Travis Kalanick's rollercoaster reign

There is no doubt that Travis Kalanick, the billionaire founder of the Uber lift-sharing platform, built a company that is one of the giants of Silicon Valley. However, recent months have seen him make a series of apologies for both his own behaviour and that of members of his leadership team. He has now told staff he is going to take some time away from the firm. He is set to have fewer responsibilities upon…

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