'Urgent' call for US drone register

'Urgent' call for US drone register

‘Urgent’ call for US drone register Dave Lee North America technology reporter 20 October 2015 From the section Technology comments Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The register would seek to improve accountability in cases of dangerous drone use A national register of drones and their owners is urgently needed, the US transport secretary has said. Anthony Foxx said a taskforce had been set up to examine creating a record of drones and their users….

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Faith, hope and Call of Duty

Faith, hope and Call of Duty

Faith, hope and Call of Duty: 21st century spirituality By Zoe Kleinman Technology reporter, BBC News 19 October 2015 From the section Technology Image copyright Nabiilabee/YouTube Image caption NabiilaBee’s online fashion and headscarf tutorials are watched by millions From the young Muslim YouTubers teaching fashion and beauty to women who must remain modest, to the art of mindful computer gaming and the Jewish students using Google Translate to learn Hebrew – lots of young people…

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12 million fall into UK digital skills gap

12 million fall into UK digital skills gap

More than 12 million fall into UK digital skills gap Rory Cellan-Jones Technology correspondent 19 October 2015 From the section Technology Image copyright Thinkstock Over 12 million people, and a million small businesses in the UK do not have the skills to prosper in the digital era. That is the warning today from Go.On UK, a charity set up to promote digital skills. It has produced what it calls a digital exclusion heatmap, pinpointing the…

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Amazon sues 1,114 'fake reviewers'

Amazon sues 1,114 'fake reviewers'

Amazon targets 1,114 ‘fake reviewers’ in Seattle lawsuit 18 October 2015 From the section Technology Image copyright Matt Cardy Amazon is taking legal action against more than 1,000 people it says have posted fake reviews on its website. The US online retail giant has filed a lawsuit in Seattle, Washington. It says its brand reputation is being damaged by “false, misleading and inauthentic” reviews paid for by sellers seeking to improve the appeal of their…

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VIDEO: Robots learn to fall gracefully

VIDEO: Robots learn to fall gracefully

Media playback is unsupported on your device Robots learn to fall gracefully 16 October 2015 Last updated at 16:43 BST Researchers have developed an algorithm to help robots fall more gracefully, to protect them from damage. Karen Liu, from the Georgia Institute of Technology, said a falling robot can damage its components and also the people around it. She said the algorithm could help reduce the impact when a humanoid robot takes a tumble. She…

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Apple ordered to pay huge damages

Apple ordered to pay huge damages

Apple patent case: Wisconsin university wins huge damages 17 October 2015 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images A US jury has ordered technology giant Apple to pay more than $ 234m (£152m) in damages for patent infringement. The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, the patent licensing arm of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said the verdict was important to guard its inventions from unauthorised use. The jury had earlier decided that Apple incorporated patented microchip…

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Target suffers X-rated headache

Target suffers X-rated headache

Target stores attacked by pornographic pranksters Dave Lee North America technology reporter 16 October 2015 From the section Technology Image caption Several Target stores have been targeted with this porn prank, according to local reports Gina Young was shopping at US superstore Target on Thursday morning – when she and the other shoppers suddenly heard a surprising announcement over the loudspeaker. Explicit audio from a pornographic film was blasted out for all to hear. And…

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Ride-hailing app Uber 'is lawful'

Ride-hailing app Uber 'is lawful'

Uber ride-hailing app does not break law, High Court rules 16 October 2015 From the section London Image copyright PA The ride-hailing app operated in London by the US firm Uber does not break the law, the High Court has found. The court had been asked to decide whether the company’s smartphones were considered meters, which are outlawed for private hire vehicles. The phones use GPS and external servers to calculate the cost of a…

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