Huawei: ARM memo tells staff to stop working with China’s tech giant

Huawei: ARM memo tells staff to stop working with China’s tech giant

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Huawei unveiled new phones powered by ARM-based chips, on Tuesday UK-based chip designer ARM has told staff it must suspend business with Huawei, according to internal documents obtained by the BBC. ARM instructed employees to halt “all active contracts, support entitlements, and any pending engagements” with Huawei and its […]

EE to launch UK’s first 5G service in May

EE to launch UK’s first 5G service in May

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption People in six cities around UK will be the first to benefit from the service EE will switch on its 5G service in six UK cities on 30 May, the first mobile network in the UK to do so. People in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester will […]

Amazon set for facial recognition revolt

Amazon set for facial recognition revolt

Image copyright Amazon Image caption Rekognition can match photos to databases holding millions of people’s faces Opposition to Amazon’s sale of its facial recognition technology to US police forces is set to come to a head at its annual general meeting on Wednesday. Shareholders will vote twice on the matter. First, over whether the company […]

Female-voice AI reinforces bias, says UN report

Female-voice AI reinforces bias, says UN report

Image caption Most smart-speaker assistants have a female voice AI-powered voice assistants with female voices are perpetuating harmful gender biases, according to a UN study. These female helpers are portrayed as “obliging and eager to please”, reinforcing the idea that women are “subservient”, it finds. Particularly worrying, it says, is how they often give “deflecting, […]

Instagram: Facebook probes breach of millions of influencer accounts

Instagram: Facebook probes breach of millions of influencer accounts

Image copyright Getty Images Photo sharing site Instagram says it is trying to find out how contact details of almost 50 million of its users were stored online in an unguarded database. TechCrunch, which broke the story, said it included personal information such as email and phone numbers of high profile users known as “influencers”. […]

Over The Rainbow composer sues Apple and other tech firms for piracy

Over The Rainbow composer sues Apple and other tech firms for piracy

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Arlen’s son is seeking up to $4.5m in damages The estate of Harold Arlen – who wrote such American songbook classics as Over The Rainbow and Get Happy – is suing some of the world’s biggest tech firms. Arlen’s son, Sam Arlen, says he has found more than 6,000 […]

Police facial recognition surveillance court case starts

Police facial recognition surveillance court case starts

Media captionFacial recognition: ‘Law has not caught up with technology’ The first major legal challenge to police use of automated facial recognition surveillance begins in Cardiff today. Ed Bridges, whose image was taken while he was shopping, says weak regulation means AFR breaches human rights. The civil rights group Liberty says current use of the […]

Huawei’s Android loss: How it affects you

Huawei’s Android loss: How it affects you

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Huawei’s smartphone division’s success has been tied to the popularity of Google’s Android The restrictions being placed on Huawei’s access to the Android operating system will cast a long shadow over Tuesday’s launch of the Chinese company’s latest handsets. The firm has invited press from across the globe to London […]

Warning over using augmented reality in precision tasks

Warning over using augmented reality in precision tasks

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption HoloLens allows the user to see digital images over real-world backgrounds People who use augmented reality headsets to complete complex tasks fare worse than those with no high-tech help, a small study suggests. In addition, those fitted with headsets over-estimate how well they perform. The discovery might limit the […]

The Google city that has angered Toronto

The Google city that has angered Toronto

Image copyright Sidewalk Labs Image caption Google-affiliate Sidewalk Labs had big plans for its internet-based smart city It was meant to be a vision of how we will all live in future – a smart city built from the internet up – offering citizens the chance to experience the very latest technology. That would include […]

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