Bereaved mother criticises Facebook over baby ads

Bereaved mother criticises Facebook over baby ads

Image copyright Facebook Image caption Ms Brockell said many other bereaved parents had contacted her to tell of similar experiences The mother of a stillborn child has called on tech companies to rethink how they target ads after she was inundated with baby-related promotions. Gillian Brockell wrote to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Experian, saying if […]

Google hearing sees ‘idiot’ trending

Google hearing sees ‘idiot’ trending

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Typing “idiot” into Google Images search reveals pictures of President Trump The word “idiot” has been searched for more than one million times, following testimony typing it into Google Images threw up pictures of President Trump. The link between the two was mentioned during a congressional grilling of Google […]

Word processor pioneer Evelyn Berezin dies aged 93

Word processor pioneer Evelyn Berezin dies aged 93

Image copyright Eyevine/New York Times Image caption Evelyn Berezin said her word processor would help secretaries become more efficient at their jobs The woman who created and sold what many recognise as the world’s first word processor has died aged 93. Evelyn Berezin called the device the Data Secretary when, in 1971, her company Redactron […]

Streets with UK’s slowest and fastest broadband named

Streets with UK’s slowest and fastest broadband named

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption One in eight homes had download speeds below 5Mbps, according to uSwitch A village street in Bamfurlong, Gloucestershire, has been named as the slowest for broadband internet, according to an annual survey. The study said homes on Greenmeadows Park averaged just 0.14 megabits per second (Mbps). The fastest spot, […]

‘Meghan Markle’ most googled person in UK in 2018

‘Meghan Markle’ most googled person in UK in 2018

“Meghan Markle” was the most searched-for person’s name for the second year running on Google’s UK search service. But the Duchess of Sussex came second to the overall winner of the most queried term – “World Cup” – in the company’s search trends review for 2018. “Royal wedding” and “royal baby” were the top two […]

Child advice chatbots fail to spot sexual abuse

Child advice chatbots fail to spot sexual abuse

Image copyright Woebot Labs/Touchkin Image caption Woebot and Wysa are part of a new wave of mental health chatbots Two mental health chatbot apps have required updates after struggling to handle reports of child sexual abuse. In tests, neither Wysa nor Woebot told an apparent victim to seek emergency help. The BBC also found the […]

Seven things to watch as Google’s CEO appears before Congress hearing

Seven things to watch as Google’s CEO appears before Congress hearing

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Google’s Sundar Pichai failed to show up at a Senate hearing earlier this year and was represented by an empty chair Google’s chief Sundar Pichai will be quizzed by US lawmakers later. He previously failed to appear at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing for top tech executives in September. […]

Huawei Honor View20 and Samsung A8s have hole-punch cameras

Huawei Honor View20 and Samsung A8s have hole-punch cameras

Image copyright Huawei Image caption The Honor View20 was shown off by Huawei’s product manager, Jimmy Xiong, in Hong Kong Two smartphone-makers have unveiled handsets featuring a “hole-punch” selfie camera. The screens of the Samsung A8s and Huawei Honor View20 both feature a small circular space for the component. The design is intended to be […]

Apple denies iPhone import ban in China

Apple denies iPhone import ban in China

Image copyright Getty Images US chip-maker Qualcomm claims it has won an injunction against Apple that effectively bans the import of a number of iPhone models, ranging from the iPhone 6S to the iPhone X. The preliminary order, issued by a Chinese court, is the latest in step a continuing feud between the two tech […]

Elon Musk has ‘no respect’ for US regulator

Elon Musk has ‘no respect’ for US regulator

Image copyright Getty Images Elon Musk says he has “no respect” for the Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) financial regulator. He made the comment in an interview with news channel CBS, in which he also talked about his controversial behaviour on Twitter. In September, the SEC decided to sue him for alleged securities fraud. This […]