Hermes begins trial using self-driving robots in London

Hermes begins trial using self-driving robots in London

Image copyright SIMON BIRT Image caption Deliveries are carried in a compartment accessible via a code sent to the customer’s smartphone Courier company Hermes has announced a trial of self-driving robots in the London borough of Southwark. The six-wheeled robots from Starship Technologies will be used to collect parcels rather than deliver them. The project […]

Cleveland Ohio Facebook killer hunted by police

Cleveland Ohio Facebook killer hunted by police

Media captionThe suspect said he was looking for victims in a video posted on Facebook Police in Ohio are searching for a man who fatally shot a “random” victim and posted the footage on Facebook. The suspect, Steve Stephens, later said in a separate video post that he had killed 13 people and was looking […]

The woman whose phone ‘misdiagnosed HIV’

The woman whose phone ‘misdiagnosed HIV’

Image copyright Mozilla Image caption Women and girls in Kenya are three times more likely than men and boys to be ‘gifted’ a mobile phone but this may come with a price Esther sells water on the side of the road in Kenya for a few dollars a day. She also owns a smartphone and […]

Meet Tarzan – the robot designed to monitor crops

A robot designed to swing between cables suspended over crop rows to monitor plants has been developed by US university Georgia Tech. The prototype robot, called Tarzan, will gather information about the plants and send it to the farmer. The team plan to test Tarzan on a soybean farm later this year and believe it […]

Drones flying into prisons to be examined by new police team

Drones flying into prisons to be examined by new police team

Image copyright PA The Prison Service and police are to pool intelligence to stop drones flying drugs and mobile phones to prison inmates in England and Wales. They will forensically examine captured drones to try to find out who was flying them. The invention of easy-to-fly, remote-controlled aircraft has caused a huge security headache for […]

Can Toshiba escape fate of corporate Japan’s zombie hordes?

Can Toshiba escape fate of corporate Japan’s zombie hordes?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Another of Japan’s corporate behemoths faces the prospect of biting the dust Once a household name, Toshiba is now bleeding billions of dollars and frantically trying to reassure investors that it will not succumb to the kiss of death. But it also faces another fate: becoming the most high-profile […]

Brian Eno’s app Reflection uses science to create music

A generative music app, Reflection, has been developed by music pioneer, producer and artist Brian Eno and musician and software designer Peter Chilvers. The app follows rules but plays differently each time you listen. Months were spent tweaking the rules and probabilities and when they are combined cause the sounds to randomly echo, transpose, bounce […]

Airbnb account hijackers burgle homes

Airbnb is improving the security of its app and website after a BBC investigation found people‚Äôs homes had been burgled by scammers using stolen accounts. The BBC spoke to three people who were robbed after they advertised their properties on the accommodation-booking service. The scammers hijacked accounts with verified badges and changed some of personal […]

Artificial intelligence: How to avoid racist algorithms

Artificial intelligence: How to avoid racist algorithms

Image copyright Bing Image caption Only white babies appear in a search for “babies” on Microsoft search engine Bing… There is growing concern that many of the algorithms that make decisions about our lives – from what we see on the internet to how likely we are to become victims or instigators of crime – […]

Burger King advert sabotaged on Wikipedia

Burger King advert sabotaged on Wikipedia

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption It is unclear whether Burger King realised how the public would react to the ad A Burger King TV advert which was designed to activate Google Home smart speakers and some Android phones to describe its Whopper burgers has been hijacked by members of the public. The ad triggered […]