Tesla to make all new cars self-driving
Electric carmaker Tesla says all cars it now builds will have hardware needed to drive completely on their own. But despite the cameras, sensors and radars being introduced, it is still expected to be years before the vehicles become fully self-driving. Tesla introduced its Autopilot system last year, allowing some self-drive functions such as auto-braking. But it is now temporarily disabling Autopilot on all new cars to allow "robust" testing with the new systems. Tesla founder Elon Musk sa...Micro Bit mini-computer heads overseas
The Micro Bit mini-computer is to be sold across the world and enthusiasts are to be offered blueprints showing how to build their own versions. The announcements were made by a new non-profit foundation that is taking over the educational project, formerly led by the BBC. About one million of the devices were given away free to UK-based schoolchildren earlier this year. The BBC says they encourage children, especially girls, to code However, the delayed rollout of the machines to last year'...IBM AI system Watson to diagnose rare diseases in Germany
IBM's artificial intelligence platform Watson will work with doctors in Germany attempting to solve some complex medical cases. It will be based at the Undiagnosed and Rare Diseases Centre at the University Hospital in Marburg. So far, Watson has looked at half a dozen cases, but it is unclear how many it has correctly diagnosed. AI systems are increasingly being used in healthcare, with Google's DeepMind partnering several UK hospitals. The Watson partnership, with private hospital group Rh...Trump's Twitter debate lead was 'swelled by bots'
More than four times as many tweets were made by automated accounts in favour of Donald Trump around the first US presidential debate as by those backing Hillary Clinton, a study found. The research indicates the Republican candidate would have enjoyed more support on Twitter even if the accounts - known as bots - had not been active. But it highlights that the software has the capacity to "manipulate public opinion" and "muddy political issues". The report has yet to be peer-reviewed. And o...How hackers handle stolen login data
We've all had them. Those emails you read with a growing sense of dread which tell you to change the password you use on this account, that social network or one of the many other online services you use. Those emails are common given that almost one billion login credentials have been stolen and shared online in the last year. Yahoo, MySpace, LinkedIn, Dropbox and Tumblr, have all been hit and the list goes on and on. The worst part is the uncertainty that comes in the wake of the warning - d...Amazon's Spotify rival competes on price
Amazon has launched a second music streaming service in the US. In an unusual step, Amazon Music Unlimited is being offered at a discounted price if its use is restricted to the company's voice-controlled speakers. Echo owners who take this option would pay less than half the monthly fee of an Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play or Tidal subscription. One expert said Amazon was not trying to poach customers from rivals. But it was seeking to encourage existing customers to spend more, said Chr...NSPCC warns YouTubers over fan relationships
"Blurred boundaries" between prominent YouTube stars and their viewers can put young people at risk, a leading children's charity has warned. Emily Cherry, of the NSPCC, said YouTubers had a "responsibility" to make sure relationships with young fans were appropriate. Claims of inappropriate behaviour have been made against a small number of internet personalities. Google-owned YouTube told the BBC that educating fans and creators was key. Ms Cherry warned that online stars have huge power a...Yahoo 'secretly scanned emails for US authorities'
Yahoo secretly scanned millions of its users' email accounts on behalf of the US government, according to a report. Reuters news agency says the firm built special software last year to comply with a classified request. "Yahoo is a law abiding company, and complies with the laws of the United States," the tech firm said in a statement provided to the BBC. The allegation comes less than a fortnight after Yahoo said hackers had stolen dataabout many of its users. Yahoo is in the process o...Fears of massive net attacks as code shared online
Computer code used to mount one of the biggest web attacks ever seen has been released online. Security experts fear the release will prompt more massive attacks that knock sites offline by swamping them with data. The attack tool seeks out smart devices in homes that are weakly protected with easy-to-guess passwords. Net monitoring firms said they had already seen an increase in scans that seek out vulnerable devices. The "Mirai" source code was released on a widely used hacker chat forum o...Toyota launches 'baby' robot for companionship
A palm-sized robot that can hold conversations will go on sale in Japan next year, developer Toyota has announced. Kirobo Mini, who was 10cm (4in) high, had been designed to provide companionship, the company said. And it could tailor conversations to include comments about journeys based on data from its owner's vehicle. It also has childlike attributes, but a robotics expert told the BBC a robot could not be a substitute for a child. "He wobbles a bit, and this is meant to emulate a seated...Sale of Kodi 'fully-loaded' streaming boxes faces legal test
A legal case concerning the sale of video-streaming set-top boxes that can access subscription content for free, begins on Tuesday. So-called "fully-loaded Kodi boxes" have gained popularity, but the legality of their sale is in question. Middlesbrough trader Brian Thompson is accused of selling equipment that "facilitated the circumvention" of copyright protection measures. The trial has been described as a landmark case by industry watchers. Mr Thompson will not enter a plea on Tuesday, bu...Snapchat launches sunglasses with camera
Messaging app firm Snapchat has announced its first gadget - sunglasses with a built-in camera. The device, which the company is calling Spectacles, will go on sale later this year priced at $130 (£100). The glasses will record up to 10 seconds of video at at time. As part of the announcement, Snapchat is renaming itself to Snap, Inc. The renaming decision underlined the company’s apparent ambition to go beyond the ephemeral messaging app, a product which is highly popular with y...Yahoo 'state' hackers stole data from 500 million users
Yahoo says "state-sponsored" hackers stole information from about 500 million users in what appears to be the largest publicly disclosed cyber-breach in history. The breach included swathes of personal information, including names and emails, as well as “unencrypted security questions and answers”. The hack took place in 2014 but has only now been made public. The FBI has confirmed it is investigating the claims. The data taken includes names, email addresses, telephone numb...Tesla Autopilot update seeks better safety
Tesla will update its cars' Autopilot function with new safety features designed to prevent collisions, the company has announced. Chief executive Elon Musk told reporters on Sunday that his cars would soon make greater use of the on-board radar to detect obstacles ahead. The car will also do more to make sure drivers are paying attention while in self-driving mode. A Tesla driver died earlier this year when the technology missed a lorry. As part of the update to self-driving mode, if repeat...
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