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Tesla: Elon Musk reveals latest 'masterplan'
Elon Musk, chief executive of Tesla, has published the second part of his self-titled "masterplan". He said Tesla would be branching out into creating a "solar-roof-with-battery product" that people can have fitted to their homes. He wants the Tesla electric car range to cover all types of ground vehicles, specifically buses and lorries. And once the cars have full autonomous driving capability, Mr Musk said Tesla would allow owners to add their cars to a shared fleet, meaning the vehicles ca...
How Pokemon Go took over the web
In the week that political resignations, leadership battles and market turmoil dominated news headlines, a certain monster-hunting mobile game was busy making waves online. Pokemon Go's mixture of gaming and reality has proved a huge success. While Twitter remains a firm favourite for political chatter, app analytics firm SimilarWeb says Pokemon Go now has more daily users on Android phones in the US than the social media firm. SimilarWeb says players are using Pokemon Go for an average of 43...
Microsoft to miss 'one billion' Windows 10 target
Microsoft has said it will miss its target of getting its Windows 10 operating system running on more than one billion devices by 2018. In a statement, it said problems with its smartphone business would delay it hitting the milestone. The software giant has struggled to find customers for Windows phones in a market dominated by Android and Apple. Microsoft says Windows 10 is in active use on about 350 million separate devices at present. Released in July 2015, Windows 10 has been built to a...
Major win for Microsoft in 'free for all' data case
The US government cannot force Microsoft to give authorities access to the firm's servers located in other countries, a court has ruled. The decision is being seen as a precedent for protecting the privacy of cloud computing services. The US Department of Justice had wanted to access a server in Ireland, as part of an investigation into a drugs case. The ruling, made by an appeals court, overturns an order granted by a court in Manhattan in 2014. The DoJ said it was disappointed by the decis...
Tesla says autopilot involved in second car crash
Tesla has admitted that its autopilot feature was activated when one of its cars crashed on Sunday. However, the electric carmaker has suggested that the function was not being used correctly at the time. The motorist survived the accident, but another Tesla owner died in an earlier crash that occurred when the driver-assist function failed to detect another vehicle in its path. Chief executive Elon Musk said Tesla had no plans to disable autopilot. However, he told the Wall S...
Pokemon Go firm fixes 'full Google access' error
The firm behind smash-hit game Pokemon Go has promised to "fix" an error that suggested it had been granted full access to users' Google accounts. In a statement, developer Niantic Labs said that it had only ever logged user IDs and email addresses. A privacy row erupted when iOS users who signed up via their Google accounts were told that the game had "full access" to their information. It appears Niantic may have used outdated user agreements. The Android version of the game did not appear...
Green light for pink pregnant seat alert
Following a successful trial, the city of Busan in South Korea is now planning to introduce a bluetooth-powered system for helping pregnant train and bus passengers who need to sit down. Round pink lights next to priority seats in train carriages are activated by a sensor carried by pregnant travellers when they board the train. It was tested by 500 women in April. Busan now hopes to extend the scheme across train and bus lines by the end of the year, reports Reuters. Many pregnant traveller...
Snapchat sued over 'explicit' posts in Discover tab
Once upon a time, Snapchat was a simple app. You took a picture, you sent it to a friend, and it disappeared shortly after. Nowadays, it's a messaging app, a video sharing app and a news app. A face-swapping, dog-masking revolution in online communications. But is it indecent? And are children being put at risk? That's what's at the centre of an intriguing lawsuit made public on Thursday. It focuses on the Discover function of Snapchat, a section in which publishers are falling over themselv...
Huge home-built computer used for Tetris
A man has finished building an enormous computer in the sitting room of his bungalow in Cambridge. James Newman started work on the "Megaprocessor", which is 33ft (10m) wide and 6ft (2m) high, in 2012. It does the job of a chip-sized microprocessor and Mr Newman has spent £40,000 ($53,000) creating it. It contains 40,000 transistors, 10,000 LED lights and it weighs around half a tonne (500kg). So far, he has used it to play the classic video game Tetris. In a video demonstration h...
Google's DeepMind to peek at NHS eye scans for disease analysis
One million anonymised eye scans from Moorfields Eye Hospital will be used to train an artificial intelligence (AI) system from Google. Machine learning algorithms will scour the images for signs of diseases such as macular degeneration and diabetes-related sight loss. Moorfields is teaming up with Google's AI division DeepMind during the scheme. Previously, DeepMind faced criticism over a little-known data sharing agreement with three London hospitals. An agreement to share patient data fro...
US opens investigation into Tesla after fatal crash
US authorities are investigating the first death potentially caused by self-driving technology. The driver of a Tesla car died in Florida in May after colliding with a lorry. Under scrutiny is Tesla's Autopilot feature, which automatically changes lanes and reacts to traffic. In a statement, Tesla said it appeared the Model S car was unable to recognise "the white side of the tractor trailer against a brightly lit sky" that had driven across the car's path. The company said the crash was a "...
'Old school' synthesiser built 40 years on
An electronic sequencer and synthesiser has been built based on designs produced more than 40 years ago by electronic music pioneer Daphne Oram. Ms Oram who died in 2003, co-founded the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and developed a system of creating sounds and compositions using drawings. The machine is thought to have remained unfinished in her own lifetime. But experts say the Mini Oramics's approach to composition and performance would have been influential. Tom Richards, the researcher who f...
Hands on with India's £3 smartphone
Earlier this year, Indian company Ringing Bells said it was about to put a smartphone on the market costing less than $4 (£3). As the company says the first 200,000 handsets are ready to be shipped, the BBC's Shilpa Kannan in Delhi tries one out and asks if people are right to be sceptical. Getting your hands on the world's "cheapest smartphone" is not easy. Freedom 251 is an Android phone advertised by Ringing Bells at 251 rupees (£2.77). In the hand, it feels somewhat like Apple...
Oculus lifts headset game restrictions
Virtual reality pioneer Oculus has removed software locks that stopped people playing games made for its Rift headset on a rival device. The locks were introduced after VR fans made software called Revive that let people move or port Oculus games on to the HTC Vive. A software update for the Oculus Rift released over the weekend has stripped out the software controls. Revive developers said they were still in "disbelief" about the change.
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