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Europe puts 1bn euros into supercomputer research

Europe puts 1bn euros into supercomputer research

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Car makers have had help from supercomputers which have been modelling manufacturing methods The European Commission has unveiled plans to spend 1bn euros creating “world class” supercomputers. The project was needed, it said, because European contributions to existing high-performance computing projects was “insignificant”. The cash will be spent developing machines […]

US retirement village to have 'largest' self-driving taxi scheme

US retirement village to have 'largest' self-driving taxi scheme

Image copyright The Villages Image caption Voyage will start rolling out the scheme next year One of America’s largest retirement villages will have a fleet of self-driving taxis introduced next year. US firm Voyage said it will start rolling out the service at The Villages, Florida which is home to 125,000 senior residents. It said […]

Meltdown fix can make some machines slower – Intel

Meltdown fix can make some machines slower – Intel

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Intel said at the CES technology conference that it would make all flawed chip safe “within a week” Intel has admitted that patches to fix the Spectre and Meltdown chip flaws could slow machines “in some cases”. Its own tests suggested performance slowdown could range from 2% to 14%. […]

Toy firm VTech fined $650,000 over data breach

Toy firm VTech fined $650,000 over data breach

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pictures taken with VTech toys were hackable by attackers, security researchers found Electronic toymaker VTech will pay $650,000 (£480,000) to settle charges that it failed to protect the privacy of children using its gadgets. The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) levelled the charges at VTech following a data breach […]

Apple investors urge action on 'smartphone addiction'

Apple investors urge action on 'smartphone addiction'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many parents are worried about the amount of time their children spend on their phones Big investors have called on Apple to develop software that limits how long children can use its smartphones. The call came from two investment groups that hold $2bn (£1.48bn) of Apple stock between them. […]

Mark Zuckerberg vows to 'fix' Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg vows to 'fix' Facebook

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Zuckerberg said Facebook was making too many mistakes Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has vowed to “fix” Facebook, in what he described as his personal challenge for 2018. In a post on his page on the social network, he said it was making too many errors enforcing policies and […]

CES 2018: Tech preview of the show's coolest new products

CES 2018: Tech preview of the show's coolest new products

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: First look at an electric virtual reality suit that shocks gamers that will be at CES 2018 All aboard the (self-driving) bus – next stop, CES: Las Vegas’ annual gigantic tech fest. About 4,000 companies – many of them start-ups – are arriving in town this […]

Nintendo Switch is fastest-selling US home console

Nintendo Switch is fastest-selling US home console

Image copyright Nintendo Image caption Super Mario Odyssey was released at the end of October The Nintendo Switch has been named America’s fastest-selling home games console. A total of 4.8 million units were sold in the US during the 10 months following the Switch’s launch there on 3 March last year. The Switch breaks tradition […]

Schools 'should help children with social media risk'

Schools 'should help children with social media risk'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption“Everyone’s always Snapchatting you” – five children describe how they use social media Schools should play a bigger role in preparing children for social media’s emotional demands as they move from primary to secondary school, England’s children’s commissioner says. Anne Longfield said she was worried many pupils […]

Psychedelic toasters fool image recognition tech

Psychedelic toasters fool image recognition tech

Image copyright Getty Images A team of Google researchers has created psychedelic stickers that can fool image recognition software into seeing objects that are not there. Using a toaster as an example, the team produced colourful computer-generated patterns by sampling hundreds of photographs of the appliance. When the patterns were put next to another item, […]