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Gaming addiction classified as disorder by WHO

Gaming addiction classified as disorder by WHO

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption According to an Oxford University study, boys are more likely to spend time gaming than girls Gaming addiction is to be listed as a mental health condition for the first time by the World Health Organisation. Its 11th International Classification of Diseases (ICD) will include the condition “gaming disorder”. […]

Failed satellite programmed with 'wrong co-ordinates'

Failed satellite programmed with 'wrong co-ordinates'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The rocket carrying the satellite and other equipment launched from Vostochny cosmodrome The loss of a multi-million pound weather satellite in November was due to programming errors, the Russian deputy prime minister has said. Dmitry Rogozin said Meteor-M had been programmed for lift-off from a different launch site. Speaking […]

YouTube app removed from Amazon Fire TV kit early

YouTube app removed from Amazon Fire TV kit early

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Amazon Fire TV boxes now send people to the YouTube website The YouTube app has been removed from Amazon’s Fire TV devices four days earlier than expected, as a dispute between Amazon and Google continues. Fire TV devices now encourage people to use the YouTube website in a web […]

New Year Honours 2018: AI chief Demis Hassabis made CBE

New Year Honours 2018: AI chief Demis Hassabis made CBE

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption DeepMind chief executive Demis Hassabis British artificial intelligence researcher Demis Hassabis has been recognised on the New Year Honours list. Mr Hassabis is chief executive of DeepMind, which has developed software that can beat human experts at the complex board game Go. He was made a Commander of the […]

Contact made with 'missing' Angolan satellite

Contact made with 'missing' Angolan satellite

Image copyright AFP Image caption Launched on 26 December, Angosat-1 will improve TV, radio and net communications in Angola Russian scientists have restored communications with a satellite days after they lost contact with it. Launched on 26 December, Angosat-1 will boost mobile and net communications in Angola as well as broadcast radio and TV shows. […]

Nintendo Switch secret golf game wiped

Nintendo Switch secret golf game wiped

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: Hidden game found on Nintendo Switch A hidden golf video game found on the Nintendo Switch console has been removed in the latest software update, according to fans of the device. In September, gamers found the game buried in the Switch operating system code, but it […]

Vietnam army hires censors to fight 'internet chaos'

Vietnam army hires censors to fight 'internet chaos'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Vietnam’s young population has helped boost the popularity of social media The Vietnamese military has built up a force of more than 10,000 internet censors, according to local reports. A People’s Army leader is quoted as having said that the “cyber-troops” had been tasked with tackling “wrongful views” and […]

The glitch that stole Christmas: How to handle smart tech gifts

The glitch that stole Christmas: How to handle smart tech gifts

Image copyright Getty Images Although the rush to connect everything from toys to toothbrushes, cars to sex toys, and any number of household appliances to the internet, seems inexorable, there is little regulation protecting your cyber-security. Not surprising then that there has been a raft of stories this year highlighting the vulnerabilities that are coming […]

Can your online reputation be bleached?

Can your online reputation be bleached?

Image copyright Science Photo Library Are companies “bleaching” their online reputations clean? Legislation that protects websites from lawsuits is cleansing negative comments from online forums, BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours has been told. Companies that threaten Section 5 defamation notices say they are a legitimate defence against false statements. But one forum claims they […]

Medical marvels

Medical marvels

Image copyright Tanusree Chaudhuri Image caption Tanusree Chaudhuri (centre) with two of her remote-working research colleagues Tanusree Chaudhuri, 34, was pregnant with her first child when her supervisor told her she would have to give up her dreams. She was doing a doctorate in computational biology and aspired to improve people’s health. “He told me […]