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Google AI defeats human Go champion

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Chinese Go player Ke Jie has lost two games to AlphaGo Google’s DeepMind AlphaGo artificial intelligence has defeated the world’s number one Go player Ke Jie. AlphaGo secured the victory after winning the second game in a three-part match. DeepMind founder Demis Hassabis said Ke ...

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Rocket Lab: New Zealand space launch is first from a private site

Image copyright [email protected] Image caption The launch had been delayed by several days due to poor weather An American company has launched a rocket into space from New Zealand, the first from a private launch facility. Rocket Lab’s 17m (56ft) Electron rocket took off from the Mahia peninsula, in North ...

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Serena Williams takes on new challenge in Silicon Valley

Image copyright AFP Image caption The role is a big change for the tennis champion who is engaged to a tech entrepreneur Tennis star Serena Williams has joined the board at technology firm SurveyMonkey and pledged to tackle the lack of diversity in the industry. Ms Williams, who is due ...

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Robot police officer goes on duty in Dubai

Image copyright Dubai Media Office Dubai Police have revealed their first robot officer, giving it the task of patrolling the city’s malls and tourist attractions. People will be able to use it to report crimes, pay fines and get information by tapping a touchscreen on its chest. Data collected by ...

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Wales flag emoji arrives on tablets and smartphones

Image copyright Ceri Coleman-Phillips New emoji flags for Wales, Scotland and England have finally arrived on tablets and smart phones. It follows a campaign for the national flags by Jeremy Burge of Emojipedia and BBC Wales’ social media lead Owen Williams in March 2016. Unicode, the authority on computer text ...

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Google plans to track credit card spending

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Google can use location data to close the gap between the physical and digital worlds although users can block this Google is planning to track billions of credit and debit card sales to compare online ad clicks with money spent offline. Google Attribution will ...

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Samsung S8 ‘eye security’ fooled by photo

Image copyright ccc Samsung’s eye-scanning security technology, used on the new Galaxy S8 smartphone, has been fooled with a photograph and a contact lens. The iris-scanner can be used to unlock the phone simply by looking at it, which Samsung says provides “airtight security”. But researchers at Chaos Computer Club ...

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Microsoft launches new Surface Pro

Image copyright Microsoft Image caption The new Surface Pro keyboard has a similar fabric finish to the Surface laptop Microsoft has launched a “faster, more powerful” Surface Pro tablet, with a battery life of 13.5 hours. The device, which weighs 770g (1.69lb) and has a 31cm (12.3in) screen, will cost ...

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Apple and Nokia to ‘co-operate’ after settling patent row

Image copyright PA Apple and Nokia have settled a dispute over the use of patented technology in smartphones and agreed to “co-operate”. In December, Nokia sued Apple claiming the company had breached 32 technology patents covering displays, user interfaces and video encoding. The two companies have now signed a deal ...

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Google’s AI takes on champion in fresh Go challenge

Image copyright Google Image caption The game is being analysed and live-streamed on YouTube Google DeepMind’s AI system, AlphaGo, has won the first of three matches it is playing against the world’s number one Go player, Ke Jie. It follows its historic win against Lee Se-dol last year, described by ...

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WannaCry attack ‘linked’ to North Korea hacking group

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sony was attacked for releasing The Interview, which involves a plot to kill the North Korean leader A hacking group closely tied to North Korea was behind the massive WannaCry attack earlier this month, security company Symantec says.. The way the attack was set ...

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Amazon adds live TV channels to Prime Video

Image copyright Amazon Image caption Amazon is adding live TV to Prime Video Amazon has announced it will offer live television channels via its Prime Video service, for an extra fee. People will be able to subscribe to popular channels such as Discovery and Eurosport individually, without paying for a ...

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