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Virtual reality: A revolutionary technology

Technologists and even storytellers have had the notion of virtual reality as a mere fantasy. From as long as 1935 the idea of virtual reality was in the mind of storytellers. It was until recently that virtual reality came into being in the world of technology. Isn’t it interesting to take part in the action …

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Instagram urged to act on sloth selfies

Image copyright World Animal Protection Image caption Tourists posing with sloths and other Amazonian animals causes suffering, says the charity The trend for tourists taking selfies with local creatures is fuelling a rise in animals being snatched from the wild by irresponsible tour operators, according to animal charity World Animal …

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Tech giants sorry for false news about Las Vegas gunman

Google and Facebook have apologised after their algorithms led to the promotion of inaccurate information about the Las Vegas shooting. Posts from a 4chan messaging board that falsely identified the gunman as an individual who was not involved were circulated online. Google says the posts only appeared in its Top …

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Russian-bought Facebook ads 'seen by 10 million in US'

Image copyright PA An estimated 10 million people in the US saw Facebook adverts bought in Russia before and after the US presidential election. The company published the numbers in a blog post as it turned over 3,000 Russian-bought ads to federal investigators on Monday. It said most ads focused …

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Fresh twist in Facebook data transfer row

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Max Schrems asked whether user data being transferred to the US was safe and protected from possible surveillance The Irish High Court has referred a case about the way Facebook transfers user data across the Atlantic to the US to the EU’s highest court. …

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Companies face 50m euro fines in Germany for hate speech

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Facebook is one of the social media companies affected by NetzDG A law has come into effect in Germany requiring social media companies to remove “obviously illegal” posts or pay fines of up to 50m euro (£44.3m). Companies with more than two million German …

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Microsoft axes Groove Music service

Image copyright Microsoft Microsoft is to close its last remaining music streaming and download service, Groove Music. From 31 December, customers will no longer be able to buy music downloads, and streaming subscriptions will end. People will be prompted to move their music collection to Spotify, while eligible Groove Music …

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Close call

Image copyright Scania Image caption Scania believes 5G could improve communications between “platooning” lorries What impact could 5G – the new high-speed mobile technology being trialled around the world – have on the way we work and play? Swedish transport company Scania believes lorries could use far less fuel if …

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Equifax raises the impact of US data breach

Image copyright EPA Image caption Equifax’s former boss is due to testify in Congress Equifax has revealed 2.5 million more Americans than previously thought may have had information compromised in a huge cyber security breach at the firm. The credit report giant said on Monday about 145.5 million of its …

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Amber Rudd accuses tech giants of 'sneering' at politicians

Image copyright EPA Image caption Amber Rudd has accused tech giants of not doing enough in the fight against extremism Home Secretary Amber Rudd has accused technology experts of “patronising” and “sneering” at politicians who try to regulate their industry. She said Silicon Valley had to do more to help …

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