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UK 4G smartphone owners may be due £480m payout

UK 4G smartphone owners may be due £480m payout

About 29 million people in the UK may be entitled to compensation of up to £30 each if a legal claim from watchdog Which? is successful.It is suing chipmaker Qualcomm, claiming it breached UK competition law by taking advantage of its dominance in the patent licensing and chip markets.Which? alleges that it charged inflated fees to manufacturers, which were then passed on to consumers in the form of higher smartphone prices.Qualcomm said the case had "no basis"."As the plaintiffs are well aware, their claims were effectively put to rest last summer by a unanimous panel of judges at the...

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Feb 25
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Amazon faces spying claims over AI cameras in vans

Amazon faces spying claims over AI cameras in vans

We use cookies to give you the best online experience. Please let us know if you agree to all of these cookies.AcceptRejectBy Jane Wakefield Technology reporterAmazon has begun using AI-powered cameras in delivery vans that constantly record footage of drivers and upload any mistakes they make.The firm says it is an investment in safety but privacy campaigners described it as "surveillance".The cameras will be on all the time but will only upload footage for 16 actions, including hard braking, driver distraction and drowsiness.One personthe system was even triggered by the driver...

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Malware found on laptops given out by government

Malware found on laptops given out by government

We use cookies to give you the best online experience. Please let us know if you agree to all of these cookies.AcceptRejectBy Jane Wakefield Technology reporterSome of the laptops given out in England to support vulnerable children home-schooling during lockdown contain malware, BBC News has learned.Teachers shared details on an online forum about suspicious files found on devices sent to a Bradford school.The malware, which they said appeared to be contacting Russian servers, is believed to have been found on laptops given to a handful of schools.The Department for Education said it was...

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Signal: Cellebrite claimed to have 'cracked' chat app's encryption

Signal: Cellebrite claimed to have 'cracked' chat app's encryption

Israeli security firm Cellebrite has claimed that it can decrypt messages from Signal's highly secure chat and voice-call app, boasting that it could disrupt communications from "gang members, drug dealers and even protesters". detailing how it did it has .According to one cyber-security expert, the claims sounded "believable".But others, including Signal's founder, have dismissed them as being risible.The BBC has contacted Cellebrite and Signal for comment.Signal did not reply but describing Cellebrite's original post as being "pretty embarrassing".Highly encrypted apps such as Signal and...

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Dec 22
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How artificial intelligence may be making you buy things

How artificial intelligence may be making you buy things

The shopping lists we used to scribble on the back of an envelope are increasingly already known by the supermarkets we frequent.Firstly via the loyalty cards we scan at checkouts, and more and more so from our online baskets, our shopping habits are no longer a secret.But now more retailers are using - to try to automatically predict and encourage our very specific preferences and purchases like never before. Retail consultant Daniel Burke, of Blick Rothenberg, calls this "the holy grail... to build up a profile of customers and suggest a product before they realise it is what they...

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Robot Bores: AI-powered awkward first date

Robot Bores: AI-powered awkward first date

A man with more than a passing resemblance to Mark Zuckerberg (but a bit more pumped) is having the world's most awkward first date with Kuki, a blue-haired young woman.He wears a blue baseball cap emblazoned with the words "Make Facebook Great Again". She is a little more dressed for the occasion, with green satin trousers the highlight of her outfit.They chat about politics, their favourite football teams (Liverpool for Blenderbot and Leeds United "all the way" for Kuki) and hobbies - Kuki used to collect coins but now just spends them, apparently.The man's name is Blenderbot and he isn't...

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The AI that spots Alzheimer's from cookie drawing

The AI that spots Alzheimer's from cookie drawing

A dated line drawing of two children stealing cookies behind their mother's back is being used by an artificial intelligence system to detect the onset of Alzheimer's disease.The system uses voice samples of people describing the scene to predict whether healthy people may get the disease.It could predict onset seven years earlier than human doctors with 70% accuracy.The UK's Alzheimer's Society said the research was encouraging.Fiona Carragher, director of Research at the Alzheimer's Society, said: "Getting a dementia diagnosis in good time is critical to living well with the condition....

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Wearable to spot Alzheimer's being developed

Wearable to spot Alzheimer's being developed

An ambitious project to develop a wearable device to detect early signs of Alzheimer's disease has been launched. The Early Detection of Neurodegenerative diseases (Edon) is being spearheaded by charity Alzheimer's Research UK. It will initially analyse data from continuing studies into the disease, using artificial intelligence. And this data will be used to design a prototype device within three years. Wearables collect a variety of data including gait, heart rate and sleep patterns and the hope is by analysing this data, researchers can begin to map signs of the disease years before...

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February 14, 2020
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