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UK to Decide on Huawei 5G Ban

January 28 2020 | TW News Correspondent

The UK government is expected to decide on Tuesday whether to ban equipment made by Chinese technology giant Huawei from its 5G networks.The US is lobbying the UK to exclude it on the grounds of national security. Huawei insists it would never take orders from the Chinese government. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is chairing...

Facebook and YouTube Moderators Sign PTSD Disclosure

January 26 2020 | TW News Correspondent

The Financial Times and The Verge reported moderators for Facebook and YouTube, hired by the contractor Accenture, were sent the documents. Moderators monitor objectionable materials and often view hundreds of disturbing images in a day's work. Accenture said the wellbeing of workers was a "top priority". In a statement the company added only new joiners were being asked to sign the forms, whereas exist...

Oops! Microsoft Briefly Leaked 250M Customer Support Records

January 23 2020 | TW News Correspondent

Last month, Microsoft databases housing 250 million customer support records going back to 2005 were accidentally exposed on the open internet.

The records involved conversation logs between Microsoft support agents and customers across the globe, according to security researcher Bob Diachenko, who spotted the leak on Dec. 29 with the team at Comparitech.

Fortunately, most of the ex...

Facial Recognition: EU Considers Ban Of Up To Five Years

January 18 2020 | TW News Correspondent

The European Commission has revealed it is considering a ban on the use of facial recognition in public areas for up to five years.

Regulators want time to work out how to prevent the technology being abused.

The technology allows faces captured on CCTV to be checked in real time against watch list...

Twitter Apologises For Letting Ads Target Neo-Nazis and Bigots

January 16 2020 | TW News Correspondent

Twitter has apologised for allowing adverts to be micro-targeted at certain users such as neo-Nazis, homophobes and other hate groups.

The BBC discovered the issue and that prompted the tech firm to act.

Our investigation found it possible to target users who had shown an interest in keywords including "transphobic", "white supremacists" and "anti-gay".

Twitter allows ads to...

Microsoft Ends Windows 7 Support: What Should You Do?

January 14 2020 | TW News Correspondent

Cyber-security experts are urging Windows 7 users to upgrade their operating system.

Microsoft is going to stop supporting Windows 7 from Tuesday so that it can focus on "newer technologies".

As a result, Windows 7 users will no longer receive the all-important security updates and patches that keep their machines safe.

One in four Win...

Researchers: Are We On The Cusp Of An ‘AI Winter’?

January 13 2020 | TW News Correspondent

The last decade was a big one for artificial intelligence but researchers in the field believe that the industry is about to enter a new phase.

Hype surrounding AI has peaked and troughed over the years as the abilities of the technology get overestimated and then re-evaluated.

The peaks are known as AI summers, and the troughs AI winters.

The 10s were arguably the hottest AI summer on record with tech...

Segway’s Prototype Wheelchair Crashes At Tech Show

January 11 2020 | TW News Correspondent

Segway's prototype wheelchair crashed during a demonstration at the CES tech show.

The S-Pod - a self-balancing electric wheelchair - was being tested by a journalist at the time. The rider had accelerated the vehicle before accidently crashing into a wall.

Its maximum speed is 24mph (38km/h). The company said no one was injured.

The crash made the S-Pod unavailable for further d...

Facebook Ad Campaign Helped Donald Trump Win Election, Claims Executive

January 09 2020 | TW News Correspondent

A Facebook executive has claimed the company was "responsible" for Donald Trump being elected as US president.

Andrew Bosworth, a close friend of the firm's chief Mark Zuckerberg, made the remark in an internal memo last week.

Mr Bosworth said Mr Trump was not elected because of "misinform...