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Facebook Content Moderators Paid to Work from Home

March 19 2020 | TW News Correspondent

Facebook will pay its third-party US content moderators to work from home.

On a call with reporters, Facebook's chief Mark Zuckerberg said the contract workers would still get their full salaries even if they were unable to do all their normal tasks. The company will also increase use of artificial intelligence to moderate content during the coronavirus crisis.


Coronavirus: Social Giants Police Web with AI as Staff Sent Home

March 18 2020 | TW News Correspondent

Major websites are turning to automatic systems to moderate content as they tell their staff to work from home.

YouTube, Twitter and Facebook are all relying on artificial i...

Apple's New Powerbeats 4 Show Up Early at Walmart

March 16 2020 | TW News Correspondent

Apple still hasn't announced the Powerbeats 4, but one Walmart store doesn't care to wait any longer and decided to start selling the earbuds before they're official.

9to5Mac reports that Twitter user @eddiezus spotted the product in Rochester, New York. He didn't purchase a unit,...

Tech Tent: Controlling Coronavirus with Apps

March 15 2020 | TW News Correspondent

It's the first pandemic of the smartphone era - and that means governments have access to new ways of tracking the spread of Covid-19.

On this week's Tech Tent,...

Apple's WWDC Annual Showcase Cancelled in Favour of Online Event

March 14 2020 | TW News Correspondent

Apple's annual showcase, the Worldwide Developers Conference, has been cancelled in favour of an online-only event.

"The current health situation has required that we create a new WWDC 2020 format," Apple said in a statement. The Jun...

Google Tells Staff to Work at Home Due to Coronavirus

March 12 2020 | TW News Correspondent

Google's parent company Alphabet has asked its North American staff to work from home to reduce the potential spread of the coronavirus.

Last week the tech giant sent a memo to staff recommending that employees in Washington state work from home. It has now expanded that request to all of its almost 100,000 workers across 11 office in the US and Canada. Alphabet is...

Microsoft Takes Down Global Zombie Bot Network

March 11 2020 | TW News Correspondent

Microsoft has said it was part of a team that dismantled an international network of zombie bots.

The network call Necurs infected over nine million computers and one of the world's largest botnets. Necurs was responsible for multiple criminal scams including stealing personal information and sending fake pharmaceutical emails. Cyber-criminals use botnets to remotely take over internet-connected device...

Amazon's Just Walk Out Till-Free Tech Offered to Rivals

March 10 2020 | TW News Correspondent

Amazon is offering its till-less technology to other High Street shops, just over two years after launching it via its own Go Grocery chain.

Go Grocery shoppers scan a smartphone app as they arrive, allowing them...

Ryzen 4000 Mobile Laptops Could Hit "18 Hours" of Battery Life, AMD Says

March 09 2020 | TW News Correspondent

Calling AMD’s upcoming 7nm Ryzen laptop CPUs a “watershed” moment for the company, AMD VP of computing and graphics Rick Bergman hinted that at least one model of laptop could hit “18 hours” of runtime.

Bergman dropped the figure on Thursday during a financial analyst briefing in San Francisco. Whil...