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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 reco...

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 lists, often compiled by police.

Exceptions to the ban could be mad...

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.


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 u...

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 overestima...

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 (38...

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 me...

James Cameron Unveils Strange Mercedes Avatar Concept Car

January 08 2020 | TW News Correspondent

LAS VEGAS—When Mercedes-Benz first attended CES a decade ago, the company felt as if it was an imposter in a tech fantasy land, Daimler AG Chairman Ola Kallenius said during a keynote address here at CES.

But now, with half a dozen car companies and hundreds of suppliers in attendance, CES could pass as the world's most inter...

Facebook to ban 'Deepfakes'

January 08 2020 | TW News Correspondent

Facebook has announced it will remove videos modified by artificial intelligence, known as deepfakes, from its platform.

Deepfakes are computer-generated clips that are designed to look real.

The social media company said in a blog that these videos distort reality and present a "significant...