Cracked iPhone: Should you be worried?

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Source: BBC Technology News Date: March 31, 2016 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-35916857 Discussion 1) Apple was clear when it rejected the court order to crack into the iPhone held by the FBI that doing so would expose all iPhone users to the possibility of having an unprotected iPhone.  With the iPhone now cracked open, what does Apple need to do… Read more »

Would you let a robot invest your hard-earned cash?

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The floors of the New York and London Stock Exchanges now exist mostly for show. The real trading is done automatically by robots.  About three-quarters of trades on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq are done by algorithms – computer programs following complex sets of rules.  And this “robo-trading” is having a profound effect… Read more »

Crash test: The tech driving down car insurance fraud

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Like everything from watches to refrigerators, cars are fast becoming internet-connected and laden with sensors monitoring their every move.  A “black box” can be found in millions of cars globally, now that more and more drivers are choosing so-called telematics insurance policies.  And these devices, that monitor speed, acceleration, braking, cornering – all aspects of… Read more »

How does Google make money?

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In 2015 alone, Google had revenues of $75bn (£53bn). That’s about £1,675 a second. Yet its core service – search – costs nothing to use. So how does it make all its money? Source: BBC Date: March 25th, 2016 Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z9x6bk7 Discussion 1) Google makes most of its money from selling advertising opportunities on the search pages so many… Read more »

An Artificial Intelligence chatbot developed by Microsoft has gone rogue on Twitter

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A chatbot developed by Microsoft has gone rogue on Twitter, swearing and making racist remarks and inflammatory political statements.  The experimental AI, which learns from conversations, was designed to interact with 18-24-year-olds.  Just 24 hours after artificial intelligence Tay was unleashed, Microsoft appeared to be editing some of its more inflammatory comments. Source: BBC Technology News… Read more »

Show, don’t tell: How video is swamping the internet

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Asked what inspired him to write the cult 1979 hit single Video Killed the Radio Star, songwriter Trevor Horn said it came from the idea that “video technology was on the verge of changing everything”.  More than 35 years later, it’s digital video – particularly on mobile – that is changing everything again.  Video will… Read more »

Facebook gets 1 million user violation reports a day

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“You can criticize institutions, religions, and you can engage in robust political conversation,” said Bickert, of where Facebook draws the line. “But what you can’t do is cross the line into attacking a person or a group of people based on a particular characteristic.”  For Facecbook crafting the policy is “tricky,” especially given that 80%… Read more »

One Facebook trick to prevent embarrassment

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How long have been using Facebook? One year? Five years? 10 years? Even if it’s only been a few months, you might have some embarrassing information lurking in your history that you don’t even remember posting. Do you want your new squeeze, a co-worker, family member or even a potential employer stumbling on it?  Fortunately, Facebook… Read more »

Vlogging: How you can build a billion dollar career

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  The world’s top video bloggers (vbloggers) can make up to $50,000 per day through advertising and affiliate marketing on their blog sites. Source: BBC News Date: March 11th, 2016 Link to video: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schoolreport/35772441 Discussion 1) What are the attributes that make a vblogger interesting enough to get a substantial audience? 2) Is there a topic you are… Read more »