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Wikipedia bars Daily Mail as citation source

After deeming the Daily Mail as “unreliable,” Wikipedia editors have voted to ban the publication as a source for the online encyclopaedia. This isn’t something Wikipedia often engages in, and it still cites a number of often considered biased publications, like Fox News and Russia Today. “The Daily Mail’s reputation …

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Google reveals AI that can de-pixelate an image

Pixelated images, ‘potato’ cameras, and pictures deliberately blurred to hide people’s faces, could become a thing of the past thanks to Google’s latest algorithm development. The company’s neural network can now take an image of just eight by eight pixels and use clever guesswork, to work its way back to …

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DARPA has made a carrier-style drone-catcher

The U.S.’ Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has created a new carrier-like crane system for catching drones mid-flight. This isn’t like the eagles police have been training, but an aircraft carrier-like system of providing a safe ‘landing’ point for drones to return to. This could expand the effective range …

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Google, Facebook to combat fake-news during French election

Following on from claims that fake-news had a large impact on the U.S. presidential elections, technology firms like Google and Facebook are taking steps to combat it in the lead up to the French elections in April. Together they’ve debuted a service called Cross Check, which when it goes live …

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Intel drones were behind Lady Gaga Superbowl half-time show

Our cousins across the pond celebrated their biggest ‘football’ event this weekend and that means that the internet has largely ignored the results and spent a lot of time talking about the entertainment offered elsewhere during the game. The half-time show, for example, featured singer Lady Gaga doing her thing, …

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ASUS, Valve, Capcom and others under investigation in EU for price fixing

ASUS has been named as one of three hardware companies currently under investigation by the European Commission for potential anti-competitive practices. It is looking into whether ASUS, Denon and Marantz and Philips and Pioneer, restricted the pricing options of online retailers, forcing the cost of consumer electronics and other items, to …

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Government committee criticises watchdogs over UK data breaches

The British government and its watchdogs are doing a poor job of protecting citizens and companies from online attacks, according to the public accounts committee. It also criticised a confusing system for reporting breaches, which painted an inconsistent picture of the current state of Britain’s digital security. Despite cyber attacks …

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Snapchat IPO could see company valued at $25 billion

Snapchat has released details of its plans for its initial public offering (IPO), which if successful as analysts claim, could see it valued at more than $25 billion. This would cement it as one of the world’s leading technology firms and provide its founder, Evan Spiegel, with enough funds to …

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Real Rocket League toy-cars coming soon

They won’t have rocket power in their rear, or be able to double jump and flip, but the upcoming range of “pull-back” racers inspired by Rocket League will be faithful to the original car designs. Zag toys is set to create 12 miniatures taken straight from the game, with a …

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