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Google removes cupcake calorie counter from Maps

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some users did not want to be told how many cakes they had walked Google has decided to remove an update to Maps that shows users how many calories they would burn if they walked to their destination. It follows what the search giant described as “strong user feedback” […]

‘First 5G mobile net connection’ claimed by Qualcomm

Image copyright Qualcomm Image caption Qualcomm has showcased 1Gbps mobile internet speeds using a 5G chip Qualcomm has demonstrated mobile internet speeds of 1Gbps using a 5G smartphone chip. The chipset manufacturer claims this is the first working 5G data connection on a mobile device. The fifth generation of the mobile network does not yet […]

Patent battle pits iPod father v Android creator

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tony Fadell – seen on the left – and Andy Rubin’s fortunes could be affected by the case A legal battle over use of a smartphone technology has pitted two Silicon Valley leaders against each other. Keyssa – a start-up funded by Tony Fadell – has claimed its wireless […]

AI used to detect breast cancer risk

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption AI could help prevent unnecessary surgeries, researchers say US scientists are using artificial intelligence to predict whether breast lesions identified from a biopsy will turn out to cancerous. The machine learning system has been tested on 335 high-risk lesions, and correctly diagnosed 97% as malignant. It reduced the number […]

UK TV drama about North Korea hit by cyber-attack

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kim Jong-un’s officials described Opposite Number as being “slanderous” North Korean hackers targeted a British television company making a drama about the country, it has emerged. The series – due to be written by an Oscar-nominated screenwriter – has been shelved. In August 2014, Channel 4 announced what it […]

Wi-fi security flaw ‘puts devices at risk of hacks’

Media captionWATCH: Wi-fi security flaw explained The wi-fi connections of businesses and homes around the world are at risk, according to researchers who have revealed a major flaw dubbed Krack. It concerns an authentication system which is widely used to secure wireless connections. Experts said it could leave “the majority” of connections at risk until […]

Wi-fi security flaw ‘puts devices at risk of hacks’

Media captionWATCH: Wi-fi security flaw explained The wi-fi connections of businesses and homes around the world are at risk, according to researchers who have revealed a major flaw dubbed Krack. It concerns an authentication system which is widely used to secure wireless connections. Experts said it could leave “the majority” of connections at risk until […]

Huawei Mate 10 uses AI to distinguish cats from dogs

Image caption The phone takes account of the fact cats’ eyes are more reflective than dogs’ Huawei says it has given its latest smartphones advanced object-recognition capabilities to help them take better photos than the competition. The Chinese company says the artificial intelligence-based technology can even distinguish between cats and dogs in a split-second, allowing […]

Why Pinterest boss Tim Kendall takes a daily ice bath

Image caption Pinterest president Tim Kendall When you think of the giants of Silicon Valley, Pinterest may not immediately spring to mind. But with 200 million active users and a recent valuation of $12.3bn (£9bn), the platform that started out in 2012 as a quirky online scrapbook has quietly become a hot commodity for advertisers […]

Branson’s Virgin Group invests in Hyperloop One

Image copyright Virgin Image caption Hyperloop One claims its pod-based system is more “sustainable” than current transport options The Virgin investment group has taken an undisclosed stake in Hyperloop One, one of several companies trying to create a pod-based transport system. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Virgin’s founder, Sir Richard Branson, […]

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