Classic BlackBerry gets Android revival

The classic BlackBerry smartphone with a physical keyboard has been given a 2017 makeover. The BBC’s Chris Foxx asked Gareth Hern from BlackBerry Mobile what he hoped would draw consumers back to the smartphone brand. Classic BlackBerry gets Android revival

Ted 2017: The robot that wants to go to university

Ted 2017: The robot that wants to go to university

Image copyright Bret Hartman/Ted Image caption Noriko Arai told Ted curator Chris Anderson that the era of AI required a new type of education for children Prof Noriko Arai has spent years training a robot to pass prestigious University of Tokyo’s entrance exams. And in 2015 and 2016, her Todai robot outperformed 80% of high-school […]

UK protests Twitter’s block on user data

UK protests Twitter’s block on user data

Image copyright AFP Image caption The government has said it is “protesting” against the decision to restrict access to data The British government is protesting against Twitter’s decision to withdraw access to user data used to investigate potential terrorist plots. The information was previously used by the police and the MI5 intelligence agency. However, the […]

Game guide malware ‘targeted more than 500,000 users’

Game guide malware ‘targeted more than 500,000 users’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Android devices were targeted by the apps, which can download malicious software once installed App-based guides for games, including Fifa and Pokemon Go, were used to target more than 500,000 Android users with malware, a cyber-security company has said. The apps, discovered on the Google Play Store, were designed to […]

Naked selfie-detecting app Gallery Guardian tested

An app that can alert parents when a child takes or receives sexually explicit photographs has been developed. The BBC’s Chris Foxx tested Gallery Guardian ahead of its release on Wednesday, and asked creator Daniel Skowronksi how his software detects nude selfies. Naked selfie-detecting app Gallery Guardian tested

MP asks Facebook to tackle ‘fake news’ as election approaches

MP asks Facebook to tackle ‘fake news’ as election approaches

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Collins recently launched a parliamentary inquiry into fake news An MP has urged Facebook to tackle fake news in the run-up to the UK’s general election on 8 June. Conservative MP Damian Collins expressed his concerns to the Guardian newspaper, saying fake news threatened “the integrity of democracy”. […]

Ted 2017: Scary robots that want to be useful

Ted 2017: Scary robots that want to be useful

Image caption SpotMini went down well with the Ted crowd Boston Dynamics founder Prof Marc Raibert came to the Ted (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference with a new message about his military-funded robots – they could find ways in to homes and on to the streets. He revealed a video of one of the company’s […]

Facebook baby killing: Grief and questions after shocking murder

Facebook baby killing: Grief and questions after shocking murder

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Jiranuch Trirat next to a picture of her daughter An incident as shocking as a man murdering his 11-month-old daughter live on Facebook before killing himself was bound to provoke heated debate. The 21-year-old man broadcast himself hanging his daughter from a half-finished building on the island of Phuket in […]

Ted 2017: The woman who wants China to eat insects

Ted 2017: The woman who wants China to eat insects

Image copyright Ryan Lash/Ted Image caption Matilda Ho is a Ted Fellow, an award given by the conference to young entrepreneurs making a difference A Chinese entrepreneur is promoting edible insects and online farmers’ markets in a campaign to improve eating habits in the country. Matilda Ho spoke at the Ted (Technology, Entertainment and Design) […]

Thai man kills baby on Facebook Live then takes own life

Thai man kills baby on Facebook Live then takes own life

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The deaths took place at a deserted hotel in Phuket A Thai man filmed himself killing his baby daughter on Facebook Live, before taking his own life, Thai police say. The 21-year-old hanged his daughter, and then himself, at a deserted hotel in Phuket on Monday, reportedly after an argument […]