Technology

Hundreds of thousands of outdated devices ‘stockpiled in drawers’

Picture copyright BBC Information Picture caption Louise and her household’s hoard of outdated expertise is typical of a UK family “Ten telephones, two laptops, digital cameras… all simply sitting right here. We’re not coping with it.” Louise Lewis is surveying a set of outdated devices which have piled up in her house. Her technological stash, consultants say, is typical. But it surely may jeopardise our potential to fabricate new units.

Google signal language AI turns hand gestures into speech

Picture copyright Google AI Google says it has made it doable for a smartphone to interpret and “learn aloud” signal language. The tech agency has not made an app of its personal however has printed algorithms which it hopes builders will use to make their very own apps. Till now, one of these software program has solely labored on PCs. Campaigners from the hearing-impaired group have welcomed the transfer, however

Reddit plans quick video-streaming trial

Picture copyright Reuters Picture caption All of the streams being proven through Reddit will likely be overseen by human moderators Social information web site Reddit is working a five-day trial of stay video streaming. It has developed a tool for eligible users that can allow them to broadcast stay video to what it calls the Reddit Public Entry Community. Streaming will solely be allowed between 09:00 and 17:00 and human

PewDiePie and Marzia Bisognin marry at Kew Gardens

YouTube star PewDiePie has married his girlfriend Marzia Bisognin after eight years collectively. Each posted on-line concerning the ceremony, which came about in Kew Gardens in west London. The 29-year-old Swedish star – Actual identify Felix Kjellberg – made his identify taking part in Minecraft and was at one level the world’s highest incomes YouTuber. Italian Marzia Bisognin, 26, can also be an web persona, who’s extra lately moved into

‘World’s oldest webcam’ to be switched off

Picture copyright Fogcam Picture caption The cam began in 1994 and nonetheless displays early webpage model The world’s oldest constantly working webcam is being switched off after 25 years. The Fogcam was set up in 1994 to observe how the climate modified on the San Francisco State College campus. It has broadcast nearly constantly since then barring common upkeep and the occasional want for it to be re-sited to keep

Cerebras reveals world’s ‘largest pc chip’ for AI duties

Picture copyright Cerebras Methods Picture caption The Wafer Scale Engine is the world’s largest pc chip A Californian-based start-up has unveiled what it says is the world’s largest pc chip. The Wafer Scale Engine, designed by Cerebras Methods, is barely larger than a regular iPad. The agency says a single chip can drive advanced synthetic intelligence (AI) techniques in every thing from driverless vehicles to surveillance software program. Nonetheless, one

Texas authorities organisations hit by ransomware assault

Picture copyright Getty Pictures Picture caption Ransomware is a sort of malicious software program that disables a pc and its information till a cost is made Hackers have contaminated 23 organisations related to native authorities within the US state of Texas with ransomware. Officers indicated the assault over the weekend was co-ordinated. The Texas Division of Data stated the assault had primarily affected smaller native authorities departments. A spokesman stated

King’s Cross investor seeks facial recognition solutions

Picture caption Safety cameras are positioned exterior King’s Cross station A key investor in London’s King’s Cross growth has informed the BBC that it’s looking for out extra element about how facial recognition is getting used within the space. The BT Pension Scheme (BTPS) bankrolled the location alongside an Australian fund, which owns a majority stake. It follows the UK’s information safety watchdog and the mayor of London in in

BBC Information tries out Three’s 5G for the house

Picture copyright Getty Photographs Picture caption Three is launching its service in sure elements of London Three has launched its 5G service for the house, initially obtainable to residents of sure areas of London solely. The community’s UK chief govt, David Dyson, has beforehand stated he believes 5G has the potential to end the need for fixed broadband. Nonetheless, in a trial provided to BBC Information previous to the general

Minecraft graphics to be extra ‘lifelike’

Picture copyright Nvidia Picture caption Microsoft confirmed how Minecraft scenes would change with ray tracing Days after cancelling a long-delayed graphics update for Minecraft, Microsoft has unveiled a separate boost for the block-based game’s visuals. The replace improves the way in which gentle bounces round sport scenes to make Minecraft environments look extra “lifelike”. Nonetheless, the graphics patch will solely be out there to individuals with an Nvidia RTX graphics