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Apple admits contractors hear some user interactions with Siri

Interactions with Siri are analysed as part of quality control Contractors working for Apple hear a small portion of recordings from voice assistant Siri, the company has confirmed. The technology giant said part of its quality control involved maintaining and improving the virtual assistant. According to a report by the Guardian, contractors employed by Apple… Read More


Human rights group loses High Court challenge against “Snoopers’ Charter”

Liberty had claimed parts of the Investigatory Powers Act were incompatible with human rights law Human rights group Liberty has lost its latest High Court challenge against the Government’s mass surveillance powers. Liberty brought the challenge against parts of the Investigatory Powers Act (IPA) – dubbed the “Snoopers’ Charter” by critics – which allow intelligence… Read More


IBM says cost of data breach in US ‘more than double’ worldwide average

Countries based in the Middle East are most susceptible to attacks The average cost of data breaches has risen by 12 percent over the past five years, costing businesses $3.92 million on average, according to IBM’s annual Cost of Data Dreach report. The report interviewed more than 500 companies that have suffered a breach in… Read More


Lancaster University students’ data stolen in ‘sophisticated and malicious’ attack

Large amount of personal data stolen in phishing attack Lancaster University has been struck by a ‘sophisticated and malicious phishing attack’ affecting the data of students and applicants, the University revealed. In a posting on its website, the University said it detected the breach on Friday and has reported the incident to law enforcement agencies,… Read More


Quantum breakthrough could speed up processing of large datasets

Breakthrough could boost applications of quantum technologies in AI, robotics and medical diagnostics Researchers have demonstrated that a process known as quantum interference could accelerate the time it takes to process large datasets accurately. Quantum interference is one of the most complex principles of quantum mechanics. Broadly speaking, the concept states that particles, such as… Read More


Halt to facial recognition technology trials urged as MPs question legality

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee said a legal framework for the tests must be established before they continue Authorities should cease trials of facial recognition technology until a legal framework for them is established, MPs have said. The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee said the current lack of legislation calls… Read More


Mastercard R&D boss says Facebook digital currency has ‘good intentions’

Ken Moore said Mastercard believed the social network was trying to remove some of the challenges around cryptocurrency Facebook’s new digital currency has “good intentions” in wanting to remove some of the challenges around cryptocurrencies, a Mastercard executive has said. The social network has announced plans to launch its Libra digital currency as part of… Read More


Facebook exec grilled by US Senate over Libra currency

Executive David Marcus faced criticism from the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee The chief of Facebook’s new digital currency has said it understands “loud and clear” that people do not want financial details connected to their social media data. David Marcus was grilled by US senators who expressed concern about Facebook’s planned cryptocurrency Libra,… Read More


UK Police Force given another £5m to trial AI crime-predicting tech

West Midlands Police is trialling the National Data Analytics Solution The Government has given another £5 million to a police force that is testing crime prediction software. West Midlands Police is trialling the system to analyse data on knife and gun offences, as well as modern slavery. The National Data Analytics Solution is used to help… Read More


US Federal Trade Commission approves $5bn Facebook fine

The 5 billion dollar fine would be the largest the US Federal Trade Commission has levied on a technology company The US Federal Trade Commission has voted to approve a fine of about 5 billion dollars for Facebook over privacy violations, the Wall Street Journal has reported. Facebook declined to comment on the story which… Read More


Google admits listening to some smart speaker recordings

The tech giant said developers listened to a small number of interactions with its Google Assistant to train the software and improve its responses Google has admitted it gives workers access to some audio recordings from its Google Home smart speakers. The technology giant said it uses language experts around the world to study a… Read More


Nvidia and Google are still kings of AI hardware

Nvidia and Google are producing some of the world’s fastest hardware for training machine learning models The latest AI hardware from Nvidia and Google have set new records for the time taken to train machine learning models, according to new AI benchmarking results from the MLPerf consortium. MLPerf is a benchmarking suite that measures the… Read More



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