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The robot that cleans floors and tells jokes

More than 100 fully autonomous cleaning robots are coming to Singapore this year, made by local manufacturer Lionsbot. Ella's job is cleaning the floors at the National Gallery.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 18 Sep 2019 | 11:03 am

BBC launches 'digital wellbeing' Own It app for children

The Own It app watches what children type and offers advice about how to stay healthy online.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 18 Sep 2019 | 11:03 am

Top U.S. antitrust regulators admit to infighting on big tech probe

The top U.S. antitrust regulators admitted at a congressional hearing on Tuesday that they had wasted time arguing over who would investigate which tech company, as they take on major probes of firms like Alphabet's Google for allegedly using their market power unfairly.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 18 Sep 2019 | 10:19 am

Rugby World Cup Q&A: Which games are free, how to hook up, more

How many games will be available free? Fourteen of the 48 Rugby World Cup matches will be available free, including all of the All Blacks' games.Twelve games will screen free-to-air on TVNZ 1 (see the full list below) and available...

Source: - Technology | 18 Sep 2019 | 9:09 am

France's Macron bets on private-sector funding to fuel startup push

France aims to raise 5 billion euros ($5.53 billion) in funds from private-sector investors to give French startup companies a leg up and help the most promising ones grow further, President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 18 Sep 2019 | 8:42 am

Facebook oversight board won’t have mandate to change policy

Facebook Inc will allow a new outside oversight board to make final decisions on whether individual pieces of content can be displayed on the social media site, but the group won't be able to make policy changes, the company said on Tuesday.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 18 Sep 2019 | 8:02 am

NBCUniversal names streaming service 'Peacock,' to launch in 2020

Comcast Corp's NBCUniversal will name its upcoming streaming service "Peacock," offering a broad slate of original content, including "Dr Death" starring Emmy and Golden Globe winner Alec Baldwin, the company said on Tuesday.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 18 Sep 2019 | 7:49 am

Oracle, VMware agree to deal on cloud technology, technical support

(Changes "with" in sixth paragraph to "without" in September 16 story.)

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 18 Sep 2019 | 7:41 am

Police test 'Spider-Man' device as alternative to Taser

With 49 people killed last year after being shocked by Tasers, police departments across the United States are trying out a "Spider-Man"-like device that fires a tether that entangles and restrains the suspect.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 18 Sep 2019 | 7:18 am

Wells Fargo tests cryptocurrency for internal transactions

Wells Fargo & Co said on Tuesday it will pilot its own digital currency powered by blockchain to help move cash across borders and between branches in real time.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 18 Sep 2019 | 7:05 am

Facebook's Libra will be disruptive, says ECB's Coeure

Digital currencies such as Facebook's Libra will disrupt the financial system, either by forcing central banks to innovate or by grabbing a global role that could challenge the dominance of the dollar, ECB board member Benoit Coeure said on Tuesday.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 18 Sep 2019 | 6:59 am

Factbox: Big Tech faces growing number of federal, state probes

U.S. antitrust enforcers testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee's antitrust panel on Tuesday as the number of antitrust probes into big tech companies grows.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 18 Sep 2019 | 6:57 am

U.S. Justice Dept official calls big tech antitrust probes a 'priority'

The Justice Department's antitrust division chief, Makan Delrahim, said Tuesday that its probes of "market-leading online platforms" such as Alphabet's Google were a "priority" that could result in either "law enforcement or policy options as solutions."

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 18 Sep 2019 | 6:56 am

Facebook to use Met Police videos to recognise shooters

The technology giant will provide body cameras to Metropolitan Police officers on firearms training.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 18 Sep 2019 | 5:00 am

Christchurch mosque shootings: Facebook using real firearms footage to develop auto-blocking AI

Facebook has been using real-life first-person shooter video footage to develop artificial intelligence that can more effectively auto-block the type of video that was livestreamed on March 15.It also plans to direct New Zealand...

Source: - Technology | 18 Sep 2019 | 5:00 am

Facebook to block altering of headlines in adverts

Social media firm is to tighten rules after 'misrepresentation' row over Conservative party advert.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 18 Sep 2019 | 4:50 am

'Racist' AI art warns against bad training data

An AI art exhibition is facing criticism for using racist and sexist tags to classify its users.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 18 Sep 2019 | 4:36 am

Gatwick Airport commits to facial recognition tech at boarding

The London airport will regularly scan passengers' faces at departure gates from 2022.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 18 Sep 2019 | 3:52 am

Amazon Echo screen flicker angers owners

One owner, in Hampshire, says his device started to flicker 16 months after he had bought it.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 18 Sep 2019 | 3:23 am

Sam Walker: Prisoner posted YouTube videos of life behind bars

A union calls for more action to stop phones entering jails after a prisoner posts on social media.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 18 Sep 2019 | 3:20 am

HTC bets on former Orange executive to boost sales

Taiwan's mobile phone company moves away from its founders to appoint a former Orange executive.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 18 Sep 2019 | 2:51 am

Amazon launches HD music streaming

The company is the first of the "big three" streaming services to offer CD-quality audio.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 18 Sep 2019 | 1:16 am

Chatham Islands gets sorted for free Rugby World Cup streaming

Some New Zealand households are still getting their Spark Sport act together ahead of the Rugby World Cup.But 650km off the east coast, the Chatham Islands are sorted for free RWC streaming - courtesy of internet provider Wireless...

Source: - Technology | 17 Sep 2019 | 11:30 am

Joan Withers joins Sky board as shakeup continues

Business and media veteran Joan Withers joined a Sky's board in the latest in a series of executive and management arrivals and departures.Withers has a lot of media experience - albeit some of it with organisations that peaked...

Source: - Technology | 17 Sep 2019 | 9:40 am

Yet another streaming launch: UK TV specialist Acorn

The latest addition to NZ's ever-more-crowded streaming market is Acorn, the self-styled "Britflix" service that launches today.Actually created by an American company (AMC Networks), Acorn has garnered around 1 million paying subscribers...

Source: - Technology | 17 Sep 2019 | 5:00 am

Spark Sport close to a clean sheet - but hit by Man U snag

With the Rugby World Cup now just days away, Spark Sport came close to keeping a clean sheet with its English Premier League streaming over the weekend - only to concede a snag with its Manchester United-Leicester coverage.The Man...

Source: - Technology | 16 Sep 2019 | 9:38 am

Can catering robots plug labour shortfall in China?

Two years ago, Bao Xiangyi quit school and worked as a waiter in a restaurant for half a year to support himself, and the 19 year-old remembers the time vividly."It was crazy working in some Chinese restaurants. My WeChat steps...

Source: - Technology | 15 Sep 2019 | 7:59 pm

Google and Facebook's latest efforts to 'save' journalism are already getting eye rolls

Google and Facebook say they are racing to elevate quality journalism in the lead-up to the 2020 elections, but some fear the changes could have unintended consequences for news media.Google said this week that it is tweaking its...

Source: - Technology | 14 Sep 2019 | 8:01 am

Disney CEO Robert Iger departs Apple's board with video showdown looming

Walt Disney Co. CEO Robert Iger has stepped down from Apple's board of directors as the two companies prepare to launch their own video streaming services to compete against market leader Netflix.Apple disclosed Iger's departure...

Source: - Technology | 14 Sep 2019 | 7:15 am

Privacy panic as data from period tracking apps sent to Facebook

Sensitive information from popular period-tracking apps has been sent to Facebook - including when users are having sex.The information was found by Privacy International, who recently tested some of the most popular apps on Android...

Source: - Technology | 13 Sep 2019 | 8:52 am

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