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Apple to launch most expensive iPhone ever in UK next week | Technology

Apple is set to release the most expensive iPhone ever in the UK next week against the backdrop of a Brexit-battered pound, just two years after the company broke its own records with the iPhone X. The iPhones 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, revealed during a press event on Tuesday, will hit the US […]

Google says hackers have put ‘monitoring implants’ in iPhones for years | Technology

Hackers have been using compromised websites to install “monitoring implants” in iPhones for years, according to researchers at Google. The malicious software gathers users’ images, contacts and other information. Ian Beer, from Google’s Project Zero, said in a blogpost that the hacked sites had received thousands of visitors each week. Beer said: “There was no […]

Douglas Adams was right – knowledge without understanding is meaningless | John Naughton | Opinion

Fans of Douglas Adams’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy treasure the bit where a group of hyper-dimensional beings demand that a supercomputer tells them the secret to life, the universe and everything. The machine, which has been constructed specifically for this purpose, takes 7.5m years to compute the answer, which famously comes out as 42. […]

Manchester police have ‘massive backlog’ of uncharged suspects due to IT issue | UK news

Police in Greater Manchester have been unable to charge many suspects since the introduction of a new £27m computer system, leading to a massive backlog, lawyers have claimed. Robert Moussalli, a lawyer specialising in cases involving children and young people, said police had sent suspects home from stations following their arrests because they were unable […]

The Guardian view on AI-enhanced noses: something smells off | Editorial | Opinion

We have long enhanced our frail senses with prostheses. But while human vision has been improved with lenses, touch with prosthetic limbs, and hearing with microphones, taste and smell have proved trickier to upgrade. But not impossible. News that an artificial tongue developed at the University of Glasgow could be used to detect poisons or […]

Facial recognition… coming to a supermarket near you | Technology

Paul Wilks runs a Budgens supermarket in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. Like most retail owners, he’d had problems with shoplifting – largely carried out by a relatively small number of repeat offenders. Then a year or so ago, exasperated, he installed something called Facewatch. It’s a facial-recognition system that watches people coming into the store; it has […]

What is facial recognition – and how sinister is it? | Technology

What is facial recognition? Facial recognition technology has spread prodigiously. It’s there on Facebook, tagging photos from the class reunion, your cousin’s wedding and the office summer party. Google, Microsoft, Apple and others have built it into apps to compile albums of people who hang out together. It verifies who you are at airports and […]

Anti-extremism software to be used to tackle vaccine disinformation | Society

Technology used to counter violent messages online from Islamic State and the far right is being adapted to counter the spread of “anti-vax” conspiracy theories. Moonshot CVE, a company currently working in as many as 28 countries, uses techniques to identify and intervene in the cases of internet users at risk of being radicalised online. […]

The father of modern computing: Alan Turing’s legacy | Science

Alan Turing, the face of the new £50 note, is recognised as a key figure in Britain’s codebreaking efforts at Bletchley Park during the second world war, a mathematical genius and even the father of modern computing and artificial intelligence. The note, expected to enter circulation by the end of 2021, will carry a photo […]

Microsoft to open first European store in central London | Technology

Microsoft is opening its first European store on Oxford Street, in London, featuring a McLaren Senna car customised as an Xbox driving simulator, a gaming lounge and a community education centre where children can learn to code. The 22,000 sq ft shop is a block away from the Regent Street Apple store, which, when it […]