Tech Tent: Facebook’s deepfake dilemma

Image copyright Bill Posters Image caption Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg – or is it? In a video on Instagram this week, Mark Zuckerberg confessed to controlling the stolen data of billions of people and said he owed it all to an organisation called Spectre. The video was of course faked, and on this week’s Tech […]

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Huawei delays launch of folding smartphone

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: First look at Huawei’s folding phone Huawei has delayed the launch of the Mate X folding handset until September, having originally planned to launch it this summer. The firm said it wanted to conduct extra tests following screen problems reported by early reviewers of Samsung’s Galaxy […]

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Google’s AR animals entertain Android users

Image copyright Kate Bevan Google is rolling out a tool that lets Android users view moving animals which make sounds in augmented reality through their device’s camera. It currently only works with some animals but could be expanded to include objects and brands in future. It was unveiled last month at the firm’s annual event […]

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Twitter removes Iranian-backed accounts

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Iran has made wide use of Twitter to support its political and diplomatic goals Twitter has removed almost 4,800 accounts it claimed were being used by Iran to spread misinformation. The accounts were deleted alongside others from several different groups as Twitter tries to tackle interference. It revealed the deletions […]

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Public services web project cost soared to £110m

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The project aims to transform public access to government services Moving public services online has cost more than twice as much as expected, according to an NI Audit Office report. The digital transformation project, which was agreed in 2012, was initially a seven-year contract between the Department of Finance […]

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Deepfake videos could ‘spark’ violent social unrest

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Fake messages shared via social media have contributed to violence in India Deepfake technology could spark “violent outbreaks”, an expert warns. The warning came during a hearing in the US House of Representatives on deepfake technology that can create convincing videos of public figures. Public safety could be put […]

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Japan outlaws flying drones while drunk

Image copyright PA Image caption Drone use is growing in Japan as in many other nations Operating a drone in Japan while drunk could lead to a year in prison thanks to new legislation. The law, passed by the country’s parliament this week, seeks to rein in growing use of the unmanned aerial vehicles. Those […]

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Riot Games told to hand over gender pay data

Image copyright Riot Games Image caption Riot’s League of Legends is one of the most lucrative video games Californian regulators are taking legal action as part of an investigation into claims of gender bias at Riot Games. The studio is behind the hugely popular online game League of Legends. The California Department of Fair Employment […]

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Pokemon Sword and Shield: Hands-on with Dynamax power

New Pokemon games are among the highlights at Nintendo’s E3 booth this year. Pokemon Sword and Shield introduce the Dynamax transformation, which allows trainers to grow their pocket monsters to giant size. Chris Fox tested how the innovation affects gameplay at the Los Angeles expo. Read and watch more of our E3 coverage https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-48615085

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Next-gen games may not need new console

Until now, big budget video games have most commonly been played by consumers who bought a physical copy of the titles or downloaded them to be run off local storage. But the console-makers and others – including Google – are pushing an internet-based alternative that promises faster start times among other advantages. Chris Fox reports […]

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