Category Archives: Technology

Sight-loss simulator helps design buildings

Virtual reality is being used to help designers improve buildings and public transport for people with sight loss. The software, called Eyeware, allows its users to see the world through the eyes of people with problems like glaucoma or cataracts.

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John McAfee settles Intel legal action over name

John McAfee settles Intel legal action over name

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption John McAfee wanted to rename his current company John McAfee, known for the anti-virus software bearing his surname, has settled legal action with technology giant Intel over the commercial use of his name. The chip-maker had warned Mr McAfee against renaming his current company – MGT Capital Investments – as “John McAfee Global Technologies”. ...

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Schools issue Snapchat Map warning

Schools issue Snapchat Map warning

Media captionSofia Bettiza explains why the latest maps feature on Snapchat has caused some concern. Schools are warning parents that a new location-sharing feature in Snapchat could put children at risk. Snap Map lets users share their exact location with people on their “friends” list in real time. In a letter seen by the BBC, one school said the map ...

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Microsoft to cut ‘thousands’ of jobs

Microsoft to cut ‘thousands’ of jobs

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Microsoft’s Satya Nadella worked on the firm’s cloud products before being named chief executive in 2014 Microsoft is to cut “thousands” of jobs worldwide as it attempts to beef up its presence in the cloud computing sector. The technology giant wants to strengthen its cloud computing division but is facing intense competition from rivals ...

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Use of WhatsApp in NHS ‘widespread’, say doctors

Use of WhatsApp in NHS ‘widespread’, say doctors

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There is no effective system for sharing patient records digitally in the NHS Doctors and nurses are using WhatsApp and Snapchat to share information about patients “across the NHS”, health professionals have told the BBC. GP Alisdair MacNair said he was aware of a number of medical groups using WhatsApp to discuss patients. Use ...

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Google funds automated news project

Google funds automated news project

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Local newspapers have struggled to make a profit in recent years Google is funding a robot journalism project in which computers will write 30,000 stories a month for local media. The Press Association (PA) news agency received £622,000 for its Reporters and Data and Robots (Radar) scheme. Radar will benefit “established media outlets”, independent ...

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Skype backlash: ‘Worst update ever’

An update to Skype that adds colourful animations and Snapchat-style disappearing stories has been badly received by the app’s users. The software has been given one-star app store ratings since the update was launched. Video journalist: Chris Foxx

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Samsung sees record quarterly profit on chip demand

Samsung sees record quarterly profit on chip demand

Image copyright AFP Samsung Electronics has reported a record quarterly profit thanks to surging global demand for memory chips. The South Korean tech giant reported an operating profit of 14 trillion won ($12bn; £9.3bn) in the three months to June, up 72% on a year earlier. Sales climbed 18% to 60 trillion won, buoyed by strong sales of smartphones including ...

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