Periscope Users To Become Instant Moderators


Periscope is to ask users to act as a “flash jury” to decide if comments are abusive. There’s no word on whether parent company Twitter will adopt the idea. The move is designed to deal with the problem of navigating the spectrum between clear-cut cases of abusive content, more debatable cases, and incidents where the […]

Linus Torvalds: Learn All About The Man Behind Linux (and Git!)


Linus Torvalds transformed technology twice — first with the Linux kernel, which helps power the Internet, and again with Git, the source code management system used by developers worldwide. In a rare interview with TED Curator Chris Anderson, Torvalds discusses with remarkable openness the personality traits that prompted his unique philosophy of work, engineering and […]

US Nukes System Uses Floppy Disks

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A US government report has revealed that the Pentagon uses floppy disks as part of the communications network used for issuing nuclear strike commands. The revelation is part of an urgent call for the government to update its ageing technology. The disks in question aren’t the 3.5″ ones in a rigid case that many of […]

Google Pressures Android Makers To Update Quicker


Google reportedly plans to draw public attention to manufacturers that take too long to roll out Android updates. It may publicly release an internal ranking of which companies lag behind. One of the big drawbacks of Android being an open system that can be modified and implemented in many ways (and on varying hardware) is the […]

Electronic Ink Gets More Colorful


A major electronic ink company says its found a way to produce life-like color displays. The catch is that for now at least it’s more suited to signs than e-readers. The news comes from E Ink, the company that first commercialized electronic ink and created the screens for several early e-reader models including some Kindles. The […]

Juries Could Visit Virtual Crime Scene


A British university says courts could one day use virtual reality to let jurors “visit” a crime scene. There’s no sign of the technology being adopted any time soon however. Dr Caroline Sturdy Colis will lead a project using chromakey (green screen) displays and VR headsets produced by Valve to recreate a scene. The idea would […]

Google Scales Back Modular Phone Ambitions


Google says its modular smartphone Project Ara won’t be quite as modular as planned. Several key components will be non-replaceable, including the screen and memory. The original plan for Ara — or at least the concept Google initially explored — was that literally every part of the handset could be replaced, Lego style. Google has […]

Metal Gear Solid Bionic Arm Becomes Reality


An amputee has been given a Metal Gear Solid-style bionic arm. Among other gadgets it includes a USB charger and a launchable drone. James Young, who lost a leg and an arm in a train accident, got the new limb after beating more than 60 applicants who replied to an ad by Konami, which is […]

Optical Memory Could Be Viable For Smartphones


IBM has found a better way of using an optical memory format with several advantages over conventional formats. It’s worked out how to store 3-bits of data per cell in phase change memory. The format works in a similar way to Blu-Ray discs, namely by manipulating glass. Passing a high current through the glass can […]

Hyperloop Propulsion Gets Public Demo


One of the companies working on Hyperloop technology has carried out a public test of one element of the high-speed transport. The test was carried out by Hyperloop One, the new name for the company formerly known as Hyperloop Technologies. It’s one of three companies working on the technology that has been highly publicized by […]

Siri Creator Unveils ‘Siri-Killer’


One of the men who created Siri says he’s created a voice controlled artificial intelligence tool that’s smarter and more adaptive than the likes of Siri, Google Now and Amazon Alexa. According to Dag Kittlaus, the new virtual assistant system named Viv has several key advantages: It’s better able to parse complex natural language requests. […]

A Decade Later, TV Tech Mixup Still Amuses


It’s now ten years since a confused man blagged his way through a live TV interview after being mistaken for a technology expert. In May 2006, the late Guy Kewney, a long-time tech journalist in the UK was scheduled to be interviewed on a court case pitting Apple against Apple Music. A BBC assistant went […]