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Apple’s HomePod speakers leave white marks on wood

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Apple’s HomePod speakers leave white marks on wood 14 February 2018 Image copyright Pocket-lint Image caption Pocket-lint published this image of a mark left by its Homepod test unit Apple’s new smart speakers can discolour wooden surfaces, leaving a white mark where they are placed, the firm has acknowledged. The US company has suggested that…

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AI does grunt work on China’s pig farms

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14 February 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Alibaba is trying to entice Chinese pig farmers to trial its tech Artificial intelligence technology has been developed to help piglets survive their first months – and then to decide which sows to kill. The scheme is being rolled out in China, the world’s biggest producer…

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Search tool accesses firms’ documents in the cloud

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Search tool accesses firms’ documents in the cloud 14 February 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Amazon storage servers are known as “buckets” A website created by anonymous hackers has been launched that allows anyone to search for sensitive data stored in the cloud. Buckhacker is a tool that trawls servers at Amazon Web…

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eSports’ Overwatch League announces its first female player

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eSports’ Overwatch League announces its first female player 14 February 2018 Image copyright Getty Images – Ken Ishii eSports’ Overwatch League has finally announced its first female player. Kim “Geguri” Se-Yeon is joining the Shanghai Dragons and will be one of the very few female players in eSports competing at a top professional level. There’s…

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YouTube and Instagram face Russian bans

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14 February 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Oleg Deripaska has warned the media not to repeat the allegations made against him YouTube and Instagram face being blocked by Russian internet service providers as a result of a standoff between one of the country’s richest businessmen and an opposition leader. Russia’s internet censor blacklisted…

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Crypto-currency craze ‘hinders search for alien life’

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Crypto-currency craze ‘hinders search for alien life’ By Chris Baraniuk Technology reporter 14 February 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption If there is intelligent life out there, it might be broadcasting signals across the universe Scientists listening out for broadcasts by extra-terrestrials are struggling to get the computer hardware they need, thanks to the…

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Amazon Echo Dot ad cleared over cat food order

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Amazon Echo Dot ad cleared over cat food order 14 February 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Amazon Echo Dot TV commercial was cleared by the UK’s advertising regulator A television ad for Amazon’s Echo Dot smart speaker that caused a viewer’s device to try to order cat food has been cleared by…

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Logan Paul ‘won’t be kicked off’ YouTube

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13 February 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Logan Paul is a hugely popular YouTube star whose recent videos have proved controversial Controversial YouTube star Logan Paul has not yet done enough to deserve a ban from the video site, its chief executive has said. Paul faced criticism in January after posting a video…

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Ten gigabit home broadband tested in UK

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By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter 13 February 2018 Image copyright Cathy Brennan Broadband speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second (Gbps) have been tested in a home in the former Olympic village in east London. Broadband operator Hyperoptic conducted the test, claiming it is the first time such speeds have been brought to a…

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Amazon plans hundreds of lay-offs

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13 February 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Amazon is cutting hundreds of positions at its headquarters and global operations, a move that comes after several years of significant growth. The cuts were first reported by the Seattle Times, which said the actions are focused on streamlining the firm’s consumer retail business. Amazon said it is…

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