Day: September 27, 2019

Heads up – why tech is in a race for your face

Heads up – why tech is in a race for your...

September 27, 2019 By Edward Brown

If there’s one thing technology companies learned during the smartphone boom, it’s that getting people locked in early is the difference between success and failure. Customers are simply unwilling, at least in any significant number, to leave whatever ecosystem they’ve invested in – whether it’s Apple’s iOS or Google’s Android. And so when there’s a

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Facebook to create VR world called Horizon

September 27, 2019 By Edward Brown

Facebook is creating an immersive environment called Horizon to tempt people into spending more time in virtual reality. The VR app will be a mix of social places where users can mingle and chat, and other areas where they can play games against each other. People will inhabit and explore the virtual spaces via a cartoon avatar.

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Facebook to create VR world called Horizon
US uses Google Translate to vet refugees

US uses Google Translate to vet refugees

September 27, 2019 By Edward Brown

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have been criticised for using online translation tools to vet immigrants’ social media posts. A staff manual said pasting text into tools such as Google Translate and Bing was “the most efficient approach”. News site ProPublica said online tools often mistranslated sentences and misinterpreted nuance and slang. But the USCIS

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Star Wars: Marvel boss Kevin Feige to develop f...

September 27, 2019 By Edward Brown

The man behind Marvel Studios’ string of comic book movie blockbusters is to develop a new Star Wars film, a senior executive at Disney has revealed. Alan Horn, co-chairman of Walt Disney Studios, said it “made sense” for Kevin Feige to work with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy on the project. The film would be part

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Star Wars: Marvel boss Kevin Feige to develop film for Disney
Michael Winner’s widow ‘tied up during Knightsbridge robbery’

Michael Winner’s widow ‘tied up dur...

September 27, 2019 By Edward Brown

The widow of film director Michael Winner has told a court she struggled to breathe after being tied up by a woman during a violent robbery. Geraldine Winner, 81, was robbed of at least £100,000 worth of jewellery, art and cash during the raid at her Knightsbridge home on 9 October 2015, Southwark Crown Court

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How podcasts went from unlistenable to unmissable

September 27, 2019 By Edward Brown

One night 15 years ago journalist Ben Hammersley was on a deadline at the Guardian newspaper, writing a column on internet radio blogs. He filed the piece and then, just as he was packing up, got a last minute call from the subs desk (the team that give stories a final check). “They said: ‘We

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How podcasts went from unlistenable to unmissable
Super Bowl: Shakira and Jennifer Lopez to headline half-time show

Super Bowl: Shakira and Jennifer Lopez to headl...

September 27, 2019 By Edward Brown

Pop stars Shakira and Jennifer Lopez have been confirmed as headliners for the 2020 Super Bowl half-time show. The concert is one of the biggest in the world – over 98 million people watched the show this year. In a statement, the NFL said the pair would perform on 2 February in Miami’s Hard Rock

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Japan Airlines seat map helps avoid screaming b...

September 27, 2019 By Edward Brown

Japan Airlines has introduced a feature on its seat booking system that shows where young children are seated. A “child” icon appears when a passenger is travelling with children aged under two years. One traveller said the feature let him know where babies “plan to scream… during a 13-hour trip”. But some Twitter commentators urged

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Japan Airlines seat map helps avoid screaming babies
Facebook tests hiding likes from Australian users

Facebook tests hiding likes from Australian users

September 27, 2019 By Edward Brown

Facebook will follow Instagram by hiding the number of likes on users’ posts during a trial in Australia. From Friday, some Australian users will no longer be able to see the number of likes – or reactions – on another person’s Facebook post. The controversial change has been trialled by sister platform Instagram in several

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Thomas Cook: 40% of holidaymakers back in UK

September 27, 2019 By Edward Brown

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) says it has now flown a total of 61,000 Thomas Cook customers back to the UK, taking the total to 40% of passengers. On Thursday it used 69 flights to bring back 15,000 people as part of its repatriation scheme following the collapse of the holiday group. Some 72 flights

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Thomas Cook: 40% of holidaymakers back in UK

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