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Bad ads

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Is that a genuine ad on your tablet or a link to a dangerous phishing site full of malware? The digital advertising industry is in crisis: ad fraud is rife, many online ads are never even seen and ad blocking software is threatening to undermine the internet’s fundamental business […]

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Tidal accused of manipulating Beyonce and Kanye West data

Image copyright Sony/Universal Image caption Tidal denies having manipulated the audience logs of Beyonce and Kanye West albums released in 2016 Music streaming app Tidal has been accused of inflating audience figures for two albums – Lemonade by Beyonce, and The Life of Pablo by Kanye West. A Norwegian-language newspaper claims the move would have […]

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UK access to Galileo sat-nav system after Brexit

The UK has played a key role in an EU satellite-navigation system set up to give Europe its own network – independent of the US’ GPS – to help finance, telecommunications, utilities, and to support the emergency services and the military. Daily Politics reporter Greg Dawson looks at how the EU is threatening to limit […]

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Workers banned from using USB sticks at IBM

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The ban could cause “disruption” to work habits, warned IBM Staff at IBM have been banned from using removable memory devices such as USB sticks, SD cards and flash drives. The possibility of “financial and reputational” damage if staff lost or misused the devices prompted the decision, reported […]

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US commercial drones given green light

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Green light for first commercial drones in the US Drones that monitor crops, control mosquito populations and deliver defibrillators are to be tested in US airspace. Ten commercial drone projects have been selected to try out new ways for unmanned aircraft to be integrated into the skies. They include […]

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The autonomous car that can drive where others cannot

Researchers at MIT CSAIL have developed an autonomous car that drive on unpaved or unmarked roads. Most self-driving cars rely on 3D maps with precise measurements of lanes and cannot venture onto unmapped roads. But MIT CSAIL’s MapLite combines GPS, a normal map and laser sensors which allows the car to drive into more remote […]

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Cocaine breathalyser 'one step closer'

Image copyright Getty Images Researchers in the US say they have developed a low-cost chip that can detect cocaine in minutes. The team hopes it will lead to the development of a portable cocaine breathalyser that can tell if a person has used the drug. At present, it says the chip can only analyse substances […]

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Google bans abortion poll ads in Ireland

Image copyright Reuters Google will ban all advertisements relating to Republic of Ireland’s forthcoming referendum on abortion, which takes place on 25 May. On Tuesday, Facebook started to block ads relating to the referendum that did not originate from advertisers inside Ireland. However, Google said all ads relating to the vote would be blocked. Google’s […]

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BMW advert 'promoted dangerous driving'

Image copyright BMW Image caption The advert featured both images of cars and children in slippery conditions and urged viewers to “get out there” BMW has been reprimanded after one of its TV adverts was judged to have promoted “faster, dangerous and irresponsible driving”. The ad was designed to show off the company’s four-wheel drive […]