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US overtakes China in top supercomputer list

[ad_1] Image copyright Carlos Jones/Oak Ridge National Laboratory Image caption The Summit supercomputer is housed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. China has been pushed into third place on a list of the world's most powerful supercomputers.The latest list by Top 500, published twice a year, puts two US machines - Summit and Sierra - in the top two places. The US has five entries in the top
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Xiaomi criticised for UK smartphone £1 flash sale

[ad_1] Image copyright Xiaomi Image caption Only three Mi 8 Lite phones could be bought in the first flash sale "Flash sales" publicising a Chinese smartphone company's UK launch have sparked a backlash on social media.Xiaomi advertised two of its new handsets for £1 each last week as part of a "crazy deals" promotion.But it has emerged that each flash sale involved only two or three phones and Xiaomi had
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Amazon asked to share Echo data in US murder case

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images A judge in the US has asked Amazon to hand over audio recordings from an Amazon Echo which was in a house where two women died.Their bodies were found under the porch of a home in New Hampshire with multiple stab wounds.The man accused of their murder has pleaded not guilty and is due to stand trial next year.Amazon said it would not hand over
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Steam bug allowed unlimited free downloads

[ad_1] Image copyright Valve A man has been given $20,000 (£15,500) for discovering a bug in the Steam video games store that let people download any game for free.Security researcher Artem Moskowsky found a flaw in Steam's portal for games developers that let anybody generate licence keys without paying.Millions of people use Steam to buy and download games on PC and Mac computers.Mr Moskowsky told Steam owner Valve about the
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Russia suspected of jamming GPS signal in Finland

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNato holds biggest military exercise since Cold WarFinnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila has said the GPS signal in his country's northern airspace was disrupted during recent Nato war games in Scandinavia.He said he believed the signal had been jammed deliberately and that it was possible Russia was to blame because it had the means to do so.Finland is not a Nato
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Chelsea Pensioners’ verdict on WW1 VR experience

[ad_1] Nothing to be Written is a virtual reality (VR) experience that moves you between war trenches, hospitals, trains and anxiously waiting at home for field postcards sent by soldiers during World War One.BBC Click visited two Chelsea Pensioners, Michael Allen and Michael Paling asking them to put on VR headsets to try out the immersive journey and give their verdict.What would they make of it?Produced by BBC VR Hub,
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What is fake news and how can you identify it?

[ad_1] Fake news is not only news that you disagree with. It can also very closely mimic real news stories.Technology reporter Zoe Kleinman explains.This is part of a series by the BBC on disinformation and fake news - a global problem challenging the way we share information and perceive the world around us.To see more stories and learn more about the series visit www.bbc.co.uk/fakenews [ad_2] Source link
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The digital epidemic killing Indians

[ad_1] Smartphones are making it easier for millions of Indians to communicate and share messages on social media. But misinformation is spreading fast and can often turn deadly. This is one such story.Video by Varun Nayar and Kunal SehgalThis story is part of a series by the BBC on disinformation and fake news - a global problem challenging the way we share information and perceive the world around us.To see
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Meeting Kosovo’s clickbait merchants – BBC News

[ad_1] Image caption One clickbait merchant chose to remain anonymous Two weeks ago, I was sitting in a dark bar in a small town an hour's drive from Kosovo's capital, Pristina. In front of me, a man was nervously hunched over, his face turned away from the camera. He was a fake news merchant and he agreed - eventually - to talk about how he earned his living. I first
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Man sent letter bomb to Bitcoin firm ‘over password reset’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Police believe a password reset issue was the reason for Salonen's actions A man has been jailed for sending a "potentially lethal homemade bomb" to a Bitcoin firm in London - after it refused to reset his password for him.The Met Police, which investigated the case, said detectives could "only identify one possible reason" for the Swedish national's actions.He had emailed the company,
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US man pleads guilty to game hacking charges

[ad_1] Image copyright EA Image caption Battlefield 3 was one game made unplayable by the attacks A US man accused of knocking game servers offline in a series of attacks has pleaded guilty to charges of computer hacking.Sony, EA Origin and Steam were all hit by Utah resident Austin Thompson's attacks in 2013 and 2014.Mr Thompson also admitted to causing damage costing $95,000 (£73,000) as part of his plea agreement.The
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Chinese headmaster fired over secret coin mining at school

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mining machines can make their owners rich - but they soak up lots of electricity A Chinese headmaster has been fired after a secret stack of crypto-currency mining machines was found connected to his school's electricity supply.Teachers at the school in Hunan became suspicious of a whirring noise that continued day and night, local media report.This led to the discovery of the machines,
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Byte: Vine creator to launch new video-looping app

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images A follow-up to Vine has been announced, two years after the six-second video app was shut down by Twitter.Byte will be a similar app to Vine, which helped launch the careers of stars including Shawn Mendes and Logan Paul.After Vine ended, those stars moved to its rivals Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube.Dom Hofmann - who co-founded Vine along with Rus Yusupov and Colin Kroll - said
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The gamer who spent seven years in his dressing gown

[ad_1] Image copyright Fotonow Image caption Billy Brown has developed a board game to help others who have experienced isolation A gamer who left his home fewer than 10 times in seven years explains how he's now helping other young people break away from a life of isolation."Years and years were just spent sitting at my computer," says Billy Brown."I would only go outside for doctor's appointments or dentist's appointments.
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Could these balls help reduce plastic pollution?

[ad_1] Image copyright Luke McSweeney Image caption Rachael Miller believes the Cora Ball could hugely reduce microfibre pollution Concern is mounting over the volume of plastics in our oceans and, in particular, how tiny particles of plastic and other synthetic materials are infiltrating every part of our ecosystem. Can technology help address the problem? In October 2009, windsurfing teacher Rachael Miller went to help clean up an island off the
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YouTube to label government and public-funded clips

[ad_1] Image copyright YouTube Image caption The labels will run below videos YouTube is starting to put notices below news clips that state if the video was produced using public or government funds.Labels were first applied to US uploads in February and now will appear below videos seen in the UK and Ireland.The video-sharing site said the labels would provide "greater transparency" about sources.The notices will mainly appear on videos
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China’s Xiaomi enters UK with phones, wristband and scooter

[ad_1] Image copyright Xiaomi Image caption Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro is distinguished by its transparent glass back Xiaomi - the world's fourth bestselling handset maker - has added the UK to is growing list of markets.The Chinese firm's initial line-up for the country includes three smartphones, a fitness-tracking wristband and an electric scooter.It is also opening a shop in London's Westfield Shepherd's Bush shopping centre, which also has an Apple
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China’s Xinhua agency unveils AI news presenter

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionChina's 'first AI news anchor'China's state news agency has unveiled a virtual newsreader sporting a sharp suit and a somewhat robotic voice.Xinhua News claims the presenter "can read texts as naturally as a professional news anchor", though not everyone may agree."Hello, you are watching English news programme," says the English-speaking presenter at the start of his first report.Sogou, a Chinese search