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HP’s VR headset, codenamed Copper, wants to be easy on the eyes

Virtual reality is coming to homes. Or, at least, it's getting closer than it has at any point in its surprisingly lengthy history. The next arrival may be via computer maker HP, which has a Windows Mixed Reality headset on the way. Codenamed 'Copper', the in-development VR hardware has one thing in particular going for it -- resolution. Lots and lots of resolution. 

Deepfake videos could destroy trust in society – here’s how to restore it

It has the potential to ruin relationships, reputations and our online reality. “Deepfake” artificial intelligence technology promises to create doctored videos so realistic that they’re almost impossible to tell from the real thing. So far it has mostly been used to create altered pornographic clips featuring celebrity women’s faces but once the techniques are perfected, deepfake revenge porn pur...[Read More]

How to use Facebook’s newest feature: Unsending FB Messenger missives

We've been expecting it for a while (ever since the Zuck got caught using it without us), and now it's finally here. Facebook has rolled out the ability to unsend Facebook Messenger messages to everyone using the Messenger app.

Fairy-tale social media fantasies can demolish your confidence, but it’s not all bad

If social media was a person, you’d probably avoid them. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are loaded with pictures of people going to exotic places, looking like they are about to be on the cover of Vogue, and otherwise living a fairy-tale existence. And, like all fairy tales, these narratives feel a lot like fiction. When you compare the “projected reality” to your lived experience, it would be ea...[Read More]

Energizer bringing a massive 26 phones to MWC 2019

You read that headline correctly -- Energizer, the company best known for rabbits and batteries (not in that order), will be launching a range of smartphones at Mobile World Congress (MWC). And, unlike companies that just dip their toe into smartphone manufacture, they're going all-in. How else do you explain the fact that they're showing off a range of 26 devices at MWC 2019?

Is your VPN secure?

About a quarter of internet users use a virtual private network, a software setup that creates a secure, encrypted data connection between their own computer and another one elsewhere on the internet. Many people use them to protect their privacy when using Wi-Fi hotspots, or to connect securely to workplace networks while traveling. Other users are concerned about surveillance from governments an...[Read More]

Huawei will be revealing its foldable smartphone on 24 February

2019 Is fast looking like the year of the folding smartphone. Samsung’s got something in store, Xiaomi’s putting their efforts in front of faces sometime this year and Huawei’s also going to be joining the party. The Chinese company has announced its own pre-Mobile World Congress event for 24 February, just a few days after Samsung’s own reveal event. What can we expect to ...[Read More]

Coming soon: smartphones with terabyte storage, courtesy of Samsung

Smartphones are, when you actually think about it, just little pocket-sized computers. The fact that they can make phone calls is a holdover from the days when having a phone in your car made you super-cool (or a Wall Street broker with some unusual items in your gym locker). And, like computers, smartphones constantly upgrade to faster processors, more RAM and better storage. Samsung’s been...[Read More]

How Facebook went from friend to frenemy

As Facebook celebrates 15 years of virtual friendship, social science has compiled an expansive body of research that documents the public’s love-hate relationship with its best frenemy. What many once viewed as a confidant has devolved into a messy codependence, mired by ambiguity and mistrust. It’s a relationship that’s both taken for granted, yet extremely high-maintenance, leaving users to won...[Read More]

Who really invented Please Call Me? The long-running saga is in the news again, but will the true story ever come out?

This column first appeared in Financial Mail in 2015.  It has all the makings of a grand story of a rags-to-riches story: a resourceful man who had a great idea that took off. It gets better, that inventor didn’t get a cent from his invention but now, in a David-vs-Goliath confrontation, he will wrest glory (and royalties) back through a lengthy and protracted court battle. But, is that inventor f...[Read More]

Very risky business: the pros and cons of insurance companies using artificial intelligence

It’s a new day not very far in the future. You wake up; your wristwatch has recorded how long you’ve slept, and monitored your heartbeat and breathing. You drive to work; car sensors track your speed and braking. You pick up some breakfast on your way, paying electronically; the transaction and the calorie content of your meal are recorded. Then you have a car accident. You phone your insurance co...[Read More]

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