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Tesla and Walmart address solar panel fire issues

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Walmart was seeking compensation for seven fires in its stores which it alleged were caused by faulty solar panels US supermarket chain Walmart and Tesla are working to solve the issues which allegedly caused solar panel fires in seven of its stores, Reuters reports. …

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Spotify sued over 'billions of Eminem streams'

Image copyright Getty Images Eminem’s publisher, Eight Mile Style, is suing Spotify. It claims the music-streaming service failed to correctly license the rapper’s work. Eminem has never been properly paid for songs “streamed on Spotify billions of times”, court papers say. And Spotify, which has yet to respond publicly, put …

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Android ditches desserts as Q becomes 10

Image copyright Google The next version of the Android operating system (OS) will not be named after a dessert or sweet treat, ending a tradition that started in 2009. Following the pattern, the name of the new version would have started with Q. But Google said it had ditched the …

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Robot battles wrongly banned for 'animal cruelty'

YouTube has restored some videos of robots fighting after wrongly removing hundreds for displaying a “deliberate infliction of animal suffering or the forcing of animals to fight”. Sarah Pohorecky, of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said film of her robot So Rachet removed on Monday “mysteriously reappeared” on Tuesday. YouTube has …

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Millions of old gadgets 'stockpiled in drawers'

Image copyright BBC News Image caption Louise and her family’s hoard of old technology is typical of a UK household “Ten phones, two laptops, digital cameras… all just sitting here. We’re not dealing with it.” Louise Lewis is surveying a collection of old gadgets that have piled up in her …

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Google sign language AI turns hand gestures into speech

Image copyright Google AI Google says it has made it possible for a smartphone to interpret and “read aloud” sign language. The tech firm has not made an app of its own but has published algorithms which it hopes developers will use to make their own apps. Until now, this …

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The people policing the internet's most horrific content

Image copyright Shawn Speagle Image caption Shawn is still trying to process what he had to watch as a content moderator In this digital self-publishing era people can record and produce their own content, a lot of horrific stuff that clearly breaches websites’ taste and decency guidelines. A growing army …

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US delays Huawei trade ban for another 90 days

Image copyright Getty Images The US Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross, has confirmed a ban on Chinese technology giant Huawei will not come into force for another 90 days. The US blacklisted the company in May because of national security concerns. Huawei was then granted a temporary permit in order to …

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Meadowhall shoppers scanned in facial recognition trial

Image copyright British Land Image caption A month-long trial of the technology took place in 2018 Visitors to a major shopping centre could have been scanned by facial-recognition cameras without knowing it, a civil liberties group said. Big Brother Watch said the trial at Meadowhall in Sheffield was part of …

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'Fake' Amazon ambassadors baited on Twitter

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A worker in an Amazon warehouse in Mexico City, Mexico Amazon workers praising their working conditions on social media are being accused of lying by other users. Twitter users are pointing to apparent inaccuracies and “robotic” or “scripted” language as evidence that employees are being …

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