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Can artificial intelligence create a decent dinner?

It is the night before the weekly shop. I look in the fridge and consider my three tomatoes, the sweet potato and the asparagus. Normally, I’d take this as my cue to nip to the fish and chip shop. However, I’m trying out Plant Jammer, an app that promises to …

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Instagram photo filters targeted by model's #filterdrop campaign

Image copyright Sasha Pallari Image caption Sasha Pallari is a make-up artist and model Filters have become a popular way to alter photographs, especially for those keen to keep up with increasingly high beauty standards in the world of social media. A recent survey, carried out by Girlguiding, found a …

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Mystery seeds: Amazon bans foreign plant sales in US

Image copyright Washington State Dept of Agriculture/Reuters Image caption The unidentified seeds appear to have been posted from China to US addresses Amazon says it has banned foreign sales of seeds in the US after thousands of Americans received unsolicited packets of seeds in the mail, most from China. The …

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The surprising secret hidden in a pregnancy test

A teardown of a digital pregnancy test has created a buzz after revealing it contained a standard paper test, similar to those used by GPs. The experiment has raised questions about whether the extra cost of digital pregnancy tests is justified. Some say the electronics give women a clearer answer …

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Tony Hawk on why they've remade his most iconic games

Image copyright Activision Not everyone can spin a skateboard 360 degrees, whilst gliding through the air, and then land it back on the ground without crumpling into heap. Tony Hawk can and, as arguably the most famous skateboarder on the planet, has also made it possible for millions of others …

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Apple delays new anti-tracking privacy measures

Apple has delayed the implementation of new privacy measures designed to stop apps and websites tracking people online without their consent. The changes also mean app will have to ask a user’s permission to access the ad-tracking ID on an iPhone or iPad. The measures were due to arrive in …

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Don't miss out on black start-ups, investors told

Image copyright Jobble Image caption Zack Smith has created a platform for jobs in the gig economy “I think a lot of folks like myself never even get a chance, because folks don’t answer their phones, or listen to their idea, but put them in a box they shouldn’t be …

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E-scooter trial rolled out in West Midlands

Image copyright AFP Image caption From 10 September, e-scooters will be available in Birmingham and Coventry A 12-month trial of e-scooters is being rolled out across parts of the West Midlands. From 10 September, 200 e-scooters will be available in Birmingham and Coventry, before more will be deployed to Sandwell, …

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Indian Prime Minister Modi Twitter account hacked

Image copyright Reuters Twitter has said that an account for the personal website of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been hacked. A series of tweets were sent from the account asking followers to donate cryptocurrency to a relief fund. Twitter said it was aware of the activity and had …

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Girl Guides: Enhanced photos need labels on social media

By Cristina CriddleTechnology reporter image copyrightRahi Chadda/Unsah Malik/BBC Influencers and advertisers should be forced to declare digitally altered photos on social media, the Girl Guides have said. The charity has backed a proposed law by a backbench MP that would force social media users and advertisers to label images where …

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