• 18 September 2019 Image copyright Reuters A new tool can identify Twitter accounts engaging in bullying with over 90% accuracy, according to researchers. Its algorithms classify two specific types of offensive online behaviour - cyber-bullying and cyber-aggression.Researchers at Binghamton University say it could be used to help find and delete abusive accounts. Cyber-bullying has become a...

  • By Catrin Nye Victoria Derbyshire programme 18 September 2019 comments Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHow does facial recognition technology work?UK police and companies must stop using live facial recognition for public surveillance, politicians and campaigners have said.The technology allows faces captured on CCTV to be checked in real time against watch lists, often...

  • 18 September 2019 Image caption The app will offer advice alongside the text and messages children type The BBC has created a "wellbeing" smartphone app called Own It aimed at children.It monitors how young people interact with friends and family online and through messaging apps.It uses AI to evaluate a child's mood so it can offer advice or encourage them to talk to trusted adults.The app is...

  • By Sean Coughlan BBC News family and education correspondent 17 September 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Facebook says it is going to make changes to prevent advertisers from altering headlines and links to other people's online stories.It follows the removal by Facebook of a Conservative advert - after claims that it misrepresented a BBC News story.Facebook says it wants to introduce the...

  • By Mark Savage BBC music reporter 17 September 2019 Image copyright AFP Image caption Taylor Swift's music will be available in "Ultra HD" on the service from Tuesday Amazon Music has become the first of the "big three" streaming services to offer music in CD-quality audio.The service, which costs £5 more than a standard Amazon subscription, will also offer some albums in "Ultra HD", which...

  • 17 September 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An HTC Magic device, which runs on Google's operating system HTC, the Taiwanese company that built the first mobile phones for Android and Windows, has hired a new boss.Yves Maitre, of Orange, takes over from Cher Wang, to become HTC's first chief executive who is not a co-founder.It signalled HTC's desire to "regain a foothold" in the...

  • By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor 17 September 2019 comments Image copyright PA Media Image caption Installing full-fibre broadband across the UK poses a formidable engineering challenge About 400,000 UK properties gained access to full-fibre broadband for the first time over the first four months of the year, according to Ofcom.That gave access to a total of 8% of all premises, marking a one...

  • By Alli Shultes Technology reporter 17 September 2019 Image copyright ImageNet Roulette An artificial-intelligence art project has been criticised for using racist and sexist tags to classify its users.When they share a selfie with ImageNet Roulette, the web app matches it to the ones it most closely resembles from an enormous library of profile photos.It then reveals the most popular tag,...

  • By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor 17 September 2019 Image copyright Gatwick Airport Image caption Gatwick first trialled facial-recognition-based checks at some of its departure gates last year Gatwick has become the UK's first airport to confirm it will use facial-recognition cameras on a permanent basis for ID checks before passengers board planes.It follows a self-boarding trial carried...

  • 17 September 2019 Image copyright Met Police Image caption Facebook will be given access to footage from bodycams worn by Specialist Firearms Command officers during their training Facebook is to use footage from police body cameras to train its algorithms to recognise videos of real-life shootings.The technology giant will give the cameras to Metropolitan Police Specialist Firearms Command...

  • By Zoe Kleinman Technology reporter, BBC News 17 September 2019 Image copyright Amazon BBC News has seen dozens of complaints about screen flickers affecting the Amazon Echo Spot and Amazon's response.One owner, in Hampshire, said his device had started to flicker 16 months after he had bought it. He was told its one-year warranty had run out and offered 15% off a new one rather than a refund or...

  • 16 September 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The data appears to have been used to help target marketing Personal data about almost every Ecuadorean citizen has been found exposed online.Names, financial information and civil data about 17 million people, including 6.7 million children, was found by security company vpnMentor.The massive cache of data was found on an unsecured...

  • 16 September 2019 Image copyright Getty Images The TV industry is about to enter "a second wave of disruption" due to new players in the streaming market, according to the BBC chief Tony Hall.In a speech on Wednesday, Lord Hall will say the main impact of the new Disney and Apple streaming services may be felt by Amazon and Netflix.Lord Hall will welcome their arrival as an opportunity for the...

  • 16 September 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionListen to the horrifying 911 call that led to a man's deathA US teenager has been jailed for 15 months for involvement in a prank call leading to an innocent man's death.Casey Viner, 19, from Ohio, conspired with fellow gamer Tyler Barriss to make a so-called "swatting" call to police. In the 911 call, Barriss claimed he...

  • 16 September 2019 Related TopicsKnife crime Image copyright Thruvision Image caption The scanners reveal hidden objects that block body heat Body scanners used to screen passengers for hidden explosives and weapons are being used for the first time at a London railway station. A Home Office sponsored five-day trial has started at Stratford station, east London.Portable scanners are being used to...

  • 16 September 2019 Image copyright Getty Images A community platform called SuperSisters, aimed at young Muslim women, has defended receiving a grant from the Home Office.However, it apologised on social media for not being more open about the source of its funding.It said it had retained "full independent control" over its output.SuperSisters's parent company, J-Go, is one of 233 groups that...

  • 16 September 2019 The BBC is to switch off the news and sport text services on the TV red button early next year.The decision spells the end of reading headlines, football scores, weather, travel news and more on TV sets, 45 years after the launch of Ceefax.Red button text launched in 1999, taking over as Ceefax was phased out.TVs will still be able to access other red button services, like...

  • 16 September 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Officers expressed concern biases in the data used to train the tools could direct them to take unfair actions Police officers have raised concerns about using "biased" artificial-intelligence tools, a report commissioned by one of the UK government's advisory bodies reveals.The study warns such software may "amplify" prejudices,...

  • By Zoe Kleinman Technology reporter, BBC News 16 September 2019 comments Image copyright Joshua Browder Image caption Joshua Browder's first creation was an algorithm that fights parking fines. A service which automatically cancels subscriptions at the end of the free trial period has launched in the UK.It was developed by Josh Browder, who as a teenager developed an algorithm called Do Not Pay,...

  • Instagram fact-check: Can a new flagging tool stop fake news? By Shayan Sardarizadeh BBC Monitoring 14 September 2019 Image copyright PA Media Image caption A number of partners had recently asked Facebook to extend its fact-checking programme to Instagram Facebook has launched a new feature allowing Instagram users to flag posts they think contain fake news to its fact-checking partners for...