UK rail ticket machines hit by IT glitch

UK rail ticket machines hit by IT glitch

Image copyright PA Rail ticket machines across the UK fell out of service this morning preventing commuters from using them to pay fares. Messages on their screens said they had “no online connectivity”, making it impossible for them to transmit payment card details. A spokesman for the Rail Delivery Group told the BBC the issue […]

WhatsApp rises as a major force in news media

WhatsApp rises as a major force in news media

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption WhatsApp is owned by Facebook, so its rise potentially gives its parent even more influence over the media WhatsApp is becoming one of the prevailing ways people discover and discuss news, according to a study. But use of the messaging app appears to vary widely between countries. In Malaysia, […]

Green light for UK driverless car road trials

Green light for UK driverless car road trials

Image copyright PA Image caption Connected cars will alert the driver if an emergency vehicle is nearby A demonstration of driverless cars in Nuneaton will be followed later this year by trials on public roads. Autodrive – a collaboration between Jaguar Land Rover, Ford and Tata Motors – showed off how autonomous cars can talk […]

Microsoft admits disabling anti-virus software for Windows 10 users

Microsoft admits disabling anti-virus software for Windows 10 users

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Microsoft has admitted to disabling anti-virus software, but only as part of updating Windows 10 Microsoft has admitted that it does temporarily disable anti-virus software on Windows PCs, following an competition complaint to the European Commission by a security company. In early June, Kaspersky Lab filed the complaint against […]

Queen’s Speech: Petrol stations must ‘go electric’

Queen’s Speech: Petrol stations must ‘go electric’

Image copyright GATEway Image caption A driverless pod is being trialled at Greenwich in London Petrol stations and motorway services will be required to install electric charge points, under plans outlined in the Queen’s Speech. The measure forms part of a government push to increase the number of electric vehicles on UK roads. The Automated […]

Google’s DeepMind extends controversial Streams app

Google’s DeepMind extends controversial Streams app

Image copyright DeepMind Image caption The Streams app is saving nurses hours each day says the Royal Free hospital Google’s DeepMind has extended the use of its Streams health app to Musgrove Park Hospital in Somerset. The app, which helps doctors and nurses spot signs of kidney failure, proved controversial when it was rolled out […]

Uber: The scandals that drove Travis Kalanick out

Uber: The scandals that drove Travis Kalanick out

Image copyright Getty Images Uber’s embattled chief executive Travis Kalanick has resigned from the firm, following pressure from shareholders. His resignation comes after a chaotic few months at the firm, including a series of scandals about sexual harassment, macho culture and the departure of senior executives. Mr Kalanick had already said that he was taking […]

Netflix lets children call TV shots

Netflix lets children call TV shots

Image copyright Netflix Image caption Children can decide which characters to interact with in a Puss in Book spin-off of the Shrek movies Netflix is launching two interactive children’s TV shows that let audiences determine the on-screen action. The animated programmes ask youngsters to choose between two options at several points in their plots. The […]

VR headset viewers ‘barely turn their heads’

VR headset viewers ‘barely turn their heads’

Image copyright Emma Gibbs Image caption Most people don’t bother to turn their heads and bodies to see the full 360 degrees of a VR video Don’t like twisting your neck while wearing a virtual reality headset? You’re not alone. Google has discovered that most people who watch VR videos rarely bother to turn their […]

AI may take your job – in 120 years

AI may take your job – in 120 years

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Experts working in the field of machine learning are cautious about the progress of AI A global survey of experts in machine learning suggests it will be 120 years before all human jobs are automated. In 45 years’ time, though, half of jobs currently filled by humans will have […]