The Week in Tech: Our Future Robots Will Need Super-Smart Safety Checks

Hi. I’m Jamie Condliffe. Greetings from London. Here’s a look at the week’s tech news: Machines are more than ever controlled by software, not humans. Occasionally it goes fatally wrong. On March 10, 157 people died when an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 jet crashed. Five months earlier, another crash of the same model of airplane killed 189 people. […]

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O2 is DOWN: Mobile network crashes in UK leaving users unable to make calls

It’s one of the most popular mobile networks across the UK, but it appears that O2’s network has crashed this morning. According to Down Detector, the issues started at around 08:57am GMT, and are affecting users across the UK. While the reason for the outage remains unclear, several users have reported problems to Down Detector. Of those who reported issues, […]

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Three Ireland yet to pick 5G supplier as rivals build

The country’s second-largest mobile operator has announced an 18pc increase in earnings before interest, tax and depreciation for 2018 but a 2pc fall in revenue over the same period. Three Ireland also says that it is finally close to finishing its integration of the O2 network it bought in 2014, which has resulted in ongoing disruption to services. “We are […]

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Oslo to become first city to charge electric taxis over the air

HELSINKI — Norway’s capital, Oslo, will become the first city in the world to install wireless charging systems for electric taxis, hoping to make recharging quick and efficient enough to speed the takeup of non-polluting cabs. The project will use induction technology, with charging plates installed in the road at taxi ranks linking to receivers installed in the vehicle, Finnish […]

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Facebook stored hundreds of millions of users’ passwords in plan text for years

Facebook is alerting hundreds of millions of users that it stored their passwords in a plain text, putting the security of many accounts at risk. Passwords are usually masked in an unreadable format but the social network has admitted hundreds of millions of Facebook Lite users, tens of millions of other Facebook users and tens of thousands of Instagram users […]

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Bloodhound supersonic car will be ‘let off leash’ to break speed record

The Bloodhound supersonic car will be ‘let off the leash’ in an attempt to break the world speed record , its new owner has revealed. British entrepreneur, Ian Warhurst, has bought the Bloodhound Programme business, saving the supersonic car from the scrapheap. The programme has now been re-branded Bloodhound Land Speed Record, although its goal of breaking the world land […]

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Poland faces 5G slowdown without regulatory change: Ericsson

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland will fall behind the rest of Europe on 5G unless it makes regulatory changes, an Ericsson executive told Reuters, raising fresh concerns over the country’s plans as it considers excluding China’s Huawei from its 5G rollout. Swedish telecoms equipment maker Ericsson is among the companies that could benefit should Poland bar Huawei from its 5G plans […]

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