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Creepy facial recognition app lets users find strangers on Facebook by taking their picture

A creepy facial recognition app that can identify strangers from a photograph has been created by a British entrepreneur. Facezam can identify people by matching a photo of them with their Facebook profile. All users have to do is take a picture of someone on the street and run it through the app, which …

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WhatsApp Deploys Free Video Phone Calls

WhatsApp adopted end-to-end encryption this year for its messages Same encryption will be used on the new video calling feature, they said The company wants to make video calls accessible for people worldwide  Improvements in phone cameras, battery life and bandwidth has made the service viable for a significant proportion …

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BlackBerry Unveils Last In-House Phone Before Calling It Quits

DTEK60 rivals iPhone 7, Pixel in screen size; produced by TCL BlackBerry could license brand on devices that aren’t phones BlackBerry Ltd. showed off the last phone it will market itself before completely outsourcing design, production and distribution to partners: A 5.5-inch touchscreen device that rivals the size of the …

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UK Scientists Develop Robot “Judges” Using Artificial Intelligence

An artificial intelligence (AI) judge has accurately predicted most verdicts of the European Court of Human Rights, and might soon be making important decisions about cases. Scientists built an artificial intelligence computer that was able to look at legal evidence as well as considering ethical questions to decide how a case should …

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How France’s TV5 was almost destroyed by ‘Russian hackers’

Powerful cyber-attack came close to destroying a French TV network, its director-general has told the BBC. TV5Monde was taken off air in April 2015. A group calling itself the Cyber Caliphate, linked to so-called Islamic State, first claimed responsibility. But an investigation now suggests the attack was in fact carried …

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How to send secret and disappearing Facebook messages

Facebook users can now send one another “secret” messages that can’t be read by the company or eavesdroppers thanks to heightened security in a new section of the Messenger app. The new feature called “Secret Conversations”, which was announced earlier this summer, means that users can send messages that are end-to-end encrypted, with …

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Samsung told to pay Apple $120 million in patent row, court rules

Apple won an appeals court ruling that reinstates a patent-infringement verdict it won against Samsung, including for its slide-to-unlock feature for smartphones and tablets. In an 8-3 ruling, a US appeals court said a three-judge panel was wrong to throw out the $119.6 million (£96m) verdict in February. Instead, it ordered the trial …

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Google unveils its Pixel Smartphone and VR headset

Looking to drum up consumer excitement, the tech company hosted an event in San Francisco on Tuesday to unveil a series of products, including two new phones, a virtual reality headset and the Chromecast Ultra.  The flagship announcement was the introduction of Pixel, the first Google phone to carry exclusively …

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