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Technology News Roundup 11/05/2018

Technology | Chloe Pearson | 11/5/18

Weekly Tech News 11-05-18

 

 

In this week’s tech news, Apple cancels plans to build its $1 billion data centre in Ireland, a facial recognition software used by police falls short, Google’s virtual assistant can make phone calls and IBM employees are banned from using USB sticks.

We’d love to take our news round-up to the next level this year and provide something for the whole of the technology industry, as well as throwing some of our own insight and expert advice. Do let us know your comments on the news round-ups and anything you’d like to read in the coming weeks.

 

 

 

Apple cancels plans to build its $1 billion data centre in Ireland Apple cancels plans to build its $1 billion data centre in Ireland

After planning delays lasting over three years, Apple has now announced it will no longer build a $1 billion ($850 million) data centre in Galway, Ireland. In a statement to Reuters Apple announced that “Despite our best efforts, delays in the approval process have forced us to make other plans and we will not be able to move forward with the data centre”

Click here to read more about Apple cancelling plans to build its data centre in Ireland
(The Verge) 10/05/2018

 


 

Facial Recognition software used by police falls short Facial Recognition software used by police falls short

A Guardian article has revealed that a facial recognition software used by the South Wales Police force incorrectly identified 2,000 people as potential criminals during the 2017 Champions League final in Cardiff. The tech works by scanning faces in a crowd and comparing them against a database of custody images and the force blames the high number of false positives on “poor quality images”.

Click here to read more about the facial recognition software
(The Guardian) 11/05/2018

 


 

Google’s virtual assistant can make phone callsGoogle’s virtual assistant can make phone calls

Google has made the headlines this week with the demonstration of Google Duplex at its annual developers’ conference. The demo shows Google’s voice assistant booking a hair appointment and a reservation at a restaurant by directly talking to a human over the phone. The voice is designed to sound completely natural and the only concern is that the recipient of the call is none the wiser that they are talking to a bot. Would you hang up if you discovered you were talking to Google’s AI?

Click here to read more about Google’s Virtual Assistant making phone calls
(BBC Tech) 09/05/2018

 


 

IBM employees banned from using USB sticksIBM employees banned from using USB sticks

IBM is concerned about the high risk of ‘financial reputational damage from misplaced, lost or misused removable portable storage devices’ and so has banned its staff from using removable storage devices such as USB sticks, SD cards and flash drives. Some parts of IBM have had this policy for a while but over the next few weeks, the new policy will be implemented worldwide.

Click here to read more about IBM’s ban on USBs and more here
(The Register) 10/05/2018

 


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