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Robot teaches itself to ice-skate

[ad_1] A robot made from 3D-printed modular parts has taught itself how to ice-skate."The only thing we tell it is how one ice skate behaves on ice," says ETH Zurich 's Prof Stelian Coros, explaining that after this stage the robot figures out how to move across the ice by itself.BBC Click finds out more.More at BBC.com/Click and @BBCClick. [ad_2] Source link
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Virgin Media tests 8Gbps broadband

[ad_1] Image copyright Virgin Media Image caption The speed test was verified by testing service Sam Knows A handful of homes in Cambridgeshire have tested broadband speeds of 8Gbps, as part of a trial by Virgin Media.Currently only eight households, in the village of Papworth, are involved in the trial but Virgin Media hopes to extend this to 50 over time.The technology it uses, ethernet passive optical network, offers the
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Do money apps make us better or worse with our finances?

[ad_1] Image copyright KERRY HUDSON Image caption Author Kerry Hudson says a finance app stopped her being terrible with money Finance apps are proving increasingly popular, but are they making us better at managing our money or encouraging us to spend more?Kerry Hudson, 28, spent her childhood living in poverty in Scotland with her single mother, in "a succession of council estates, bed and breakfasts for the homeless, and caravan
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Microsoft: What went right under Satya Nadella?

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: Could Microsoft's augmented reality change work?On Monday, it will be five years since Satya Nadella was announced as Microsoft's chief executive.Since taking charge he has turned the tech firm's fortunes around, making it the most valuable company in the world for the first time since 2002.Go on, admit it. You thought Microsoft was so last century, didn't you? In the
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Hypezone: How AI is making game streams more exciting

[ad_1] Hypezone, which runs on Microsoft’s streaming site Mixer, uses artificial intelligence (AI) to examine streams coming into the site and pick the most interesting moments to show to people.It means fans of games like Fortnite can use the system to automatically find the most thrilling battles. The software looks at character's health, kill count, and other factors to help decide how exciting the battle is, and the most thrilling
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Saving my daughter from Instagram self-harm

[ad_1] Ian's daughter Libby was using Instagram to post images of her self-harm injuries.He says photographs on the social media platform were more graphic than things he had seen when serving in the Army. Libby is now in recovery and hopes to become a paramedic.In a statement, Instagram said it had begun "a full review of our policies, enforcement and technologies around suicide and self-injury content".If you've been affected by
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Facebook users continue to grow despite privacy scandals

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Facebook users have continued to rise despite a series of data privacy scandals and criticism over its attempt to stem toxic content.The social media giant said the number of people who logged into its site at least once a month jumped 9% last year to 2.32 billion people.Fears the firm's scandals could put off advertisers also proved unfounded with annual revenues up 30% on last
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Apple hints at lower iPhone prices as sales fall

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The global smartphone market is contracting Apple boss Tim Cook has hinted it could lower iPhone prices in some places in an attempt to boost falling sales.Revenue from the iPhone, responsible for most of the firm's profits, fell 15% in its latest financial quarter.Overall the firm's revenue was down 5% from a year ago to about $84.3bn (£64.5bn).The slowdown had been expected after
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Facebook’s popularity dips with UK children, says Ofcom

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Facebook's popularity among children fell during 2018, according to the media regulator Ofcom.It has published its annual report looking at the types of services and devices children in the UK are using.Its report suggests 72% of 12- to 15-year-olds with a social media account use Facebook, down from 74% in 2017.But Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, gained popularity. In 2018, 23% named it as