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

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 […]

Euro MPs back end-to-end encryption for all citizens

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The European Parliament could enforce end-to-end encryption as an extension of personal privacy A European Parliament committee wants end-to-end encryption to be enforced on all forms of digital communication to protect European Union (EU) citizens. The draft legislation seeks to protect sensitive personal data from hacking and government surveillance. EU […]

GTA V: Force Hax, Lexicon and Menyoo sites shut down

Image copyright Rockstar Games Image caption Take-Two has shut down three popular GTA modding tools that charged money to let players cheat at the game Grand Theft Auto’s creator Take-Two Interactive has shut down three hugely popular tools that let players alter features and cheat at the game. The modding tools Force Hax, Lexicon and […]

Swiss supercomputer edges US out of top spot

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many supercomputers aid research into global climate change For only the second time in 24 years, the US has been edged out of the top flight of the world’s most powerful number-crunchers. An upgrade to a Swiss supercomputer has bumped the US Department of Energy’s Cray XK7 to number […]

Google pledge to tackle YouTube terror videos

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Yvette Cooper said social media companies’ “failure to deal with illegal and dangerous material online is a disgrace” Google has unveiled four measures it will use to tackle the spread of terror-related material online. Among the measures it is deploying will be smarter software that can spot extremist material and […]

Digital technology ‘is Scotland’s fast-growing sector’

Image copyright Getty Images Scotland’s digital technology sector is forecast to grow twice as fast as the Scottish economy overall in the years to 2024, a new report has claimed. Skills Development Scotland and the Scottish government-backed Digital Technologies Skills Group said it was the economy’s fastest-growing sector. Their report found that it accounted for […]

India internet shutdowns ‘violate human rights’

Image copyright Abid Bhat Image caption Authorities say they shut internet and telecommunications services to stop rumours during times of unrest Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said India needs to cease “arbitrary restrictions” on internet and phone services. The organisation said state governments had imposed 20 temporary internet shutdowns in 2017. Authorities say they shut […]

Programmers who use spaces ‘paid more’

Image copyright maciek905 Image caption Code can be easier to read when it is properly indented Computer programmers who use spaces as part of their coding earn $15,370 (£12,000) more per year than those who use tabs, a survey of developers has revealed. The survey found the salary difference stretched across different languages, countries and […]

Space bar programmers ‘paid more’

Image copyright maciek905 Image caption Code can be easier to read when it is properly indented Computer programmers who use the space bar on a keyboard as part of their coding earn $15,370 (£12,000) more per year than those who use the tab key, a survey of developers has revealed. The survey found the salary […]