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Sir Charles Kao: Fibre optics genius passes away

[ad_1] Image copyright UCL Image caption Sir Charles Kao receiving an Honorary Doctorate of Science from University College London (UCL) in 2010 Tributes have been paid to Sir Charles Kao, the scientist whose work in Essex "transformed the world".Sir Charles, who won the 2009 Nobel Prize for Physics, died in Hong Kong on Sunday, aged 84.In the 1960s, he worked at Standard Telephones and Cables in Harlow and it was
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PlayStation backs down in Fortnite cross-play row

[ad_1] Image copyright EPic games Sony is to let gamers on PlayStation consoles play against those using rival devices, the company has announced.Many games already let those using a PC, Nintendo Switch or Xbox One play together online, but Sony had refused to take part.It had previously cited child protection as one of the reasons it blocked cross-play.However, it said it had "identified a path" to allowing cross-play on some
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Tablet computer kills child in car crash in Spain

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many parents use electronic devices to keep their children entertained in cars The death of a girl hit by a tablet computer in a car accident has raised concerns about the safety of using such devices in moving vehicles.The three-year-old was killed after her mother's car collided with the back of a school bus in Spain on Monday.Local reports indicate the girl was
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‘Distracted boyfriend’ advert ruled sexist

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images A Swedish internet company broke gender discrimination rules by using a popular meme in an advertisement, the country's advertising regulator has ruled.Bahnhof posted a version of the "distracted boyfriend" meme on Facebook, to advertise job vacancies.The image, which shows a man looking at a woman in a red dress while his girlfriend looks on in horror, has been widely parodied online.But the regulator said the
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Mirrorless cameras: Photography’s new decisive moment

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: Dan Simmons takes a first look at Panasonic's full-frame mirrorless camera Nearly 200 years after the birth of photography, the art form is experiencing a technological revolution.Smartphones are using multiple cameras and software-based smarts to deliver images that seemingly transcend the limits of their small lenses and sensors.And while handsets have devastated sales of point-and-shoot cameras, the prospects for more
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Facebook moderator sues over ‘beheading stress’

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters A woman who monitored content on Facebook is suing the company, alleging it does not properly protect those who face mental trauma as a result of viewing distressing images.Moderators are "bombarded" with thousands of images depicting child sexual abuse, torture, bestiality and beheadings, the legal action alleges.It said the social network was "failing to provide a safe workplace".Facebook said its moderators had full access to mental
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Tinder tests new feature for women in India

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Tinder is testing a new feature in India that puts women in control of sending the first message to a match.The dating platform currently works by letting either party send a message once two people have "liked" each other by swiping right on their profile.Rival app Bumble, founded by Whitney Wolfe, who also co-founded Tinder, already has this new feature by default.The two companies are
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Should gammon slur be banned on Twitter?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Gammon is often used as an insult Twitter has asked its members to help shape new rules banning "dehumanising speech", in which people are compared to animals or objects.It said language that made people seem "less than human" had repercussions.The social network already has a hateful-conduct policy but has been accused of bias for allowing some types of insulting language to remain online.For
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YouTube channel owner ‘arrested over child sex abuse’

[ad_1] Image copyright YouTube Image caption The channel Mr Rylett co-owns has millions of subscribers The owner of a YouTube channel aimed at girls was arrested in August on suspicion of child sexual abuse, US media is reporting.BuzzFeed claims to have obtained a warrant suggesting Ian Rylett was arrested during a video shoot with one of the girls on his channel.No videos appear to have been posted to the channel