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March 24, 2016  6:15 PM

Microsoft’s AI adventure shows there’s hope for us all yet

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Artificial intelligence, Google, IBM, Microsoft, twitter

Artificial intelligence (AI) is going to take over the world, steal all our jobs and ultimately subjugate us all - or so we are told.

We've seen IBM's AI system, Watson, beat humans on the US game show, Jeopardy. Recently, Google's British DeepMind team created an AI system that...

March 18, 2016  9:26 AM

The Internet of Birds: Meet London’s pollution-tracking pigeon patrol

Caroline Donnelly Profile: Caroline Donnelly
Internet of Things, twitter

Someone has finally found a use for London's ubiquitous pigeon population that involves fitting their fat, feathery bodies with tiny air pollution-detecting backpacks.

The bird-brained scheme has seen the Air Pigeon Patrol, as they are known, tracking...


February 25, 2016  4:06 PM

Mind the (data) gap

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
apps, London, Mobile, twitter

Londoners were all a-twitter this week when a "software bug" apparently caused the London Underground API to tell all the apps that use its live transport data that every Tube line in the capital had been shut down.

Trade union leaders could hardly have hoped for such an impact as...


May 8, 2015  10:40 AM

Election 2015 – the day dogs ruled the internet

Clare McDonald Profile: Clare McDonald
Ballot, Dog, twitter, United Kingdom, voting

Everyone knows the internet was invented for cats. You can't go anywhere online without the furry critters popping up in everything you do, from social media to professional emails.

But on the day of the...


December 5, 2014  11:36 AM

Mum’s (not) the word

Clare McDonald Profile: Clare McDonald
Christmas, marmite, twitter

Organisers of Parklife festival have been fined £70,000 by the Information Commissioner's Office after sending festival goers promotional text messages claiming to be from their mothers.

The short-sited...


October 10, 2014  2:28 PM

Nadella gets an instant taste of bad karma

Archana Venkatraman Profile: Archana Venkatraman
Microsoft, Nadella, Satya Nadella, twitter

Men should be particularly careful when giving opinion on as sensitive a topic as gender disparity in the corporate world. Especially if the man in question is the chief executive of one of the largest IT companies of the world and is addressing an event celebrating women.

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August 26, 2014  3:24 PM

Fancy a car-crash picture for all your image queries on Google?

Archana Venkatraman Profile: Archana Venkatraman
Brazil, Canada, Facebook, Germany, Google, Russia, twitter

Another day, another internet cock-up.

On Tuesday, users searching for any pictures on Google Images - kittens, puppies, flowers, food or even Google's own logo - were flooded with the same picture of a Russian car accident in the results page.

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August 19, 2014  3:13 PM

Greggs uses Twitter to turn bad press into brand engagement

CBaldwin Profile: CBaldwin
Google, GreggstheBakers, logo, social media, twitter

On Googling Greggs today (as many are being encouraged to do so on social media), you might notice that its logo is not quite right.


July 24, 2014  12:23 PM

The importance of punctuation on Twitter, a lesson learnt by the Associated Press

CBaldwin Profile: CBaldwin
Eindhoven, Malaysia Airlines, twitter

The Associated Press learnt an important lesson about using correct punctuation within a 140 character Tweet.

Yesterday the news wire sent out a Tweet to inform the...


July 17, 2014  11:01 AM

NOT available on the app store

CBaldwin Profile: CBaldwin
App store, hashtag, Manchester, twitter

A new hashtag has been created as a campaign to point out things in life that are NOT available on the app store, because "there isn't an app for everything".


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