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AI firm that worked with Vote Leave wins new coronavirus contract | Technology – Blog – Emails

An artificial intelligence firm hired to work on the Vote Leave campaign may analyse social media data, utility bills and credit rating scores as part of a £400,000 contract to help the government deal with the coronavirus pandemic. The company, Faculty, was awarded the contract by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government last month. […]

On the run: lack of sport drives fans to madcap world of marble racing | Technology – Blog – Emails

“Can’t believe I watched this all the way to the end,” Gary Lineker tweeted early into Britain’s coronavirus crisis. “The lack of live sport is clearly getting to me.” He attached a 2-minute YouTube video in which a handful of marbles career down a twisting channel dug into sand, accompanied by a breathless commentary: “Marbles in the […]

When there’s an app that can save lives, there will be no need to download it out of a sense of duty | Opinion – Blog – Emails

The NHS Covid-19 alert app will be available nationwide in June. It’s voluntary, so those of us with smartphones must decide: should we download the app? The health secretary, Matt Hancock, thinks we should, claiming that we would be “doing our duty and helping to save lives”. If only it were that simple. Even if 80% of smartphone […]

In a polarised world, even checking facts on Twitter becomes politicised | Kenan Malik | Opinion- Tempemail – Blog – Emails

Like many Twitter debates, the war of words that broke out last week between Donald Trump and the social media company may seem inconsequential, even infantile. However, the spat raises important questions about the relationship between the public, technology companies and the state, especially in a polarised America. On Tuesday, Twitter attached a health warning […]

The five: robots helping to tackle coronavirus | Technology – Blog – Emails

Boston Dynamics Singapore park-goers have been reminded of their social distancing obligations by Boston Dynamics’ yellow “dog”. The robot hound is equipped with numerous cameras and sensors, which it can use to detect transgressors and broadcast pre-recorded warnings. The authorities have reassured locals it is not a quadruped data-collection device. Starship Technologies A Starship Technologies […]

Want to stand out on screen? Zoom in on that colossal collar… | Fashion- Tempemail – Blog – Emails

A look that brings to mind either William Shakespeare or Harry Hill is not one that immediately suggests sophisticated glamour. But big collars are having a resurgence, this time on women’s dresses, tops and jumpsuits. The current look is less Renaissance bard and more pious puritan, and can be dramatic in scale, reaching the shoulders […]

Twitter taking on Trump’s lies? About time too | John Naughton | Opinion – Blog – Emails

In addition to washing your hands while singing the first two verses of The Internationale, it might be a good time also to clean out your Twitter feed. According to a recent report of a research study by Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems, about 45% of the false […]

Why Twitter should ban Donald Trump | Julia Carrie Wong – Blog – Emails

Trump’s executive order on social media would undermine free speech – and probably go nowhere – but it’s an effective distraction. Still, Trump’s abuse of Twitter means it’s time to close his account. Here’s why: More than 100,000 people in the United States have died of Covid-19, more than any other nation in the world. […]

Trump focuses on social media regulation as US coronavirus death toll passes milestone – live | US news- Tempemail – Blog – Emails

Good Morning, US live blog readers, there’s a busy day ahead in coronavirus and politics news, so please stay tuned for all the developments in the US. Here’s where things are this hour: Donald Trump has not yet spoken out about the US reaching yesterday the grim milestone of 100,000 Covid-19 deaths across the nation. […]

Does the CovidSafe app work? | Australia news – Blog – Emails

The CovidSafe app, rolled out in late April, was sold to the public as a measure that would ‘save lives and protect lives’. On this episode of Full Story reporter Josh Taylor explores a series of flaws in the app that’s causing problems for users, and for at least one state health authority. How to […]