Technology

Facebook will give the Metropolitan Police cameras for their firearms teams in a bid to stop mass shootings and terror attacks being live-streamed. Scotland Yard said armed police will wear the company's cameras during training exercises and the footage will be used by Facebook to develop algorithms to recognise firearms attacks. The technology will help the tech giant alert police to...
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NHS to offer patients DNA tests to predict illnesses

The NHS is to offer patients in England a ‘gene testing’ service that will predict their chances of developing a range of illnesses. They will be charged for the gene sequencing service and be expected to share their data anonymously with scientists afterwards. The gene health report will forecast their chances of developing conditions such as Alzheimer’s and cancer. Health Secretary Matt...

Former GCHQ chief says Facebook could be a threat to democracy

Facebook should be ‘controlled and regulated’ or it could become a threat to democracy, a former senior intelligence boss has said. Robert Hannigan, who was head of Government Communications Headquarters...

Bank customers can put a block on their own spending

Customers of a major bank can now block themselves from specific types of debit card spending with a new service. Barclays is the first high street bank to introduce the...

Driverless car fleet could be on London streets by 2021

Londoners could be whisked around the capital in a fleet of self-driving cars by 2021 after a new partnership deal was signed this week. Private hire firm Addison Lee has...
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Branson predicts lift-off into space ‘within weeks’

The much-delayed Virgin Galactic space craft will lift off in weeks, its billionaire owner Richard Branson has predicted. He told CNBC that he hoped the first paying passengers would be on board within months if all went well. Branson’s ambitious project is part of a private space race between Virgin Galactic, Amazon tycoon Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin and Tesla chief Elon...

Robots could bring a net jobs gain, new study claims

Robots and other new workplace technology could create more than 133 million jobs worldwide, dwarfing the number of those they put at risk, according to a new report. The World Economic Forum (WEF) says the advent of technology-driven automation will see about 75 million jobs disappear over the next decade with many more being created in the process. Their findings come...