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Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption Would having your own personal stylist on demand help you decide what to wear? Dressing angst. We’ve all had it. Does this outfit make me look fat? Is it inappropriate for work? Is it something someone half may age would wear? Should I just give up …

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Now computers are writing pop songs

Image copyrightTaryn SouthernImage caption Taryn Southern is making an entire album co-written by artificial intelligence software “Ugh,” my dad used to grunt when I switched on Radio 1 . “This music sounds like it was written by a computer”. It’s a criticism that’s been levelled at synthpop for years. But …

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Reddit bans ‘involuntarily celibate’ community

Image copyrightRedditImage caption The /r/incels subreddit was banned on Tuesday Social website Reddit has banned a controversial subreddit dedicated to “involuntarily celibate” men, known as incels. The 41,000-strong community was ostensibly a support group for men who wanted to have sex, but found themselves unable to form romantic relationships. Over …

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Vodafone plans UK fibre broadband roll-out

Image copyrightGetty Images Vodafone has announced plans to provide up to five million UK properties with “full fibre” internet connections. The telecoms firm company is partnering with broadband network specialist CityFibre to achieve the goal by 2025. Vodafone said the initiative would deliver a “superior product at a lower cost” …

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TripAdvisor to flag sex assault reports

Image copyrightGetty Images Travel website TripAdvisor has added tags informing users of hotels where sexual assaults have been reported. The warning badges are designed to identify health, discrimination and safety issues, the company said. The announcement came after the website was accused of deleting several reviews in which users reported …

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Self-drive shuttle bus in crash on first day

Image copyrightNavyaImage caption The technology was first tested in Vegas at the start of this year A self-driving shuttle bus in Las Vegas was involved in a crash on its first day of service. The vehicle – carrying “several” passengers – was hit by a lorry driving at slow speed. …

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FBI seeks to unlock Texas killer’s iPhone

Image copyrightKSAT 12 / ReutersImage caption FBI agents joined local law enforcement at the scene Apple has offered to help the FBI unlock the smartphone of the gunman who killed 26 people at a church in Texas last Sunday. Devin Kelley wounded 20 others at the First Baptist Church of …

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Pokemon Go firm plans Harry Potter magic

Image copyrightWarner Bros InteractiveImage caption A logo but no footage has been released for the new game The maker of Pokemon Go has revealed it is working on a Harry Potter-themed follow-up that will also include augmented reality features. Niantic said players would find and fight fantasy beasts in real-world …

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‘Too few’ schools offer computing GCSEs

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption The lack of skilled teachers is the biggest problem, the report found More than half of England’s secondary schools, 54%, did not offer GCSE computer science in 2015-16, a report from the Royal Society has found. It urged the government to increase spending on computer education …

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Study shows scale of log-in hijacking

Image copyrightdesigner491Image caption Many people still use passwords that are very easy to guess Cyber-thieves grab almost 250,000 valid log-in names and passwords for Google accounts every week, suggests research. The study by Google and UC Berkeley looked at the ways email and other accounts get hijacked. It used 12 …

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