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Royole's bendy-screen FlexPai phone unveiled in China

Image copyright Royole Image caption Royole showed off its flexible phone at a trade event in China A little-known California-based company has laid claim to creating the “world’s first foldable phone”. Royole Corporation – a specialist in manufacturing flexible displays – unveiled the FlexPai handset at an event in Beijing. …

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Can artificial intelligence help stop religious violence?

Image copyright Getty Images Software that mimics human society is being tested to see if it can help prevent religious violence. Researchers used artificial intelligence algorithms to simulate actions driven by sectarian divisions. Their model contains thousands of agents representing different ethnicities, races and religions. Norway and Slovakia are trialling …

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Android under-5s apps have 'unfair and deceptive' ads

Image copyright Bubadu Image caption Campaigners gave Doctor Kids as an example of a title in which a character cries if players click away from an in-app store Under-fives are being blitzed with app-based ads which are often manipulative, inappropriate or deceptive, according to a coalition of campaign groups. Examples …

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Can we predict when and where a crime will take place?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Can algorithms really predict where new crimes will take place? The new crime-fighting weapon of choice for a growing number of police forces around the world isn’t a gun, a taser or pepper spray – it’s data. But can computer algorithms really help reduce …

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The boss who tried to kill his business

Image copyright Segment Image caption Peter Reinhardt was dead set against the idea behind his now successful business The BBC’s weekly The Boss series profiles a different business leader from around the world. This week we speak to Peter Reinhardt, co-founder and chief executive of customer data infrastructure firm Segment. …

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Portrait by AI program sells for $432,000

Image copyright Christie’s An artwork created by an artificially intelligent program has been sold at auction for $432,000 (£337,000). The final price is far higher than the $7,000-$10,000 estimate put on it by Christie’s in New York before the sale. The painting, called Portrait of Edmond Belamy, was created by …

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Helping kids cope with the fear of medical treatment

Image copyright VR Vaccine Image caption In the VR story, the character receives a powerful shield – a metaphor for the vaccine For children, the fear and pain of medical treatments can be traumatic. So a number of tech companies have come up with ways to help. Vaccinations save lives, …

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Fatal 'swatting' hoaxer faces more charges

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Barriss was extradited from his LA home to Kansas to face charges, including manslaughter An American man accused of orchestrating a deadly “swatting” incident now faces 46 more charges. The charges against Tyler Barriss include financial fraud and fake threats of bombs and shootings …

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Facebook finds more fake accounts from Iran

Facebook has uncovered and removed dozens of pages, accounts and groups linked to Iran that the firm says coordinated “inauthentic behaviour”, targeting people in the US and UK. The affected posts focused on divisive topics such as race relations, opposition to President Donald Trump and immigration, it said. The social …

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