Monday, 26 Feb, 2024

Tech

Chandrayaan-3: India aims for historic lunar south pole landing

India is looking to make history on Wednesday with its third lunar mission set to land on the Moon. If Chandrayaan-3 is successful, India will be the first country to land near the Moon's little-explored south pole. One of its major goals is to hunt for water-based ice, which

Russia's Luna-25 spacecraft crashes into Moon

Russia's unmanned Luna-25 spacecraft has crashed into the Moon after spinning out of control, officials say. It was Russia's first Moon mission in almost 50 years. The craft was due to be the first ever to land on the Moon's south pole, but failed after encountering

Russia’s Luna-25 spacecraft suffers technical glitch in pre-landing maneuver

Russia reported an “abnormal situation” Saturday on its moon-bound Luna-25 spacecraft, which launched earlier this month. The country’s space agency, Roscosmos, said the spacecraft ran into unspecified trouble while trying to enter a pre-landing orbit, and that its

Twitter, now X, to remove blocking feature

The blocking feature will be removed for users of X, formerly Twitter, Elon Musk has announced, claiming the feature "makes no sense". The X boss said users will still be able to block people from directly messaging them, however. But many people on social media said it

China’s new rules on AI-generated content

China put into force this week its newest regulations on artificial intelligence-generated content, a watered-downed version of stricter draft rules that seek to keep the country in the AI race while maintaining firm censorship on online content. Rapid advancements in generative AI

Zuckerberg says Musk 'not serious' about cage fight

Elon Musk "isn't serious" about holding a cage fight and "it's time to move on", Mark Zuckerberg has said. In a post on his social media site Threads, the Meta boss said he had offered Mr Musk "a real date" but the rival entrepreneur had made

Clean up your Google Drive-Gmail to save space-money

Cleaning out your Google Drive, Gmail and Google Photos is an easy way to make some virtual room, and it could save you money, too. Google gives users a combined 15GB of free storage space to use between Google Drive, Gmail and other Google services, and that space can fill up fast. When

Italy could host Musk v Zuckerberg cage fight

A planned cage fight between tech leaders Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg could now take place in Italy, and have an ancient Rome theme. In the story's latest twist, Italy's culture minister on Friday said that he had spoken to Mr Musk about hosting the showdown as a charity

Scientists close to discover new force of nature

Scientists near Chicago say they may be getting closer to discovering the existence of a new force of nature. They have found more evidence that sub-atomic particles, called muons, are not behaving in the way predicted by the current theory of sub-atomic physics. Scientists believe

US issues executive order restricting investment in Chinese tech

President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed an executive order that will narrowly prohibit certain United States investments in sensitive technology in China and require government notification of funding in other tech sectors. Biden said in a letter to Congress he was declaring a national

Onlyfans, Twitch and Snapchat rules 'impenetrable'

Many users of video-sharing sites such as Onlyfans, Twitch and Snapchat would have difficulty reading and understanding the site rules, according to the media regulator. Ofcom has looked at how easy it is for people to access the terms and conditions set by six platforms. It found

Zuckerberg 'not holding breath' over Musk cage fight

Meta boss Mark Zuckerberg has said he is "not holding his breath" over a proposed cage fight with rival Elon Musk. In a post on the new social media app Threads, Zuckerberg said he had proposed 26 August for the showdown. Responding to a post on X in which Musk claimed he

Voyager 2: Nasa fully back in contact with lost space probe

Nasa is back in full contact with its lost Voyager 2 probe months earlier than expected, the space agency said. In July a wrong command was made to the spacecraft, sent to explore space in 1977, changing its position and severing contact. A signal was picked up on Tuesday but thanks

Netflix touts $900k AI jobs amid Hollywood strikes

Netflix has triggered an angry response from striking Hollywood actors and writers after posting a job advert for an artificial intelligence (AI) expert. The new position would join its Machine Learning Platform team, which drives the Netflix algorithm helping viewers pick new

Indonesia blocks Musk’s X.com under curbs on porn, gambling

Elon Musk’s aspirations for X, the social media site formerly known as Twitter, have hit a stumbling block in Indonesia after the site X.com was blocked under the country’s curbs on online pornography and gambling. Indonesia’s Ministry of Communication and Informatics

Spotify raises premium subscription price for millions

Spotify is raising prices for its 200 million ad-free subscribers for the first time in over a decade, the platform has announced. In the US, the cost will increase from $9.99 to $10.99 (£8.57) for those with an individual plan. Similar price hikes also apply to the UK,

Twitter changes logo to ‘X’, replacing blue bird symbol

Twitter has launched its new logo, dropping the blue bird on its website for an X as part of a wider rebranding. The social media network’s site on Monday showed the company’s new logo: a white X on a black background. Twitter owner Elon Musk and its Chief Executive

Twitter to change logo: Elon Musk 

Elon Musk said he was looking to change Twitter's logo, tweeting: "And soon we shall bid adieu to the twitter brand and, gradually, all the birds. In a tweet at 12:06 a.m. ET (0406 GMT) on Sunday, the social media platform's billionaire owner added: "If a good enough

Tech firms pledge to White House to make AI safer and more secure

The White House has secured "voluntary commitments" from tech companies that they'll help reduce the risks involved in artificial intelligence. US President Joe Biden met with Amazon, Microsoft, Meta, Google, OpenAI, Anthropic and Inflection on Friday at the White House,

Google explores AI tools for journalists, in talks with publishers

Google is exploring using artificial intelligence tools to write news articles and is in talks with news organizations to use the tools to assist journalists, a company spokesperson said late on Wednesday. The spokesperson did not name the publishers, but the New York Times reported