AI agreement reached, Apple faces lawsuit over ‘throttled phones’ claim

28 governments signed up to the 'Bletchley declaration' on the first day of the AI safety summit at Bletchley Park (pictured above) World leaders have a "responsibility" to address the dangers of artificial intelligence, Rishi Sunak has told the UK's first AI safety summit. The prime minister said AI offered "transformative"…

Clearview AI wins facial recognition appeal, EE launches new digital platform

A company that enables its clients to search a database of billions of images scraped from the internet for matches to a particular face has won an appeal against the UK's privacy watchdog. Last year, Clearview AI was fined more than £7.5m by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for unlawfully storing facial images. Jack Mulcaire,…

Apple reveals new iPhone 15 line-up with prices starting from £799

Last night Apple revealed the latest addition to its iPhone line-up - the iPhone 15 - with prices starting at £100 less than last year's models.  The new iPhone features a significant redesign to its screen, replacing the “notch” at the top of the phone with the “dynamic island” used on its current Pro models.…

WhatsApp gets ready to support iMessage, Apple prepares to launch iPhone 15

The hugely popular instant messaging platform WhatsApp appears to be getting its ducks in a row, ready to open its apps up to support for third-party messaging services like Apple's iMessage. The move comes as the European Union's Digital Markets Act (DMA) gets ready to come into force in March 2024. The EU recently confirmed that it has…

Global smartphone sales down 6%, ChatGPT shows left-wing bias

Global smartphone sales are set to hit their lowest point since 2013 as China’s economic headwinds weakened consumer spending worldwide. Total shipments of smartphones are expected to decline 6pc this year to 1.15bn units, according to figures from Counterpoint Research. Economic pressures in China have hit consumers’ spending on electronics, the consultancy said, triggering a slowdown…

Facebook not guilty of psychological harm, second hand EV sales surge

There is no evidence the global spread of Facebook is linked to widespread psychological harm, an Oxford Internet Institute (OII) study suggests. The research looked at how wellbeing changed in 72 countries as use of the social media platform grew. It counters the common belief that social media is psychologically harmful, the researchers argue. Several…

Apple trainers at auction for $50,000, Musk takes @X account without paying owner

A pair of rare Apple trainers are being sold by auction house Sotheby's for $50,000 (£38,969). The shoes were custom-made for employees only in the 1990s and were a one-time giveaway at a conference. A pair have never been sold to the public before. Featuring a predominately white leather upper, "a standout detail" is the…

Google claims quantum computing breakthrough, Tesla delivers record number of EVs

Left: Artist's rendition of the Sycamore processor mounted in the cryostat. (Full Res Version; Forest Stearns, Google AI Quantum Artist in Residence) Right: Photograph of the Sycamore processor. (Full Res Version; Erik Lucero, Research Scientist and Lead Production Quantum Hardware) Google has developed a quantum computer that instantly makes calculations that would…

ShinyShiny snippets: Tests begin on 3D-printed rocket engine

Skyrora is testing its new 3D-printed rocket engines. Pic: Skyrora New 3D-printed rocket engines are being tested at the largest UK facility of its kind ahead of a potential space launch. Edinburgh-based Skyrora made them using its own Skyprint 2 machine for the first time, which the company says halves production…