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TECH 27 Aug 2015 | 10:33 AM

Facebook testing personal digital assistant inside Messenger

Facebook Inc is testing a personal digital assistant called "M" within its Messenger service that can answer questions with live human help and perform tasks such as buying gifts online and booking restaurants.

TECH 30 Jul 2015 | 2:30 PM

Google adds 20 languages to instant translation app

Google announced it was adding 20 new languages for its mobile translation application that reads text and instantly converts to another tongue.

TECH 29 Jul 2015 | 1:29 PM

No sci-fi joke: ‘killer robots’ strike fear into tech leaders

It sounds like a science-fiction nightmare. But “killer robots” have the likes of British scientist Stephen Hawking and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak fretting, and warning they could fuel ethnic cleansing and an arms race.

TECH 22 Jul 2015 | 8:30 AM

Toyota offers a robotic helping hand

The Human Support Robot (HSR) is operated via remote control and could be key in helping people continue to live fuller lives as they get older.

TECH 17 Jul 2015 | 8:00 AM

Is Facebook's concierge v. 2.0 on the horizon?

According to The Information, it would appear that Facebook is working on a virtual assistant for mobile devices.

TECH 14 Jul 2015 | 8:00 AM

Look out Siri, soon everything from cookers to cars will be at our service.

New data from Tractica forecasts that by the end of the decade, there will be over 3.3 billion consumer devices in the world capable of operating as virtual digital assistants and able to respond to natural language patterns and gestures.

TECH 08 Jul 2015 | 3:00 PM

Security experts warn against encryption ‘backdoors’

A group of computer code experts said that law enforcement cannot be given special access to encrypted communications without opening the door to “malicious” actors.

TECH 02 Jul 2015 | 7:13 PM

Google apologises photo app tagged black couple ‘gorillas’

Google apologised after an identification program in its new photo app put a “gorillas” label on a picture of a black couple.

TECH 18 Jun 2015 | 11:50 AM

Twitter buys artificial intelligence group Whetlab

Twitter has acquired the artificial intelligence startup Whetlab, bolstering the analytics capacity which is becoming increasingly important for social networks.

TECH 17 Jun 2015 | 12:53 PM

E3 2015: Fantasies play out in virtual reality games

At the Electronic Entertainment Expo, players swooped like eagles through Paris, blasted asteroids, and fought in boxing rings as videogame makers dove into worlds of virtual reality.