Liberty wins first case banning police use of facial recognition

Human rights group Liberty has won the first international case banning the use of facial recognition technology for policing.

In a judgment today, the Court of Appeal ruled that South Wales Police’s use of facial recognition technology breaches privacy rights, data protection laws, and equality laws.

Liberty launched the case on behalf of Cardiff resident Ed Bridges who was scanned by the technology first on a busy Cardiff high street in December 2017, and again when...

Uber expands UK presence from 40 locations to 170 with Autocab acquisition

Ride-hailing giant Uber is accelerating its operations in the UK with the acquisition of British software firm Autocab.

Uber's story in the UK so far has been a mixed one. Britain was among the first countries which Uber expanded to outside of the US, but it's not been smooth sailing.

In 2017, Uber lost its license to operate in London – one of Uber's top five markets globally. Uber has said 24 percent of its sales come from just five cities, including London. The...

Ex-Google engineer sentenced to 18 months in prison for stealing autonomous car secrets

Former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for stealing autonomous car secrets.

Levandowski was employed by Google’s self-driving car division Waymo when he transferred over 14,000 secret files to his laptop before leaving the company.

The stolen files were taken to Uber, where Levandowski led the firm’s own robotaxi project. US District Judge William Alsup called Levandowski’s actions the "biggest trade secret crime I have...

Google invests $450m in ADT to boost IoT security devices

Google has announced a $450 million investment in security firm ADT to increase the adoption of IoT security devices.

Often when you hear IoT and security in the same sentence, it's because another device has been hacked. However, secure devices can actually improve the safety of premises (don't be too shocked.)

ADT is one of the most recognisable security brands in the world. You'll almost certainly have seen one of the company's somewhat iconic yellow alarms on the...

Smart cities deep dive: Citizen expectations and exploring the Internet of Everything

Smart city initiatives are becoming an increasingly important topic of conversation as the Covid-19 pandemic continues. A series of research studies issued this week have detailed citizen demands, as well as efforts being made by cities to progress.

A study by Capgemini, which surveyed 10,000 citizens across 10 countries, as well as 300 city officials, found smart city initiatives benefit cities and attract potential citizens - but progress is slow.

The report, titled...

Withings raises $60m to expand into B2B connected health services

IoT device maker Withings has raised $60 million in venture capital as it sets its sights on providing B2B services.

Withings has had an interesting story so far. The company was founded in France in 2008 and went on to build some acclaimed connected health devices, including scales and smartwatches.

In 2016, Withings was acquired by Finnish giant Nokia. The Withings brand subsequently disappeared in 2017 and became Nokia Health.

Nokia Health never really took...

Why security validation is a must as IoT becomes part of APT kill chains

Advanced persistent threat (APT) groups are showing no signs of slowing down despite the global coronavirus pandemic and they appear keen on exploiting the Internet of Things (IoT) for their attacks.

Recently, the Russian group APT28 has recently been reported to have been scanning and exploiting vulnerable email servers for over a year. This group is known for hacking into IoT devices to gain a foothold into networks. IoT adoption is rising in organizations and enterprises....

Oppo could miss the opportunity to launch the first interesting WearOS smartwatch in years

WearOS may need to wait a bit longer for the spark it needs, with Oppo’s upcoming smartwatch appearing to miss a big opportunity..

Oppo has announced that it will debut a WearOS smartwatch on July 31st. The new watch could’ve been the first to market packing the Snapdragon Wear 4100.

Qualcomm’s Wear 4100 is the first true upgrade for a WearOS chip since the Wear 2100 launched in 2016 (a Wear 3100 was released in 2018, but it featured the same main processor and...

Musk says Neuralink will solve a lot of brain and spine injuries

Elon Musk believes his ambitious computer-to-brain project, Neuralink, will solve a lot of brain and spine injuries.

Neuralink aims to achieve a symbiosis between AI and the human brain. First established in 2016, the project has been relatively quiet despite the company’s ~90 employees clearly working hard behind-the-scenes.

In a call-out on Twitter for engineers to join Neuralink, Musk highlighted what lifechanging results the work could...

Uber hit with lawsuit to reveal how its algorithm works

Uber has been hit with a lawsuit by two British drivers in a bid to reveal how the company’s algorithm works.

The headquarters for Uber in Europe is in Amsterdam, so the drivers have taken their case to a Dutch court.

Uber’s drivers want to know what data is being collected about them – and how it’s being used. The drivers are concerned that Uber’s algorithm isn’t entirely neutral in how it decides who to allocate rides to.

"They want to prove that...