Star Citizen game hits $100m funding milestone

The ambitions of the coders behind Star Citizen have expanded as its development fund has grown

BBC News : Crowdfunded video game Star Citizen has raised more than $100m (£66m) from fans and backers. The funding drive for the space exploration, trading and combat game began in 2012 on Kickstarter. Since then, the game has continued to raise cash from people who have signed up to play and test early versions. The milestone comes as virtual ...

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Tech giants pledge $1bn for ‘altruistic AI’ venture, OpenAI

Rapid advances in AI have prompted fears of a threat to humanity

BBC News : Prominent tech executives have pledged $1bn (£659m) for OpenAI, a non-profit venture that aims to develop artificial intelligence (AI) to benefit humanity. The venture’s backers include Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel, Indian tech giant Infosys and Amazon Web Services. Open AI says it expects its research – free from financial obligations ...

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iOS 9.2 gives you more control over Apple Music and iBooks

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By Jon Fingas Apple is clearly hoping to clear its slate before the year is over. On top of that iPhone battery case, it just posted an iOS 9.2 update that brings big improvements to Apple Music and iBooks. For a start, it’s much easier to reconcile your iCloud Music Library with the streaming service — you can see whether ...

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‘Spell-check for hate’ needed, says Google’s Schmidt

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Dave Lee North America technology reporter Technology companies should work on tools to disrupt terrorism – such as creating a hate speech “spell-checker” – Google’s chairman Eric Schmidt has said. Writing in the New York Times, Mr Schmidt said using technology to automatically filter-out extremist material would “de-escalate tensions on social media” and “remove videos before they spread”. His essay comes ...

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Facebook rolls out live streaming video service

Facebook users will be able to live stream video to their friends

BBC News : Facebook has begun rolling out a new feature on its social network which allows users to stream live video. A select group of celebrities and high profile users have been able to use the service for several months. Live streaming via mobile phones has become one of the big technology trends of the year, with Twitter-owned Periscope ...

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