Tech Tent: Do we need gadget etiquette lessons

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Image caption Are we spending too much time on our phones? And should we let guests know if we have smart speakers?

Should you inform visitors to your home that smart speakers could pick up what they say? And when it comes to staring at Twitter on your phone, how much is too much?

Gadget etiquette is something we are all grappling with, and on this week's Tech Tent we hear from two people who have played a big role in shaping the way we interact with technology.

For Rick Osterloh, Google's hardware chief, it has been a big week. Not content with being a huge force in internet search and online advertising, Google has long wanted to be big in hardware.

It's had variable success with everything from the Google Home smart speakers, to virtual reality headsets and the ill-fated Google Glass. But it's the Pixel smartphone which is probably the flagship product.

So far, it's won great reviews but quite modest sales, so a lot was riding on this week's launch of the Pixel 4.

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Tech Tent: China and US spar over games, apps and AI

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Image caption Activision Blizzard's treatment of a gamer has prompted protests

How much are Western companies are prepared to abandon their principles in order to appease the Chinese government?

In the week Apple dropped a controversial app and a games firm suspended an e-sports player for making controversial remarks about Hong Kong, Tech Tent looks at the ethical dilemmas for anyone doing business in China.

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Deepfake videos 'double in nine months'

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Image caption Deepfake videos typically involve computer-generated images of a subject's face created via analysis of thousands of still images of the person

New research shows an alarming surge in the creation of so-called deepfake videos, with the number online almost doubling in the last nine months. There is also evidence that production of these videos is becoming a lucrative business.

And while much of the concern about deepfakes has centred on their use for political purposes, the evidence is that pornography accounts for the overwhelming majority of the clips.

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Tech Tent: should TikTok scare Facebook?

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Image caption Facebook is concerned aboot the growth of TikTok

It is the Chinese-owned short video-sharing site which you may not have heard of if you are over 30.

But on Tech Tent this week we explore why TikTok could be the biggest threat to Facebook.

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£5bn for full fibre - do the numbers add up?

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Image caption Bringing high-speed broadband to remote areas will be challenging

Three months ago, Boris Johnson set a hugely ambitious target - giving every home in the UK full-fibre broadband by 2025. Now, at the Conservative Party conference, the Chancellor, Sajid Javid, has promised the funds to make that happen.

Or has he?

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Tech Tent: Facebook has designs on your brain

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Image caption The current CTRL-Labs wristband is bulky and crude

It is a tiny US tech start-up which is developing a wristband that decodes signals from your brain. But now CTRL-Labs has joined the Facebook empire - and on this week's Tech Tent we explore what this tells us about a future where our brains are linked to computers.

Unveiling its purchase of CTRL-Labs, Facebook's virtual reality chief Andrew Bosworth said: "We know there are more natural, intuitive ways to interact with devices and technology. And we want to build them."

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Mystery of the disappearing 'Cryptoqueen' Ruja Ignatova

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Image caption At a big event at Wembley, Dr Ruja Ignatova talked up her cryptocurrency OneCoin

If ever an industry needed a PR makeover, it's the world of cryptocurrencies.

It seems every week brings evidence of scams and fraud, from the hacking of exchanges to Initial Coin Offerings where the founder disappears with the money. Just on Monday, America's Securities and Exchange Commission charged the founder of an online adult entertainment marketplace with running a fraudulent ICO (Initial Coin Offering).

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Tech Tent: Can AI revolutionise health?

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Image caption AI is starting to solve some of the real-world health problems

If there's one area where there's real excitement about the improvements in our lives which advances in artificial intelligence could bring, it is healthcare.

On Tech Tent this week we ask whether, amidst all the hope and hype, real innovations are beginning to transform the way patients are treated.

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Google swallows DeepMind Health

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Image caption The Streams app is saving nurses hours each day, the Royal Free Hospital says, but it proved controversial

Last November the pioneering London AI firm DeepMind announced that its health division was being transferred to its parent company Google.

Now, 10 months later, the move is finally happening, the delay a measure of how controversial and painful this process has been.

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Kirstie Allsopp slams Twitter over 'scam' ads

  • 16 September 2019
  • From the section UK
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Image caption The Sun's owner News UK has contacted Twitter about stories falsely claiming to be in The Sun

TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp says she's been the victim of a scam which has seen her face used to promote slimming pills on Twitter.

She has attacked the social media firm for failing to respond to her complaints.

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