Finding out the Liverpool score, Elon Musk’s net worth, and the age of Diana Ross have been named among the most popular questions asked of Amazon virtual assistant Alexa in the UK over the last 12 months. Questions about who former prime minister Liz Truss is married to and the height of American rapper Jack […]
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MI5 website briefly knocked offline by possible cyber attack
MI5’s website was down for part of Friday after a possible cyber attack. The security service’s public site was briefly unavailable for intermittent periods in the morning but is now back online – with the incident resolved. The cause of the problem is being looked at but was considered to be a minor outage, the […]
Robot ‘taught to laugh at jokes’
A robot has been taught to laugh at jokes in a bid to make it more human. Researchers at Kyoto University in Japan are using artificial intelligence (AI) to train robots about appropriate laughter – and to differentiate between chuckles and rip-roaring squeals. Writing in the journal Frontiers in Robotics and AI, they describe working […]
Is it Anti-Social not to use Social Media?
“If you can’t tag him, does he even exist?” From The Independent, here’s a humorous take on that rare phenomenon: the person who doesn’t use social media. HT: Sean Breathnach
Irish Vampire Web Comedy Series Explores Life and Undeath for the Tinder Generation
“How can an undead villain search for love in the age of tinder? What if you were socially awkward and a monster? Join one sexy vampire – OK maybe not that sexy – as he tries to find the love of his life, again.” That’s the premise of Little Black Lies, a new Irish vampire […]
Did Pet Posers on Social Media Cause Spending Surge?
Looking for an explanation for a 163% rise in sales of pet grooming products, Argos has come up with the answer. It’s all down to animal ‘influencers’, they say, or social petworking – the dog and cat stars of social media. Convinced? Neither are we. But could there be something to it? Human bloggers, Youtubers […]
iPhone 7 is Beer-Resistant [Video]
iPhone 7 is water-resistant to IP67, meaning that it can withstand immersion in water up to 1m, for 30 minutes. But what happens if you drop it in your pint? Adrian Weckler, technology editor at The Irish Independent, just had to investigate. He’s a brave man – because, while Apple asserts the device is water-resistant as sold, it doesn’t […]
Sad Affleck Afflicted by Batman v Superman Slump
Embed from Getty Images The difference between pre-release hype and post-release critical pasting has probably never been more stark than in the case of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and while audiences like it somewhat better than critics, the box office drop between its first and second weekends indicates that the love just isn’t there in […]
Google Removes April Fool Prank Feature which Backfired
It seems that some people just can’t take a joke. When it comes to the workings of email software, that includes people who work for a living, those who are dealing with a personal crisis, or anyone who just wants a tool to do its job and not try to be funny. (I make an exception for TARS, […]
Kevin Spacey Website Looks into your Soul!
It’s become Kevin Spacey’s iconic role, and that’s saying something for the star of The Usual Suspects and American Beauty. In the process House of Cards has broken new ground for Netflix, and for us the audience: a wildly popular TV show that’s not even on TV. And as America is caught up in election fever, life imitates art as the […]