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Coffee Meets Bagel dating app hack exposes private details of 6 million people

The Independent

A popular dating app has become the latest victim of a major data breach after hackers exposed the details of 6 million of its users. Hacked information of Coffee Meets Bagel users appeared in a huge cache of data that appeared on a popular dark web marketplace earlier this week. The previously undisclosed breach has since been acknowledged by the dating app. Coffee Meets Bagel revealed details about the hack in an email to its users on Valentine's Day, explaining that members' names and email addresses had been exposed. "We recently discovered that some data from your Coffee Meets Bagel account may have been acquired by an unauthorised party," the email stated.


Japanese 'robot marriage-hunting' parties see single men and women talk to each other through ROBOTS

Daily Mail

Young adults in Japan have discovered a new medium for finding a husband or wife - robots. At a recent event in Tokyo, love-seeking men and women sat around a table with tiny bots interspersed between them. These tiny droids served as a messenger for each person to introduce themselves, since many said they felt'too anxious' to conduct a conversation on their own, according to The Japan News. Young adults in Japan have discovered a new medium for finding a husband or wife - robots. The event took place at a hotel in Tokyo's Minato Ward, where 28 men and women between the ages of 25 and 39 convened in the hopes of finding a spouse.


AirPods 2: Release date, new features and everything else you need to know about Apple's latest wireless iPhone earphones

The Independent

Apple's long-rumoured, much-hyped new AirPods are on their way. And they could be as big a change as when the wires dropped out of Apple's existing headphones and they were first born. Introduced in 2016, the two truly wireless earphones haven't been updated since. They came with a wide range of futuristic features – but a range of rumours have swirled around them about new updates, that would bring new and even more futuristic features. The AirPods are actually two (or three) different things: the case that protects them and the earphones that sit inside.


iPhone pirates hack Spotify and other apps to listen to ad-free music for free

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Popular iPhone apps like Spotify, Angry Birds and Pokemon Go are being pirated using technology developed by Apple, an investigation has revealed. By circumventing Apple's tightly controlled App Store, software pirates have been able to install versions of these apps that allow them to stream music and play games ad free, without having to pay a fee. Illicit software distributors such as TutuApp, Panda Helper, AppValley and TweakBox have found ways to use digital certificates to get access to a program Apple introduced to let corporations distribute business apps to their employees without going through the official app store. Using so-called enterprise developer certificates, these pirate operations are providing modified versions of popular apps to consumers, enabling them to stream music without ads and to circumvent fees and rules in games, depriving Apple and legitimate app makers of revenue. By doing so, the pirate app distributors are violating the rules of Apple's developer programs, which only allow apps to be distributed to the general public through the App Store.


EU politicians finalise new copyright rules that could transform the internet

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The final wording of dramatic and wide-ranging copyright rules that campaigners say could fundamentally alter the way the internet works has been decided, the EU has announced. The new regime has been accused of forcing companies to "ban memes" as it transforms the way people are able to share information online. Companies such as Google have intensely criticised the rules – with YouTube suggesting it could even have to ban Europeans from uplodaing videos entirely. Now the final wording has been agreed by the European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the Commission, meaning that the regulations are soon likely to be passed. Two parts of the law, Article 11 and Article 13, have been most contentious since the start of talks to change copyright rules, which critics fear could negatively affect the way music, memes and news articles are shared online.


Apex Legends app download site tricks players with dodgy mobile version of hit game

The Independent

Hackers are attempting to cash in on the record-breaking popularity of Apex Legends, according to researchers who uncovered a fake app posing as an official mobile version of the new video game. Cyber security firm Check Point discovered what it believes to be the first malicious app of the free-to-play battle royale game, which is currently not available as a download for Android or iOS devices. Since launching just over a week ago, Apex Legends has attracted more than 25 million players, prompting comparisons to the viral success of Fortnite. Both games feature similar objectives and gameplay, though Apex Legends is not distributed on as many gaming platforms. Unlike Fortnite, Apex Legends can only be played on a PC, or consoles like the PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.


Mitsubishi Electric Unveils Six New Technologies at Annual R&D Open House

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TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 12, 2019--Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO:6503) announced six new technologies, outlined below, at its annual Research and Development Open House held today at its headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, including three artificial intelligence (AI) technologies using the company's proprietary Maisart * AI. * M itsubishi Electric's AI creates the S tate-of-the- ART in technology The company announced today that it has developed an artificial intelligence (AI) technology capable of fast stepwise learning using a simulator to efficiently complete motion learning in a relatively short time using the company's Maisart AI technology. The company announced today that it has developed a unique behavioral-analysis artificial intelligence (AI) using the company's Maisart AI technology. The company announced today that it has developed what is believed to be the world's smallest power unit for a two-motor hybrid electric vehicle (two inverters and one converter), measuring just 2.7 liters in volume, offering a world-leading 150 kVA/L power density. The company announced today that it has developed sensing technology for highly accurate detection of vehicle perimeters even in dense fog or heavy rain. The company announced today that it has developed a simulation technology for predicting energy consumption and comfort levels to operate net zero energy buildings (ZEBs).


Apple event: Latest major launch planned to happen soon – but not for new iPhones or other products

The Independent

Apple is preparing for its next big launch event, according to a new report – but there might not be new products. The company is rumoured to be working on a whole host of new updates: an improved iPad Mini, a second version of the AirPods, as well as new Macs. That had many to hope that the company would hold one of its regular March events, and start selling many of those long-expected products. Apple will be holding one of those March events at its campus in California on 25 March, according to a new report from BuzzFeed. But those products won't be the central focus, according to the same report.


Fortnite update delayed after mysterious issue with latest patch release

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The latest Fortnite update has been delayed after the creators of the wildly popular game revealed an issue with the v7.40 patch release. The update was due to be released this week ahead of the widely-anticipated Season 8 of the battle royale sensation. Delays to the patch will affect all platforms that support Fortnite, including PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC and mobile users. "Due to a last minute issue we've discovered within the v7.40 release, the update will be delayed," Fortnite tweeted. "We'll give you an exact time when we lock it down."


Fortnite dance lawsuit sparks Epic Games response: 'No one can own a dance step'

The Independent

The creator of the hugely popular video game Fortnite has urged a judge to throw out a lawsuit by the rapper 2 Milly, who claims a viral dance move he created was used in the game without his consent. According to defence lawyers for Epic Games, the musician's dance moves are not subject to copyright laws because "no one can own a dance step." The lawsuit centres around the'Swipe It' dance emote that can be obtained as a reward in the online Battle Royale game. Plaintiff Terrence Milly, who goes by the name 2 Milly, argues that the dance move is based on a choreography he created in 2014 called the Milly Rock. Epic Games' lawyers claimed in the motion to the Californian Judge that "individual dance steps and simple dance routines are not protected by copyright," though copyright experts believe there is a strong counter argument to this claim.