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How the next government could rewire the state

The delivery of government services is fundamentally an information processing challenge. Consider the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), which administers benefits for millions of UK citizens. To determine eligibility and process payments, the DWP needs numerous bits of personal information and documents from applicants, many of which were issued by other parts of the…

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Parliamentarians warn of UK election threat from Russia, China and North Korea

MPs and peers have warned the government that Russia, China, North Korea and other hostile states could attempt interfere in the 4 July general election. A joint parliamentary committee of MPs and peers has warned the prime minister Rishi Sunak that the general election is an “attractive target” for malicious actors trying to destabilise the…

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This AI app clones your dead family members, and people are horrified

A new AI app is drawing criticism and horror for its unsettling premise that it can clone your friends and loved ones. The app is called Vera AI, and while it isn’t available on the Google Play Store any longer in certain countries, reports about the app paint a very disturbing picture.For starters, the app’s…

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TikTok ban sails through US Senate

A bill giving TikTok’s China-based owner ByteDance until January 2025 to sell up or get out of town has sailed through the Senate, the upper chamber of the United States legislature, and looks set to become law, with far-reaching implications. The landslide vote, split 79 to 18, followed an equally thumping majority in the House…

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I just deleted all of my social media apps and it feels great

I remember getting ready for college back in 2005. It was just when Facebook started opening up outside of a small number of colleges and letting anyone with a college email create an account. That’s right, I’m old enough to remember when Facebook was limited to college students.I had just gotten back from an orientation…

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Critical iPhone bug makes alarms go quiet, but Apple is working on a fix

Some iPhone bugs are worse than others. Apple confirmed something that has been spreading on social media to Today. Some users’ alarms are triggering silently.That means they won’t wake you up in time for work, meetings, and anything else you have planned in the early morning. This issue doesn’t seem related to iOS 17.4.1, which…

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iMessage is down for some users, and the problem is spreading

iPhone users are reporting that iMessage is currently down. Although Apple System Status says that all services are working fine, people over social media – and BGR staff – are having issues sending messages at the moment.While the majority of users can’t send messages, it seems some others are being disconnected from iMessage. At the…

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Europol offers law enforcement agencies data on Europe’s most threatening crime networks

The European policy agency, Europol, is to offer law enforcement agencies access to a “unique dataset” about the operations of the most threatening organised crime groups in Europe. The agency has drawn on data from its own records, 27 EU member states, and 17 other countries to identify how the most dangerous criminal networks are…

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Are we about to see Snapdragon X Plus revealed? Qualcomm teaser suggests Apple could have more to worry about than Elite CPU

Qualcomm has teased that an announcement is coming for its inbound Snapdragon X ARM-based chip, silicon that has been causing a great deal of excitement of late as a potential Apple M3-beater (and for other reasons besides).Taking to X (formerly Twitter), the company offered up a short video clip showing a chip with an ‘X’…

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China ramps up use of AI misinformation

The Chinese government is ramping up its use of content generated by artificial intelligence (AI) as it seeks to further its geopolitical goals through misinformation, including targeting the upcoming US presidential election, according to intelligence published by the Microsoft Threat Analysis Centre (MTAC). MTAC said Beijing was also using fake social media accounts to pose…

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