Dad’s damaged army photo restored by social media

Image copyright Alexiz Connolly Image caption The army picture of Gary Connolly, from Campo, California, was restored after his daughter posted it on a Reddit forum. She first thought it was taken in 1976, later corrected by her dad to 1977 Before digital photography, many images were just snapped and printed once. If that picture […]

Esports degree: ‘I won’t spend three years playing games’

Image copyright China News Service/ Getty Images Image caption Esports featured at the 2018 Asian Games as a demonstration sport, and will be a full event in 2022 Esports is big business, with the global economy forecast by analysts to reach $900m (£685m) by the end of the year. Riding the wave of this rapidly […]

How translation apps are ironing out embarrassing gaffes

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Machines are getting better at untangling foreign languages, but mistakes persist Translation apps are getting better, but they’re still not perfect, particularly for minority languages. Can artificial intelligence and deep neural networks help iron out the glitches? During the World Cup in Russia this summer there was a dramatic […]

Gamer with terminal cancer achieves ‘Ultimate’ goal

Gamer with terminal cancer achieves ‘Ultimate’ goal By Kris Bramwell BBC UGC & Social News Image copyright Chris Taylor When terminal cancer patient Chris Taylor tweeted that he was scared he would not live to see the latest release of his favourite video game, the social media world responded with gusto. His tweet triggered a […]

China shuts down 4,000 websites in purge on ‘improper values’

Image copyright Getty Images China has shut down thousands of websites and online accounts following a three-month campaign against “harmful” content, the state news agency Xinhua has announced. The content, on 4,000 sites, included infringements of copyright and material spreading “improper values, vulgarity or obscenity”, it said. But the purge also appeared to be aimed […]

3D-printed gun pioneer bailed after sex assault charge

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCody Wilson: The man behind America’s 3D-printed guns Cody Wilson has been released on bail in Houston, Texas, after being charged with the sexual assault of an under-age girl. His bail was posted at $150,000 (£114,000). Mr Wilson runs Defense Distributed, a company that offers blueprints for […]

Women seeking sperm donor online harassed

Image caption Sarah said she felt she could not trust people on the sites Women using unregulated websites to find a sperm donor have been harassed and sent photos of miscarriages, the BBC has found. There are strict criteria for NHS artificial insemination and many women say private treatment is too expensive, so they turn […]

Why black chat shows are thriving out of the mainstream

Image copyright Olu HD Image caption The Receipts Podcast has amassed over two and a half million listens and recently joined BBC Radio 1Xtra It starts with a topic and a conversation. Or at least, that’s how it began for the individuals behind web series BKChat, The Receipts Podcast and Halfcast Podcast. In the age […]

Cyber attack led to Bristol Airport blank screens

Image copyright Sammer Tang Image caption The screens at the airport stopped working on Friday morning Bristol Airport has blamed a cyber attack for causing flight display screens to fail for two days. An airport spokesman said the information screens were taken offline early on Friday to contain an attack similar to so-called “ransomware”. They […]

Teen quizzed over ‘g-force’ moped YouTube stunt

Image copyright Dawn Hollingworth Image caption The g-force pushed blood into Tyler’s head which caused him to pass out, his mum said A teenager has been quizzed by police after a “stupid” YouTube stunt in which a boy was spun at high speed on a park roundabout using the wheel of a moped. Tyler Broome […]

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