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Hitchhiking robot completes its journey across Canada

A small robot made of a beer cooler and pool toys has completed its mammoth hitchhiking journey across Canada.

On Saturday "hitchBOT" a "trivia-loving, wellington-wearing, tweeting robot" tweeted a picture of itself making its way to Victoria on Vancouver Island, Canada's most westerly point.

The robot began its epic journey over 3,700 miles away in Nova Scotia. An artists center in Victoria will become its permanent home after a short jaunt to Seattle and a visit to the First Nations community.

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This week I'll be meeting BC First Nations, taking a quick jaunt to Seattle, then arriving at my final destination, Open Space, on Thurs, 21

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Twitter to 'improve policies' after Zelda Williams abuse

Twitter says it has "suspended a number of accounts" following the abuse that Robin Williams' daughter suffered on the social media site following his death.

A statement reportedly from Twitter's vice president of trust and safety, reprinted in the Washington Post, said:

We will not tolerate abuse of this nature on Twitter. We have suspended a number of accounts related to this issue for violating our rules and we are in the process of evaluating how we can further improve our policies to better handle tragic situations like this one. This includes expanding our policies regarding self-harm and private information, and improving support for family members of deceased users.

– Del Harvey, Twitter VP of Trust and Safety

Epileptic woman speaks of ordeal after men film seizure

A poll has been released over young people's use of social media, after an epileptic woman spoke out about two strangers who refused to help her during a fit but were instead laughing and filming her on their mobile phones. Maggie O'Connor was walking her dog Dillion in Colchester, Essex, when she had a fit. She wrote on Facebook:

Today I had a seizure walking the dog at the priory. It was a bad one. I'm not going to lie I wet myself and bit my tongue, so had blood down my front. This I'm all used to. It's been a long time since I've felt upset by having a seizure in public. But today when I came round Dillion was standing over me which made me look up to see two lads laughing and filming me on their phones.

Even though I had woken up they only stopped filming because the dog started growling. One even took the time to do a close up of my face... these lads should be shamed for their behaviour.

– Maggie O'Connor

15% of 18 to 24 year olds 'pretend to text than help'

Young people would rather use social media than help a person in need, according to a poll carried out by a blood cancer charity.

According to the survey by Anthony Nolan:

  • 9% of 18 to 24-year-olds would write a post on Facebook or Twitter or share a photo.
  • 15% of 18 to 24-year-olds have pretended to be on the phone or texting to avoid helping a stranger who was in danger.
  • 6% of people aged 25 to 34 would post about such event on social media.
  • 7% of people aged 25 to 34 would take a photo on their mobile phones.
  • 3% of people said they would take to the internet if they saw a stranger in trouble.

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Youngsters 'more likely to use social media than help'

Almost one in 10 youngsters would immediately take to social media to tell their friends and followers if they saw a stranger in a risky situation, a poll suggests.

Nine percent of 18 to 24-year-olds would
Nine percent of 18 to 24-year-olds would Credit: Jan Haas/DPA/Press Association Images

Nine percent of 18 to 24-year-olds would write a post on Facebook or Twitter or share a photo, the poll by Anthony Nolan found.

The poll comes after an epileptic woman spoke out about two strangers who refused to help her during a fit but were instead laughing and filming her on their mobile phones.

Ofcom: 'Millennium generation the most digitally-savvy'

The "millennium generation" aged 14 and 15 show the most understanding of digital technology, a new report suggests.

The Ofcom report found that six-year-olds have the same understanding of gadgets as 45-year-olds.

Young people's digital habits were also found to be fundamentally different than older generations, with just 3% of communication time spent on the phone compared to 20% of adults' time.

"Our research shows that a 'millennium generation' is shaping communications habits for the future," Ofcom chief executive Ed Richards said.

Read: Brits 'spend more time using technology than sleeping'

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