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Technology 'will improve lives of world's poorest by 2030'

Bill Gates Credit: PA Wire

Technology will drive breakthroughs in global health, education and agriculture, improving the lives of people in the world's poorest countries faster over the next 15 years than at any other time in history, Bill Gates has predicted.

In the latest Gates Foundation annual letter, Gates and his wife Melinda write that people will have more opportunities to get an education, eat nutritious food and benefit from mobile banking.

These breakthroughs will be driven by innovation in technology - ranging from new vaccines and hardier crops to much cheaper smartphones and tablets - and by innovations that help deliver those things to more people, they said.

The Gates Foundation predicts the following breakthroughs by 2030:

  • Child deaths will be halved and more diseases will be eradicated.
  • The number of women who die in childbirth will be reduced by two thirds.
  • Diseases such as polio, guinea worm, elephantiasis and blinding trachoma will be eradicated.
  • People with malaria will be prevented from spending it to the mosqutios that bite them due to a vaccine.
  • Agricultural productivity will increase by 50% across Africa.
  • Digital banking will grow. By 2030, 2 billion people who don’t have a bank account today will be storing money and making payments with their phones.
  • Online education will flourish due to software developments, the growth of high-speed networks and smartphones becoming more affordable.


'Significant arrest' following PlayStation and Xbox hacks

Police said they had made a "significant arrest" today following the 2014 cyber attacks on Sony PlayStation and Microsoft Xbox systems.

An 18 year-old-man was arrested on suspicion of unauthorised access to computer material and officers from the National Cyber Crime Unit seized electronic and digital devices from the teenager's Boundary Street home in Southport.

Deputy Chief Constable Peter Goodman, national policing lead for cyber security, said: "This arrest demonstrates that we will pursue those who commit crime with the false perception they are protected within their own homes or hiding behind anonymous online personas."

Teen arrested following PlayStation and Xbox cyber attacks

An 18-year-old man has been arrested following the cyber attacks on Sony PlayStation and Microsoft Xbox systems last year.

The South East Regional Organised Crime Unit said the teenager was arrested in Merseyside in a joint British and FBI-led operation.

The teenager is being held in Southport, Merseyside, on suspicion of unauthorised access to computer material.


Google to stop selling wearable tech 'Google Glass'

Google will stop selling the current version of Google Glass and reorganise the business behind it Credit: Reuters

Google has announced it will stop selling its current version of Google Glass and plans to reorganise the business behind it, Dow Jones reported.

The technology giant is set to release a new version of the much-hyped wearable tech later this year, the report said.

The new Glass business will report to Tony Fadell, CEO of home automation company Nest, which was bought by Google last year.

Google expects to wind down its Explorer programme in the next few months, Fortune reported.

The announcement comes a day after beleaguered British supermarket chain Tesco announced it was becoming the first major UK retailer to launch a Google Glass shopping app.

Virgin Galactic's plans for 'world's largest satellite constellation'

A graphic illustration the OneWeb satellite constellation Credit: Virgin Galactic/OneWeb Ltd

Sir Richard Branson has announced plans to launch the world's largest satellite network.

Writing in his blog, the billionaire behind Virgin Galactic said that his company has joined forces with OneWeb Ltd to create a "constellation" of satellites that will enable access to high speed internet and telephone lines for billions of people across the globe who don't currently have connections.

Virgin Galactic's LauncherOne programme will launch the satellites into space at a "much lower cost and with greater reliability" than conventional rockets, Branson said.

Sir Richard also claimed that "by the time our second constellation is developed, the company will have more launched more satellites than there currently are in the sky."

Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic space programme lost some of its momentum last year, when a SpaceShipTwo test flight disintegrated in mid-air above the Mohave Desert in November, killing one of the pilots.

Artificial intelligence fears remain the stuff of sci-fi fantasy

Prominent scientists including Stephen Hawking and tech billionaire Elon Musk are among the signatories to an open letter warning of the dangers of artificial intelligence - known more simply as AI.

But one robotics expert told ITV News that today's cutting-edge machines are best used for "dull, dirty and dangerous" work, such as robot submarines repairing oil well leaks.

Another said even the most advanced computer was "no more intelligent" than a mouse - and even that might be "an exaggeration".

ITV News Science Editor Alok Jha reports.

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