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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.

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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.

Obama: Isis hack shows need for stronger cybersecurity

President Obama with Congressional leaders John Boehner and Harry Reid. Credit: Reuters

The hack by Islamic extremists of the Twitter and YouTube accounts of the U.S. Central Command on Monday shows the need for stronger cybersecurity, President Obama has said.

Mr Obama made the remarks at a bipartisan meeting at the White House at which he urged Democrats and Republicans to work together on issues such as tax reform and trade.

Centcom Twitter account reactivated after 'cyber-vandalism'

The US Army Central Command's Twitter account has returned after being temporarily taken off-line because of an act of "cyber-vandalism" by apparent pro-Islamic State computer hackers.

More teachers 'need computing training'

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Around half of young people think they know more about some aspects of computing than their teachers, according to a poll.

It suggests that many youngsters believe that their teachers could do with more training in the subject, with some saying they are better informed about topics such as programming and creating websites.

The survey, commissioned by Computing at School (CAS) and Microsoft, found that around 51% of the nine to 16-year-olds questioned think they know more about some areas of computing than their teachers, while almost two fifths (39%) do not believe that their teachers are confident in giving lessons in the subject.

Around 17% said they think they know more about building and creating websites than their computing teacher, with 42% admitting that the teacher knows more.

About one in six (15%) said they know more about programming, with 46% saying the teacher is better informed and 14% think their skills in designing software are superior, with 45% suggesting their teacher is better at this topic.

Nearly half (47%) of the school children surveyed thought that their teachers need more training in computing, with 41% saying they regularly help them to use technology.

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Centcom: Operational networks unaffected by hacking

US Central Command has said its military networks were not infiltrated by ISIS sympathisers who attacked its social network sites.

It said the incident - which left its Twitter and YouTube accounts compromised for around 30 minutes - had "no operational impact" and that its "initial assessment" is that no classified information was released.

We are notifying appropriate Department of Defence and law enforcement authorities about the potential release of personally identifiable information and will take appropriate steps to ensure any individuals potentially affected are notified as quickly as possible.

– Centcom statement

Pentagon: No sensitive details compromised in hacking

No classified information has been compromised in the hacking of the US Central Command's social media accounts, a US Army official has said.

Centcom's Twitter and YouTube accounts have been suspended after apparently being hacked by Islamic State supporters.

"It's inconvenient, it's an annoyance but in no way is any sensitive or classified information compromised," Army Colonel Steve Warren said.

Warren said the defence department viewed the incident as "little more than a prank or as vandalism."

ITV News Washington Correspondent Robert Moore said the hacking is a "severe embarrassment to the US military".

  1. Robert Moore

Hacking is 'severe embarrassment to US military'

There is no doubt that this is a severe embarrassment to the US military.

A screenshot of the US Central Command Twitter feed following the hacking.

It does appear that hackers working for or on behalf of ISIS have infiltrated the social media accounts of Centcom, the regional command that oversees military operations in the Middle East.

And it comes on the very day that President Obama was actually urging US companies to be far more vigilant over the use of their computer systems.

The Pentagon is saying that its actual computer systems were not breached, but this is a vivid reminder that the cyberspace is the new frontline in warfare.

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