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BBC launches digital wellbeing keyboard aimed at children
by Paul Hill
The BBC has announced the availability of its Own It keyboard app which aims to improve the digital wellbeing of children. The Own It app is interesting in that it functions as an app but also doubles as a keyboard which you can use across different apps. BBC has baked in machine learning which visually alerts the child if they’re writing something negative, prompting them to rethink whether or not they want to issue the message.
With regards to the in-app experience, users can keep a diary of their emotions and why they’re feeling that way. If the app detects that a child’s “behaviour strays outside safe and sensible norms” the app will offer up advice and support. While the app will let you know if you’re typing negative comments or feeling negative, it also tries to promote good language too. If you say something nice with the keyboard, the reactive face will start smiling to encourage the behaviour.
Image via BBC Inside the main part of the app are three tabs, in the first tab there are lots of BBC videos about being online, friendship, feelings, and what to do if you need help. In the middle tab, users can leave notes about their mood, and in the third tab, you can tap app bubbles to see how much time you have spent using different apps.
Commenting on the new application, Alice Webb, Director of BBC Children's and Education, said:
You can find the new app over at the Google Play Store now, if you can’t see the app by doing a search, use this direct link to the listing. It’s not clear if the app will be available on iOS, however, it’s not listed in the App Store right now.
Major dark web drug suppliers voluntarily ban sales of deadly drug
by Paul Hill
Image via Carroll Foundation Trust The UK’s National Crime Agency has announced that several major drug suppliers on the dark web have decided to voluntarily ban the sale of the deadly drug fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, due to the danger it poses. The sellers decided to pull the product off their dark websites as it could cause fatalities which they believe would cause them to receive more attention from the police.
Discussing the removal of the item, Vince O’Brien from the NCA, said:
Despite some stores pulling it from their product listings, there’s a good chance that it’s still available on other stores due to the nature of the dark web.
Most of the fentanyl sold online is sourced from China according to the NCA, and in the UK there have been several successes in terms of catching sellers after working closely with law enforcement around the world. Earlier this year, Kyle Enos, from Newport, Wales, was sentenced to eight years in jail. Of his 160 clients that police were able to trace, four of them had already died but it’s not certain whether they'd taken the batch Enos sent out.
For those interested in the dark web and hold it up as some sort of bastion for anonymity, this news should come as a warning that in fact, law enforcement can track you down, even if you’re behind layers of security.
Source: The Guardian
China will roll out smartphone ID cards in 2018
by Paul Hill
China has started a new pilot programme to move citizens’ ID cards onto the mobile phone so that they can be more easily accessed by their holders. The first virtual national identity card was issued at an event which took place on Monday. The pilot is taking place in Guangzhou, and aims to see all citizens given the option to carry a virtual ID card.
The initiative is sponsored by more than ten companies including the tech giant, Tencent. The IDs are available in two forms, the first being a mini app on Tencent’s WeChat messenger, and the other being a more secure version that involves scanning a QR code at the local public security bureau. The WeChat mini app version is for informal occasions such as showing ID at bars while the secure version is for transactions, train ticket purchases, business licenses, and for other sensitive purposes.
According to CGTN, the pilot programme wasn’t without its hiccups. A Guangzhou resident said:
Users jumping on board the new platform will only need to scan their face to prove their identity. If a person’s phone is lost they can easily block access to the ID by resetting their eight-digit pin.
12 Days of Deals: Microsoft discounts 68 games on Xbox One and Xbox 360
by Dreyer Smit
With the holiday season upon us, Microsoft is celebrating its annual 12 Days of Deals. Today, you can save up to 67% on both physical and digital games on the Microsoft Store. Among the titles on sale, Assassin's Creed: Origins gets a welcome 30% off.
Beyond that, games like For Honor, ARK: Survival Evolved, The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, all who received - or will soon - Xbox One X support, are up to 67% off this week. For those who would like to earn a nice warm chicken dinner, Fortnite: Standard Founder's Pack gets you access to the co-op PvE campaign Save the World alongside several other extras. Destiny 2, which was updated for 4K support this week alongside several other fixes, gets its own 35% discount too.
These deals will last until December 11 according to the Microsoft Store, so we suggest you jump quickly if any of the deals are to your fancy. A word of warning, some of these games are out of stock already and it seems that they are going fast. If you want to check out other bundle offers Microsoft discounted this week, you can find the weekly Deals with Gold here.
The top Xbox One games currently discounted are as follows:
If you would like to keep up to date on the latest Xbox One, and Xbox 360 deals, make sure to follow us @NeowinGaming on Twitter! For the full list of games available, check out the source link below.
Source: Microsoft Store
Here are the tech highlights of the UK's 2017 Budget
by Paul Hill
Earlier today, the British Chancellor, Phillip Hammond, presented the Autumn Budget which detailed some of the financial decisions the Government would pursue. In it, he touched on technology saying that he wanted to secure the country’s position as a world leader in the field - the Budget set aside money for artificial intelligence and the development of 5G networks.
The main items to take away from the Budget include a £75 million pot of money for the development of artificial intelligence, regulatory changes for on-road driverless car testing, £400 million to build more electric car charging points, £100 million to boost electric car purchases, £160 million to aid in the building up of the upcoming 5G mobile networks, a further £100 million for an additional 8,000 fully qualified computer science teachers supported by a new National Centre for Computing, there was £76 million to boost digital and construction skills, and a new retraining partnership with the TUC and the CBI to boost digital skills in the workforce.
Gavin Patterson, the chief executive at BT, said:
It’s interesting to see that Hammond included additional funding for qualified computer science teachers, a report from the Royal Society published in the last few weeks stated that the Government needed to spend more money over the next five years in the field of computer science. Not only does it seem to have spurred on the Government, but Google also pledged £1 million too.
Source: BBC News | Image via The Next Women