October Tech News Round Up

October Tech News Round Up

Angel Pearce

Angel Pearce

Deepfakes are back this month, and they’re back with a vengeance. The numbers of deepfake videos have doubled as researchers at cyber security company Deeptrace found almost 15,000 online with huge concerns around how they may be used. Head to BBC News for a full overview. We also saw earlier this month an energy boss conned out of £200,000 using deepfake technology. City AM has the story.

The long-awaited driverless cars are now being tested right here in central London. The Ford Mondeos have been fitted with autonomous technology from UK tech firm Oxbotica. Read the full story on The Guardian.

After caring for his mother for 15 years after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Simon Hooper decided to create an app, RemindMecare to provide carers with a database of information on the patient’s lives by building a personalised profile that can store all relevant knowledge. More on this in The Telegraph.

Facebook has run into a spot of trouble this month. Its cryptocurrency, Libra, has faced several setbacks including eBay, Stripe and Mastercard all pulling support. Daily Mail has the full overview. The social media platform has also reportedly seen its second successive annual decline in brand value following backlash over data use dropping it out of the top 10 ranking of the world’s most popular brands. More on this in City AM.

Gamers rejoice! It was announced this month that Sony’s Playstation 5 will be released for the holiday season in 2020. Head to The Telegraph for the details. Meanwhile, Fortnite’s season 10 event titled “The End” left gamers unable to connect to servers as the entire map was sucked into a black hole only to later reveal a brand-new chapter of the game. Tech Crunch delves a little deeper into this, quite frankly, awesome stunt!

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