PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds: Imams divided over video game fatwa

The Kurdish Union of Islamic Scholars has officially declared a fatwa against playing a hugely popular video game, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Officially, the group is responsible for issuing fatwas – which are rulings by Islamic authorities – in Iraqi Kurdistan. However, other imams have come out against the ban. BBC Monitoring looks at the controversy surrounding

EE and Virgin Media fined £13.3m for overcharging customers

Image copyright Getty Images EE and Virgin Media have been fined £13.3m by Ofcom for leaving customers who quit broadband and phone contracts early “out of pocket”. The regulator said about 400,000 EE customers who ended their contracts early were over-billed and paid up to £4.3m too much as a result. Ofcom said about 82,000

Award for wartime flight trainer returned to service

Image copyright Techworks Image caption The GAT-1 gave trainee pilots a sense of how to control and fly a plane A project to restore early flight simulators has won an award for the best computer conservation project. Engineers from the TechWorks museum in the US won the Tony Sale award for their work to return

Tech to give new insight into gorillas and other news

BBC Click’s Nick Kwek looks at some of the best technology news stories of the week including: Amazon announces the locations for its new US campuses IBM’s Summit becomes the world’s most powerful supercomputer Researchers aim to get a better insight into how gorillas solve complex problems See more at Click’s website and @BBCClick. Source

Facebook accused of dark PR tactics

Image copyright Reuters/Getty Images Facebook faces a new controversy over alleged tactics it used to discredit its critics, embarrass rival firms and downplay problems at the company. The New York Times has published a wide-ranging account of the methods Facebook and a public relations firm used to “deny and deflect” criticism. The report has led

Apple Stores to employ human trafficking victims

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Apple’s own staff will not be told who the human trafficking victims are Apple has announced a programme to help human trafficking victims get behind-the-scenes jobs at its stores. The technology company has teamed up with an NGO that will help the victims pass interviews for caretaker and landscaping

Deepfake: BBC newsreader ‘speaks’ languages he can’t

BBC newsreader Matthew Amroliwala only speaks English, but by using artificial intelligence software he suddenly appears to be speaking Spanish, Mandarin and Hindi. The technique is known as deepfake, where software replaces an original face with a computer-generated face of another. Amroliwala was asked to read a script in BBC Click’s film studio and the

‘Ugly’ mistake sends Google data to China

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Data can easily go astray if hardware uses the wrong address book Google data for search and cloud services went astray for more than an hour on Monday thanks to an “ugly” mistake by an African ISP. The data was sent the wrong way when MainOne Cable, in Nigeria, updated

Car crash data thief ‘unlucky’ to be jailed

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mustafa Kasim was accused of illegally stealing personal details from vehicle repair software A car repair worker has been sentenced to jail for stealing customers’ personal data from his former employer. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) says it is the first time someone will go to prison as a

Russia suspected of jamming GPS signal in Finland

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNato holds biggest military exercise since Cold War Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila has said the GPS signal in his country’s northern airspace was disrupted during recent Nato war games in Scandinavia. He said he believed the signal had been jammed deliberately and that it was possible

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