Adam Smith

Contributing Editor PC Mag UK

About Adam Smith

Adam Smith is the Contributing Editor for PCMag UK, and has written about technology for a number of publications including What Hi-Fi?, Stuff, WhatCulture, and MacFormat, reviewing smartphones, speakers, projectors, and all manner of weird tech. Always online, occasionally cromulent, you can follow him on Twitter @adamndsmith.

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Crisis Management

UK Rejects Apple-Google Coronavirus Contact Tracing System

The UK health system will use a centralized approach, meaning the matching process will happen on a server rather than on individual phones.
News and Trends

Facebook Expands Coronavirus Symptom Survey Globally

The social media giant is working with Carnegie Mellon University to track the spread of COVID-19, and the company says the data correlates with publicly-available figures.
News and Trends

CDC Creates Coronavirus Chatbot Called Clara to Check Your Symptoms

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's chatbot will assess symptoms and risk factors, suggest what actions people should take, and provide information on how to safely manage at home.
Crisis Management

Twitter Won't Remove Elon Musk's Coronavirus Misinformation Tweets

Despite the company stating it will remove content questioning the severity of the virus or offering health advice without scientific support, Twitter says Elon Musk did not violate its rules when he tweeted that children are 'essentially immune.'
News and Trends

TikTok Censored 'Ugly, Poor or Disabled' People to Attract More Users

Documents reveal how the popular app also censorsed content that would harm China's reputation or 'defames' civil servants, politicians, or religious leaders.
Crisis Management

Microsoft Teams Goes Down as Europe Tries to Work From Home

Coronavirus means people across Europe are self-isolating and working from home, but users of Microsoft's Slack competitor struggled to log in and send messages to colleagues.
News and Trends

Amazon Asks All Employees to Work From Home

Not all employees can work from home, but Amazon is also providing paid time off for full and part-time employees who contract the virus, and unlimited, unpaid time off for all employees.
News and Trends

Google Maps Asks Businesses to Provide Accurate Coronavirus Info

Google wants Maps users to see up-to-date opening hours and the latest information concerning how businesses are adjusting as the virus spreads.
Censorship

Court Rules YouTube Does Not Illegally Censor Conservative Content

Circuit Judge Margaret McKeown said that despite YouTube's ubiquity as a platform, it was still a private forum, not a 'state actor' that could be regulated by the First Amendment.
Virtual Reality

Sherwood Forest to Become World's First 5G-Connected Forest

The home of Robin Hood is set to feature 3D and 4D virtual reality experiences, semi-autonomous vehicles, and drones and robots to help 'survey and monitor the health of the forest.'
Misinformation

Facebook and Instagram to Limit Coronavirus Misinformation

False information will be flagged and its reach limited while harmful posts spreading disinformation about cures and prevention methods will be removed.
News and Trends

PETA Wants Punxsutawney Phil Replaced With AI Groundhog

The animal rights organization says that the animal should be replaced by an animatronic and an artifically intelligent weather-predicting algorithm because 'watching a nocturnal rodent being pulled from a fake hole isn't even worthy of a text message.'
Technology

Oakland, California Bans Facial Recognition

Oakland follows San Francisco and Somerville, Massachusetts in banning the facial recognition technology because of possible misuse.
Facial Recognition Technology

U.K. Police Need to Put the Brakes on Facial Recognition

Police in the U.K., backed by the government, are testing a facial-recognition system that is 20 percent accurate and treating those who avoid its gaze as potential suspects.
United Kingdom

British Airways Fined $229 Million for 2018 Data Breach

The fine is the largest ICO has levied against a company, far outweighing the £500,000 Facebook had to pay for the Cambridge Analytica scandal.