Technology

YouTube to help gamers build their audiences

It's part of a new multi-year deal the company has signed with FaceIt, one of the world's leading eSports platforms.

YouTube has bought the rights to exclusively live-stream events like the eSports Championship Series, which kicks off this weekend.

But it's also pledging to help gamers monetise their individual channels, to give eSports a "sustainable economy".

The ECS is FaceIt's biggest competition and revolves around the game Counter Strike: Global Offensive.

Researchers use drone to pollinate a flower

The remote-controlled drone was equipped with horsehairs coated with a special gel, which the researchers say was crucial to the process.

"This is the world's first demonstration of pollination by an artificial robotic pollinator," said Eijiro Miyako of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Japan, one of the authors of the study, which was published in the journal Chem.

Why iPhone users shouldn't say 108 to Siri

108 is equivalent to 999 in India, so the voice-controlled personal assistant recognises it as an emergency call and puts you through to services in your area.

Pranks are usually pretty harmless, but is this case you'd be wasting time and resources for the emergency services. Which is not so smart.

Anyone caught wasting the emergency services' time could get into trouble.

Buzz Aldrin takes you to Mars in VR

The film - Cycling Pathways to Mars - lasts just under 10 minutes and features the astronaut as a hologram narrating the experience.

Mr Aldrin's plan involves using the moons of Earth and Mars essentially as pitstops for people travelling to and from the Red Planet - a trip that will take about six months each way.

Speaking to the BBC, he said he hoped the film would help governments focus on a single plan to get to Mars.

"You can't afford to do them all," he said of competing visions. "Because it's using up the budget that we've got and we're going nowhere."

Tech Tent: Fake ads, fake news and real voice tech

But now the two web giants are under pressure over another kind of fakery - fake advertising.

On this week's Tech Tent we hear about the advertising industry's mounting anger over a problem that is damaging its credibility with its clients. When advertising began to move online, there was the promise of much better targeting and much more accurate measurement of how well a marketing message performed.

Instead all sorts of issues, from bots that generate phony views of ads to the placing of advertisements next to unsuitable content, have shaken confidence in the industry.

NZ internet speeds zoom past Australia

The study is done quarterly by Massachusetts computer company Akamai.

We need to love each other

Love was the message that Booker, a senator from New Jersey, delivered during his opening keynote at the annual SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.

Booker, who served as mayor of Newark, New Jersey, for more than seven years, said the U.S. moves forward not just when we learn to tolerate one another, but when we love each other.

"I tolerate a cold," he said onstage Friday. "Love says I see you. I recognize your dignity, your value, your worth."

Reddit thinks it can break your echo chamber

Could Reddit offer a solution?

At 280 million active monthly users, the link-sharing site is already a phenomenally influential force on the internet.

The site allows you to post links that are then either up or down voted by other users. Upvoted content is given more visibility - and potentially millions of hits - and the downvoted stuff falls away and barely gets seen by anyone.

Can sweat patches revolutionise diabetes?

But rather than a gym-soaked t-shirt, it needs just one millionth of a litre of sweat to do the testing.

The team - in South Korea - showed the sensor was accurate and think it could eventually help patients with diabetes.

And in extra tests on mice, the sensor was hooked up to a patch of tiny needles to automatically inject diabetes medication.

The team at the Seoul National University were trying to overcome the need for "painful blood collection" needed in diabetes patients.

New Tech Used to Literally Throw New Light On Tongan Ruins

LiDAR, which is seeing increased use as an archaeological surveying technique, works by firing laser light at a geographical region from the air. Mounted on the underside of an aircraft, LiDAR has the ability to measure distance according to how much, and how quickly, that beam of laser light bounces off the ground and returns; as a result, land formations that would otherwise be occluded by thick vegetation are revealed.