The Digest: Samaritans app flags worrying tweets… and 5 other things people are talking about today

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Samaritans app monitors Twitter feeds for suicide warnings | The BBC

“Samaritans Radar uses an algorithm to identify key words and phrases which indicate distress. They include ‘tired of being alone’, ‘hate myself’, ‘depressed’, ‘help me’ and ‘need someone to talk to’. Users who have signed up for the scheme will receive an email alert if someone they follow tweets these statements.”

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Google wants to flood your body with tiny magnets to search for disease | The Verge

“Google’s ambition to cure death is beginning to take shape in a new product from its Google X division. Andrew Conrad, the head of the company’s life sciences division, today announced the details of an effort that would use nanotechnology to identify signs of disease. The project would employ tiny magnetic nanoparticles, said to be one-thousandth the width of a red blood cell, to bind themselves to various molecules and identify them as trouble spots.”

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Nintendo second quarter beats forecasts | Reuters

“Long-struggling Japanese video game-maker Nintendo eked out an unexpected quarterly operating profit as new game Mario Kart 8 stoked sales of its Wii U console, bolstering hopes it was on track for its first annual profit in four years.”

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Can you bend the new iPad with your bare hands? | The Telegraph

“The new iPhone 6 Plus has been plagued by reports of accidental bending, but one YouTube user decided to perform an expensive – and rather pointless – experiment on his brand new iPad Air 2 to see if it was similarly fragile.”

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Tor users advised to check their computers for malware | The Guardian

“Users of internet anonymiser Tor are being advised to secure their connections and check their computers for malware, after a security researcher discovered that the service was being used to inject potentially malicious code into downloads over the service.”

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Met Office makes £97m investment in UK’s weather IT | ITProPortal

“The Met Office has been the subject of much morning TV discussion today, as its promise to produce more accurate forecasts thanks to new IT makes it the centre of our biggest national obsession: the weather. Specifically, the body has confirmed purchase of a £97 million supercomputer array that will boost its ability to tell us if we need our brollies up to six days ahead from four – and calculate temperature with 90 per cent accuracy for 24 hours ahead instead of the current 12.”

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Stuart O’Connor