Stories by Loek Essers

Neural networks draw on context to improve machine translations

Researchers at the University of Amsterdam are using neural networks to help a statistical machine translation systems learn what all human translators know -- that the best translation of a word often depends on the context.

German publishers capitulate and let Google post news snippets -- for now

German publishers said they are bowing to Google's market power, and will allow the search engine powerhouse to show news snippets in search results free of charge, at least for the time being.

Australian ISP stands up to filmmakers hunting pirates

The producer of Oscar-winning film, Dallas Buyers Club, has taken its hunt for pirates of the film to Australia, after filing a barrage of antipiracy lawsuits in the US. But at least one Australian Internet service provider is pushing back out of concern that the movie producer aims to intimidate its customers into paying excessive damages.

New European Commission, approved by Parliament, will focus on the digital domain

The digital domain will be an important focus for the new members of the European Union's executive branch, the European Commission, following their approval by the European Parliament on Wednesday.

Candidates for EU's data protection job heard by the European Parliament

The European Union is finally moving to replace its data protection supervisor, after Members of the European Parliament interviewed the five candidates shortlisted for the roles of EU data protection supervisor and assistant supervisor on Monday.

ITU gives public more access to talks on future of the Internet

Members of the public will be able to eavesdrop on intergovernmental negotiations about the future of the Internet that began Monday in Busan, South Korea, after participants voted to webcast the meetings.

MasterCard demos a prototype contactless card with a fingerprint sensor

MasterCard is testing a contactless payment card with a built-in fingerprint reader that can authorize high-value payments without requiring the user to enter a PIN.

European Commission takes Belgium, Luxembourg to court over telecom regulators

The European Commission is dragging Belgium and Luxembourg to court, claiming that regulators in the countries are not operating in accordance with EU rules meant to ensure strong competition in the telecom market.

Facebook's 'Safety Check' lets friends know you're safe

During a major disaster, Facebook users can let their friends and family know they are safe by using the new Safety Check tool.

EU bodies should accept new e-signatures in all transactions, says Kroes

Electronic signatures now have legal force across the European Union, but at the highest levels of government too many procedures are still performed on paper, outgoing European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes said Tuesday.

Qualcomm to buy Bluetooth and GPS chip designer CSR for $2.5B

Qualcomm has agreed to buy chip company CSR in a move to strengthen its focus on the Internet of Things (IoT) and connected cars.

S-money invites French Twitter users to make their payments public

What could be better than an app that lets you make payments to friends, charities or crowdfunding sites with a few taps on your smartphone? How about an app that does all that -- and tells everyone what you spent.

#AskAnsip: Proposed EU digital chief to answer questions on Twitter

Anyone with a burning question about the European Union's upcoming tech agenda has the chance to get an answer during a Twitter chat on Wednesday with Andrus Ansip, who could soon be the European Commission's Vice-President of the Digital Single Market.

Europe to get €2.5 billion big data boost

Big data is going to get a big boost from the European Union, which will match an industry consortium's €2 billion investment with €500 million of public money over the next five years.

French Twitter users to be offered Twitter payment service

French Twitter users will be able to send money to one another with a tweet from later this week -- but the payment service isn't run by Twitter.