Interesting Tech

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Uber opens up to let any object or app call you a cab

Written By: admin - Mar• 26•15

Soon an Uber driver could wait outside your office as you leave your final meeting, alerted by your online calendar – but will automatic cab-hailing catch on?

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Facebook Messenger lets apps plug in

Written By: admin - Mar• 26•15

Facebook opens up its Messenger app to accept posts from other photo, video, audio and Gif-based social networks.

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Bits Blog: Yale Researchers to Study Learning Game Apps

Written By: admin - Mar• 26•15

A Yale research lab applies rigorous scientific methods to test the effectiveness of educational video games on children.

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Germanwings crash: Why did jet descend into ravine?

Written By: admin - Mar• 26•15

The A320 is one of the safest planes around, but flight 4U 9525 descended inexplicably into the Alps until it crashed. New Scientist investigates the possible reasons

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Dwarf planet Ceres might have right stuff for life

Written By: admin - Mar• 26•15

NASA hopes Dawn mission can answer the big question: could life lurk in icy volcanoes on Ceres, the asteroid belt’s biggest resident?

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Facebook Messenger lets apps plug in

Written By: admin - Mar• 26•15

Facebook opens up its Messenger app to accept posts from other photo, video, audio and Gif-based social networks.

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NASA’s Curiosity rover finds fatty acids on Mars

Written By: admin - Mar• 26•15

The lard-like molecules that showed up in Mars’s Gale Crater are important for life, but could still be non-biological in origin

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Car slows when it sees speed signs

Written By: admin - Mar• 26•15

Ford announces it is to start selling cars that restrict their speed to the limits shown on the road signs they pass.

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Gadgetwise: Selfie Sticks and Other Selfie Gear Go Mainstream

Written By: admin - Mar• 26•15

The tool for smartphone photography is easily found online; some work with a camera’s timer, others with cables or Bluetooth.

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Black holes devour stars in gulps and nibbles

Written By: admin - Mar• 26•15

Black holes rip stars apart and feast on them when they approach too close – but some black holes are gluttons while others play with their food

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Drones: US loss could be UK’s gain

Written By: admin - Mar• 26•15

As Amazon complains that US regulators are taking too long to issue test permits, countries like the UK could be well placed to profit, says a leading academic

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The car claiming to be ‘teen proof’

Written By: admin - Mar• 26•15

The new Chevrolet lets nervous parents spy on their children’s driving in real-time.

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BT returns to mobile phone market

Written By: admin - Mar• 26•15

BT announces it is to start selling mobile phone subscriptions again in the UK, 10 years after it pulled out of the market.

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BT returns to mobile phone market

Written By: admin - Mar• 25•15

BT announces it is to start selling mobile phone subscriptions again in the UK, 10 years after it pulled out of the market.

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Bits Blog: Car Crash Videos Highlight Risk of Multitasking With Phones

Written By: admin - Mar• 25•15

A study from AAA that entailed putting video cameras in the cars of teenage drivers allowed researchers to watch the excruciating moments before nearly 1,700 crashes.

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The Waves of the Future May Bend Around Metamaterials

Written By: admin - Mar• 25•15

Scientists have learned how to construct materials that bend waves of light, sound and seismic energy, and are working on applications that may transform industries.

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Is this the sweetshop of the future?

Written By: admin - Mar• 25•15

Is this the sweet shop of the future?

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Is this the sweetshop of the future?

Written By: admin - Mar• 25•15

Is this the sweet shop of the future?

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Netflix, Amazon and Hulu No Longer Find Themselves TV’s Upstarts

Written By: admin - Mar• 25•15

After years of battling traditional players in the television business, the big three streaming services must defend against a variety of new offerings.

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Bits Blog: Yale Researchers to Study Learning Game Apps

Written By: admin - Mar• 25•15

A Yale research lab applies rigorous scientific methods to test the effectiveness of educational video games on children.

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The Waves of the Future May Bend Around Metamaterials

Written By: admin - Mar• 25•15

Scientists have learned how to construct materials that bend waves of light, sound and seismic energy, and are working on applications that may transform industries.

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Bits Blog: Yale Researchers to Study Learning Game Apps

Written By: admin - Mar• 25•15

A Yale research lab applies rigorous scientific methods to test the effectiveness of educational video games on children.

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Swiss cheese is not a sign of Martian climate change

Written By: admin - Mar• 25•15

Growing circular pits in Mars’s south polar ice cap were thought to be a sign that the planet is warming – but a new model shows it is a natural cycle

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Facebook data row in top EU court

Written By: admin - Mar• 25•15

The future of how Europeans’ data is shared with US companies is set to be considered by the EU’s highest court.

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Twitch issues password warning

Written By: admin - Mar• 25•15

The video game streaming site says names and addresses, among other personal details, may have been leaked.

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Google Hires Finance Chief Ruth Porat From Morgan Stanley

Written By: admin - Mar• 25•15

Ms. Porat, who has been Morgan Stanley’s chief financial officer since 2010, will become one of the most powerful women in Silicon Valley.

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Online ‘Swatting’ Becomes a Hazard for Popular Video Gamers and Police Responders

Written By: admin - Mar• 25•15

Pranksters are targeting Internet gamers, calling police departments to prompt a raid that they can watch in real time as it interrupts the game’s live webcast.

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Finance vs. Tech: Why Wall Streeters Defecting to Silicon Valley Is Good News for the Economy

Written By: admin - Mar• 25•15

If you think of finance as a back office function, it’s easier to see why some of the best and brightest young people are making moves.

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Five medieval alternatives to sat nav

Written By: admin - Mar• 25•15

How did the Vikings find their way over the sea? Medieval artefacts are giving us important clues as to how they might have done it

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Wrecking ball Jupiter paved way for Earth

Written By: admin - Mar• 25•15

Jupiter may have ploughed through the early solar system, driving some of the first planets to a fiery death in the sun – and cleared room for planets like Earth

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Google Hires Finance Chief Ruth Porat From Morgan Stanley

Written By: admin - Mar• 25•15

Ruth Porat, who has been Morgan Stanley’s chief financial officer since 2010, will become one of the most powerful women in Silicon Valley.

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Bees get wearable tech trackers

Written By: admin - Mar• 25•15

A tiny new tracker designed to monitor bee behaviour is being tested by ecologists at London’s Kew Gardens.

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Google Hires Finance Chief Ruth Porat From Morgan Stanley

Written By: admin - Mar• 25•15

Ruth Porat, who has been Morgan Stanley’s chief financial officer since 2010, will become one of the most powerful women in Silicon Valley.

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Glittering spires and silicon roundabouts

Written By: admin - Mar• 25•15

Two video-game related start-ups with links to Cambridge attract attention

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Bits Blog: A Conversation With the Authors of ‘Becoming Steve Jobs’

Written By: admin - Mar• 25•15

Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli, who wrote “Becoming Steve Jobs,” discuss the evolution of Steve Jobs and how they won Apple’s cooperation for the unauthorized biography of its former chief executive.

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Ordnance Survey releases map tool

Written By: admin - Mar• 24•15

A mapping tool that gives a detailed picture of local information in almost every corner of the UK has been released by Ordnance Survey (OS).

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India court scraps online arrest law

Written By: admin - Mar• 24•15

India’s Supreme Court strikes down a controversial law which allows police to arrest people for comments made online and on social media.

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The Waves of the Future May Bend Around Metamaterials

Written By: admin - Mar• 24•15

Scientists have learned how to construct materials that bend waves of light, sound and seismic energy, and are working on applications that may transform industries.

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The Waves of the Future May Bend Around Metamaterials

Written By: admin - Mar• 24•15

Scientists have learned how to construct materials that bend waves of light, sound and seismic energy, and are working on applications that may transform industries.

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Bits Blog: First Lawsuits Filed Against the F.C.C.’s ‘Net Neutrality’ Rules

Written By: admin - Mar• 24•15

The first lawsuits over the agency’s new rules for Internet regulation were filed on Monday, sooner than expected and months before the rules are expected to take effect.

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VIDEO: Nurturing tech connections at SXSW

Written By: admin - Mar• 24•15

How people are communicating and networking at the South-by-Southwest festival.

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Bits Blog: Google Fiber Plans Experiment With Targeted Ads for Television

Written By: admin - Mar• 24•15

While Google Fiber is growing fast, it is still miniscule compared to its traditional rivals. But it shows the potential for delivering specific kinds of ads to local markets.

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Bits Blog: Google Fiber Plans Experiment With Targeted Ads for Television

Written By: admin - Mar• 24•15

While Google Fiber is growing fast, it is still miniscule compared to its traditional rivals. But it shows the potential for delivering specific kinds of ads to local markets.

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Q&A: Restoring the iCloud Drive Icon

Written By: admin - Mar• 24•15

With a few steps, the icon — and any other deleted icon on a Mac — can be brought back. Also, why Windows sometimes must restart when updating.

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Bits Blog: European Lawmaker Pushes Europe to Take Stronger Stance on Google

Written By: admin - Mar• 24•15

The antitrust case against Google in Europe has already gained more traction than in the United States. But like their American counterparts, competition officials at the European Commission in Brussels have been loath to bring formal charges against such a successful and powerful company.

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Step into a 3D tornado and see an epic storm up close

Written By: admin - Mar• 24•15

A virtual recreation of the tornado that hit Oklahoma in 2013 could provide a more effective way of monitoring storms as they progress

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The way to strike gold is to have a mine like a sewer

Written By: admin - Mar• 24•15

Human waste contains enough valuable metals that it could be worth mining, but we’ll need to find the right approach

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With New Nonstick Coating, the Wait, and Waste, Is Over

Written By: admin - Mar• 24•15

LiquiGlide has found a way to make the interiors of some bottles permanently wet and slippery. That keeps substances like ketchup from sticking inside.

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Sexism on trial in Silicon Valley

Written By: admin - Mar• 24•15

A judge has ruled that a woman may seek punitive damages from a venture capital firm in Silicon Valley on the grounds of sexual discrimination.

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Bits Blog: Tinder Appoints Chief Executive to Replace Sean Rad

Written By: admin - Mar• 24•15

The mobile dating application Tinder appointed Christopher Payne to replace its former leader, who was embroiled in a sexual harassment lawsuit last year.

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BBC News switches users to new site

Written By: admin - Mar• 24•15

The desktop version of the BBC News website is switched off with users now being directed to a newer "responsive" design.

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Europe’s electricity grid sails through solar eclipse

Written By: admin - Mar• 24•15

Last week’s eclipse put power grids to the test as solar output dipped and then rose suddenly, but no major problems were reported

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Itineraries: Companies Adapt to Uber and Lyft Rides on the Expense Report

Written By: admin - Mar• 24•15

A growing number of business travelers are choosing ride-hailing services over taxis and car services, and employers are racing to catch up.

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Taylor Swift buys .porn domain name

Written By: admin - Mar• 24•15

The singer buys TaylorSwift.porn and TaylorSwift.adult ahead of new web addresses going on sale.

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Taylor Swift buys .porn domain name

Written By: admin - Mar• 24•15

The singer buys TaylorSwift.porn and TaylorSwift.adult ahead of new web addresses going on sale.

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In Clinton Emails on Benghazi, a Rare Glimpse at Her Concerns

Written By: admin - Mar• 23•15

Roughly 300 emails from Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private account were turned over to a House committee investigating the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012.

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‘IS online threat’ to US military

Written By: admin - Mar• 23•15

The US military calls for "vigilance" after an online threat was allegedly made by Islamic State to 100 personnel whose details were posted online.

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In Clinton Emails on Benghazi, a Rare Glimpse at Her Concerns

Written By: admin - Mar• 23•15

The correspondence provided no evidence that Hillary Rodham Clinton issued a “stand down” order to halt U.S. forces responding to the violence in Benghazi, but did show that her top aides at times corresponded with her about State Department matters from their personal email.

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Bill Would Limit Use of Student Data

Written By: admin - Mar• 23•15

The Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act would place constraints on how education technology companies use or disclose students’ personal information.

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Tech Money Sends Funds on the Hunt for Unicorns

Written By: admin - Mar• 23•15

Big money managers are purchasing shares of private tech companies, once restricted to a start-up’s employees and early investors, but they remain difficult for the broader public to acquire.

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Apple Opens Up to Praise New Book on Steve Jobs, and Criticize an Old One

Written By: admin - Mar• 23•15

Apple brass, including its chief, Timothy D. Cook, are throwing their weight behind the unauthorized biography of Mr. Jobs, which goes on sale Tuesday.

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Norse legend? The Viking ‘GPS’ that relied on crystals

Written By: admin - Mar• 23•15

Nearly 50 years on, there’s still no consensus on the intriguing theory that Viking sailors navigated by viewing the sky through crystal slabs

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Hashtag election: Will it be Twitter wot won it?

Written By: admin - Mar• 23•15

More and more politicians are using social networks to engage with voters. What is the impact of the digital campaign, wonders Carl Miller

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Wild watches at Baselworld 2015

Written By: admin - Mar• 22•15

Extreme designs and prices at world’s biggest watch show

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At Kodak, Clinging to a Future Beyond Film

Written By: admin - Mar• 21•15

What happens when a tech company is left for dead but the people left behind refuse to give up? At Kodak, the answer is to mine its patents for gold. (With video.)

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At Kodak, Clinging to a Future Beyond Film

Written By: admin - Mar• 21•15

What happens when a tech company is left for dead but the people left behind refuse to give up? At Kodak, the answer is to mine its patents for gold. (With video.)

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Sinosphere Blog: Hackers Attack GreatFire.org, a Workaround for Websites Censored in China

Written By: admin - Mar• 21•15

Unidentified hackers have attacked GreatFire.org, a website that provides access to news websites blocked by China.

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Disruptions: The Health Concerns in Wearable Tech

Written By: admin - Mar• 21•15

Some researchers and consumers are now asking whether wearable computers will be considered harmful in several decades’ time.

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Disruptions: The Health Concerns in Wearable Tech

Written By: admin - Mar• 21•15

Some researchers and consumers are now asking whether wearable computers will be considered harmful in several decades’ time.

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Scores charged in paedophile inquiry

Written By: admin - Mar• 21•15

More than 260 people are charged with offences following a National Crime Agency operation targeting suspected paedophiles.

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Nick Cave Goes Straight to Fans With ‘The Sick Bag Song’

Written By: admin - Mar• 21•15

An epic poem about Mr. Cave and his rock band’s tour across the United States in 2014, the new book will be marketed through its own website.

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How Charles Dickens can create passwords you remember

Written By: admin - Mar• 21•15

Randomly generated passwords are the most secure, but hardest to remember. Now a tool that combs works of literature can generate more memorable alternatives

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Pregnancy belt for lifelogging in the womb

Written By: admin - Mar• 21•15

A belt that can monitor a developing baby’s heartbeat, sleep and motion 24/7 could allow doctors to monitor high-risk pregnancies without hospitalising women

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Scores charged in paedophile inquiry

Written By: admin - Mar• 21•15

More than 260 people are charged with offences following a National Crime Agency operation targeting suspected paedophiles.

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Scores charged in paedophile inquiry

Written By: admin - Mar• 21•15

More than 260 people are charged with offences following a National Crime Agency operation targeting suspected paedophiles.

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Quasar backlighting gives weight to Andromeda galaxy

Written By: admin - Mar• 21•15

Astronomers find 40 billion suns’ worth of gas hiding in our neighbouring galaxy’s halo – and get insight into how galaxies collect material over time

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Quasar backlighting gives weight to Andromeda galaxy

Written By: admin - Mar• 21•15

Astronomers find 40 billion suns’ worth of gas hiding in our neighbouring galaxy’s halo – and get insight into how galaxies collect material over time

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Google thwarts legal threat in US

Written By: admin - Mar• 21•15

Google narrowly escaped being prosecuted by the US government in 2012 over its dominance of the search market, reports the Wall Street Journal.

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Awesome photos from Europe’s biggest solar eclipse

Written By: admin - Mar• 21•15

Umbraphiles in the UK saw the biggest solar eclipse in 16 years, but the European Space Agency beat the clouds and got a spectacular view from space

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Sinosphere Blog: Hackers Attack GreatFire.org, a Workaround for Websites Censored in China

Written By: admin - Mar• 21•15

Unidentified hackers have attacked GreatFire.org, a website that provides access to news websites blocked by China.

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The new rise of biometric banking

Written By: admin - Mar• 20•15

The rise of biometric banking

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‘Ebola-proof’ tablet device developed

Written By: admin - Mar• 20•15

A tablet device that can withstand being doused in chlorine has been developed to help doctors caring for patients with Ebola.

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Elon Musk Says Self-Driving Tesla Cars Will Be in the U.S. by Summer

Written By: admin - Mar• 20•15

The automaker’s chief executive says a software update will allow the Model S to navigate highways without the driver’s touching the wheel or pedals. But is it legal?

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The new rise of biometric banking

Written By: admin - Mar• 20•15

The rise of biometric banking

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US approves Amazon drone trial

Written By: admin - Mar• 20•15

The US Federal Aviation Administration approves Amazon’s plans to begin testing drones for online deliveries.

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First Words: A Sucker Is Optimized Every Minute

Written By: admin - Mar• 20•15

Now that we have hard data on everything, we no longer make decisions from our hearts, guts or principles.

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First Words: A Sucker Is Optimized Every Minute

Written By: admin - Mar• 20•15

Now that we have hard data on everything, we no longer make decisions from our hearts, guts or principles.

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End online humiliation says Lewinsky

Written By: admin - Mar• 20•15

The surprise guest of Ted 2015 gave one of the most well-received speeches, about online humiliation and cyberbullying.

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Yahoo Closes Its Last Office in China

Written By: admin - Mar• 20•15

Yahoo is shutting down its research and development center in Beijing and leaving China to cut costs.

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Sony’s PlayStation Vue Is Introduced in 3 Cities

Written By: admin - Mar• 20•15

The web-based service, targeted at gamers, is initially available to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 owners in New York, Chicago and Philadelphia.

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Eclipse 2015: Your guide to the solar spectacle

Written By: admin - Mar• 20•15

What will happen, where and when, and how to watch tomorrow’s eclipse safely – as well as what scientists might learn from it

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Video games beat interviews to recruit the very best

Written By: admin - Mar• 20•15

Forget interviews. Being good at special video games could land you that plum job  – and help make recruitment a fairer process

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Uber endures nightmare week

Written By: admin - Mar• 20•15

UberPop is banned by a German court, while police in France raid the company’s offices and people connected to it in South Korea face charges

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Sony’s PlayStation Vue Is Introduced in 3 Cities

Written By: admin - Mar• 20•15

The web-based service, targeted at gamers, is initially available to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 owners in New York, Chicago and Philadelphia.

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Electric cars are so cool they may make it colder

Written By: admin - Mar• 20•15

A benefit of replacing conventional cars with electric ones could be a cooling effect in cities of up to 1 °C, which could cut air conditioning use

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VIDEO: ‘The passion gives you energy to fly’

Written By: admin - Mar• 20•15

Bertrand Piccard, one of the pilots taking it in turns to fly Solar Impulse 2, the solar-powered plane, around the world talks to the BBC from the plane.

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Extinction threat to Europe’s bees

Written By: admin - Mar• 20•15

Many of Europe’s native wild bees are threatened with extinction, according to the first comprehensive assessment of risks.

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Tag Heuer to make Android Wear watch

Written By: admin - Mar• 20•15

Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer partners with top tech firms to build an Android Wear-powered smartwatch.

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Target to pay $10m over data breach

Written By: admin - Mar• 20•15

The firm has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by victims of a 2013 data breach that saw personal financial data leaked.

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Ted winner to create voice archive

Written By: admin - Mar• 20•15

This year’s Ted prize winner wants to create a huge archive of conversations from the around the world, contributed via an app.

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