Technology

Facebook's solar-powered internet drone takes maiden flight

Facebook’s drone designed to beam internet to places not yet connected has completed its first test flight.  The prototype of the Aquila drone landed safely after a 90-minute flight over Arizona in what the social network described as a “big milestone” in its plan to connect the world. Aquila is a solar-powered, unmanned plane designed to circle an area 60 miles in diameter, ...

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A Pokémon Go master has become the first player to catch 'em all 

All hail the Pokémon Go master. A US Reddit user has just become the first reported player to catch ’em all after completing the North American Pokedéx. User ftb_hodor has reached expert level on the game after catching every Pokémon currently available in the United States. The Pokémon Go craze has gone global  Credit: AFP / Getty  He caught a total ...

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Edward Snowden co-designs an iPhone case that alerts user to surveillance activity

Whistleblower Edward Snowden has co-designed a new iPhone case that helps protect the user from surveillance by showing when the device is transmitting information. Mr Snowden and co-designer Andrew “Bunnie” Huang, a well known hardware hacker who holds a PhD in electrical engineering from MIT, have presented the mock up of the case via video link to an event at the ...

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'Pokemon Go' could lead to totalitarianism, says Oliver Stone, warning of 'new level' of privacy invasion

Film director Oliver Stone has branded the popular gaming app Pokemon Go a “new level of invasion” of privacy that could lead to “totalitarianism”. The American reportedly voiced concerns over the game as he promoted his new movie about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden at Comic Con International. Stone, 69, said companies were carrying out “surveillance capitalism” by monitoring people’s behaviour, ...

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iPhone bug allows hackers to steal passwords with just a text message – update now to protect yourself

Apple has fixed a major security hole that potentially allowed hackers to gain access to a user’s iPhone, potentially allowing them to steal sensitive data such as passwords. The flaw allowed hackers to break into an iPhone simply by sending them a text message with a specially-modified image file. When the phone’s software tries to process the image, the file would exploit ...

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28 people who got Pokemon tattoos because catching them all just wasn't enough

Pokemon Go has taken the world by a storm – people are obsessed with the augmented reality game and have been playing it day and night. Some have taken the craze a little further by permanently tattooing their favourite animated monster on their bodies. Dedicated Pokemon trainers have even obtained tattoos of the team they picked in the iPhone game. Is ...

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BT down: broadband internet service suffers second day of outages

BT’s broadband service has gone down for a second day in a row, causing widespread disruption among internet users. The company reported a repeated problem with an “internet connection partner” due to a power failure at a site in London’s Docklands, and said it was working on fixing the problem. The outage is also believed to be affecting other internet ...

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Japan to make its last ever VCR

In an age of Netflix and YouTube, the humble video cassette recorder may feel like a distant relic. Now the last Japanese company to manufacture VCRs is closing production of the tape-recording device more than four decades after they were first made available. Funai Electric, a Japanese consumer electronics company, will follow the rest of the world in giving up ...

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Google cut its electricity bill by 40pc using artificial intelligence

Google is using artificial intelligence to reduce the amount of energy it uses to cool its immense data centres. The energy consumed at the centres, a maze of cables, pipes and servers where Google processes all of the information consumed by its users, could account for as much as 2 per cent of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions. Using machine learning, the search ...

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Uber driver earned less than minimum wage, tribunal told

An Uber driver told a London tribunal on Wednesday he had earned less than the minimum wage, despite the firm saying he received nearly three times as much, in a case that could threaten the app’s business model. Lawyers are representing two drivers at an employment tribunal, arguing that Uber is acting unlawfully by not offering rights such as holiday and sick pay. Uber, ...

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