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World’s first floating wind farm emerges off coast of Scotland

The world’s first full-scale floating wind farm has started to take shape off the north-east coast of Scotland. The revolutionary technology will allow wind power to be harvested in waters too deep for the current conventional bottom-standing turbines used. The Peterhead wind farm, known as Hywind, is a trial which ...

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Who is the laziest?

Image copyright NRL Image caption Australian rugby league fans could see how fast and active each player was during the game Sports teams have used wearable sensors in training for several years as a way of tracking player development and fitness. But now live streaming of such data during matches ...

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Virgin complaint bans Sky broadband ad

Image copyright Sky Sky has had another TV broadband advert banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) following a complaint from rival Virgin Media. The advert featured the cast of The Secret Life of Pets, with one dog becoming frustrated with its broadband connectivity. Virgin Media challenged a claim in ...

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OnePlus admits 911 emergency call glitch

Image copyright AFP Image caption Chief executive Pete Lau with the OnePlus 5 Phonemaker OnePlus has admitted a glitch in some of its devices prevented people making calls to the emergency services. The issue was highlighted on Reddit, where a customer showed their OnePlus 5 phone restarting when a 911 ...

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Dark net guns shipped in old printers

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Guns are being sold via dark net sites and shipped hidden in old printers or stereos Criminals and terrorists are using the so-called dark net to buy weapons, a new study has suggested. Those selling the illicit weapons often disassembled and sent them in ...

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Laptop ban: US lifts restrictions on Saudi Arabian flights

Image copyright Getty Images The ban on laptops in cabins of direct flights from Saudi Arabia to the United States has been lifted according to Saudi Arabian Airlines. It says two hub airports which serve the US have received clearance from the US Department of Homeland Security. Riyadh’s King Khalid ...

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Google to add ‘news feed’ to website and app

Image copyright Google Image caption A continuous feed of news articles, videos and websites will appear on the Google homepage Google is adding a personalised Facebook-style news feed to its homepage – Google.com -to show users content they may be interested in before they search. It will display news stories, ...

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Newcastle University students targeted by cyber-scam

Image copyright Newcastle University Image caption Newcastle University has issued a warning about the fake site Newcastle University is warning prospective students not to give out personal details on a fraudulent website taking payments for courses. The fake site uses pictures of Newcastle University buildings and takes payments for a ...

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Kodi magazine ‘directs readers to pirate content’

Image caption The Complete Guide to Kodi is on sale at a number of retailers A British magazine is directing readers to copyright-infringing software, the Federation Against Copyright Theft (Fact) has said. Kodi is a free, legal media player for computers – but software add-ons can make it possible to ...

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Bitcoin swings as civil war looms

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bitcoin’s value has dipped and soared as opinion about whether it will split has shifted The value of the virtual currency Bitcoin has always been volatile. Even so, there has been particular turbulence in recent days as fears of a “civil war” among its ...

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Google Maps adds the International Space Station

Image copyright Google Image caption Street View allows users to move around 17 different areas in the space station The International Space Station has become the first “off planet” addition to Google Maps’ Street View facility. Astronauts helped capture 360-degree panoramas of the insides of the ISS modules, as well ...

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AI demo picks out recipes from food photos

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption One suggestion for spaghetti bolognese was “gunk on noodles”. An algorithm created to identify recipes for food just from a photograph has been demonstrated by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The neural network was trained on a dataset of one million ...

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