iPad Glitch Delays Flights

Several American Airline flights were delayed yesterday after an iPad app used by pilots crashed the device. The app acted as an electronic version of a “flight bag” of printed documentation. AA got regulatory permission to use iPads in-flight in 2012 when it proposed using them to store digital versions of aircraft operating manuals and […]

Twitter Cracks Down On Abusive Comments

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Twitter has announced three changes designed to restrict the effects of abusive messages. It’s clear the company is trying to find a difficult balance between free speech and combating harassment. The first change is about policy rather than process. Until now, Twitter only considered it a violation when people made “direct, specific threats of violence […]

When Black Holes Meet

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A Hawaii telescope has produced data that suggests astronomers may soon see two black holes pair and even merge, the first time such a process has been observed. Researchers believe the two black holes have synchronised and are producing a quasar that cycles from bright to dark and back again. The data comes from a telescope […]

Drug-Buying Bot Freed By Police

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A computer that automatically bought illegal drugs online has been released from custody by Swiss law enforcement officials. The computer ran an automated bot called ‘Random Darknet Shopper’ as part of an art project. The artists behind the project had programmed the bot to search for illicit materials on darknet sites. That’s a loosely defined […]