Obama: No, Seriously, Lets Go To Mars

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President Obama has renewed a call for an American crew to walk on Mars by the 2030s. He says such a mission will require collaboration between private companies and government agencies. It’s the same timetable Obama gave in speeches in 2010 and 2015. However, articles by both Obama and NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden published this […]

Apple vs Samsung Battle Hits Supreme Court

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Apple and Samsung are headed to the Supreme Court today in a battle that could have a major impact on the “patent wars” that have dominated the tech sector. As usual with the Supreme Court, this week’s hearing isn’t about the facts of the case as such. A lengthy series of hearings and appeals in […]

UK Cabinet Members Told To Take Off Apple Watches

Britain’s Prime Minister has reportedly banned cabinet members from wearing Apple Watches during meetings. The move is said to be inspired by fears of Russian hackers. The Telegraph newspaper says Theresa May’s decision beefs up an existing policy which meant ministers had to leave their smartphones outside the room during meetings. That was driven by […]

Soap Star’s Subtle Star Trek Tribute

British soap viewers who also enjoy Star Trek had a double-take when they saw a character with a definite hint of Captain Kirk in her clothing. The costume department working on Coronation Street did not intend character Izzy Armstrong’s garb to be quite so out of this world. However, actress Cherrylee Houston noticed the combination […]

Roku Targets Cheapskates And Tech-Heads Alike

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Roku has announced three new devices including a $30 ‘Express’ model that’s clearly being pushed as a rival to Chromecast and more expensive models with 4K upscaling. The company is ditching its policy of numbering its products, reasoning that as it’s launching new entry-level devices, the old “higher number = better device) system might get […]

Actors Could Force IMDb To Hide Their Age

A new California law gives some actors the right to force sites such as IMDb to stop listing their age. Supporters of the law say it will fight age discrimination while critics call it an attack on free speech. The law comes after a previous court case in Washington State that ruled that sites are […]

Google Improves Image Recognition; Releases Project as Open Source Software

Google says its algorithm can correctly caption a photograph with nearly 94 percent accuracy. The company says the improvements come in the third version of its system named Inception, with the score coming from a standardized auto-caption test named ImageNet. It reports the first version scored 89.6 percent, the second 91.8 percent and the new […]

Tesla Sues For Right To Sell Own Cars

Tesla is suing Michigan state officials for the right to sell cars directly to customers. It’s the first time it’s explicitly challenged existing laws that mandate third-party dealers, something Tesla says is outdated. Many states have laws which ban manufacturers selling directly to customers rather than through franchised dealers. The most common argument for such […]

Voyager Golden Record Gets Terrestrial Release

In 1977, earthlings launched a “message in the bottle” for extra-terrestrial life. Now a Kickstarter project is well on the way to issuing the Voyager Golden Record on vinyl. The record – one copy of which is on each of the two Voyager craft – includes audio recordings of spoken greetings in 55 languages, natural […]

Marty McFly’s Self-Lacing Shoes Become Reality (For Public Sale!)

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Michael J Fox already got a pair from Nike last year to celebrate us reaching 2015 (aka The Future) but the HyperAdapt 1.0 shoes will finally be ready for public sale on November 28. The laces don’t actually tie as such, but rather tighten. Also, the traditional thick flat laces you see at the top […]

Opera Gets Built-In VPN

The latest public edition of Opera includes a free one-click VPN. It offers both privacy and an attempt to get around region-blocking websites. The VPN has previously been trialed in developer editions of Opera but is now available to all users. It needs to initially be enabled from the settings menu (under privacy and security) […]

New York’s Free Web Surfing Comes To Sticky End

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New Yorkers will no longer be able to browse the web on screens in former phone booths. The change came after reports of “lewd acts” by some users taking advantage of the free facility. The free-to-use LinkNYC program was announced at the start of this year and 400 booths have been converted already, with an […]