Internet Archive Gets Canadian Back-Up Thanks To Political Fears

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The Internet Archive is to build a back-up copy in Canada. The site’s staff said it was a response to fears of greater online restrictions in the US following the election result. While the announcement did not specifically name president-elect Donald Trump, it said: On November 9th in America, we woke up to a new administration […]

Google Translate Solves Own Problem

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Google’s translate tool has created its own solution to greatly expand its automated capabilities. It can now translate between two languages even without a specific “dictionary” to do so. The company recently switched Google Translate away from its “traditional” method of consulting a known list of phrases and their equivalent in different languages. Instead it’s […]

Safety Chiefs Propose New Smartphone ‘Driver Mode’

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The US government wants smartphone manufacturers to adopt a common ‘driver mode’ that would stop the most distractive apps from running. The voluntary guidelines would be a one-stop mode along the lines of the common airplane mode on phones. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is making the proposals for handsets as a follow-up to […]

Virtual Reality Film Aims To Deter Drunk Drivers [360° Video]

An alcoholic drinks company has produced a virtual reality video that lets users experience a car crash from a 360 degree perspective. It’s designed to highlight the dangers of drunk driving. The video from Diageo is compatible with most of the major VR headsets on the market. It also works on the Facebook and YouTube […]

Tesla’s Cheap Solar Roof Plans: Tiles, Not Panels

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Elon Musk claims Tesla can make solar-panel roofs cheaper than an ordinary shingle roof, even before taking into effect the energy costs. But there’s a big catch to his claim. The company recently unveiled a design for glass solar tiles that are transparent when viewed directly, but have a special coating that, when seen from […]

Google Earth Goes VR

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The promise of the world being at your fingertips has finally become a reality – albeit a virtual one. Google Earth, which covers almost the entire land mass of the planet through satellite and aerial imagery, is now available in virtual reality form. It’s been released through Steam for the HTC Vive system and Google […]

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Today, we’re offering you “The Network Security Test Lab: A Step-by-Step Guide,” which has a value of $40, for FREE! The ultimate hands-on guide to IT security and proactive defense Covering the full complement of malware, viruses, and other attack technologies, this essential eBook walks you through the security assessment and penetration testing process, and […]

Anti-Smartphone Targets Bizarre Niche

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A phone designed to overcome the complexity and distraction of smartphones will soon be on sale. But bizarrely it requires a smartphone to work. The Light Phone costs $100 and was successfully funded on Kickstarter. It’s a device roughly the size of a credit card and does nothing other than make and receive calls. There’s […]

Oculus Rift To Work With Cheaper PCs

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Oculus Rift will now run on lower-spec computers thanks to a feature the company dubs asynchronous spacewarp. It will mean a slightly less impressive experience is available on much cheaper machines. One of the big drawbacks of the virtual reality system was that not only does the headset cost $600, but the original minimum specs […]

YouTube Adds HDR Video Technology

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YouTube is to support high dynamic range (HDR) videos. It’s a soft launch to say the least with just four videos uploaded to start with. HDR in video is not the same as the more established technology of the same name in stills photography which involves combining multiple images shot with different range exposures and […]

Google AI Machines To Play StarCraft II

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Google’s artificial intelligence system DeepMind is to play StarCraft II to try to hone its learning skills. It’s the next step in a process that began with Atari 2600 titles. The DeepMind project has already made the news with a program that beat leading players at Go. While that was hugely impressive given the sheer […]

New Rules Restrict ISP Data-Tracking

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New FCC rules mean broadband providers can’t track or share a customer’s online activity without permission. But the rules have some major shortcomings, not least that they don’t apply to online services. Under the new rules, Internet service providers must: get prior permission from customers (ie an opt-in system) to use or share a range […]