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Inmarsat's European short-haul WiFi satellite launched this week on-board a spacecraft. The aim is to boost in-flight WiFi and address what many travelers see as a poor service.

Energy generating tarmac crystals to be tested

This sounds a little sci-fi to start with: imagine if crystals were embedded in tarmac so that stationary cars could generate energy for storage when stuck in traffic jams? It's a study that's about to start.

Yahoo Mail rolls out a completely rebuilt app with ad-free option

Yahoo has unveiled a complete overhaul of its web-based Mail application. The company has replaced the aging design with a clean and modern interface. It's also introduced the option of paying for a subscription that removes the ads from the service.

Chinese Navy launches most advanced homegrown destroyer

China on Wednesday launched a new type of domestically built guided missile destroyer in its bid to modernize its military.

Google News redesign brings a cleaner look and more fact checking

Google has announced a long-overdue overhaul of Google News on the web. The completely redesigned desktop site is more spacious and modern, featuring an upgraded sidebar, new personalisation options and emphasised "Fact Check" tags.

Facebook states its commitment to stamping out 'all' hate speech

Facebook has explained how it responds to and removes hate speech while moderating its network. The company outlined how it defines hate speech and treads the fine line between thwarting abuse and censoring the right to free speech.

Almost a quarter of Windows users would switch to a Mac: survey

A new survey of U.S. computer customers has found that Apple continues to enjoy strong brand loyalty with its followers. 21 percent of respondents currently using a Windows machine said they'd like to switch to Mac.

Race is on to turn flying car into reality

Aeronautics giants are treating the idea of a flying car with caution, as such a project raises more questions than it answers, experts say -- it's a child's dream, a millionaire's toy.But is it really the next big thing in transport?

Further steps needed to improve fitness monitors

Many fitness trackers and activity monitors are failing to meet the exact levels of accuracy demanded by health experts. This can lead to users misinterpreting the data and potentially making incorrect health and dietary decisions.

Facebook reaches two billion users milestone

Facebook has announced it has passed the two billion user mark, affirming its status as the largest social network on the planet. The company said it's an "honour" to have reached the milestone and unveiled a personalised celebratory video for each user.

Google still sees 'another side' to its latest EU antitrust story

After being handed a record $2.7 billion fine for breaching EU antitrust rules, Google has said it still believes there's "another side" to the story. The company is considering a further appeal to the ruling, claiming it is on the consumer's side.

'Forest city' for 30,000 residents being constructed in China

The pollution-fighting city now under construction in southern China is being described as a "green city unlike any before." The green city is coming to life thanks to architect, Stefano Boeri Architetti. He is calling the new city a "forest city."

Tech companies unite in new global forum against online terrorism

Four of the largest technology companies have announced they're joining together in a coalition to stamp out online terrorism. Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube are the founding members of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism.

Britain's brand-new aircraft carrier 'runs Windows XP'

HMS Queen Elizabeth, the UK's new £3.5 billion aircraft carrier, reportedly uses Windows XP as its computer operating system. The flagship vessel left the dockyard for the first time this week. It quickly sailed into fears of a potential cyberattack risk

Op-Ed: End of the road for petrol engines? World going electric, fast

Whatever the fossil fuel sector says, the ancient technologies which are killing the world are themselves dying out. Petrol engines are on the way out, in no uncertain terms.

Turning air into water and CO2 into fuel — Two global challenges

The World Economic Forum's annual list of emerging technologies were selected for their potential to solve the many critical global challenges we are facing today, including techniques that convert air into water and CO2 into fuel.

Google launches new experimental YouTube party app for the iPhone

Google has opened up access to an experimental YouTube app to all iPhone users. Called Uptime, the app offers a more social YouTube experience that lets you watch videos together in a group. It's meant to be accessible, fun and focused on sharing.

Gmail stops scanning your emails to personalise its ads

Google has announced it will stop scanning Gmail users for information used to personalise adverts. The company said it will bring the service inline with the enterprise G Suite version of Gmail. The decision has been welcomed by privacy campaigners.

Google wants to teach children about the world using Earth

The new version of Google Earth is being updated with a set of extra Voyager tours aimed specifically at educational use. They have been created in partnership with several media and conservation firms and are designed to let children explore the world.

Facebook Messenger video chats get animated masks and filters

Facebook has released a new update for Messenger that adds a slew of features around video chats. The company has brought its filters and masks for photos to video content too, drawing more parallels with rival Snapchat.

SpaceX pulls a double-header with two successful rocket launches

Private space company, SpaceX pulled off a double-header over the weekend, launching a refurbished Falcon 9 late on Friday and another Falcon 9 on Sunday, both carrying satellites and both first stages landing safely.

Extending battery life through low-cost material

The limitation with the life-time of batteries remains a big frustration for consumers, especially as our reliance upon electronic devices increases. Several projects are underway to make batteries last longer. We look at one of the latest ideas.

Feds open new probe of nuclear lab after another safety violation

U.S. regulators on Friday said they are launching an investigation into the improper shipment of radioactive material from the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) this week. This latest violation adds to a growing list of safety breaches.

German firm uses facial recognition to bring personalized ads

A German marketing company has started scanning the faces of waiting customers at checkout in supermarkets and post offices on a trial basis. The information is used to give personalized ads in adjacent screens targeting specific demographic groups.

Sentinel — Our eye in the sky monitoring the Larsen C ice shelf

The world has been holding its collective breath, waiting for the Larsen C ice shelf to calve what will be the biggest iceberg on record. But monitoring the progress of the crack in the ice sheet would not be possible without the help of technology.

Amazon customers are calling for payment via bitcoin 'ASAP'

Bitcoin has been soaring to new heights, and now folks on Change.org are calling on e-commerce juggernaut Amazon to accept the cryptocurrency as payment "ASAP."

IEA says nuclear power plants needed to help meet climate goals

A top energy agency is warning that the planned decommissioning of nuclear power plants in Europe and the United States by 2020 threatens global plans to cut carbon emissions unless more new nuclear plants are built or we expand the use of renewables.

The most exciting tech at Uber could be thrown into more turmoil

The crux of the issue for the new CEO is this: does Uber need to own its own self-driving technology, as Kalanick believed, or can it license or strike a partnership for it?

Google proposes framework to let governments access overseas data

Google has put forth a proposal to overhaul the laws surrounding the access of data held in overseas datacentres to aid criminal investigations. The company wants to pioneer a new legal framework that helps prosecutors while preserving personal privacy.

Todoist maker launches Twist, a 'calmer' version of Slack

Doist, the company behind the highly popular Todoist task manager app, has launched a new team collaboration tool called Twist. The app has been used internally for a while and is a direct product of the Todoist team's frustration with rival Slack.

Google Doodle lets you create visual music

Today's Google Doodle offers Internet users a chance to use visual cues to create their own music. And we have abstract filmmaker Oskar Fischinger to thank for it.

Facebook announces profile picture changes to help you stay safe

Facebook has announced a set of new safety features related to profile pictures that are designed to give users peace of mind over how their images are used. The options are based on feedback from Indian users and are currently limited to the country.

Google Glass updated for the first time in three years

Google has published the first software update for its Google Glass wearable computer since 2014. The minor release adds one feature to the device. It isn't known why Google has launched the update now as the consumer version of Glass has been abandoned.

Safety inside and outside Los Alamos Nuclear Lab questioned

The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board met earlier this month to discuss the future of the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Facility at Los Alamos and to address safety issues and concerns brought up after a year-long investigative report surfaced.

Microsoft unveils new YouTube rival for business customers

Microsoft has launched a video streaming service for enterprise customers of its Office 365 cloud platform. Microsoft Stream is described as an "intelligent enterprise video service" that's built to give companies a robust online video platform.

Spotify lets you build playlists with your Facebook friends

Spotify has announced a new integration with Facebook Messenger that lets you and your friends create music playlists with the bot. Designed for use on social occasions like parties, it lets anyone add to the playlist to create the perfect soundtrack.

Microsoft launches experimental voice dictation Office add-in

Microsoft has unveiled an experimental extension for its Office apps that lets you dictate text using your voice. The company claims the technology is faster than typing with the keyboard. It supports over 20 languages, including automatic translation.

Google wants to help you find jobs without leaving search

Google has announced a new search feature that helps connect you to job openings near your area. Described as a "company-wide initiative" to aid jobseekers, the technology uses machine learning to deliver better matched job search results.

Using machine learning to detect fake on-line profiles

The era of ‘fake news’ extends to ‘fake profiles’ on social media designed for the spreading of misinformation, as well as being used for criminal activities. A new computer program shows success in spotting these.

See why nanowires are the future of electronics

The current consumer demand for small-sized electronic devices requires new approaches for their design. One answer is nanowires, according to scientists from the University of the Basque Country.

Uber will finally let its drivers accept tips

Uber drivers in Seattle, Minneapolis, and Houston can now accept tips via the company's app, and more drivers will be able to accept tips soon, as the troubled ride-sharing company moves to mend fences with customers and partners.
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