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Research and development in energy storage have given us a whole gamut of storage battery concepts, including lithium-ion, lead acid, sodium chemistries, and flow technologies. This has made clean energy battery storage a fast-growing industry.

World's second largest torrent site abruptly shuts down

ExtraTorrent, the world's second largest torrent site, has suddenly shut down without official explanation. The company has abruptly taken its servers offline and claims it has deleted all the content they once hosted. It had millions of daily visitors.

Op-Ed: Bill Gertz 'iWar' book a sobering wake up: Cyber-threat is real Special

With all the fear surrounding news of the WannaCrypt attack on computer systems world wide, the threat of technological tampering in some form or "Cyber-attack" is very real.

LG X Venture takes on the great outdoors with a giant battery

LG has announced a new rugged smartphone built for people with more active lifestyles. The X Venture puts the emphasis on outdoor activities, including a dedicated app that displays a range of environmental and fitness metrics on one screen.

Bitcoin blows past $2,000 for the first time ever

The digital cryptocurrency Bitcoin has broken records by reaching its highest value ever recorded. The price of a single coin surged past $2,000 today before climbing even higher to $2,100. The rise has been linked to changes in China and Japan.

Bank's voice recognition system fooled by user's twin

The voice recognition security system used by a major UK bank was compromised in a test by a user's twin. The breach allows recent transactions to be displayed and money to be transferred between accounts. Withdrawals are not permitted.

Meet the new player in the commercial space race — Rocket Lab

The final countdown has started for what may well be an historic event for New Zealand, with the first-ever firing of a rocket into space, potentially putting the small country right up there beside the big boys.

Ontario police will test GPS darts that avoid high-speed chases

Over the long weekend, the Ontario Provincial Police will be testing the GPS dart system that allows officers to avoid high-speed chases. Officers can fire a dart into a vehicle and then be able to trace its movements rather than engage in a pursuit.

Google reinvents search to move past Android, into crazy future

Google I/O is, far and away, Google's most important single event of the year, where CEO Sundar Pichai presents his grand vision for the company in the year to come.

Project Treble will try to fix Android's broken update model

Google has announced a new initiative that could go a long way to resolving Android's longstanding update issues. The fragmented nature of the ecosystem leaves it up to individual manufacturers to release updates, meaning many phones never receive them.

Water harvester uses sunlight to create water from dry air

Solar power is an amazing source of energy, and now, that energy has been used to produce water from the air in low humidity conditions. The device could change the lives of millions of people around the world where water is scarce.

Google unveils new Assistant features, launches AI on the iPhone

Google has announced a bevy of new features coming to its Google Assistant AI. Besides new voice commands and more third-party integrations, the company is launching Assistant on Apple's iOS, stepping up the fight against Siri.

Android passes the two billion active devices milestone

Google's Android is now used on over 2 billion every month. The operating system is now the largest in the world having surpassed Microsoft Windows last month. Alongside the announcement, Google unveiled a new set of features.

Google unveils standalone VR headsets – no smartphone needed

Google has announced a new range of "standalone" virtual reality headsets that operate independently of a smartphone. The company said the devices will help to create a new category of VR experience with a simplified setup procedure.

UK's Burbo Bank offshore wind farm uses 8MW turbines for 1st time

Denmark's Dong Energy, already a world leader in green energy technologies, formally opened the Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm in the UK's Liverpool Bay.

Addressing security fears when making contactless payments

University of Oxford technologists have designed a prototype device designed to make contactless payments more secure. The device sends secret keys to encrypt information passed from a mobile device to a payment terminal.

Are Internet connected toys a security risk?

When it comes to Internet security toys feature low down on the list of areas of vulnerability. Where many people introduce firewalls to their computers they may overlook the toys their children play with, yet the Internet of Things is ever expanding.

Elon Musk's $1 billion AI startup trains robots in VR

OpenAI, the artificial intelligence research company set up by Elon Musk, has come up with a new method for teaching robots — giving them a demo in virtual reality.

FaceDisplay VR headset adds a social touch to virtual worlds

A team of researchers at the Ulm University in Germany have created a virtual reality headset that could remove one of the biggest issues with rival VR systems. FaceDisplay includes exterior displays so spectators can get involved with the virtual world.

Minecraft to change controversial parrot feeding mechanic

Minecraft developer Mojang has said it will change the way parrots are fed in the game after community members realised it could kill real birds. A feature of an upcoming update, parrots are currently fed with chocolate which would actually poison them.

HP unveils 'The Machine': a big data computer with 160TB of RAM

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has announced the largest single memory computer ever created. "The Machine" has 160TB of memory within a single bank, allowing it to scale far beyond previous computers. It could help to enable the "big data" age.

IBM's new quantum processor is its most powerful yet

IBM has announced a new quantum processor that runs at 17-qubits, a notable performance improvement for the company. It brings IBM a step closer to creating quantum computers with more power than the very fastest traditional PCs.

Pirated Windows copies helped to spread the WannaCry ransomware

The WannaCry ransomware that made its way around the globe last week may have been aided by the use of pirated Windows versions. According to security researchers, the widespread use of illegal copies gave it a foothold in some regions.

HTC debuts the first squeezable smartphone

HTC has unveiled its new flagship smartphone for the year. It's a high-end Android device with a unique party trick up its sleeve: you can squeeze it to interact with the display. The practical applications of the novel idea are currently limited though.

What to expect from Google's biggest event of the year

Get ready for Google's AI show. Google I/O, the company's annual developers conference and biggest event of the year, is usually an Android event where we get a look at the latest features for the smartphone operating system.

Most people are ill-equipped to deal with ransomware

Last week’s global ransomware attack struck over 200,000 computer systems across 150 countries. It remains that most people are ill equipped to deal with ransomware, based on a new global survey.

Apple may phase out the iPad Mini to concentrate on high-end Pro

Apple is planning to discontinue its compact iPad Mini tablet family, according to a report today. The device, popular with casual users for web browsing and reading, has been forced out of Apple's line-up by the company's focus on high-end products.

Instagram launches face filters, the last big Snapchat feature

Instagram is rolling out support for face filters, an augmented reality feature that lets you overlay your selfies with masks and props. Predictably, the implementation strays little from Snapchat's original, completing Instagram's clone of its rival.

'Too early' to say who is behind cyberattacks: Europol

The European police agency said Tuesday it was still too early to determine who was behind a massive cyberattack which has caused global computer chaos, as researchers reported signs of a possible North Korean link.

China denies universities hit hard by ransomware

Chinese authorities have said 66 of the country's universities were affected by the global ransomware attack, but have rejected reports of widespread damage in higher-education computer systems as "malicious" hype.

Op-Ed: Flying cars and no practical thinking: The craze gets busy

If a Japanese company succeeds in its bid to deliver its SkyDrive flying cars, (basically drones with cabins), for the 2018 Olympics it’ll be a major sales pitch for the cars. It’s the total lack of thinking which makes flying cars a problem.

A hands-on look at the Samsung Galaxy S8+

The Samsung Galaxy S8+ is an exciting phone to behold. The infinity display is the kind of trend in smartphone design that could push things forward. But does it live up the hype? Digital Journal took the phone for a spin to find out.

Smartwatches could be charged by wrist motion

It may be possible to charge smart watches simply through body motions, such as tilting the wrist to view the face of the watch, a new technology study suggests. This is possible through the use of triboelectric nanogenerators.

Samsung's Bixby assistant lands on smart fridges

Samsung is bringing its Bixby digital assistant to its smart Family Hub refrigerators according to reports today. The software update allows you to interact with the fridge using voice commands, a helpful alternative to the touchscreen while cooking.

ASUS to abandon Android Wear because nobody wants smartwatches

Another major smartwatch manufacturer could leave Google's struggling Android Wear platform. ASUS has been one of only a handful of brands to see relative success in the market. It is now pulling out after facing sales of just a few thousand each month.

Apple could unveil a new 10.5-inch iPad next month

Apple could reveal a new larger iPad device at its WWDC developers conference in San Jose next month. A respected analyst has claimed a 10.5-inch iPad Pro is on the way which will use slim bezels to have a similar footprint to smaller models.

Three years on: Google discusses the right to be forgotten

Google has detailed its ongoing work to respond to right to be forgotten requests from EU citizens after the controversial concept was made law three years ago today. The company is continuing to actively protest proposed evolutions of the ruling.

After massive cyberattacks, Microsoft criticizes U.S. government

Microsoft has criticised the US government following a massive ransomware cyberattack that hit computers around the world Friday, after it emerged that the malware made use of a software exploited developed by the NSA.

Badly burned New Hampshire man thanks Siri for saving his life

A man who was badly injured in an explosion is crediting the iPhone app Siri for saving his life. His hands were too badly burned to be able to dial 911 for assistance.

Clean energy innovations that will transform our world (Part 2)

Technological innovations in electricity generation, energy storage, and the smart grid are changing the way we power our world. Great progress has been made in developing renewable energy resources, changing the face of the energy industry.

Computer-generated doctor successful in trial

Will the virtual world extend to computer generated medics offering advice to patients? The technology and supporting medical science has taken a step closer. In a trial a computer-generated physician has explained test results to patients.