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Driverless flying taxi service set to launch in Dubai Driverless flying taxi service set to launch in Dubai
Dubai has announced yet another pioneering initiative, but this time it's not the world's first rotating skyscraper or 3D printed office. It's a fleet of flying taxis. Small enough to fit into a car parking space when folded up, the one-seater passenger drones made by Chinese company Ehang are set to start picking up passengers in July this year, according to Dubai's Road and Transport Authorit...
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SanDisk launches new microSD card, flash drives SanDisk launches new microSD card, flash drives
New Delhi: SanDisk, a brand owned by the US-based storage company Western Digital, on Thursday launched 256GB microSD card that meets the Application Performance Class 1 (A1) requirements along with "Extreme PRO USB 3.1" solid state flash drive and "Extreme Go USB" 3.1 flash drive. The A1 specification allows the new card to manage random read input-output access per second (IOPS) of 1,500 and wr...
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Inside the TalkTalk 'Indian scam call centre Inside the TalkTalk 'Indian scam call centre
TalkTalk customers are being targeted by an industrial-scale fraud network in India, according to whistleblowers who say they were among hundreds of staff hired to scam customers of the British telecoms giant. The scale of the criminal operation has been detailed by the three sources, who say they were employed by two front-companies set up by a gang of professional fraudsters. The sources descr...
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'Solar canopy' turns sunlight into electricity and art 'Solar canopy' turns sunlight into electricity and art
In the desert metropolis of Dubai, where the summer is one long heat wave, shade is precious as people seek refuge from the sun's scorching rays. Enter Italian architect and designer Carlo Ratti's latest creation -- a shiny metal canopy that can be used to create micro climates in outdoor areas by controlling light and shade. The roof of the canopy is made up of round mirrors, each with their ...
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Your car's data may soon be more valuable than the car itself Your car's data may soon be more valuable than the car itself
The most valuable thing about tomorrow's cars is something you'll never even see. Forget the engine. Or the shiny rims. The money is in vehicles' data. People have made fortunes selling cars and trucks. For many of us, a car is the second most expensive thing we'll ever buy. (A home being Number 1.) But experts say the value of vehicles will likely pale in comparison to the riches from our cars...
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Phone encryption: Police 'mug' suspect to get data
Detectives have developed a new tactic to beat criminals using mobile phone encryption - legally "mug" them. The tactic has emerged after Scotland Yard's cybercrime unit smashed a fake credit card fraud racket. Officers realised crucial evidence in the investigation was concealed on a suspect's iPhone - but it would be unobtainable if the device was locked. So a covert team seized it in the str...
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Tech Tent: Fun and Games in Finland
Stream the latest Tech Tent episode on the BBC website Download the latest episode as a podcast Listen to previous episodes on the BBC website Listen live every Friday at 15.00 GMT on the BBC World Service On this week's Tech Tent we travel to Slush, one of the most relaxed and vibrant technology events you will find anywhere in the world. It is held in almost total darkness in a huge exhibiti...
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Fake news detector plug-in developed
As pressure mounts on firms such as Google, Facebook and Twitter to do more to tackle fake news, some are taking things into their own hands. Technologist Daniel Sieradski has developed a plug-in - known as BS Detector - that flags up "questionable" websites on Facebook and Twitter. The plug-in - has appeared in dozens of news feeds, leading some to think it was an official Facebook feature. It...
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These phone apps have got your number
The mobile phone numbers of former Prime Minister David Cameron, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, celebrities and millions of other people are being stored in databases that can be searched by the public. While the numbers cannot be obtained simply by entering a name, data watchdogs are concerned about the way the information has been gathered. These databases have been compiled by phone apps that p...
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'Snoopers' charter' petition hits signatures target
A petition asking the UK government to repeal its new Investigatory Powers Act now has more than 118,000 signatures. This means that it must now be considered for parliamentary debate. Internet providers will soon have to record which services their customers' devices connect to - including websites and messaging apps. They must keep this information for one year and share it with various depar...
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