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Chinese satellite sends 'hack-proof' message Chinese satellite sends 'hack-proof' message
China has successfully sent "hack-proof" messages from a satellite to Earth for the first time. The Micius satellite beamed messages to two mountain-top receiving stations 645 km (400 miles) and 1,200 km away. The message was protected by exploiting quantum physics, which says any attempt to eavesdrop on it would make detectable changes. Using satellites avoids some limitations that groun...
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Putin bans VPNs in web browsing crackdown Putin bans VPNs in web browsing crackdown
Vladimir Putin has banned virtual private networks (VPNs) and Tor in a crackdown on apps that allow access to websites prohibited in Russia. The law, signed by Mr Putin, was passed by Russia's parliament last week and will now come into force on 1 November. A second law to ban anonymous use of online messaging services will take effect on 1 January next year. It would make it easier for the sta...
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iPhone thieves ‘used van to rob moving truck’ iPhone thieves ‘used van to rob moving truck’
Five Romanian men have been arrested in the Netherlands on suspicion of stealing iPhones worth 500,000 euros ($590,000; £447,430) from a moving truck. They allegedly tailgated the vehicle before one of them climbed onto the bonnet of their van and broke into the truck in front of them. Boxes of iPhones were then passed back through the van's roof. The theft took place on the night of 24 July, o...
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Apple 'pulls 60 VPNs from China App Store' Apple 'pulls 60 VPNs from China App Store'
The creators of several Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) have criticised Apple's decision to remove their products from its App Store in China. So as many as 60 VPNs were pulled over the weekend. Apple said it was legally required to remove them because they did not comply with new regulations. It refused to confirm the exact number of apps withdrawn, but did not deny the figure. It added that d...
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Amazon Robotics Challenge 2017 won by Australian budget bot Amazon Robotics Challenge 2017 won by Australian budget bot
Cartman - a budget-priced robot from Australia - has triumphed in an annual contest to create a machine that can identify, pick up and stow warehouse goods. The bot was designed from scratch to take part in 2017's Amazon Robotics Challenge and used a radically different design to past winners. Instead of building a robotic arm, the victors used a sliding mechanism that picked up products from ab...
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China says VPN crackdown aimed at 'cleaning' the internet China says VPN crackdown aimed at 'cleaning' the internet
Scaling China's Great Firewall is getting a whole lot harder. Beijing said in January it would restrict virtual private networks, or VPNs, and this month reportedly told the three big telecoms companies to block individuals' access to them by early next year. China's regulator defended the crackdown on Tuesday, saying recent measures were part of an ongoing campaign aimed at "cleaning and standa...
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Samsung gears up to launch the Galaxy Note 8 Samsung gears up to launch the Galaxy Note 8
Less than a year after recalling the Galaxy Note 7 because it kept bursting into flames, Samsung is gearing up to release the next smartphone in the series. The Galaxy Note 8 will be unveiled next month, a Samsung spokesman confirmed to CNNMoney on Tuesday. It will likely go on sale September through October depending on the country, he added. The news was initially announced by DJ Koh, Samsung...
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Facebook drone in successful test flight Facebook drone in successful test flight
Facebook has completed a second test of a solar-powered drone designed to bring internet access to remote parts of the world. The drone - dubbed Aquila - flew for one hour and 46 minutes in Arizona. On Aquila's maiden voyage last summer, the autopilot system was confused by heavy wind and crash-landed. This time, the drone flew at an altitude of 3,000ft, a long way from Facebook's intended 60,0...
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Tim Cook says Apple is working on self-driving tech: Just not a car Tim Cook says Apple is working on self-driving tech: Just not a car
Apple isn't building its own car after all. At least not in the near future. Instead, CEO Tim Cook says Apple is working on "the mother of all AI projects": self-driving car technology that could establish the company as a major player in the automotive market. Cook discussed Apple's plans in an interview with Bloomberg TV that took place earlier this month but were first reported on Tuesday. It...
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Snapchat CEO burns Facebook on earnings call Snapchat CEO burns Facebook on earnings call
For years, Facebook has been trying to copy Snapchat. On Wednesday, the CEO of Snapchat's parent company finally responded. During Snap's (SNAP) first earnings call as a public company, CEO Evan Spiegel was asked by an analyst if Facebook's fierce competition scares him. Spiegel laughed and then launched into a biting response. "If you want to be a creative company, you have got to be comfortabl...
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