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Passenger jet approaching Heathrow in drone 'near-miss' Passenger jet approaching Heathrow in drone 'near-miss'
A passenger plane had a near-miss with a drone at 10,000ft as it approached Heathrow Airport. Pilots spotted a gadget with multiple arms and up to eight rotors pass by the right hand side of the plane as it was preparing to land. Both pilots exclaimed: "Was that a drone? At 10,000 feet!", air safety experts UK Airprox Board (UKAB) said. The drone was estimated to be about 98ft (30m) away ...
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Bloodhound supersonic car record bid slips again Bloodhound supersonic car record bid slips again
The British-led effort to break the World Land Speed Record is going to slip again - to 2018. The Bloodhound Super-Sonic Car was supposed to go racing later this year, to try to raise the current mark of 763mph (1,228km/h) to over 800mph. But what are described as "short-term cash flow problems" have put a dent in the schedule. The upside, says the team, is that it provides additional tim...
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Windows 10 to offer update 'snoozes' Windows 10 to offer update 'snoozes'
Microsoft will enable Windows 10 users to choose when security updates are installed once they arrive rather than enforcing them straightaway. Users have complained that the reboots required for some updates, which cannot currently be deferred, are disruptive. People using Windows 10 devices will now be able to schedule an update within three days of receiving notification, the firm said in ...
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You can now transfer money internationally through Facebook You can now transfer money internationally through Facebook
Forget about likes and shares. You can now transfer money internationally through Facebook. The money transfer startup TransferWise has launched a new chatbot that enables Facebook (FB, Tech30) users to move funds abroad using the social platform's Messenger service. The bot can be used to move money between the U.S., Canada, Australia and the European Union. It will also notify users via an ale...
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Facebook videos to autoplay with sound Facebook videos to autoplay with sound
Much of Facebook’s recent growth can be attributed to the spread of video on its network - and the company told investors recently it planned to aggressively monetise that success. Today, it announced some ideas to get things moving - starting with a change many users may not appreciate. Videos have autoplayed on Facebook’s News Feed for some time, leading to a curious rise of “silent movies...
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The Australian company unlocking parking in city centres The Australian company unlocking parking in city centres
In Australia's most gridlocked city, drivers sit becalmed in another rush-hour jam. Many motorists patiently accept the will of Sydney's fickle traffic gods, while others are steaming, their faces red, knuckles white and language X-rated. But reaching the city, or one of its satellite business districts, is often only part of the battle for the road weary. Finding somewhere to park can be anoth...
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Samsung confirms faulty batteries as cause of Note 7 fires Samsung confirms faulty batteries as cause of Note 7 fires
Samsung's probe into its Galaxy Note 7 fiasco has found that the overheating and burning of the phones was caused by defective batteries. The firm had axed its iPhone rival in October last year after an earlier botched recall and re-release. On Monday, Samsung said that neither software nor hardware other than the batteries were at fault. The recall is thought to have cost $5.3bn (£4.3bn)...
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Faraday Future's cash flow woe Faraday Future's cash flow woe
Faraday Future, the company hoping to beat Tesla in the electric car game, had to halt building its factory in order to afford its glitzy CES press event, the firm told the BBC. The company broke ground on its enormous plant in the Nevada desert in April last year -  but work halted in October amid reports the company was in dire financial straits. Speaking on the record for the first ...
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Going to space is a real pain in the back Going to space is a real pain in the back
A six-month stay on the International Space Station can be a pain in the back for astronauts. While they may gain up to 2 inches in height temporarily, that effect is accompanied by a weakening of the muscles supporting the spine, according to a new study. In 1994, astronaut Mark Lee had his height measured by fellow astronaut Jerry Linenger as part of a study on back pain. Astronauts have ...
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Instagram fixes Singapore viral 'bug' Instagram fixes Singapore viral 'bug'
Instagram said it had fixed a "bug" that saw users geo-tag themselves as being in Singapore in a bid to go viral - even though they were not there. Some users claimed the apparent hack increased the chances of a post reaching the coveted Explore page on the photo-sharing app. Posts in that section are likely to get many more likes and attract followers. Instagram confirmed to the BBC that...
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