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Ted 2016: Hololens ­nveils 'teleportation' to Mars
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Ted 2016: Hololens ­nveils 'teleportation' to Mars

HoloLens creator Alex Kipman has shown off Microsoft's augmented reality technology at the TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference.

How the British and Americans Started Listening In
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How the British and Americans Started Listening In

It was late on 8 February 1941 when four Americans arrived at Bletchley Park.

The Tech Giving People Power to Deal with Disability
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The Tech Giving People Power to Deal with Disability

In Europe and America, this is one in five people. And since they are less likely to be in work, their poverty rate is about twice as high.

Facewatch 'thief Recognition' Cctv on Trial in ­k Stores
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Facewatch 'thief Recognition' Cctv on Trial in ­k Stores

Until now, Facewatch has provided local groups of businesses with a way to share their CCTV images of shoplifters and other potential offenders.

How Thermal Imaging Tech Is About to Become Hot Stuff
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How Thermal Imaging Tech Is About to Become Hot Stuff

Although it's already been used by industry, the military and some emergency services, it was expensive and therefore had a limited market.

Tiny Chip That Powers Itself From Radio Waves
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Tiny Chip That Powers Itself From Radio Waves

Eindhoven University of Technology researchers have developed a tiny sensor powered by the radio waves it uses to communicate information.

'li-Fi 100 Times Faster Than Wi-Fi'
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'li-Fi 100 Times Faster Than Wi-Fi'

A new method of delivering data, which uses the visible spectrum rather than radio waves, has been tested in a working office.

The Computer That Knows What You're Thinking
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The Computer That Knows What You're Thinking

We have all done it; put a rictus grin on our faces while inside we are burning with anger.

America's Crypto Battles
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America's Crypto Battles

John Miller reckons he can get into pretty much any safe.

European Parliament Votes Against Net Neutrality Amendments
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European Parliament Votes Against Net Neutrality Amendments

The European Parliament has voted against a set of rules intended to safeguard "net neutrality" in the EU.

Why Robot That Gets 'tired and Hormonal' Is a Good Thing
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Why Robot That Gets 'tired and Hormonal' Is a Good Thing

Having certain robots operate using the electronic equivalent of an endocrine system could present advantages, according to researchers. 

Cardiff University Develops Virtual Assistant Dubbed Sherlock
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Cardiff University Develops Virtual Assistant Dubbed Sherlock

A virtual assistant developed at Cardiff University recently had its first public trial at the BBC's Make It Digital event. 

Study Suggests London ­nderground May Be 'too Fast'
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Study Suggests London ­nderground May Be 'too Fast'

A computer model of the London Underground predicts trains that travel too fast compound congestion when key locations outside the city center become bottlenecks...

The Search For a Thinking Machine
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The Search For a Thinking Machine

Thanks, in part, to a new era of machine learning, computer are already starting to assimilate information from raw data in the same way as the human infant learns...

The People Hoping to Continue to Exist Through Technology
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The People Hoping to Continue to Exist Through Technology

"We have this strange idea that dying is something we need to do."

The Oil-Rich City Betting on Drones
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The Oil-Rich City Betting on Drones

Over the PA system a voice tells us not to be alarmed. What we are about to see is just a demonstration, courtesy of the United Arab Emirates' Ministry of the Interior...

Web's Random Numbers Are Too Weak, Researchers Warn
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Web's Random Numbers Are Too Weak, Researchers Warn

A study found shortcomings in the generation of the random numbers used to scramble or encrypt data.

Facial Recognition Tool 'works in Darkness'
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Facial Recognition Tool 'works in Darkness'

A new tool can identify people in complete darkness by using their thermal signature and matching infrared images with ordinary photos.

Facial Recognition Tool 'works in Darkness'
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Facial Recognition Tool 'works in Darkness'

Two scientists at a German university have developed a tool which recognises a person's face in complete darkness.

The Hidden Lab Where Bankcards Are Hacked
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The Hidden Lab Where Bankcards Are Hacked

It couldn't get any more steampunk if it tried: a wooden robot hisses like an airbrake as a blast of compressed air shoves its arm sideways, sending a credit card...
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