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Senate hearing: Rand Paul says police militarisation 'out of control' – as it happened

We’re going to wrap up our live blog coverage for the day. Read the latest blog summary here.<p>We’ve just published Guardian Washington bureau chief Dan Robert’s report on the hearing. The top line: “<b>US police forces t</b>hat use military equipment earmarked for counter-terrorism to handle public order …

Watch MIT's Atlas humanoid robot drag a metal pillar like it's nothing

We're interrupting your regularly scheduled programming full of cute, service robots to bring you the latest update on Boston Dynamics' terrifying humanoid machine: Atlas. A group of MIT researchers have been working to refine their Atlas unit's capabilities since 2013 for DARPA's Robotics …

This gadget can knock drones and Google Glass offline

Bothered by gadgets like Google Glass that can, theoretically, be used to snoop on you in public? Then why not get your own gadget that can knock them all offline?<p>That's what the creators of Cyborg Unplug promise. Billed as a "wireless anti-surveillance system," Unplug is, essentially, a portable …

North Korea Cracks Down on WiFi Networks at Embassies

The North Korean regime is cracking down on international embassies and their use of WiFi networks, after reports suggested locals were connecting to the internet via them.<p>The excellent North Korea Tech blog reports that embassies had been ordered to encrypt and password lock their networks, or …

Neither rain, nor fog, nor wind stops Boeing's laser weapon destroying targets

If you've ever gone outside on a foggy night and shined a laser pointer about, you’ve seen two things: how flashy a raygun it makes, and the problem …

Military

The Unlikely Alliance of Hackers Fighting the Islamic State

A motley crew of unlikely allies are taking on the Islamic State online, taunting them, taking down Twitter accounts and allegedly jamming the …

New York City gets a chief technology officer

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is unveiling the city’s first ever chief technology officer this evening at the 10th anniversary of NY Tech Meetup.<p>The new CTO, Minerva Tantoco, has worked with both startups and large enterprises over the last 25 years. She also has four patents under her …