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Literature from across the globe plotted using Google Maps

A new Google Maps mashup is giving bookworms a sense of direction when it comes to picking out new reading material. Launched on 21 May by UK …

A tiny string of text can disable iPhone Messages

Apple device owners have discovered a string of text characters that, when received on an iPhone in Messages, can lock people out of the app and — reportedly in some cases — crash the phone. Users who receive the string with Messages open won't be able to go back to other conversations without …

The future of Britain? floating cities and high-rise farms

Engineers and futurologists claim the Moon and Mars spaceports and 3D printed houses will be common within 100 years<p>Super-deep six storey basements, floating cities and high-rise farms will be commonplace in Britain within 100 years, engineers and architects have claimed.<p>The next century will see …

Engineering

The Underwater Internet

A wireless world relies on more than cloud technology. Half-century-old cable stations are critical nodes where messages can still be delayed, censored, or intercepted.<p>In 1962, during a period of technological and political transition in the undersea-cable industry, the Keawaula cable station was …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Blur, The Magic Whip, album review: 'a triumphant comeback'

Blur's first album in 12 years is everything fans could have hoped for, says Helen Brown<p>Although Blur fans have been crossing their fingers for a new album since the band's glorious 2009 reunion gigs, it all looked a bit dicey at the surprise press conference at that Chinese restaurant in London …