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Hamilton: I'll need my best-ever form to snatch F1 title

Lewis Hamilton says he will need to be "the best I've ever been" to overhaul his points deficit to teammate Nico Rosberg in the final stretch of the …

Lie detection software learns from real court cases

Machine learning has been used to make computers guess your age, count calories and even do our jobs, but University of Michigan researchers are applying it to lie detection. In this case they used testimony from real court cases to try and decipher a liar's tells when the stakes are at their …

The world is quickly running out of water, new NASA study says

The world is losing groundwater, fast.<p>That is the conclusion of a new study published by researchers at NASA, which drew on satellite data to quantify the stresses on aquifers. The researchers found that over the decade-long study of the 37 major aquifers worldwide, 21 experienced a depletion of …

Water

Switching your broadband supplier just got really easy

When Ofcom announced that consumers can ditch their contract if broadband speeds aren't as advertised, it also said it would also make changing providers even easier. This new "one touch" process comes into effect today, finally putting the responsibility of switching onto the company you wish to …

StingRay phone trackers are being used in the UK

<i>Sky News</i> has found evidence that StingRays -- those fake cell towers American cops are so fond of -- are in active use in the UK. The news organization ran software made by a German security company to scour for StingRays currently being used London and found 20 instances within just three weeks. …

Bacteria-powered folding batteries could power paper biosensors

We've seen flexible displays for some time now, and engineers at Binghamton University developed an origami-inspired foldable battery. The folding part is great, but these batteries are also powered by bacteria and made from paper, providing an low-cost option for remote locales where resources are …

Netflix raises the price of its basic HD plan (again) in the UK

Netflix is investing heavily in new TV originals, and maintaining the standard set by <i>House of Cards</i>, <i>Orange is the New Black</i> and <i>Daredevil</i> doesn't come cheap. With that in mind, it should come as little surprise to hear that Netflix is raising the price of its basic HD subscription from £6.99 to …

Future Range Rovers could tell the city about local potholes

Jaguar Land Rover has revealed that it's working on technology that'll alert the authorities whenever your car finds a bump in the road. It's one of several high-tech initiatives the outfit has been working on, including heads-up displays in the windshield and "transparent" cars. Once an issue, …

Computer algorithm picks the world's most creative art

Who would you trust to determine history's most creative art? A room full of seasoned critics? Rutgers University researchers think a machine can do the job. They've developed a computer vision algorithm that ranks the creativity of art based on how similar it is to earlier works in terms of …

HP's 'blended reality' Sprout desktop just got better at 3D capture

Back when HP first introduced Sprout, an ambitious all-in-one desktop, the company came up with lots of reasons why you might want such an unusual PC -- one with an overheard projector/camera, and a touch mat that could act as a second screen. Among the various use cases -- gaming, visual projects, …

Anywhere SIM uses different networks to dodge UK not-spots

One company is promising to end Britain's so-called "not-spot" problem with a special SIM card that automatically switches between carriers. The "Anywhere SIM" will alternate between Vodafone, O2 and EE's mobile networks for the best signal, and it'll also offer a single flat rate for roaming …

Parrot unveils 13 new minidrones to tackle air, sea and land

Well, here's a fun surprise! Parrot has just revealed a pile of inexpensive new minidrones, 13 in all, including one that tackles a new medium: water. That hybrid UAV/Boat is called the Hydrofoil Drone, and is joined by a couple of new 'Jumping' drones and a new flying model, the 'Airborne.' Parrot …

AutoExpress: BMW's futuristic hybrid is getting an engine upgrade

BMW's futuristic plug-in hybrid is so popular that the company can't keep up with demand, a problem that's likely to get much worse next year. Auto Express believes that BMW is about to release a second, high(er) performance version of the i8 with a bigger engine, sportier design and fewer seats …

NASA explains how cell networks can restrict drone flights

NASA has taken on the job of preventing drones from crashing into things, and it's now revealed more info about how it plans to do that. It wants to link up drones up to a control system when they're flying, then "geo-fence" them off from trouble, according to its latest missive. And as the space …

Background info on US spies, military stolen by hackers

Wondering how the recently uncovered hack covering personal information from millions of government employees could be worse? We now have our answer, as sources have told the <i>Associated Press</i> and other outlets that in another breach, hackers accessed data from security clearance checks for military …

Planes take to the runway in a glorious 8K 360-degree video

We haven't even had a chance to fill our homes with 4K TVs and already YouTube is moving on to 8K. To get an early jump on the coming wave of mega-high resolution videos, Dubai360 says that it has posted the world's first 8K 360-degree video. World's first or not, it's mesmerizing to watch a …

Germany calls off probe into whether the NSA spied on Angela Merkel

We might never know if the NSA truly spied on German chancellor Angela Merkel. And if the agency did, the details might never come to light, because her government has decided to stop investigating whether Merkel was actually a target. The country's chief federal prosecutor Harald Range has …

Google Granted Patent for Smart Contact Lens

Google has been granted a patent for a contact lens with an embedded chip,<p>The patent, which was discovered by WebProNews, features a sensor in the …

To Mimic Telecom's Rapid Rise, The Cloud Must Remove Barriers To Productivity

We can thank Sam Pitroda for democratizing Indian telecom in 1990s, helping the country become an early adopter of an emerging technology when he introduced public telephone kiosks across India with trunk dialing (STD) and international subscriber dialing (ISD) capabilities at very cheap rates.<p>What …

Innovation

Here's how big connected cars will be in regions around the world

2015 will undoubtedly be the year of the connected car. In their recent annual report, BMW Group CEO Norbert Reithofer said connecting the car to the internet will change the auto industry more than the shift to electric and hybrid cars.<p>To stay competitive in the automotive market, car makers …

Internet of Things

The great OLED revolution has arrived -- at a price

Plasma TVs may be extinct, but OLED screens now fill that niche. Only one company makes them, so you'll need deep pockets to afford the best picture on the market.<p>The mainstream TV tech with the best picture is dead. RIP plasma.<p>If you're a screen quality purist, LED LCD won't cut it. Though they …

Televisions

Google Fiber has Internet providers scrambling to improve their service

<i>This post is in partnership with Money. The article below was originally published at</i> <i>Money.com</i><i>.</i><p>By Jacob Davidson<p>Here’s a three step plan to getting a …

Nowhere In The World Uses Mobile Banking As Much As Africa

A new World Bank-Gallup poll shows that the countries of sub-Saharan Africa are the world's leaders in sending, spending, and saving money via phone.<p>In a many of the more remote parts of the countries in the region, it's difficult to have access to any form of banking at all, preventing workers …

World Bank

Amazon and Microsoft Take Public Cloud Storage To The Next Level

Last week, Microsoft announced the general availability of Azure Premium Storage, the choice of storage for demanding workloads. A week before that, at the AWS Summit, Amazon has launched a new storage type on the public cloud called Elastic File System. Both these announcements have a positive …

Cloud Computing

Tesla And Energy Storage: The Race To Power The Future

What if there were a way to modernize the nation’s energy grid while also helping bolster renewable energy production? According to Tesla’s innovative mastermind, Elon Musk, the development of massive batteries, which store energy produced from renewable resources, could become a reality within the …

Clean Energy

Tesla's gigafactory could be obsolete before it even opens. Here's why.

A disruptive shadow looms over Tesla Motors’ giant Nevada “gigafactory”—the threat of rapidly advancing battery technology. While plenty of hurdles …

China finally overtakes U.S. in iPhone sales, Chinese revenue up 71%

Pundits have been predicting for several successive quarters that iPhone sales in China would outstrip those in the U.S., and Q2 2015 was when it finally happened, reports <i>Reuters</i>.<p>Apple […] sold more iPhones in China than the United States for the first time […] increasing its revenue in the country …

China

Ultrathin membrane makes plane cabins 100x quieter

While air travel is quicker and safer than driving, it's also louder. The continuous low-frequency drone of the engines is why some people invest in noise-canceling headphones. To help reduce that non-stop hum, researchers at North Carolina State University and MIT have developed a thin membrane to …

Magnetically Levitating Elevators Could Reshape Skylines

They go up, down, and all around<p>With the debut of passenger elevators some 150 years ago, cities were forever changed. Freed from the tyranny of stairwells, architects built as high as they liked. That is, until they ran into another barrier: the weight of steel cables. A new elevator design from …

Skyscrapers

Mayor De Blasio Makes A $70M Commitment Toward Universal Broadband In New York City

In what is one of the most prominent financial commitments that an American city government has made toward universal broadband, the De Blasio administration is committing $70 million to bring affordable high-speed Internet to city residents.<p>Even though cities like New York and San Francisco are at …

Bill de Blasio