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Crunch time: how the Apple Watch could create a $1tn company

As Apple’s chief executive, Tim Cook, prepares to reveal the few details not yet known about the Apple Watch – the price, the battery life, when it will hit the shops – some are already predicting a flop.<p>It will weigh the company down, they argue, and the solid gold version aimed at the very rich …

Tim Cook

Samsung wants to put 128GB of fast storage in your next phone

It's no longer hard to get a hefty 128GB of storage in a smartphone, but that doesn't mean you'll enjoy it. What's the point of all that extra space if your phone chugs handling huge games and 4K videos? Samsung has clearly anticipated this problem, though -- it just outed the first 128GB flash …

Baa-hind the scenes on the Shaun the Sheep movie

Aardman has turned its cottage-industry beginnings into a hugely profitable global enterprise. We take a look around the studio as Wallace And Gromit spin-off Shaun gets ready for the big time<p>Few multimillion-pound TV and film franchises can have accrued from a throwaway gag, but 11 minutes into A …

Animation

Collapse in number of young homeowners revealed

The collapse in homeownership by individuals and families under 30 years old over the past decade is laid bare in an official analysis of the housing market in Britain since 1980.<p>The report, by the Office for National Statistics, reveals that as recently as 1991, around 65% of 25- to 34-year-olds …

Housing

First-time home buyers in Britain must save for ‘more than a decade’

Aspiring first-time buyers in some parts of the country will have to save up for more than a decade to raise a big enough deposit to afford a home, with single people and those who have started a family facing the longest path to homownership, according to research from the housing charity …

Housing

NASA scientists want to colonize Venus with giant floating cities

The surface of Venus is like a much hotter version of Mordor. The average temperature is around 900 degrees F, atmospheric pressures are 90 times that of Earth’s, and it’s full of very active volcanoes.<p>But the Venusian <i>sky</i> is much more pleasant. So much so, that a team of scientists at NASA Langley …

Space

Joe Cocker, Rock Legend, in Pictures

Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #403

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 403rd weekly round-up from the Lib Dem blogosphere … Featuring the seven most popular stories beyond Lib Dem …

Liberal Democrats

Strip air traffic control boss of bonuses, says MP

Problem involving computer code written a quarter of a century ago was responsible for widespread disruption at British airports<p>An MP has called for bonuses to be “stripped” from a top boss after an unprecedented systems failure at the UK’s national air traffic control centre.<p>The problem, involving …

Premier League kicks off auction clash between BT and Sky

Clubs increase the number of matches on offer, including on Friday nights, in shadow of Ofcom competition investigation<p>BT and Sky are to begin a fierce multibillion-pound bidding war for live football supremacy after the Premier League kicked off its auction process on Friday, with more matches on …

This GIF Of Magnetic Putty 'Eating' A Piece Of Metal Is Mesmerizing

File this one under "Coolest thing we've seen all day": a cube of magnetic putty swallowing a smaller cube of metal whole.<p>We first saw this on r/woahdude, a section of Reddit dedicated to "Trippy & mesmerizing games, video, audio & images that make you go 'woah dude!'" Yes, we know they misspelled …

Curiosity Finds New Evidence That Mars Once Had Giant Lakes

Mount Sharp, the rover's destination, may have formed from the slow accumulation of sediment.

China flexes its high-speed rail muscles by rolling out 32 new routes in one day

Tomorrow China launches another 32 new high-speed rail routes, including a new link that cuts the 1,780 km (1106 miles) trip between Guangzhou and Shanghai to seven hours from 16. It’s an impressive feat that, if successful, is more proof of China’s resolve and capacity to become the global leader …

China

Sony to Officially Name North Korea as Source of Hack Attack

Sony will say the Hermit Kingdom hacked it.<p>Sony Pictures will officially name North Korea as the source of a hacking attack that has exposed sensitive files and brought down its corporate network last week, two sources close to the investigation tell <b>Re/code</b>. An announcement could come as soon as …

Next Version Of Google Glass Said To Be Powered By Intel

Google hasn’t thrown in the towel on Google Glass if this Wall Street Journal report is to be believed. Reportedly, Google is hard at work at the next version of Glass and has ditched Texas Instruments in favor of Intel. The first consumer version of Google Glass left a lot to be desired. From a …

12 best iPhone apps of 2014

Between iOS 8 and the iPhone 6, 2014 may have been one of the best years yet for iPhone users.<p>But killer updates from Apple aside, there was no …

Three UK owner considers fighting BT to buy EE or O2

It's no secret that BT is eyeing a return to the mobile market, by way of either EE or O2, but its movement may have come at a cost. According to <i>Reuters</i>, BT's intentions have caught of attention of Hutchison Whampoa, owner of the UK's fourth biggest operator Three, which is now said to be readying …

Payday lenders may vanish within year as result of price cap, says economist

Expert who worked with FCA on the price cap says the assessment now looks bleak for high street payday lenders<p>Price caps on payday loans to be revealed by the regulator on Tuesday could see the controversial lenders disappear from the high street within a year, according to one expert who has …

Mystery of Earth's Water Origin Solved

Instead of arriving later by comet impact, Earth's waters have likely existed since our planet's birth.<p>The water that makes Earth a majestic blue marble was here from the time of our planet's birth, according to a new study of ancient meteorites, scientists reported Thursday.<p>Where do the oceans …

The 30 Best Movies of 2014 (So Far)

With Oscar season just around the corner (literally -- we can see it peeking out, all gilded and glittery and begging for attention), we thought we'd run down 10 more of the best movies of 2014. (For those of you playing along at home, this is our third such rundown in three such quarters.)<p>This is …

Secret of healthy ageing discovered in ground-breaking 35-year study

The writer Kingsley Amis once quipped that there was no pleasure worth giving up for the sake of two more years in a geriatric home in Weston-super-Mare.<p>But for pensioners who have been following a pioneering health regime for the last 35 years, an ascetic lifestyle appears to be the secret of a …

Amateur Drone Endangered UK Passenger Plane by "Deliberately" Flying Too Close

A recent report by air safety body Airprox UK notes that a flying quadcopter was deliberately flown too close to a 74-person capacity AT72 aircraft …

Elon Musk: artificial intelligence is our biggest existential threat

Elon Musk has spoken out against artificial intelligence (AI), declaring it the most serious threat to the survival of the human race.<p>Musk made the comments to students from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) during an interview at the AeroAstro Centennial Symposium, talking about computer …

Tiny tethered drone gives soldiers a view of the dangers ahead

Drones already give troops valuable data about enemies and devastated areas, but the existing vehicles have their limits; big aerial drones can't see inside buildings, and their ground-based counterparts can't get over rough terrain. Well, CyPhy Works might just have reached a happy balance between …

4 Products That Will Save You Hundreds On Your Utility Bills

If you’re looking to save money every month, your family’s home electric bill is a good place to start. Smart, green tech updates will save a lot of …

Flipboard Arrives on Windows Phones

Inside Flipboard / October 2, 2014<p><b>UPDATE (12/16/2014):</b> Flipboard now supports all Windows Phones running Windows Phone 8.1.<p>Windows Phone fans can get …

Be the first inside 2015's new 'vans with our latest TV show

<b>WE'VE PULLED OUT all the stops to get you inside some of the best new motorhomes as manufacturers from across the UK and Europe start to pull the</b> …

Motorhomes