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How Uber is moving the "blue dot" and improving GPS accuracy in big cities

GPS can’t see through tall buildings, so Uber set out to fix the problem using 3D maps, probability, and math<p>You might have noticed a problem when you try to use your smartphone to navigate a big city: your GPS location is usually super inaccurate. Sometimes it's only by a few feet, but if you’re …

University College London

This is what missile attack did to Syria’s chemical weapons program

Pictures have emerged of the aftermath of the US-led missile attack on Syria’s chemical weapons programme.<p>Buildings outside the country’s capital …

Middle East

Crypto-phobia risks tarnishing blockchain with the bitcoin brush

Bitcoin, the most well-known cryptocurrency, has been associated with dark and unsavoury topics such as human trafficking, money laundering, and most …

Blockchain

Are you ready? This is all the data Facebook and Google have on you

The harvesting of our personal details goes far beyond what many of us could imagine. So I braced myself and had a look<p>Five things we learned from Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook hearing<p>Want to freak yourself out? I’m going to show just how much of your information the likes of Facebook and Google store …

Time I

You can unlock Mario inside of Google Maps starting March 10

Google Maps teamed up with Nintendo to bring Mario to life in Google Maps. Starting March 10th, you can unlock Mario as your driver for a week.

The 15 most stunning places in the UK outside of London, according to Instagram

Whether you live in the UK or are planning your first trip, it can be easy to go back to the same London-centric spots when you're looking for a day …

Scotland

'Daredevil' scaffolder pictured working 60ft in the air with nothing to stop him falling is sentenced

A ‘daredevil’ scaffolder caught on camera working 60ft in the air with nothing to stop him plummeting to the ground told a judge it was a ‘moment of …

Hosting your own website just got a whole lot more affordable

Even in this era, where social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram can help both small and big businesses, it’s still important for companies to establish their own web sites as well, which they can control with no fear of their message being blocked or pushed to the background by some …

How to take a picture of the moon that doesn’t look like a tiny, white blob

Taking a good picture of our little satellite pal is harder than it seems, but a little prep makes a big difference.<p>The moon is a photographic tease. It hangs up there in the sky, all big and bright. Then you try to take a picture of it and you get a pathetic white blob floating in a sea of digital …

10 amazing things to do in Dubai

HANG OUT WITH HIPSTERS<p>A few years ago, Dubai didn’t have hipsters, but now it does and <b>Box Park</b> is where most of them hang out. There are restaurants, …

Inside the group chats where people pump and dump cryptocurrency

How self-proclaimed “pump and dump groups” scam thousands of wannabe altcoin investors.<p>Every few days, 200,000 strangers come together online to buy …

Cryptocurrency

Check Out All Of This Awesome Stuff From The Tokyo Auto Salon

Without the crowds, without the ‘booth babes’, without the hustle and bustle, the Tokyo Auto Salon is a gorgeous affair comprised of everything from …

Tokyo

The Guardian view on cryptocurrencies: a greater fool’s gold

The apparently endless rise in the prices of cryptocurrencies is a monument to greed and gullibility<p>Last month a plague of kittens brought down one of the most fashionable cryptocurrencies on the internet. This might not have been news, except that the cryptocurrency, Ethereum, bills itself as “the …

Cryptocurrency

Man smashed up girlfriend’s flat after being given Lynx set for Christmas

<b>A man spent Christmas and New Year in prison after smashing up his girlfriend’s flat because she had bought him a £2 Lynx set as a present.</b><p>Steven …

Urbanism

This Infographic Breaks Down 52 of The Most Common Misconceptions

You'd think that in the age of the internet, where more information than we can possibly consume in several lifetimes is at our fingertips, stubborn …

Infographics

4-Minute Brownie Pie

Forget about expensive mixes! This homemade brownie pie is a snap to fix, and it bakes to perfection in a pie plate. Slice the brownie into narrow …

Missed the bitcoin boom? Five more baffling cryptocurrencies to blow your savings on

Regretting not spending a few hundred quid on bitcoin five years ago? Get ahead of the speculators by spending thousands of dollars on a imaginary cat or the Paris Hilton-backed LydianCoin<p>If you are worried you’ve missed out on making millions by betting on bitcoin, don’t worry: there will be …

Cryptocurrency

British fruit left to rot as looming Brexit squeezes seasonal labor

KENT, England — Fruit grower Tim Chambers left 150 tons of raspberries, worth just over $1 million, to rot on the bush in June. With too few laborers to pick produce on his farms, he also decided not to plant a good portion of the late-season raspberries that he usually harvests in the fall.<p>He’s …

European Union

Drivers - can you answer these driving theory test questions? One in eight get them wrong

Learner drivers may fear the practical test the most but the question-based theory exam can still trip some up.<p>Often treated as a foregone conclusion …

Autumn budget: Hammond urged to invest £7bn in transport for new towns

National infrastructure commission calls for the rate of housebuilding to be doubled across a swath of central England<p>Philip Hammond is being urged to earmark £7bn for new transport links in the “brain belt” spanning Oxford, Cambridge and Milton Keynes in next week’s budget, and persuade local …

United Kingdom

I Miss How Weird Games Used to Be

The best part of retro games is how different they are from each other.<p>In my article about <i>Need for Speed: Payback</i> yesterday, I wrote about how, when I play racing games, I’m always focused on how the game I’m playing is differentiating itself from other games in genre:<p>Instead of worrying about how …

Forza Motorsport 7

It’s better to understand something than to know it

“Knowing” and “understanding” are related concepts, but they’re not the same. Each is a distinct mental state involving cognitive grasp: Knowing is static, referring to discrete facts, while understanding is active, describing the ability to analyze and place those facts in context to form a big …

Carbon Dioxide

The intelligent, adaptive supply chain – a new way to innovate at speed

Long-term loyalty and a predictable flow of orders are a thing of the past. In the omni-channel commerce era, customers are tightening their …

Innovation

The untapped promise of digitisation in Britain

The onward march of automation in the UK, as throughout the world economy, is frequently regarded as a threat to jobs and wages. But properly …

Manufacturing Sector

University admissions: The art of the personal statement

<b>The half-term holiday is almost over and, for many students in their final year of school, university applications are high on the agenda.</b><p>So, you've chosen your preferred courses and universities and started to fill in your personal details, education, qualifications and details of any paid jobs.<p>So …

College & University

The Simple Trick for Cooking Way Better Rice (And No, It’s Not Washing It)

Your rice cooker wishes it could do this.<p>Just like pasta, I tend to have a bag of rice on hand at all times. When I can’t think of anything else for …

30 Must-Read Books

<i>The Great Gatsby,</i> by F. Scott Fitzgerald<p>“It’s hard to say what anyone should or shouldn’t read, let alone <i>everyone,</i> but <i>The Great Gatsby</i> is a book I …

The ridiculous amount of hours workers spend making tea

The average UK employee spends 109 hours a year making hot drinks at work, research has revealed.<p>Eighty-seven per cent of people believe having a …

You'll still need your round £1 coins even AFTER they stop being legal tender

We’re just a week away from the round pound coin going out of circulation , meaning we will no longer be able to spend them.<p>On Sunday, October 15 …