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Google’s Planning to Deliver Super-Fast 5G Internet From Solar-Powered Drones

High-speed Internet from above.<p>Google’s been secretly trialling a drove of 5G Internet-compatible drones out in New Mexico that have the potential to …

Telecoms

WHO declares international emergency for cases linked to Zika virus

The recent spate of birth defects and neurological disorders linked to Zika virus infection constitutes an international public health emergency, the …

Public Health

Driverless pods to hit the streets of Greenwich

As you stroll past the Royal Observatory in Greenwich and that place where Thor fought in <i>The Dark World</i>, you'll soon see driverless pods gliding next to you. That's the plan, anyway. The GATEway project, which has already been experimenting with a self-driving shuttle around the O2, will soon be …

Road Safety

4 drones almost collided with British planes in 2015

A report from the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) today said that four drones almost caused collisions with commercial aircraft in 2015.<p>According to the report, the incidents were classed as ‘category A’ which means a serious risk of collision existed. So much so, that one drone came …

Everyone thought Mark Zuckerberg was crazy to buy a 13-person app for $1 billion — now Instagram looks like one of the most brilliant tech acquisitions ever made

What's more, Zuckerberg paid out the nose for it, shelling out $1 billion for an app that had 13 employees, zero revenue, and which most of the buttoned-up investors that would attend Facebook's IPO roadshow had probably never heard of.<p>The deal caused immediate concern. Some considered the deal a …

Mark Zuckerberg

Snapchat goes after the sports crowd with live score filters

If there's one key area where Snapchat could step its game up, it would be sports. And it looks like the social app's already doing something about that. According to <i>TechCrunch</i>, Snapchat has started rolling out a set of new geofilters called Live Score, which let users inside NBA arenas share …

The lion-like Mercedes-AMG GT S will make you feel like a driving god

2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S review<p>Mercedes-AMG's GT S<p>I felt like a real jerk, turning to my friend sitting in the passenger seat and admitting to him that …

This gun can stop small rogue drones without destroying them

We've seen a couple of brute force anti-drone devices designed to snatch the tiny machines out of the sky, but Battelle's DroneDefender is one of the …

Drones

Elon Musk To Test Hyperloop Before Big Crowds This Summer

Almost two dozen teams who entered their “pod” designs in a competition decided at Texas A&M University this Saturday will go on to test their creations on Elon Musk’s futuristic hyperloop transport system. In the end, it was a team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology taking top honors, …

Elon Musk

Drone schools spread in China to field pilots for new sector

Joysticks at their fingertips, the mostly male students packing the classroom lift their virtual helicopters into the air, part of a new cottage industry that's sprung up in China: drone pilot schools.<p>China is already the world's biggest drone manufacturer, churning out remote-controlled flying …

UNICEF looking to invest in tech that helps children in need

The United Nations Children's Fund, more commonly known as UNICEF, wants to start investing more in technology startups. This new initiative is part of its Innovation Fund, which seeks to develop projects that can make life better for underprivileged children across the globe. But first, companies …

Online Censorship Rears Its Ugly Head In Southeast Asia

With a growing middle class rising up across its population of more than 600 million people, Southeast Asia is truly a growth market. Added to that, the influx of mobile devices bringing Internet to hundreds of millions of people for the first — and putting it right in their pocket, no less — makes …

Asia

Eagles are being trained to take out illegal drones

Forget anti-drone drones, one of nature's most majestic hunters may soon play a valuable role in taking down dangerous UAVs. As part of a new trial, the Dutch National Police force has begun training eagles to intercept troublesome drones during an emergency, when another capture device might put …

Elon Musk’s high-speed Hyperloop travel pods move one step closer to reality

Elon Musk has been banging on about a so-called “fifth mode of transport” for some time. The futuristic high-speed Hyperloop train doesn’t yet exist, but it would get you from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 30 minutes if it did.<p>The conceptual Hyperloop was first proposed by SpaceX and Tesla Motors …

Your drone army awaits: The Ultra-Stealth Nano Drone is now just $19.99

Unlimited high-flying fun awaits in the <b>Ultra-Stealth Nano Drone</b> – the world’s smallest quadcopter, and your new favorite flying toy.<p>This tiny quadcopter is small enough to rest on the tip of your finger, and can easily maneuver through small spaces with acrobatic finesse – and with eight frequency …

Facebook passes Exxon to become 4th most valuable company in the world

Tech is in. Oil is out.<p>Facebook overtook Exxon Mobil on Monday to become the fourth most valuable company in the world by market capitalization, …

Gmail has over 1 billion active users

Does it feel like virtually everyone you know has a Gmail address? You're not alone. While discussing its latest fiscal results, Alphabet has confirmed that there are now over 1 billion active Gmail users per month, or 100 million more than there were last May. That's a big milestone, but it's …

Crooked Silk Road investigator arrested a second time

You'd think that a former Secret Service agent caught stealing Bitcoins during the Silk Road case would know better than to try to elude authorities, but apparently that isn't the case. Ex-investigator Shaun Bridges was re-arrested January 29th after he was caught with bags containing a passport, …

WhatsApp passes 1 billion monthly active users

WhatsApp has joined a growing club of services that can now count having more than 1 billion monthly active users (that means 1 in 7 people in the world use it), Jan Koum, the head of the Facebook-owned company, posted on the popular social network of the achievement. It comes just less than five …

Fox seeks $250m worth of staff cuts

Employees at 20th Century Fox and Fox Networks to be offered ‘generous’ packages if they leave voluntarily, says Rupert Murdoch’s film and TV company<p>Employees at two major divisions of 21st Century Fox are to be offered “generous” benefit packages if they resign voluntarily as the company aims to …

Employment

Sorry Haters, Russia Survives $30 Oil

Russia’s economy has adjusted relatively well to lower oil prices thanks in large part to the ruble, which has tracked oil’s fortunes since 2014. But if oil falls below $30 for an extended period, then all bets are off and Russia’s economy will be in for a prolonged recession.<p>The investment …

Economics

Samsung to unveil Gear 360 virtual reality camera, report says

Just one day after Samsung announced the debut date of its Galaxy S7 smartphone, there are new rumblings that the company will also release a …

Google's Ad Machine Is Even More Profitable Than Anyone Knew

As if we didn’t know already, the money that Google mints on its massive advertising business pays for a lot of long bets. Today, we found out just how much Google’s parent company Alphabet is wagering: $3.6 billion.<p>That’s the sum of fourth-quarter losses reported today from such alpha-bets as …

Digital Advertising

360-degree video: Step inside the 'Executive Lounge' of the new BMW

One of the best places to enjoy the new 2016 BMW 750 Li is sitting in the back seat.<p>The luxury long-wheelbase sedan can be optioned with what the auto maker calls an Executive Lounge.<p>With this option one can stretch out in the back seat and put his or her feet up on the fold-down ottoman.<p>Just the …

BMW

Google's self-driving cars rack up 3 million simulated miles every day

Google uses its giant data centers to simulate 3 million miles of autonomous driving per day, the company has revealed in its monthly autonomous driving status report. That's a really long way — like driving more than 500 round trips between NYC and LA — but it actually makes a lot of sense. …

Autonomous Cars

Malaysia accuses Switzerland of 'misinformation' over stolen 1MDB billions

Exclusive: Malaysian cabinet minister tells the Guardian the Swiss attorney general got his facts wrong in US$4bn corruption allegations<p>Malaysia has accused Switzerland of breaking protocol and circulating misinformation when its attorney general said last week that billions of dollars had been …

Corruption

Madness and Genius: Cosmologist Janna Levin on the Vitalizing Power of Obsessiveness, from Newton to Einstein

“Are all of nature’s greatest secrets encrypted in our own selves?”<p>One aphoristic definition of madness is repeating a behavior that has previously led to disappointing results over and over again, expecting a different outcome each time. Freud coined the concept of “repetition compulsion” around …

U.S. oil falls on China economic woes, rising OPEC supply

Pump jacks are seen at the Lukoil company owned Imilorskoye oil field outside the West Siberian city of Kogalym Thomson Reuters<p>By Keith Wallis<p>SINGAPORE (Reuters) - U.S. crude fell for a second session in early Asian trade on Tuesday as worries about the economic health of top energy consumer China …

Oil

Onetime party drug hailed as miracle for treating severe depression

It was November 2012 when Dennis Hartman, a Seattle business executive, managed to pull himself out of bed, force himself to shower for the first time in days and board a plane that would carry him across the country to a clinical trial at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in …

Depression

Here Are 6 Must-See Tech Categories for Marketers at CES

Not so long ago, the Consumer Electronics Show was crammed with futuristic gadgets that seemed years away from becoming mainstream fixtures for …

Advertising Industry