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The Week in Review: Tech Giant on Stage

It was the event we’ve come to expect from Apple: a crowded dark room, a dramatic stage, a detailed presentation and the unveiling of new products …

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How Many Megapixels Does Your Camera Really Need?

<i>Jo Plumridge is a British writer and photographer who specializes in design, travel and comedy pieces. As a photographer, she focuses on portraiture, and, if you’re asking, she will have a cup of tea — black, no sugar.</i> <i>This post was originally published on the</i> <i>Shutterstock blog</i> <i>and has been reprinted</i> …

14 Brilliant Bathroom Design Ideas

We all pay so much attention to keeping the rest of our home beautiful, but when it comes to the bathroom, a pretty shower mat or curtain seems to be …

MH370 captain plotted route to southern Indian Ocean on home simulator

Detectives investigating the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 three months ago discover new evidence which has renewed suspicions about its pilot<p>The pilot of the missing <b>Malaysia</b> Airlines plane which disappeared in March with 239 people on board had plotted a flight path to a remote …

Mystery object in lake on Saturn's moon Titan intrigues scientists

Scientists are investigating a mystery object that appeared and then vanished again from a giant lake on Titan, the largest moon of Saturn.<p>They spotted the object in an image taken by Nasa's Cassini probe last year as it swung around the alien moon, more than a billion kilometres from Earth. …

Wildscreen photography festival 2014 – in pictures

The world's leading wildlife photographers will hold workshops, talks and training events at the Royal Geographical Society in London from 24-26 October 2014. Photojournalist and conservationist Tim Laman, BBC Springwatch presenter Chris Packham and writer and zoologist Mark Carwardine are among …

From Utah Beach to Kabul: How Army gear changed since D-Day

At a distance, the two soldiers look pretty much the same. But up close, the parallels fall away as what was new and cutting edge in 1944 looks almost impossibly simple by comparison in 2014.<p>Today is June 6, the 70th anniversary of D-Day, perhaps the most important day in the history of American …

Sex and Silicon Valley: the veritable arms race of the dating app industry

Silicon Valley has long attracted young entrepreneurs and software engineers with the promise of wealth. Now it shimmers with an additional appeal: sex.<p>The technology boom has given many of the industry's workers in the San Francisco bay area money, confidence and a hedonistic tinge at odds with …

Researchers get closer to solving lithium-ion battery life degradation

As anyone with a smartphone, laptop or indeed a whole electric car will know, lithium-ion batteries degrade over time.<p>Each time you charge and discharge the batteries, they lose a little capacity. Day to day you don’t really notice, but over a year, or two, it means being able to use your phone (or …

A Little Girl Wrote Google A Letter Asking To Give Her Dad A Day Off, And Google Responded

Here's some advice on how to get some time off from work: Have your daughter send a really cute letter to your employer, asking them to give you a day off.<p>Bonus points if the letter is written in crayon.<p>One little girl decided to give her dad a hand. She wrote his employer, which happens to be …

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Without this equation there would have been no internet

It showed how to make communications faster and take up less space on a hard disk, making the internet possible<p>This equation was published in the 1949 book <i>The Mathematical Theory of Communication</i>, co-written by Claude Shannon and Warren Weaver. An elegant way to work out how efficient a code could …