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Would you microchip your children?, In Short - BBC Radio 5 live

Would you microchip your children?, In Short - BBC Radio 5 live | Scoop.IcT | Scoop.it
I would "absolutely" microchip my children to keep them safe says Stephen Fern.
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Windows XP end puts firms in a fix

Windows XP end puts firms in a fix | Scoop.IcT | Scoop.it

Millions of small businesses around the world who use Microsoft's ever-popular Windows XP are facing a tricky situation.


What should they do now that Microsoft has pulled the plug and ended technical support and security updates for the venerable operating system?

 

Should they face the expense and upheaval of upgrading to new systems, or stick to what they know and hope for the best?

Despite advanced notice of the decision, the 13-year-old XP is still used on almost a third of all personal computers worldwide.

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Emissions impossible: Did spies sink key climate deal?

Emissions impossible: Did spies sink key climate deal? | Scoop.IcT | Scoop.it

The revelations of the NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, are an ongoing embarrassment for the US government.

 

From Angry Birds to the mobile phone of Angela Merkel to the banal conversations of millions of people, the scale of the National Secutiry Agency's spying activities knew few boundaries.

 

But can the world's inability to fix the problem of global warming also be laid at the spooks' door?

 

Wind your mind back to December 2009, when world leaders converged on Copenhagen to cook up a global climate deal that would solve the problem of rising temperatures.

 

But it appears the US already knew what everyone else was thinking.

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Google 'shocked' at Snowden revelations

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David Drummond, Google's Chief Legal officer reveals he was "shocked, surprised and outraged" by Edward Snowden's revelations that the NSA hacked company data.
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'Virtual mannequin' for a better fit

'Virtual mannequin' for a better fit | Scoop.IcT | Scoop.it
Body scanners and virtual fitting rooms could change online clothes shopping.
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Movies' dodgy program code exposed

Movies' dodgy program code exposed | Scoop.IcT | Scoop.it

If sci-fi fans knew that the code that reboots a space station in the movie Elysium is actually taken from an Intel processor manual, they might be less than impressed.

 

And Iron Man's exploits seem slightly disappointing when you know that code in his visor is for a Lego computer.

 

They are among bloopers exposed on a blog started by a computer programmer.

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Bedroom kit promises 'smarter sleep'

Bedroom kit promises 'smarter sleep' | Scoop.IcT | Scoop.it

The maker of a set of communicating bedroom sensors that control a changing-colour lamp claims to be able to wake sleepers at the best moment.

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Is this the home and office of 2023?

Is this the home and office of 2023? | Scoop.IcT | Scoop.it

Giant 82in (208cm) TV screens, computers that can see and more flexible working thanks to a new generation of PCs - that's one vision of the future being presented by Microsoft

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The BBC's North America technology correspondent Richard Taylor went to Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond, Washington, where the company has created a home and office of the future.

 

But how realistic a prediction is it of life in five to 10 years time?

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Could hi-tech make cyclists safer?

Could hi-tech make cyclists safer? | Scoop.IcT | Scoop.it
Could new cycling accessories help make bikers safer by making helmets, mudguards and electric wheels more appealing to wear and use?
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PlayStation 4 review: a games machine to play together

PlayStation 4 review: a games machine to play together | Scoop.IcT | Scoop.it
While the Xbox One wants to be your TV, cinema and games console, Sony's PS4 was designed with a different vision
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How to offend your colleagues? Try calling them techies

How to offend your colleagues? Try calling them techies | Scoop.IcT | Scoop.it
Paula Cocozza: Tech workers in San Francisco reportedly take exception to the name, but they may be in the minority.
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Drone technology used in aircraft checks

Drone technology used in aircraft checks | Scoop.IcT | Scoop.it
Andrew Dolinski's insight:

New technology is helping engineers to carry out safety checks on aircraft.

 

What can take the human eye more than a day to find, a drone can spot in a matter of hours.

 

The drones are able to create 3D images with millimetre accuracy.

The BBC's Richard Westcott has been to see the technology in action at Luton Airport.

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Nasa trains robot doctor in space

Nasa trains robot doctor in space | Scoop.IcT | Scoop.it

It won't panic in an emergency, its hands don't shake after too little sleep, it won't miss a family after months away from base - in fact it doesn't even need to breathe.

Nasa's Robonaut 2 has the makings of the perfect space surgeon.

The humanoid has already been posted to the International Space Station, the only problem is its motor skills are somewhat rudimentary at the moment.

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How to build a universe for $40m

How to build a universe for $40m | Scoop.IcT | Scoop.it

If you were given $40m (£24m), what would you spend it on?

Buy a yacht and sail the world, lie on a beach all day or put it all on red at a Vegas casino?

Chris Roberts has that much to spend and he is using it to build a universe.

Mr Roberts is not entirely free to use the cash as he wishes because the money has come to him from crowdfunding site Kickstarter and through the Roberts Space Industries website...

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Pupils expelled in hacking scandal

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Eleven students have been expelled from a school in southern California for allegedly hacking teachers' computers and changing their grades.

 

It is believed that keyloggers were installed on computers which helped pupils to gain remote access.

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▶ A Universe of Triangles - Computerphile - YouTube

We see objects all the time and our brains decode the 3D shapes, but how do computers model these shapes and why break it all down to triangles? Graphics ser...
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China lifts ban on games consoles

China lifts ban on games consoles | Scoop.IcT | Scoop.it

The Chinese government has temporarily lifted a ban on selling foreign video games consoles, paving the way for firms such as Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft to enter a lucrative market.

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Robots compete for Pentagon's prize

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Robots fielded from 17 teams of engineers from across the world will compete in a series of challenges this weekend designed by the Pentagon.
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Twitter program 'maps nation's mood'

Twitter program 'maps nation's mood' | Scoop.IcT | Scoop.it

Twitter reading the emotional state of the country...not convinced myself...

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World's first 3D-printed gun fired in US

World's first 3D-printed gun fired in US | Scoop.IcT | Scoop.it

The world's first gun made with 3D printer technology has been successfully fired in the US.

 

The controversial group who created the firearm plan to make the blueprints available online.

 

Anti-gun advocates have criticised the project and Europol, Europe's law enforcement agency, said it was closely monitoring the development.

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Is it ethical to block adverts online?

Is it ethical to block adverts online? | Scoop.IcT | Scoop.it

So you use an adblocker to block those 'annoying' ads...but should you do that?

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Google sees Amazon's drones, and raises its own army of robots

Google sees Amazon's drones, and raises its own army of robots | Scoop.IcT | Scoop.it
Former Android boss Andy Rubin's next moonshot: 'We need enough runway and a 10-year vision...' By Stuart Dredge
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