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Google finally decides to demote ‘notorious’ piracy sites in search results
This week, Google is rolling out changes to its search engine that will 'visibly affect' the rankings of 'notorious' sites that enable the downloading or streaming of pirated music, movies, and TV shows. In the place of these unofficial or illegal links -- which often rank above legal, commercial sites -- Google will now show direct links to...
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Note from Arthur Obermayer, friend of the author:

In 1959, I worked as a scientist at Allied Research Associates in Boston. The company was an MIT spinoff that originally focused on the effects of nuclear weapons on aircraft structures. The company received a contract with the acronym GLIPAR (Guide

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Investors are braced for another blockbuster set of results from Apple on Monday evening, with revenues expected to rise around 6pc to $39bn - towards the top end of the company's own forecasts. However, the devil is in the detail. Katherine Rushton explains what to watch for....
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New iPads are just a part of Apple's bid to own every digital device in the home and the office, says Matt Warman...
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27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display
Apple has unveiled the new 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display. As the name suggests, the new iMac has a 5K display — but otherwise, it keeps the same form factor as last year’s iMac (it’s still just 5mm thick at the edge). It is priced at just $2,500, and it ships today. Boom.At 5K…...
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Hawking radiation: Sounds like the light idea
SOME sciences are observational. Some are experimental. But there are often times when practitioners of the former wish they could do the latter. So it is with those who study black holes. Known black holes (clumps of matter so concentrated that their gravity prevents even light from leaving them) are distant, massive bodies. The biggest form the...
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Planet hunting on the cheap: Sealing wax and string?
SEARCHING for planets going around stars other than the sun has not been cheap. CoRoT (Convection Rotation et Transits planétaires), a French planet-hunting satellite that was operational from 2007 to 2013, cost €175m ($220m). Kepler, an American one that was launched in 2009 and went wrong in 2013, cost $600m. But a group of graduate students at...
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The point-of-sale terminal at the CVS drugstore in Palo Alto, California, can accept payments through a quick tap from a smartphone. The clerk isn’t sure how it works, though he knows it does because “a few kids” have used it. But one shopper tries it by taking out his Android phone and clicking on

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iPad Air 2 hardware specs design rumors: Is a 12.9-inch iPad really on the way?
With Apple's new iPad event officially scheduled for October 16, it's time to take a final look at all of the leaked and rumored hardware specs and design details. In some ways, Apple's new iPads will actually be more interesting than the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus: While the smartphone market is still growing rapidly and the iPhone continues to be...
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Argos has launched a series of workshops to help people who are not online develop digital skills...
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