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We've become so overexposed to technology that the extraordinary is now very, very ordinary, says Willard Foxton...
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iPad Air 2, slanted
This morning, the first reviews of the iPad Air 2 started to roll off the presses. If you want me to save you 10 minutes, here's a summary: The iPad Air 2 is a thinner and lighter version of its predecessor, the first iPad Air. Yes, the camera is better -- but it's still not as good as the iPhone 5S or 6. Yes, it now has a Touch ID sensor, which...
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Philip Rosedale is telling me about his new company, but I can’t stop myself from looking down at my hands. With palms up, I watch with fascination as I slowly wiggle my fingers and form the “OK” sign. I curl my hands into fists as I reach my arms out in front. They look pinker than normal but work

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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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Astrobiology: Bolts from the blue

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Astrobiology: Bolts from the blue
WHERE are they? Aliens, that is. Why is there no sign of intelligent life in the universe anywhere other than on Earth? That question has puzzled inquiring minds for centuries, and has become more pressing over the past few years, as the discovery of planets going around stars other than the sun suggests the Milky Way (Earth’s home galaxy) h...
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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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