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How 'miniature suns' could provide cheap, clean energy

How 'miniature suns' could provide cheap, clean energy

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Our sun is a huge nuclear fusion reactor. Can we mimic its energy-making process on earth? We’re just five years away from harnessing almost unlimited power from “miniature suns”, some start-ups say: nuclear fusion reactors that could provide abundant, cheap and clean energy. In a world of global warming […]

Award for wartime flight trainer returned to service

Award for wartime flight trainer returned to service

Image copyright Techworks Image caption The GAT-1 gave trainee pilots a sense of how to control and fly a plane A project to restore early flight simulators has won an award for the best computer conservation project. Engineers from the TechWorks museum in the US won the Tony Sale award for their work to return […]

Google's Alphabet gives up on rescue robots

Google's Alphabet gives up on rescue robots

Image copyright Google Google-owner Alphabet is giving up the development of bipedal robots after five years. The company had been developing large industrial robots since it bought two start-ups – Schaft and Boston Dynamics – in 2013. Its creations won awards and videos of them in action often went viral. But Alphabet changed its focus […]

Apple Stores to employ human trafficking victims

Apple Stores to employ human trafficking victims

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Apple’s own staff will not be told who the human trafficking victims are Apple has announced a programme to help human trafficking victims get behind-the-scenes jobs at its stores. The technology company has teamed up with an NGO that will help the victims pass interviews for caretaker and landscaping […]

'Ugly' mistake sends Google data to China

'Ugly' mistake sends Google data to China

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Data can easily go astray if hardware uses the wrong address book Google data for search and cloud services went astray for more than an hour on Monday thanks to an “ugly” mistake by an African ISP. The data was sent the wrong way when MainOne Cable, in Nigeria, updated […]

Car crash data thief 'unlucky' to be jailed

Car crash data thief 'unlucky' to be jailed

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mustafa Kasim was accused of illegally stealing personal details from vehicle repair software A car repair worker has been sentenced to jail for stealing customers’ personal data from his former employer. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) says it is the first time someone will go to prison as a […]

US man pleads guilty to game hacking charges

US man pleads guilty to game hacking charges

Image copyright EA Image caption Battlefield 3 was one game made unplayable by the attacks A US man accused of knocking game servers offline in a series of attacks has pleaded guilty to charges of computer hacking. Sony, EA Origin and Steam were all hit by Utah resident Austin Thompson’s attacks in 2013 and 2014. […]

Meeting Kosovo's clickbait merchants

Meeting Kosovo's clickbait merchants

Image caption One clickbait merchant chose to remain anonymous Two weeks ago, I was sitting in a dark bar in a small town an hour’s drive from Kosovo’s capital, Pristina. In front of me, a man was nervously hunched over, his face turned away from the camera. He was a fake news merchant and he […]

Man sent letter bomb to Bitcoin firm 'over password reset'

Man sent letter bomb to Bitcoin firm 'over password reset'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Police believe a password reset issue was the reason for Salonen’s actions A man has been jailed for sending a “potentially lethal homemade bomb” to a Bitcoin firm in London – after it refused to reset his password for him. The Met Police, which investigated the case, said detectives […]

Paypal stops handling payments for Tommy Robinson

Paypal stops handling payments for Tommy Robinson

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tommy Robinson at the Old Bailey in London to hear contempt charges Paypal has told former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson it will no longer process payments on his behalf, the BBC understands. The payments network is believed to have told Mr Robinson he had violated its terms […]

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