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Amazon unveils flying Ring security camera drone

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"I expect it to generate a huge amount of interest from technology enthusiasts who are typically the people who embrace smart home technology first. However, it is also likely to provoke a huge discussion around privacy and the future role of technology in the home."


Uber's self-driving operator charged over fatal crash

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Not only did Uber have to halt its testing programme for a while, but rivals such as Google's Waymo became notably more cautious in their trials. Only today it is being reported that the Chinese tech giant Baidu is pushing back the full rollout of its robo-taxis until 2025, partly because of confusion about regulations.


Brian Cox and Adele's producer Paul Epworth discuss music and the cosmos

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Paul Epworth is behind some of the biggest pop records of the last 20 years, from Adele's Rolling in the Deep to Florence and the Machine's Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up). Along the way he's worked with Rihanna, Stormzy, Sir Paul McCartney, Coldplay and U2 - and he won an Oscar for co-writing the Bond theme Skyfall. But now, after years behind the scenes, the producer is releasing his first solo album. Voyager, a journey into deep space, fuses influences from classic sci-fi movies with his love of musical explorers like David Bowie, George Clinton, Wendy Carlos and Jean-Michel Jarre. "It's a sort of '70s space concept album, which is a bit of a cliché as a producer - to make something that ostentatious and overblown," he told BBC News. "But I've tried to frame it in a modern way, so I've got some great singers and rappers on it."


Oregon wildfires: Drone footage shows homes completely wiped out

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Drone footage shows streets of houses that have been completely wiped out by wildfires in the US state of Oregon. Some residents have been allowed to return to where their houses once stood and are realising the extent of the damage to their communities. Read more: Half a million flee'unprecedented' Oregon fires


Can artificial intelligence create a decent dinner?

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It is the night before the weekly shop. I look in the fridge and consider my three tomatoes, the sweet potato and the asparagus. Normally, I'd take this as my cue to nip to the fish and chip shop. However, I'm trying out Plant Jammer, an app that promises to rustle up a recipe based on whatever food you have lying around, using artificial intelligence. It searches three million recipes to find often-paired items.


'Toughest' Munro-bagging record broken by a week

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Mountain runner Donnie Campbell has broken the record for the fastest solo round of of all 282 Munros in Scotland by more than a week. The 35-year-old, from Inverness, completed the round in just 31 days and 23 hours. He began the challenge on Ben More, Isle of Mull, on 1 August and finished on Ben Hope, the most northerly Munro. He ran up each mountain before running, walking, cycling or kayaking to the next one. It breaks Stephen Pyke's record of 39 days and nine hours, which was set in 2010.


Live video dating: Finding love online with an audience

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Television game shows have made dating a form of entertainment for the masses for decades. More recently reality TV has adopted the genre, with hits like Love Island and First Dates. Now the phenomenon has moved online - and anyone can play. "I remember it as if it were yesterday. I was so nervous to even say, 'Hi'. The first time I saw him smiling, my heart told me. 'That's the one, I'm going to make that man happy whatever it takes."


What tasks lie ahead on the return to Westminster?

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The summer recess is over and MPs are returning to Westminster with very full inboxes. As Parliament throws its doors open for the new term, what challenges lie ahead for the government in the coming months? The challenges of posed by the coronavirus pandemic will be forefront of ministers' minds: how to encourage a return to something approaching normal while keeping the virus under control. As the holiday season winds up, many in the Conservative party want to see more done to encourage people back to offices in England - and ministers are urging people working from home to speak to their employers about returning to workplaces where it's safe to do so. Health Committee chair Jeremy Hunt has warned that the situation coming into winter is "potentially very perilous".


Banwen rave: Eight fined and arrests made for drug driving

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Eight people have now been fined up to £10,000 after an illegal rave that attracted 3,000 people, with arrests also made for public order offences and driving under the influence of drugs. The unlicensed event at Banwen, on the edge of the Brecon Beacons, started Saturday night. There were still 400 people at the site on Monday morning. South Wales Police Assistant Chief Constable Dave Thorne said drone footage would help identify organisers. A student who attended the rave admitted being taken aback by the scale of the event and likened it to a festival.


The search engine boss who wants to help us all plant trees

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This week we speak to Christian Kroll, the founder and chief executive of internet search engine Ecosia. Christian Kroll wants nothing less than to change the world. "I want to make the world a greener, better place," he says. "I also want to prove that there is a more ethical alternative to the kind of greedy capitalism that is coming close to destroying the planet." The 35-year-old German is the boss of search engine Ecosia, which has an unusual but very environmentally friendly business model - it gives away most of its profits to enable trees to be planted around the world. Founded by Christian in 2009, Ecosia makes its money in the same way as Google - from advertising revenues.