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Secret Google kite project on verge of launching

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A project from Google's secretive X division that uses giant plane-like kites to generate renewable electricity may be about to be launched. Makani Power has been developing airborne wind turbines with the support of the Internet giant's research and development facility founded to pursue "moonshot" ideas. If successful the plan would negate the need for costly construction materials and labour that is required for ground-based wind turbines. But after more than 10 years of development, the kites are yet to be used beyond testing. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph.


Tumblr finds major security bug that could have leaked people's most personal information

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Tumblr has found a major security bug in its platform that could have leaked people's most personal information, it has said. A problem with the innocent looking "recommended blogs" screen could have given up people's email addresses, passwords, old accounts, and where they were. The issue has now been fixed and there is no evidence that it was actually used, Tumblr said. Users don't need to do anything to keep their account secure. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph.


Facebook builds 'war room' to try and stop people interfering in elections

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Facebook has built a "war room" in its California headquarters ahead of upcoming elections. The social network is fighting to stop its platform being used to interfere in elections and promote fake news, after a run of scandals that saw it blamed for promoting false stories and helping boost particular candidates. Now it has built a physical room inside of its Menlo Park campus which will host different experts in election interference and allow them to work together. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar.


Microsoft and Amazon workers protest firms' military AI contract and 'authoritarian surveillance' tech

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Employees at Amazon and Microsoft have raised concerns about ethical decisions being made at the highest level of their companies. Both tech firms have drawn criticism over their involvement in controversial military and police projects, prompting anonymous workers to write public letters denouncing them. The protests come after Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said that part of his job is to make unpopular decisions, such as choosing to work with the US military or providing tools that enable police surveillance. In response, an Amazon employee wrote in a post published to Medium: "Companies like ours should not be in the business of facilitating authoritarian surveillance. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph.


Facebook admits its camera-equipped listening device can collect your data for ads

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Facebook's decision to launch a camera-equipped listening device for people's living rooms, just months after one of the biggest data scandals in history, was greeted with a fair amount of suspicion. Given that Facebook's business model relies on using people's data to serve them personalised ads, it seemed fair to assume that the Portal smart speaker could serve a purpose beyond simply acting as a voice-activated home assistant that can handle video calls. Yet Facebook assured people that "no data collected through Portal – even call log data or app usage data, like the fact that you listen to Spotify – will be used to target users with ads on Facebook." Within days of announcing this claim, however, Facebook was forced to backtrack. If you haven't done this already, do it now.


Apple launches new website devoted to privacy, showing off features of iPhones and Macs

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Apple has launched an entire website devoted to privacy as it attempts to tout the security features of its iPhones. The new site includes the option for anyone to see all of the information that their iPhones, iPads and Macs have collected about them and sent to Apple. The company had already given access to that feature to users in the European Union, in keeping with the GDPR legislation that requires all technology companies to allow people to see data collected about themselves. The feature comes as Apple totes its divergence away from the business strategy espoused by companies like Facebook and Google, which rely on collecting data about their users and making it available to advertisers. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph.


Sky down: Phone and internet service not working in North West, company says

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Sky's phone and internet service has stopped working in some parts of the north west, the company says. For users across the wirral, connections have gone down and landline calls and web connections are not working, it said. Users said the issues have lasted for more than an hour at the time of publication. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar.


SoulCalibur VI review: A triumphant return of the long-missed series

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Soulcalibur VI, the seventh entry in the main series, is a fantastic and epic return to form complete with deep combat and gorgeous visuals. After waiting six long years since the overall underwhelming release of Soul Calibur V in 2012, the patience has paid off: we have been rewarded with a truly phenomenal addition to the Soul Calibur series. It combines everything that made previous entries so great and adds in some beautifully rich story telling which has been seldom seen in the game's long history, helping to make Soulcalibur VI the best entry in the entire series. Soulcalibur VI is, more than anything, a reboot than a sequel. This latest iteration of the game takes you back to the roots of the game's history and invites players on a new and unique journey across the world of the 16th Century, revisiting the original story of cursed swords Soul Edge and Soul Calibur, but also adding in new elements which end up telling an excitingly epic tale of the characters whom tirelessly seek the swords.


Fortnite cheats on YouTube spark Epic Games lawsuit in attempt to stop people getting special abilities

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The developers of the popular video game Fortnite have filed a lawsuit against two YouTube personalities for allegedly selling cheat codes to their viewers. Popular YouTuber Golden Modz, who boasts more than 1.7 million subscribers on the video-sharing platform, shared videos that showcased "magical powers" to help Fortnite players defeat their opponents. A second YouTuber who goes by the name Exentric is also accused of directing viewers to a website selling cheats for the game. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar.


Huawei Mate 20 Pro review: Stuffed with genuine, full-on innovation

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Chinese manufacturer Huawei has been on the brink of the big time for some years now, gently edging up the list of most popular phone manufacturers and, earlier this year, overtook Apple to the number two position, with only Samsung ranking above it. Much of that was down to the Huawei P20 Pro, released in the Spring and chiefly noticeable for an astonishing photographic capability thanks to three rear cameras, all made in conjunction with Leica. Today, the company revealed its latest phone, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. Huawei's timetable sees two main releases a year, with the bigger-screen Mate Series taking the autumn slot. Quite a lot actually, and while some manufacturers seem to offer incremental upgrades every six or 12 months, the Mate 20 Pro is stuffed to the gills with innovation, including a super-cool reverse wireless charging feature.