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Boston Dynamics robot fights back against armed man to open door and enter room

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Boston Dynamics' door-opening robot dog can now fight off humans. The company has published a new video that shows SpotMini, a small, four-legged robot, successfully open a door and walk through it, despite the efforts of a person armed with a hockey stick, who repeatedly tries to impede the robot....


Artificially intelligent bots are threatening the world and more needs to be done, experts warn

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The world is under threat from artificial intelligence and needs to do more to keep people safe, experts have urged. A new report compiled by 26 of the world's leading experts paints a terrifying picture of the world in the next 10 years. Physical attacks as well as those on our digital worlds and ...


Petro: What is Venezuela's new bitcoin alternative and why is it so controversial?

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Venezuela has developed a brand new cryptocurrency, called petro. The government of the crisis-hit country says it was created in order to help overcome financial sanctions imposed by the US and the EU. However, petro is considered to be illegal by opposition leaders in Venezuela, and there are al...


iOS update: New Apple software stops iPhones breaking if they see just one letter

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Apple has finally fixed a bug that meant iPhones could crash if they saw just one character. Last week it emerged that when iPhones were sent a character in Telugu, a popular Indian language, the phone could stop working entirely and crash. It would have to restart itself before it started working ...


Which smart speaker should I buy? How the Apple HomePod, Amazon Echo and Sonos could improve your life

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The most exciting thing about smart speakers is that they are all so utterly imperfect. Each of the mainstream examples – Amazon's Echos, the Google Home, Sonos's wide range and the new Apple HomePod – packs within it stunning technology that would have been unimaginable just a couple of years ago. ...


Rainbow Six Siege update: Latest Ubisoft announcement brings range of new features to beloved game

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Rainbow Six Siege has been out for three years. But it's still continuing to get major updates. Developers Ubisoft have announced a whole host of new features for the shooter that are intended to keep its players – 27 million worldwide, and growing – happy and continuing to play the game. Chief am...


New app places blind people in touch with 'remote operators' to guide them around

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A new app has been developed that connects blind and partially sighted people with "remote operators" to guide them through day-to-day tasks. The revolutionary mobile tech claims to give people the power of sight by connecting them via a camera to a remote sighted agent who can describe what is goi...


Telugu bug: Apple to fix issue that leads iPhone and other devices to crash if they receive special letter

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Apple is rolling out a fix to a problem that means iPhones, iPads and other devices can crash if they receive just one letter. A bug in its operating systems – iOS 11, the latest version of macOS, and the software for its Watch and TV box – means that if it receives a single letter in Indian langua...


Bitcoin price - latest updates: Cryptocurrency value recovers after early February slump

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The value of bitcoin skyrocketed in 2017, and its rapid rise generated huge amounts of interest in it and other types of cryptocurrency. However, bitcoin is notoriously volatile, and a multitude of financial experts have advised people not to get involved, calling it a bubble that could burst at an...


Hyundai Nexo: Water produced by driverless car could be stored and used to drink

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Commuters could soon be taken to work in a driverless car which is so clean they could relax on the journey with a cup of tea brewed using water from the tailpipe. The state-of-the-art Hyundai Nexo is a crossover SUV vehicle which runs on electrical energy generated by hydrogen fuel cells. Unlike ...