Germany bans children’s ‘smart’ watches over surveillance concerns

November 18, 2017

Telecoms regulator urges parents to destroy the devices, which have been used to listen in on classroom lessons Germanys telecoms regulator has bannedthe sale of smart watches that can be used by parents to check on their children, saying the devices violated Germanys strict surveillance laws. The Federal Network Agency said it had already taken action against several firms that sell the watches online but did not name them. It…

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The science of spying: how the CIA secretly recruits academics

October 11, 2017

The long read: In order to tempt nuclear scientists from countries such as Iran or North Korea to defect, US spy agencies routinely send agents to academic conferences or even host their own fake ones The Iran were willing to spend. To show his sincerity and goodwill, the agent put his hand over his heart. Salam habibi, he said. Im from the CIA, and I want you to board a…

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Bitcoin is a fraud that will blow up, says JP Morgan boss

September 24, 2017

Jamie Dimon claims cryptocurrency is only fit for use by drug dealers, murderers and people living in North Korea Bitcoin is a fraud that will ultimately blow up, according to JP Morgan boss Jamie Dimon, who said the digital currency was only fit for use by drug dealers, murderers and people living in places such as North Korea. Speaking at a conference in New York, the boss of Americas biggest…

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Plastic fibres found in tap water around the world, study reveals

September 15, 2017

Exclusive: Tests show billions of people globally are drinking water contaminated by plastic particles, with 83% of samples found to be polluted Microplastic contamination has been found in tap water in countries around the world, leading to calls from scientists for urgent research on the implications for health. Scores of tap water samples from more than a dozen nations were analysed by scientists for an microplastic contamination in the global…

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Elon Musk leads 116 experts calling for outright ban of killer robots

August 28, 2017

Open letter signed by Tesla chief and Googles Mustafa Suleyman suggests UN to obstruct exploit of destructive autonomous artilleries to prevent third age of war Some of the world’s leading robotics and artificial intelligence pioneers are announcing on the United People to restricts the proliferation and use of executioner robots. Tesla’s Elon Musk and Alphabet’s Mustafa Suleyman are leading a group of 116 specialists from across 26 countries who are…

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Charlottesville: Trump reverts to blaming both sides including ‘violent alt-left’

August 24, 2017

US president defends far-right marchers and equates Confederate generals with George Washington and Thomas Jefferson Donald Trump has once again defended far-right protesters at the Charlottesville rally, saying they were not all neo-Nazis and white supremacists and laying the blame for the violence equally on what he called the alt-left. The remarks made during a rowdy press conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York were Trumps latest…

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Unlearning the myth of American innocence

August 24, 2017

The long read: When she was 30, Suzy Hansen left the US for Istanbul and began to realise that Americans will never understand their own country until they see it as the rest of the world does My mother recently found piles of my notebooks from when I was a small child that were filled with plans for my future. I was very ambitious. I wrote out what I would…

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Morocco poised to become a solar superpower with launch of desert mega-project

August 19, 2017

Worlds largest concentrated solar power plant complex, powered by the Saharan sun, set to help renewables provide almost half the countrys energy by 2020 The Moroccan city of Ouarzazate is used to big productions. On the edge of the Sahara desert and the centre of the north African countrys Ouallywood film industry it has played host to big-budget location shots in Lawrence of Arabia, The Mummy, The Living Daylights and…

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This is the most dangerous time for our planet | Stephen Hawking

August 15, 2017

We cant go on ignoring inequality, because we have the means to destroy our world but not to escape it As a theoretical physicist based in Cambridge, I have lived my life in an extraordinarily privileged bubble. Cambridge is an unusual town, centred around one of the worlds great universities. Within that town, the scientific community that I became part of in my 20s is even more rarefied. And within…

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Netflix and Amazon on edge as Disney plans own streaming service

August 9, 2017

Studio will pull all titles from rivals and try to corner market in family-friendly fare from 2019 Disney is to pull its movies from Netflix and take on the streaming company with the launch of its own service from 2019, showing family-friendly fare such as the Toy Story films, Frozen and its forthcoming sequel, and The Lion King. The move is being seen as a potential major challenge to Netflix,…

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