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Bitcoin futures suggest breakneck rise in price to slow

NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) - Newly launched bitcoin futures on Monday suggested that traders expect the cryptocurrency’s blistering price gains to slow in the coming months, even as it blasted above $17,000 to a fresh record high in the spot market. Chicago-based derivatives exchange Cboe Global Markets (CBOE.O) launched the futures ... Read More

In Your Face: China’s all-seeing state

China has been building what it calls "the world's biggest camera surveillance network". Across the country, 170 million CCTV cameras are already in place and an estimated 400 million new ones will be installed in the next three years. Many of the cameras are fitted with artificial intelligence, including facial ... Read More

Facebook: Jokes ‘no excuse’ for harassment

Image copyright Stephen Lam Facebook has published its internal workplace harassment policy in part to help other companies, chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg has said.The policy's definitions of harassment include unwelcome sexual advances, threats, insensitive jokes and innuendo.It states that it is no defence to pass off an offensive comment ... Read More

NASA’s high altitude ER-2 scans California’s wildfires

The ER-2 has been scanning the blazes with a couple of interesting instruments that have flown, or will fly aboard the international space station (ISS). One of them is the AVIRIS spectrometer that can penetrate cloud, dust and smoke to see the ground below. While providing a clear image of ... Read More

Ataribox pre-orders start this week, without any game details

Excited for the Ataribox? Well, starting December 14th, you'll be able to lay down $250 - $300 for the retro-modern console. The company emailed the news to fans recently and even teased that there will be a chance for the "earliest supporters" to snag one at a discounted price. No, ... Read More

HP laptops found to have hidden keylogger

Image copyright HP Image caption Hundreds of HP laptop models were affected Hidden software that can record every letter typed on a computer keyboard has been discovered pre-installed on hundreds of HP laptop models.Security researcher Michael Myng found the keylogging code in software drivers preinstalled on HP laptops to make ... Read More

A microscopic Mona Lisa from ‘DNA origami’ and other news

BBC Click's Lara Lewington looks at some of the best of the week's technology stories including:A new chat app from Facebook for children under the age of 13Nissan announced plans to launch robot taxis in JapanThe Mona Lisa has been recreated on a microscopic scale using a process called DNA ... Read More

‘Street Fighter’ anthology brings online play to classic brawlers

This isn't the most comprehensive collection. What, no Street Fighter: The Movie? However, you might not mind so much given the broad platform support. The 30th Anniversary release will be available on the PS4, Switch, Windows PCs and the Xbox One, so there's a good possibility that you can play ... Read More

‘Evil Within 2’ trial gives you a taste of surreal survival horror

The original Evil Within wasn't particularly impressive when it launched, but its sequel has generally fared better. The emphasis is more on the "survival" part than the "horror" this time, but reviewers have generally liked the more involving gameplay and open world aspects. In that sense, the trial is particularly ... Read More

Bitcoin futures start trading on CBOE exchange

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The newest way to bet on bitcoin arrived on Sunday, with futures of the cryptocurrency that has taken Wall Street by storm starting trading for the first time. FILE PHOTO: A Bitcoin logo is displayed at the Bitcoin Center New York City in New York's financial ... Read More

Virtual reality used to help adoptive parents

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The woman making money from food porn

Blogger Kimberly Espinel earns a living by showing people how to photograph their food for social media. She charges about $270 a session. She says most of her clients don't work in the food industry but want to show off their meals on Instagram.Video journalist: Patrick Clahane ... Read More

Ben Heck’s Super Glue Gun: Back to the drawing board

The team has heard your pleas for change: They've decided it's time to revisit the Super Glue Gun's auto stand. After mocking up the design, the group realized their best bet is to fire Autodesk Fusion 360 back up, change the mechanism and design a new 3D model. In other ... Read More

After Math: Game On

5: That's how many Yeti you'll be fighting off as Mei in Overwatch's annual Winter Wonderland event when it goes live on December 12th. 2: The number of additional Bayonetta games I didn't know existed until news broke that the third one will be a Switch exclusive in 2018. Luckily, ... Read More

Apple ‘to buy Shazam for $400m’

Image copyright Shazam Apple is close to buying the music recognition app Shazam for about $400m (£300m), media reports say.Shazam, a UK company founded in 1999, allows people to use their smartphone or computer to identify and buy music through a snippet of sound.Shazam, which says it has more than ... Read More

Electric black cabs hit London’s roads

Image copyright LEVC Electric black taxis have hit London's roads under plans to improve air quality but critics say their cost will put drivers off "going green".The cab costs £55,599 up from £45,000 for the newest petrol equivalent.Chris Gubbey, boss of manufacturer the London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) insists the ... Read More

‘Jessica Jones’ season 2 reaches Netflix on March 8th

The return helps flesh out Netflix's Marvel catalog, which still includes a number of single-season shows (although they almost all have commitments for more episodes). Also, it's arguably one of the more anticipated Marvel releases to date. In addition to starring an unconventional superhero, the first Jessica Jones season tackled ... Read More

Google Maps will wake you up when you need to get off the bus

[Image credit: TechCrunch] You probably won't need a feature like that for your daily commute, but if you're traveling to a new city, state or country with a transit system that can be overwhelming for first timers, then it could be a godsend. Simply glance on your lock screen to ... Read More

#NoRussiaNoGames: Twitter ‘bots’ boost Russian backlash against Olympic ban

MOSCOW (Reuters) - What began as a grassroots online campaign featuring a schoolboy has grown into a mass hashtag protest against Russia’s exclusion from the Winter Olympics - backed by what appear to be fake Twitter accounts and users connected to past pro-Kremlin causes. FILE PHOTO: A 3D-printed Twitter logo ... Read More

Doncaster man, 71, sentenced in ‘revenge porn’ case

Image caption Rikki Chew pleaded guilty to two offences of disclosing a private photo with intent to cause distress and a charge of harassment A 71-year-old man who shared intimate photos of his gay lover when he attempted to end their relationship has been given a suspended sentence.Retired casino manager ... Read More

Legend of Zelda: wins big at the Game Awards

Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild won three awards at the 2017 Game Awards in Los Angeles. It beat competition from Mario Odyssey, Persona 5, Horizon: Zero Dawn and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds to be crowned game of the year.It also won best game direction and best action/ adventure ... Read More

YouTube makes a few of its Red Originals free for the holidays

When you're stuck taking care of kids this holiday season, you could either watch Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer for the umpteenth time, or you could keep up with the times and turn to YouTube. The streaming giant has had a YouTube Kids offering for awhile now, but just for the ... Read More

Tested: The OnePlus 5T is the fastest-charging smartphone right now

The good news is that most of the premium Android phones these days offer some form of quick charging via their USB-C adapters. In the case of the latest iPhones, you can get fast charging, but only if you pay extra for both a 29-watt power adapter and a USB-C-to-Lightning ... Read More

Calls for Twitch to police ‘sexual streaming’

Image copyright kovaciclea Image caption High-profile streamers are complaining about the way Twitch enforces its guidelines Scroll through the In Real Life (IRL) section of streaming site Twitch and you could be forgiven for thinking, now and then, that you have landed on a camgirl site. Scattered among the artists, ... Read More

Calls for Twitch to police ‘sexual streaming’

Image copyright kovaciclea Image caption High-profile streamers are complaining about the way Twitch enforces its guidelines Scroll through the In Real Life (IRL) section of streaming site Twitch and you could be forgiven for thinking, now and then, that you have landed on a camgirl site. Scattered among the artists, ... Read More

Loyola University Students Question Catholic School’s Emphasis on Christmas

Students at Loyola University, a Catholic university in Chicago, are questioning why administrators are placing a greater emphasis on Christmas than on other religious holidays. In an article in the school’s student newspaper entitled, “Religious Holidays Aren’t Represented Equally on Campus,” students argue that Loyola fails to honor other religious ... Read More

Facebook Informs Breitbart Gloria Allred Yearbook Forgery is Fake News

Facebook warned Breitbart News on Friday that the author of a completely factual story concerning the accuser of Alabama Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore needed to consult “additional reporting” from the liberal fact-checker Politifact. The story, published on Friday morning, detailed how Beverly Young Nelson, who accused Roy Moore of sexually assaulting ... Read More

NI town ‘has UK’s fastest runners’

Image copyright Strava Image caption Strava analysed 24.7m runs and 31m bike rides logged across the UK in 2017 A town in Northern Ireland with a population of just 21,000 has the fastest runners in the UK, according to data collected by a fitness app.Strava's annual report showed the average ... Read More

Bungie feeds ‘Destiny 2’ trolls a ridiculously overpowered gun

Bungie responded to Destiny 2 player's complaints by cancelling a planned "Curse of Osiris" DLC livestream to detail new changes. The developers added more endgame rewards, a new weapon class and an improved economy to address those concerns. Recently, a massively overpowered, game breaking laser gun called the Prometheus Lens ... Read More

Watch the PlayStation Experience live stream right here

Sony has only hinted at the surprises it's bringing to PlayStation Presents, saying, "Expect to listen in on candid discussions with some of PlayStation's top developers, get updates on key titles, and be a part of some special announcements." Sony has sold 70 million PlayStation 4 consoles since they hit ... Read More

Apple in talks to acquire music identification app Shazam: source

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) is in talks to acquire Shazam Entertainment Ltd, whose software helps users identify songs by pointing their phone at an audio source, according to a person familiar with the situation. FILE PHOTO - A man looks at the screen of his mobile phone ... Read More

Spotify and Tencent Music buy stake in each other

Image caption UK pop star Dua Lipa was one of Spotify's most-streamed artists this year Two of the world's most popular online music streaming services are buying shares in one another.Spotify and China's Tencent Music Entertainment will buy minority stakes in each other, the companies have said.Neither the value of ... Read More

Apple HomeKit flaw left smart gadgets vulnerable

Image copyright Getty Images Apple has fixed a security flaw in its HomeKit system that could have let unauthorised people control smart home gadgets such as door locks and lights.The bug appeared in the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system iOS 11.2, and could have let criminals unlock internet-connected ... Read More

MIT is redesigning power converters to make the grid more efficient

Specifically, the report outlines how power converters made of gallium nitride semiconductors are both more efficient and smaller -- but thus far they've only been able handle power in the range of 600 volts. That's enough for household products, but not for larger or more complex devices. But MIT's research ... Read More

SiriusXM now streams radio stations to your Apple TV

The SiriusXM app has already been available on LG, Roku, Samsung and Sony smart TVs as well as Amazon Fire TV and Playstation. Apple TV owners also recently just got access to the Amazon Prime Video app. To start listening to SiriusXM on your Apple TV, just go to App ... Read More

Pupils design app to encourage children to go outdoors

Image copyright Interface Image caption Ellora James and Mari-Ann Ganson are pupils at Wick High School Two high school pupils have created an app designed to encourage children to enjoy the outdoors more often.Mari-Ann Ganson and Ellora James, who are both 17, created Envirocache for an apps competition.The Wick High ... Read More

Drone collisions ‘worse than bird strikes for planes’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Drones have been reported in close proximity to aircraft with two reported collisions A US study into drone safety has suggested that collisions with aircraft are more damaging than bird strikes.It said current aircraft manufacturing standards are not appropriate for the growth in drone ... Read More

‘Bayonetta 3’ is a Nintendo Switch exclusive

Bayonetta 3 footage (starring the titular character and her dual wielding pistols) was teased by Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé at tonight's Game Awards, together with a Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 digital bundle, which lands on February 16. Nintendo is also promising a Bayonetta 2 physical copy ... Read More

‘Dreams,’ the new game from ‘LittleBigPlanet’ devs, lands in 2018

We've been wondering about Dreams for a while now. First announced in 2015 as a trippy, user-controlled kind of world-creating game, Dreams is the new title from LittleBigPlanet studio Media Molecule and it's due to hit PlayStation 4 in 2018. The release date is new -- Media Molecule has been ... Read More

Exclusive: Uber’s Chinese rival Didi Chuxing to enter Mexico next year – sources

MEXICO CITY/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Didi Chuxing, China’s ride-hailing behemoth, plans to expand into Mexico next year, intensifying its global rivalry with Uber, according to two sources familiar with the plans. FILE PHOTO - A woman walks past Didi Chuxing's booth at the Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) 2017 in ... Read More

San Francisco to restrict goods delivery robots

Image copyright Marble Image caption The Marble robot is being tested in San Francisco but currently has a member of staff walking behind it San Francisco officials have voted to restrict where delivery robots can go in the city, in a blow for the burgeoning industry.Start-ups will have to get ... Read More
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