Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Amazon and eBay warned by MPs about VAT fraudsters

The websites are accused by MPs of profiting from sellers who do not charge the tax on UK sales.

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Low success rate for government online ID service

Gov.uk Verify fails to register most users trying to access government services.

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Fukushima disaster: The robots going where no human can

Click was given rare access to the Fukushima site to see how the decontamination work was progressing.

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Photo of butchered rhino wins top award

A shocking image of a dehorned black rhino makes Brent Stirton Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

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Child safety smartwatches ‘easy’ to hack, watchdog says

A watchdog finds that hackers can track, eavesdrop or even communicate with children.

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Images hidden in Pokémon GO suggest new Pokémon might appear around Halloween

 If you’re still poking around Pokémon GO, there’s a good chance you’ve caught most of what’s available by now. Good news! It seems Niantic is getting really, really close to adding Gen 3 (or “Hoenn”) Pokémon to the game. Some of them, at least. Read More

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Amazon patents a drone that delivers a charge to power up EVs on the go

 A recent Amazon patent could be an answer to range anxiety, albeit one that sounds a bit more sci-fi than practical solution at the moment: the newly granted patent (via Roadshow) describes a drone that could carry a battery charge for electric cars, and deliver them to any cars out on the road that need them while in route, providing enough juice to get to a proper charging station.… Read More

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Robots will touch more tenderly when they wear this sensitive skin

 Robots increasingly have to interact with ordinary (that is to say, human-focused) objects and environments, and part of that is imitating the extremely delicate and complex human grip. A new type of electronic skin allows a robot to feel not just the pressure from its grip, but whether and in what direction an object is sliding or slipping. Read More


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Study shows how water could have flowed on 'cold and icy' ancient Mars

Research by planetary scientists finds that periodic melting of ice sheets on a cold early Mars would have created enough water to carve the ancient valleys and lakebeds seen on the planet today.

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Social media data shared by spy agencies

Details about the data being collected by GCHQ have emerged at a tribunal about surveillance legality.

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