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How China's GPS 'rival' Beidou is plotting to go global

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Beidou’s coverage is expanding rapidly, with more than 10 satellite launches in 2018 China has ambitions for its rapidly expanding Beidou satellite navigation system to serve the whole world, not just Asia, but will it really be able to rival the well-established – and …

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GoPro Hero 7 camera films smooth videos without gimbal

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: GoPro’s new stabilisation put to the test GoPro hopes it can tempt film-makers to try its latest camera with the promise of smooth videos without the need for stabilisation equipment. Its Hero 7 Black records “Hypersmooth” steadied clips in real-time. GoPro …

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Hologram phone calls – sci-fi or serious possibility?

Image copyright Youtube Image caption Could holograms – think Princess Leia in Star Wars Episode IV – be projected from our phones? High-speed 5G networks could lead to big changes in how we use our mobile phones, allowing us to enjoy virtual reality on-the-go, interactive live broadcasts, and even project …

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3D printing shop closes after accusations of idolatry

Image copyright Al-Qabas News A 3D printing shop in Kuwait has reportedly been shut down by authorities following pressure from an Islamist cleric. The shop, which specialises in producing figurines that bear a life-like resemblance to real people, was accused of creating “idols” by Sheikh Othman al-Khamis. The Kuwaiti Al-Qabas …

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Facebook accused of job ad gender discrimination

Image copyright Facebook Image caption These ads were among those directed only at men on Facebook, according to the complaint Van driving, roofing, police work – all jobs for men. At least, that’s what a cluster of job ads placed on Facebook seemed to suggest. The American Civil Liberties Union …

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Tackling food waste in Nigeria with an app

Image caption Oscar Ekponimo is the entrepreneur behind Chowberry “Going without food for any person, for any child – it’s destabilising, it shakes you to your core. I remember being a child and going without food and being able to have just one good meal in a day.” Oscar Ekponimo’s …

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Google admits changing phone settings remotely

Image caption Android Pie is the latest version of Google’s operating system. Google has apologised after Android phone users noticed that the battery saver setting was remotely activated last week without their consent. The battery saver affects how often apps update and work in the background. The firm took to …

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Facebook UK boss: We want to give users more control

Image copyright Getty Images Facebook’s UK boss says the social media site could do a “much better job” of helping users control their experience on the site. Top Facebook executives were answering questions in a rare Q&A held by Radio 1 Newsbeat, several of which were about users’ data and …

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Beyond pizza

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The city of Naples stretches towards the imposing volcano Vesuvius As tech giants Apple and Cisco set up academies in Naples, the city’s tech entrepreneurs are hoping new investment will revitalise southern Italy’s failing economy. Naples is a city with a reputation: it has …

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Nintendo announces raft of new games for Switch console

Image copyright Square Enix Image caption Final Fantasy VII, one of the most popular games ever, has previously been re-released on platforms including the PS4 Several Final Fantasy games, including VII, IX and X will arrive on the Switch console next year, Nintendo has announced. The Japanese firm also revealed …

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