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The Detectives Watching You from Space
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The Detectives Watching You from Space

Fans of crime writer Raymond Chandler's wise-cracking prose would no doubt be pleased that there's a real-life private detective agency run by two men called Raymond...

Facewatch 'thief Recognition' Cctv on Trial in ­k Stores
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Facewatch 'thief Recognition' Cctv on Trial in ­k Stores

Until now, Facewatch has provided local groups of businesses with a way to share their CCTV images of shoplifters and other potential offenders.

The Computer That Knows What You're Thinking
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The Computer That Knows What You're Thinking

We have all done it; put a rictus grin on our faces while inside we are burning with anger.

America's Crypto Battles
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America's Crypto Battles

John Miller reckons he can get into pretty much any safe.

European Parliament Votes Against Net Neutrality Amendments
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European Parliament Votes Against Net Neutrality Amendments

The European Parliament has voted against a set of rules intended to safeguard "net neutrality" in the EU.

The People Hoping to Continue to Exist Through Technology
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The People Hoping to Continue to Exist Through Technology

"We have this strange idea that dying is something we need to do."

The Oil-Rich City Betting on Drones
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The Oil-Rich City Betting on Drones

Over the PA system a voice tells us not to be alarmed. What we are about to see is just a demonstration, courtesy of the United Arab Emirates' Ministry of the Interior...

Facial Recognition Tool 'works in Darkness'
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Facial Recognition Tool 'works in Darkness'

Two scientists at a German university have developed a tool which recognises a person's face in complete darkness.

The Hidden Lab Where Bankcards Are Hacked
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The Hidden Lab Where Bankcards Are Hacked

It couldn't get any more steampunk if it tried: a wooden robot hisses like an airbrake as a blast of compressed air shoves its arm sideways, sending a credit card...

The People 'possessed' By Computers
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The People 'possessed' By Computers

Sophia Ben-Achour looks like a typical London student. She has short, brown hair, dancing eyes and a wide smile.

The Secret Codes of British Banknotes
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The Secret Codes of British Banknotes

A brand-new Xerox colour photocopier had just arrived at one of Cambridge's industrial labs.

Building the Face of a Criminal from Dna
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Building the Face of a Criminal from Dna

The face of a killer constructed from DNA left at the scene of a crime: it sounds like science fiction. But revealing the face of a criminal based on their genes...

'positive Train Control' Could Have Prevented U.s. Derailment
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'positive Train Control' Could Have Prevented U.s. Derailment

The investigation into the cause of a fatal train derailment in the U.S. city of Philadelphia this week has already yielded its first conclusion: it could have...

U.s. Nuclear Fears Block Intel China Supercomputer Update
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U.s. Nuclear Fears Block Intel China Supercomputer Update

The U.S. government has refused to let Intel help China update the world's biggest supercomputer.

How the Dark Web Spurs a Spying 'arms Race'
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How the Dark Web Spurs a Spying 'arms Race'

It's a technological arms race, pure and simple.

Ted 2015: Google Boss Wants Self-Drive Cars 'for Son'
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Ted 2015: Google Boss Wants Self-Drive Cars 'for Son'

The director of Google's self-driving car project says he wants self-driving cars to be standard on roads within five years. 

Is Your Toaster a Silent Recruit in a 'thingbot' Army?
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Is Your Toaster a Silent Recruit in a 'thingbot' Army?

All kinds of gadgets, from toasters to sprinklers, fridges to domestic heating systems, are now boasting sensors, actuators and low-powered embedded chips.

Time Lords: The Clocks That Rule Our World
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Time Lords: The Clocks That Rule Our World

Time is money—and never was this clearer than at 09:59:59.985 Eastern Time, on 3 June 2013.

The Invisible Network That Keeps the World Running
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The Invisible Network That Keeps the World Running

It’s been just over 45 years since the Apollo Moon landings, and some would have it that we are failing to build big anymore; that we've since become too fascinated...

Not in Front of the Telly: Warning Over 'listening' Tv
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Not in Front of the Telly: Warning Over 'listening' Tv

Samsung is warning customers about discussing personal information in front of their smart television set.
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