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Hi-tech dreamcatcher defeats sleep amnesia

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption What happens when we dream and can we harness it to improve our waking lives? When Adam Haar Horowitz took to the stage at a conference dressed as a lotus flower, he raised eyebrows. Then, when he started hitting computers and making gong noises, …

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AI to help tackle fake news in Mexican election

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Andres Obrador is the front runner in Mexico’s general election An AI-powered search tool is being used to monitor fake news and polling station problems in Mexico’s elections. Krzana is being used by the Verificado 2018 initiative which was set up by Mexican media to …

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Fortnite: A fortnight in my 40s in Battle Royale

Image copyright BBC/Chris Foxx I leap from the battle bus and land in the middle of what appears to be a deserted island, carrying only a pickaxe as a weapon. As I start running, I hear the sound of gunshots in the distance. Almost immediately I’m dodging bullets and suddenly …

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Tesco trials shopping without tills

Image copyright Tesco Tesco is testing whether supermarket customers can buy products without visiting a till. The UK’s biggest retailer has given some staff a smartphone app to use at a store at the company’s headquarters. They use the app to scan barcodes on the products they want and then …

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Get me out of here!

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Dreaming about that Oscar acceptance speech? For many of us, meetings are a boring waste of time but technology could soon help make them more interesting and productive. What do you do during a boring meeting? I canvassed some opinions on Twitter and the …

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Facebook and Google use 'dark patterns' around privacy settings, report says

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Privacy has become a huge issue in the wake of scandals about how information is shared Facebook, Google and Microsoft push users away from privacy-friendly options on their services in an “unethical” way, according to a report by the Norwegian Consumer Council. It studied …

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Apple and Samsung end patent fight after seven long years

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An Apple iPhone and one of Samsung’s Galaxy S phones Apple and Samsung have finally settled a seven-year-long patent dispute, bringing to an end the long-running battle over the design of their rival smartphones. The terms were not disclosed. But it comes weeks after …

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Scammers abuse multilingual domain names

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Smartphones often shorten website names, making scams hard to spot, security experts say Cyber-criminals are abusing multilingual character sets to trick people into visiting phishing websites. The non-English characters allow scammers to create “lookalike” sites with domain names almost indistinguishable from legitimate ones. Farsight Security …

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Uber granted short-term licence to operate in London

Image copyright Reuters Uber has been granted a short-term licence to operate in London following a court hearing. Transport for London (TfL) refused to renew the licence when it expired last September, saying the US taxi app was not a “fit and proper” operator. Uber has now been awarded a …

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Power people

Image copyright Adam Courtney Image caption Adam Courtney generates and stores his own electricity to power his electric cars As we move towards renewables in our efforts to decarbonise our economies, energy storage is becoming increasingly important. Could householders become an integral part of national electricity networks? When Adam Courtney …

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