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Watch me, watch me

Image copyright Samantha Firth Image caption Samantha Firth has attracted 350,000 fans on live streaming site Live.me Live streaming is becoming big business, with millions of people around the world broadcasting the minutiae of their daily lives in real time to adoring fans – and making small fortunes in the …

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Nasa runs competition to help make old Fortran code faster

Image copyright NASA Image caption Nasa develops designs on computer long before the craft take to the air Nasa is seeking help from coders to speed up the software it uses to design experimental aircraft. It is running a competition that will share $55,000 (£42,000) between the top two people …

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Bionic hand 'sees and grabs' objects automatically

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe bionic hand ‘sees and grabs’ objects automatically A bionic hand that “sees” objects and instantly decides what kind of grip to adopt has been developed by scientists. A computer uses a camera to assess an object’s shape and size to then …

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Apple's iPhone sales in surprise fall

Image copyright Getty Images Apple sold fewer iPhones than a year ago in the first three months of 2017, the company said in its latest results. The California firm, which is due to release a new phone later this year, said it sold 50.8 million iPhones in the period, down …

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Microsoft unveils new Surface laptop

Image copyright Getty Images Microsoft has unveiled a new Surface laptop to compete with the Macbook Air. The device will go on sale on 15 June with a starting price of $999 (£770). It has a 13.5 inch (34cm) screen and 14 hours of battery life, the firm said. The …

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Smart doggy

Image copyright Rhonda Vandermeer Image caption A smart collar helps Rhonda Vandermeer keep track of her English cocker spaniel Boz A missing pet poster attached to a tree or lamp-post is a sad sight, as a lost moggy or pooch is a minor tragedy in any owner’s life. But luckily …

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Hacker steals and shares unreleased TV shows

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The fifth season of Orange is the New Black was due to air on 9 June A malicious hacker has reportedly released 10 episodes of the new series of TV show ‘Orange is the New Black’. The episodes are believed to have been uploaded …

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Amazon 'style assistant' divides opinion

Image copyright Amazon Amazon’s new smart speaker, the Echo Look, received a mixed reaction following its unveiling this week. Some say it could inspire confidence while others voiced privacy concerns. The $200 (£154) gadget, not yet on sale, features a camera to capture full-length selfies and video which can be …

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Finland's oldest operating ferry given electric motor

Image copyright Mobimar Image caption The Fori has been in service since 1904 The oldest operating ferry in Finland is being relaunched as the country’s first all-electric vessel. The Fori first entered service in 1904 as a steam-powered boat. It was fitted with diesel engines in 1955. When it returns …

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Plane in UK's first double-drone near-miss case

Image caption The Airbus A320 was approaching Heathrow when the incident happened. A near-miss involving a passenger jet and more than one drone has been reported in the UK for the first time. The incident happened over east London as an Airbus A320 was approaching Heathrow Airport last November. A …

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