/Technology/ Last Updated: Mon, Feb 19th, 2018 @ 11:05am EST

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Thuy Ong

UK government will use church spires to improve internet connectivity in rural areas

The UK government and the Church of England have formed a partnership to use the Church’s buildings and other properties to “improve broadband, mobile, and Wi-Fi connectivity for local communities.” According to a statement from the government, this would involve placing wireless transmitters in church spires and towers as well as installing aerials, satellite dishes, and fiber cables in church buildings. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport says that there are...

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Shannon Liao

Windows Phone 7 and 8 devices will no longer receive push notifications

Microsoft is ending support for mobile push notifications on its Windows Phone 7 and 8 software by February 20th. Devices on Windows Phone 7.5 and 8.0 will no longer receive notifications. They will also lose the useful live tile updates that displayed information at a glance, and users will no longer be able to locate devices with the “find my phone” feature. Those phones were initially released to the public in 2011 and 2012, respectively.

It’s yet another nail in the coffin for...

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Andrew J. Hawkins

Elon Musk’s Boring Company gets green light to start digging in Washington, DC

Elon Musk’s tunnel-boring project has received more vague government approval for its equally vague plans to build an underground hyperloop between New York and Washington, DC. Last week, Washington, DC’s Department of Transportation issued a preliminary permit to Musk’s Boring Company to start digging at an abandoned lot in the northeast section of the city, according to The Washington Post.

Exactly how much digging — how deep and how long — is still unclear. A spokesperson...


Swapna Krishna

Google found another bug in Microsoft’s Edge browser

Google tasks its Project Zero time with finding security issues and loopholes within other companies' products, and they're pretty effective at what they do. Now, Google has made public a medium-level security issue within Microsoft's Edge browser. T...


Jordan Crook

Elon Musk’s Boring Company gets preliminary permit for NYC-D.C. Hyperloop

 A 29-minute trip from D.C. to New York may seem too good to be true. And it very well may be. But that isn’t stopping Elon Musk from pushing forward with plans to build a Hyperloop along the eastern corridor. And while it’s a very small, very vague step forward, Musk’s Boring Company has received a permit for preparation and preliminary excavation of a site in the… Read More


John Biggs

Join me for an evening of crypto with writers Paul Vigna and Michael Casey

 Next week I’m pleased to announce that I’m going to have Paul Vigna and Michael Casey, authors of The Truth Machine, on stage with me at Knotel, a co-working and event space in Manhattan. I’d love for you to come. You can RSVP here. It’s happening on February 28 at 7pm and it will feature a 35-minute talk with two of the top writers in crypto. These guys literally wrote… Read More

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Michael Calore

Mechanical Keyboards: Aukey, Logitech Orion, Das Keyboard

Serious typists deserve a responsive keyboard. Here are three steps to tactile heaven.


Sam Haysom

These text messages a little girl sent to her grandpa after he passed away are so moving

A father has shared the emotional text messages his daughter has been sending to her grandfather, years after he passed away.

SEE ALSO: Man finds touching video on his grandmother's phone after she passes away

Radio presenter James O'Brien shared the texts, which he said were sent by his youngest daughter, in a tweet on Saturday.

"My youngest has had my old phone for a couple of years," he explained. "Just for games, which I download for her before disconnecting the internet.

"Still has my...


Brian De Los Santos

Is someone hijacking your Spotify? Here's what I did when it happened to me.

For years, I've had a bit of a digital pen pal.

His name is Kevin. He loves music, "Coffee Table Jazz" in particular. He owns an Amazon Echo, through which he listens to his lovely, soothing John Coltrane trumpet croons. He doesn't often listen during the day, but at night the tunes come alive — probably while he's also hand rolling linguine next to a glass of a full-bodied cabernet. (Or at least, that's what I imagined.)

SEE ALSO: Amazon may be building a new brain for Alexa

I know all of...

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Dan Seifert

Huawei Mate 10 Pro review: software sadness

Huawei’s premier smartphone is let down by bad software

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Thuy Ong

Samsung patents a flying display that’s controlled by your eyes

Samsung’s latest patent is for a drone with an integrated display that’s able to detect the face and pupils of a person as well as their hand gestures and position. The patent shows a unit that features a display at the center with four propellers on each corner. It was first spotted by LetsGoDigital.

The patent describes a drone that can include a camera and observation system to transmit information to the main control unit. The system can track the users’ eyes, head, hands, or...


Steve Dent

A new form of light could power next-gen quantum computers

Photons are among the most ubiquitous, but loneliest particles in the quantum world -- they're always around us, but never interact with each other. Scientists from MIT and Harvard have managed quite a feat then, by observing groups of three photons...

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Aneesh Chopra

Apple’s Move to Bring Health Care Records to the iPhone Is Great News

Opinion: The company’s decision to include an open API in its mobile phone OS has great promise for electronic health records.


Rachel Thompson

Duchess of Cambridge didn't wear all black to the BAFTAs but she was likely supporting Time's Up in her own way

Stars stood shoulder-to-shoulder on the red carpet dressed head-to-toe in black outfits to show their support for the Time's Up movement at the BAFTAs. But, the Duchess of Cambridge's decision to wear green has invited the ire of the internet, with some arguing that it was a "bad call" to opt out of the (unofficial) all-black dress code. 

At this year's BAFTA awards, actors and directors dressed in all black, in a show of solidarity with those who wore black at the Golden Globes in...


Steve Dent

Elon Musk gets Hyperloop digging permit in Washington, DC

Last year, the internet needled Elon Musk for tweeting he had verbal approval to dig a Hyperloop tunnel in Washington, DC, because officials said they granted no such thing. Now, however, The Boring Company does have an honest-to-gosh written permit,...


Natasha Lomas

Facebook’s tracking of non-users ruled illegal again

 Another blow for Facebook in Europe: Judges in Belgium have once again ruled the company broke privacy laws by deploying technology such as cookies and social plug-ins to track Internet users across the web. Read More

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Ariel Bleicher

The Ongoing Battle Between Quantum and Classical Computers

The quest for "quantum supremacy"—unambiguous proof that a quantum computer does something faster than an ordinary computer—has paradoxically led to a boom in quasi-quantum classical algorithms.


Isobel Hamilton

Daniel Kaluuya describes the pure joy of hugging Oprah

This has been a pretty big year for Daniel Kaluuya.

SEE ALSO: John Boyega just tweeted the sweetest story about Daniel Kaluuya

Kaluuya was a guest on The Graham Norton Show on Friday, where he described what it was like going to the Golden Globes and meeting two huge stars, Denzel Washington and Oprah.

"I hugged her so tightly," said Kaluuya, "she felt so good, man." 

He also confirmed that the rumours are true: Oprah does indeed smell "amazing". Read more...

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Sam Haysom

Allison Janney casually demonstrates Meryl Streep's kissing technique on Graham Norton

When movie stars lock lips onscreen it may look natural, but there's actually a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes.

Mints. The no tongue rule. Strange anti-bacterial lip gloss stuff. The whole thing is a minefield.

SEE ALSO: Woman attempts cheek kiss with Timothée Chalamet's dad and it ends awkwardly

Some actresses, like Meryl Streep, even have special techniques for making the kiss as photogenic as possible.

In the clip above, Allison Janney — who had to kiss Streep in The...


Isobel Hamilton

Two huge drills take a much-needed work break with a casual game of noughts and crosses

"Okay, the boss' back is turned, time to take things up a notch..."

SEE ALSO: This restaurant's egg-themed 'pun' is so spectacularly bad it's good

A video which appears to originate from The Content Bible shows two construction workers playing noughts and crosses with huge, industrial machinery. The footage has since gone viral on Reddit.

Now that is a truly inspired use of drills. Bravo.

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