Facebook invents new unit of time called a flick

Facebook invents new unit of time called a flick

Image copyright Eyewire Inc Image caption The flick is the next unit of time up from a nanosecond A Facebook engineer has invented a new unit of time called a flick. The flick has been designed to help developers keep video effects in sync, according to a description on the code-sharing site GitHub. A flick, […]

Mavic Air: DJI launches ‘ultraportable’ drone

Mavic Air: DJI launches ‘ultraportable’ drone

Image copyright DJI Image caption The Mavic Air is said to be half the size of the Mavic Pro DJI has unveiled the Mavic Air drone, a successor to its top-selling Mavic Pro that is smaller, lighter and faster as well as promising more advanced obstacle-avoidance tech. There are, however, trade-offs: it has a shorter […]

Elon Musk’s Boring Company presents LA tunnel plan

Elon Musk’s Boring Company presents LA tunnel plan

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Elon Musk’s Boring Company reveals LA tunnel plans Elon Musk’s Boring Company has presented plans to build a Hyperloop tunnel under Culver City, California. The plans were presented at a council meeting on Monday by Jehn Balajadia, operations co-ordinator of the firm. She said: “The purpose of Boring Company is […]

Amazon’s Twitch triumphs over bot-sellers

Amazon’s Twitch triumphs over bot-sellers

Image copyright Twitch Image caption Twitch provides a way for video games enthusiasts to watch others play Games-streaming service Twitch has convinced a court to ban two bot-makers from helping players seem popular. The Amazon-owned platform had complained the couple were charging up to $760 (£545) a month to artificially swell a Twitch channel’s audience. […]

Crypto-cash boom prompts graphics card rationing

Crypto-cash boom prompts graphics card rationing

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Producing or mining crypto-coins uses lots of computers to do complicated maths Booming interest in crypto-currencies has been blamed for pushing up the prices of graphics cards. The cards are popular because they speed up the process of minting or “mining” crypto-coins. Keen miners are buying graphics cards in […]

Hawaii missile alert standdown delayed by forgotten log-in

Hawaii missile alert standdown delayed by forgotten log-in

Image copyright Alamy Image caption Governor Ige has apologised for the stress and anxiety the false alarm caused Forgotten Twitter log-in details have been blamed for delaying a public correction to Hawaii’s missile alert earlier this month. Governor David Ige was told two minutes after a text message was issued by the Emergency Management Agency […]

Alstom testing automated freight train in the Netherlands

Alstom testing automated freight train in the Netherlands

Image copyright Alstom Image caption Alstom is to test an automated freight train on a 150km track in the Netherlands French train engineering giant Alstom is to test automated freight trains in the Netherlands this year. The automated train prototype can travel for about 100km (60 miles) without driver intervention. Automation will free the train […]

Kim Dotcom sues New Zealand government for damages

Kim Dotcom sues New Zealand government for damages

Image copyright Kim Dotcom Image caption Kim Dotcom, pictured here with Elizabeth Dotcom on his wedding day, is suing the New Zealand government for damages over the raid of his mansion in 2012 Kim Dotcom, the founder of file-sharing site Megaupload, is suing the New Zealand government for billions of dollars in damages over his […]

Boing Boing blog sued over Playboy centrefolds link

Boing Boing blog sued over Playboy centrefolds link

Image copyright BoingBoing Image caption BoingBoing collects eclectic links from around the web Popular blog Boing Boing is being sued by Playboy magazine over a link it shared to an archive of centrefolds. The archive of almost 500 “Playmates” was created by an unknown person from scans of the centrefolds and uploaded to image-sharing site […]

Apple’s Tim Cook keeps nephew off social media

Apple’s Tim Cook keeps nephew off social media

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tim Cook is the latest high-profile figure to voice concern about social networks Apple chief executive Tim Cook has said he does not want his nephew to be on a social network. His comments come as a survey suggests the wider British public is becoming increasingly distrustful of Facebook, […]

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