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Ariane 5 satellites in orbit but not in right location

KOUROU: Two commercial satellites have been placed in orbit by an Ariane 5 rocket but have yet to reach their correct position, Arianespace said Thursday, after mission control briefly lost contact with the craft. The European space workhorse blasted off at 7.20 pm (2220 GMT) from the Kourou Space Centre in French Guiana carrying satellites for Luxembourg´s SES and the …

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Cryptocurrencies fall after hack hits Japan’s Coincheck

TOKYO: Cryptocurrencies fell Friday after Japan-based digital exchange Coincheck suspended client deposits and withdrawals for virtual currencies except for bitcoin, saying it had been hacked. Coincheck said it was investigating “unauthorised access” of the exchange that appeared to result in a loss worth half a billion US dollars of NEM, the 10th biggest cryptocurrency by market capitalisation. “At 3 am …

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Better than holograms: A new 3-D projection into thin air

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the enduring sci-fi moments of the big screen — R2-D2 beaming a 3-D image of Princess Leia into thin air in “Star Wars” — is closer to reality thanks to the smallest of screens: dust-like particles. Scientists have figured out how to manipulate nearly unseen specks in the air and use them to create 3-D …

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Ariane 5 satellites in orbit but not in right location

KOUROU (AFP) – Two commercial satellites have been placed in orbit by an Ariane 5 rocket but have yet to reach their correct positions, Arianespace said Thursday, after mission control briefly lost contact with the craft in a rare malfunction. The usually reliable European space workhorse blasted off at 7.20 pm (2220 GMT) from the Kourou Space Centre in French …

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Soros to Google and Facebook: ‘Your days are numbered’

DAVOS (AFP) – Billionaire investor George Soros launched a scathing attack on tech giants at the Davos summit on Thursday, calling them monopolies that could be manipulated by authoritarians to subvert democracy. During an annual dinner he hosts at the World Economic Forum, held this week in the Swiss alpine resort, Soros turned his sights on a host of subjects …

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iPhone software update spotlights Apple secrecy on battery health

(Reuters) – Apple Inc’s move on Wednesday to give iPhone owners information about the health of their batteries reverses the company’s longstanding refusal to make such information available directly on iPhones and iPads, even though battery health has long been easy to check on Apple’s Mac computers. Apple said an update to its iOS operating system will show the phone’s …

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Scientists successfully clone monkeys; are humans up next?

(AP) – For the first time, researchers have used the cloning technique that produced Dolly the sheep to create healthy monkeys, bringing science an important step closer to being able to do the same with humans. Since Dolly’s birth in 1996, scientists have cloned nearly two dozen kinds of mammals, including dogs, cats, pigs, cows and polo ponies, and have …

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With self-parking slippers, Nissan drives Japanese hospitality to a new level

TOKYO (Reuters) – In Japan, where old traditions are constantly being updated with new technology, one inn is making use of automated driving technology to offer the latest in hands-free hospitality — self-driving slippers. Nissan Motor Co has developed a system for slippers to ‘park’ themselves at the entrance of the traditional inn at the push of a button, ready …

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Facebook can’t be hit with class action suit in EU: court

LUXEMBOURG (AFP) – An Austrian activist cannot bring a class action against Facebook for privacy breaches, although he is allowed to sue the US social media giant on a personal basis in his home country, the EU s top court ruled Thursday. Max Schrems had lodged legal cases in an Austrian court on behalf of himself and seven other users …

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Video of exploding iPhone battery spreads fear

(Web Desk) – A video recently surfaced on social media in which an iPhone battery exploded after Chinese man bit into it to check the quality. The incident took place last Friday in a Chinese city where a man went to the electronics store to buy himself a replacement battery for his Apple device, reported CNET. As soon as he …

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