DigiTruck Brings Solar-Powered Mobile Learning Facilities To Rural Africa

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Schools are scarce in remote parts of Africa. Over 75% of the population lives in rural communities where access to infrastructure and grid electricity presents a major challenge. And only 46% of rural students qualify for secondary education, due to poor quality primary schools. So the non-profit organisation Close the Gap, in conjunction with Hoops of Hope and Arrow Electronics, … Read More

You Can Safely Sleep With The Fishes At Planet Ocean Underwater Hotel

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On the island of Key West in Florida, Planet Ocean Underwater Hotel is preparing for construction of its latest design – one of the world’s first luxury self-contained affordable underwater hotels. While its competitors are offering designs costing roughly US$11 million per room to build, Planet Ocean Underwater Hotel claims its approach will cost only US$3 million per room. This … Read More

Google.com Sold For Only $12, All Proceedings Went To A Good Cause

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Last month, former Google employee Sanmay Ved achieved online fame by successfully purchasing the Google.com domain for just US$12, due to a flaw in Google’s domain name registration system. While researching the Google Domains interface, Ved entered ‘Google.com’ and clicked ‘search’. To his surprise, Google.com was available. He added it to his cart and completed the purchase, expecting to receive … Read More

Big Delta: World’s Largest 3D Printer Could Build Entire Homes From Clay

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3D printers are getting bigger. Last month, Italian engineering company WASP (World’s Advanced Saving Project) announced plans to unveil Big Delta, a 40-foot tall 3D printer – the largest in the world. Big Delta has a 20-foot-wide metal body and a rotating printing nozzle that doubles as a materials mixer to keep printing materials homogeneous. It will build structures layer-by-layer … Read More

Most ISPs Are Unprepared For Australia’s New Metadata Laws

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Australia’s new data retention laws came into effect in October, and ISPs have until April 2017 to become fully compliant. But despite having had six months to prepare, 84% of Australian ISPs say they’re still not ready to begin collecting or storing metadata. The Attorney-General’s Department defines metadata as ‘data created when online tasks are undertaken and other forms of … Read More

Alphabet: A Major Overhaul of Google’s Corporate Structure

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The company we knew as Google is now a subsidiary of a larger parent company called ‘Alphabet’. CEO and cofounder Larry Page renamed and reorganized the business as part of a massive overhaul of his organisation’s structure. Other subsidiaries of Alphabet include Calico, Fiber, Google Ventures, Google Capital, Google X, Life Sciences, and Nest. And within the Google subsidiary are … Read More

Seven Tips to Enhance Your Windows 10 Experience

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Millions of users have made the switch to Windows 10. The new operating system comes with a fresh interface and powerful features to help you get the most from your computer. For one month after upgrading, you have the option to revert back to Windows 8 or Windows 7. But Windows 10 has even more to offer than you might … Read More

How Wearable Technology Could Soon Take Over Your Life

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Science fiction has long predicted a time when humans are enhanced using bionic implants. And with the latest generation of wearable technology, we may be inching closer to that future – a future where technology ushers our species towards its next evolutionary phase. Fitness brand Athos is launching the world’s first smart garments that measure respiration, heart rate and muscle … Read More

How to Protect Yourself in the New Era of Car Hacking

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You’re behind the wheel, but your car is increasing controlled by computers. Dozens of microprocessors regulate your braking, acceleration, central locking and lights. But hackers are learning how to gain access to these systems, and your car’s increasing reliance on wireless technology increases your vulnerability to attack. Cars now come with many of the same hacking risks as computers and … Read More

How to Avoid Falling Victim to the CryptoLocker

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CryptoLocker is particularly nasty ransomware Trojan that targets computers running Microsoft Windows. It is designed to extract money from its victims. CryptoLocker encrypts and blocks access to users’ files and then requests a ransom, with a 72-hour time limit for payment. If payment is not received within the set timeframe, the encryption key is destroyed, rendering the files unrecoverable. CryptoLocker … Read More