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Rethinking The Robot Tax

Last week, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn announced his latest plans to implement a “Robot Tax” in a bold effort to face the “challenge” of automation. This proposed tax is part of his larger plan to “urgently manage” the evolution of robotics and technology for the sake of society. And, while this may seem like a daring statement, it’s not exactly ...

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What is the Android operating system and what is an Android phone?

Google unveiled its new Pixel 2 devices this week (Picture: Google) Google unveiled their latest flagship phones on Wednesday: the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. The new phones follow the highly successful Google Pixel phone last year, after Google rebranded their Nexus range. Your iPhone is about to get hundreds of new emojis Older Nexus phones and Pixel phones ...

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Scientists Were Able To Completely Reverse Heart Failure In Animals

Scientists have successfully been able to reverse heart failure in animals, after uncovering a previously-unknown part of the organ that is totally self-healing. The team, from the Texas Heart Institute, focused on the role of Hippo – a “recently identified” signalling pathway that humans have installed from birth to stop their organs growing too big. But is also responsible for stopping ...

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Google's Pixel Buds Are Able To Perform Real-Time Translation

Google’s biggest story of its press conference was clear the Pixel 2 smartphone. However, it was the product they showed off after the Pixel 2 that really stole the show with something pretty astonishing. Google unveiled Pixel Buds, a pair of wireless headphones that when paired with the Pixel 2 can translate between 40 languages almost instantly. Now we highly ...

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Ironing Is The Single Dullest Activity On The Planet, So Let This Incredible Machine Do It For You

No matter whether you’re an organised-do-it-all-in-one-sitting ironer, or a last-minute-how-are-there-no-clothes-to-wear-to-work ironer, everyone can agree that ironing is one of the dullest household chores out there. But unfortunately you can only avoid it for so long. That was, until now. Now all adults can breathe a collective sigh of relief as two entrepreneurs from north London have built a robot that ...

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Closing The Gender Gap In The Tech Industry

There was a furore in early August this year – and rightfully so – when Google software engineer, James Damore, asserted that it was women’s ‘biological differences’ and tendency towards ‘neuroticism’ which were responsible for the small numbers of women who worked as coders. Damore promptly lost his position at Google, but not before he opened a large kettle of ...

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Sweden Use Crypto Tech To Become Cashless Pioneers

Sweden, the Scandinavian nation famous for ABBA, Björn Borg, and Volvo, is leading the way when it comes to becoming the world’s first cashless country – and the technology behind Bitcoin, and the cryptocurrencies it has spawned, is catalysing the process. Two years ago, in October 2015, Niklas Arvidsson, a researcher in industrial economics and management at the KTH Royal ...

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Here’s what happens when you swear at or insult Apple’s Siri

(Picture: Metro) I was 20 minutes late and running to the train station. Grabbing my phone from my bag, I quickly asked Siri to send a text message relaying my apologies to the friend I was meant to be meeting. Game Of Thrones fans are using Arya Stark to troll Apple’s iPhone X ‘I don’t understand,’ was the response. ‘Siri, ...

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Nobel Prize In Chemistry 2017 Awarded For Imaging The Molecules Of Life

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017 has been awarded to three researchers, Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank & Richard Henderson, for their work on imaging the molecules of life. The three, including Cambridge University’s Richard Henderson, were able to develop a revolutionary new electron microscopy imaging technique that can see these molecules at the atomic level. Atomic structures of a) protein ...

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All Londoners Are Being Exposed To Dangerous Levels Of Toxic Air, No Matter Where They Live

Every Londoner is being exposed to dangerous levels of toxic air particles, with 95% of the population living in areas that exceed World Health Organisation guidelines by as much as 50%. Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has released the “damning” report that shows 7.9 million people living in the capital are at serious risk of developing respiratory and cardiovascular disease from ...

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