Electricity shake-up could save consumers ‘up to £40bn’

Electricity shake-up could save consumers ‘up to £40bn’

Image copyright Getty Images Consumers in the UK could save billions of pounds thanks to major changes in the way electricity is made, used and stored, the government has said. New rules will make it easier for people to generate their own power with solar panels, store it in batteries and sell it to the […]

World’s first floating wind farm emerges off coast of Scotland

World’s first floating wind farm emerges off coast of Scotland

The world’s first full-scale floating wind farm has started to take shape off the north-east coast of Scotland. The revolutionary technology will allow wind power to be harvested in waters too deep for the current conventional bottom-standing turbines. The Peterhead wind farm, known as Hywind, is a trial which will bring power to 20,000 homes. […]

UK to bring in drone registration

UK to bring in drone registration

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Under an existing code, drones must be kept within sight of their pilot The UK government has announced plans to introduce drone registration and safety awareness courses for owners of the small unmanned aircraft. It will affect anyone who owns a drone which weighs more than 250 grams (8oz). […]

YouTube to redirect searches for IS videos

YouTube to redirect searches for IS videos

Image copyright YouTube Image caption YouTube will offer curated playlists denouncing terrorism YouTube says it will redirect people searching for “violent extremist propaganda” and offer them videos that denounce terrorism. People searching for certain terms relating to the so-called Islamic State group will be offered playlists of videos “debunking its mythology”. YouTube said it wanted […]

Moneysupermarket fined for sending seven million unwanted emails

Moneysupermarket fined for sending seven million unwanted emails

Image copyright Moneysupermarket Image caption The website compares prices on many services. Price comparison website Moneysupermarket has been fined £80,000 ($103,000) by the Information Commissioners Office for sending more than seven million emails to people who had opted out of receiving its communications. The firm said it apologised “unreservedly”. The emails regarded changes to the […]

AI demo picks out recipes from food photos

AI demo picks out recipes from food photos

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption One suggestion for spaghetti bolognese was “gunk on noodles”. An algorithm created to identify recipes for food just from a photograph has been demonstrated by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The neural network was trained on a dataset of one million photos and one million recipes. […]

AlphaBay and Hansa dark web markets shut down

AlphaBay and Hansa dark web markets shut down

Image copyright US Department of Justice Image caption AlphaBay went offline earlier this month Two of the largest dark web marketplaces have been shut down following a “landmark” international law enforcement investigation. The AlphaBay and Hansa sites had been associated with the trade in illicit items such as drugs, weapons, malware and stolen data. According […]

Kodi magazine ‘directs readers to pirate content’

Kodi magazine ‘directs readers to pirate content’

Image caption The Complete Guide to Kodi is on sale at a number of retailers A British magazine is directing readers to copyright-infringing software, the Federation Against Copyright Theft (Fact) has said. Kodi is a free, legal media player for computers but software add-ons that in some cases make it possible to download pirated content. […]

Bitcoin swings as civil war looms

Bitcoin swings as civil war looms

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bitcoin’s value has dipped and soared as opinion about whether it will split has shifted The value of the virtual currency Bitcoin has always been volatile. Even so, there has been particular turbulence in recent days as fears of a “civil war” among its adherents first grew and then […]

Google Maps adds the International Space Station

Image copyright Google Image caption Street View allows users to move around 17 different areas in the space station The International Space Station has become the first “off planet” addition to Google Maps’ Street View facility. Astronauts helped capture 360-degree panoramas of the insides of the ISS modules, as well as views down to the […]

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