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US man finishes solo race across Antarctica

[ad_1] Image copyright Colin O'Brady Image caption Colin O'Brady's Instagram page features a daily selfie of his chores, such as securing his tent each night A 33-year-old American man has become the first person to cross Antarctica alone and unassisted.Explorer Colin O'Brady finished in 53 days, ahead of British Army Captain Louis Rudd, 49, after an epic race across the ice.Both men set out on 3 November to complete the
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Are you ready to break up with your phone?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images There is a growing sense of unease among many smartphone owners about the amount of time we're spending on our devices. Google told me that around 70% of the Android users it spoke to wanted to "find a better balance" in their tech use.But this puts the tech sector in an awkward spot. How can it help its customers detach from their phones when, for
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Amazon’s Alexa: The annoying thing about having the same name

[ad_1] Did you get an Amazon Alexa for Christmas?Well spare a thought for all those people in the world who share their name with the digital assistant.Here they tell us the annoying things about having such a famous name. Video produced by Matt Wareham.Follow Newsbeat on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.Listen to Newsbeat live at 12:45 and 17:45 every weekday on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra - if you miss us
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UK now has systems to combat drones – Ben Wallace

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption Ministers say those who use drones "for criminal purposes" can expect "the most severe sentence". Detection systems are now able to be deployed throughout the UK to combat the threat of drones, ministers say.It follows three days of disruption at Gatwick airport last week, when drones were sighted near the runway.Security minister Ben Wallace said those who use drones "either recklessly or for criminal
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Hot tub hack reveals washed-up security protection

[ad_1] Image caption Ken Munro demonstrated the hack to the BBC on a recent episode of Click Thousands of hot tubs can be hacked and controlled remotely because of a hole in their online security, BBC Click has revealed. Researchers showed the TV programme how an attacker could make the tubs hotter or colder, or control the pumps and lights via a laptop or smartphone.Vulnerable tubs are designed to let
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Google and Amazon urged to follow Apple’s ‘anti-gay app ban’

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Apple's chief executive was thanked for the app's removal from its store Campaigners have thanked Apple for removing an app from its store that they said stigmatised LGBT people.The software promoted a US religious group that says homosexual practice is sinful and that its members should help "call up" others to their natural-born "biblical gender".Apple's store now says the app is not available, but
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Australia to set up drone-identifying systems

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Drone hotspots such as Sydney Harbour will also get the monitoring equipment Drone "hot spots" in Australia are getting sensors to automatically identify the aircraft and their pilots.Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (Casa) said it would install the equipment at the nation's airports starting next month. The monitors have been planned for some time, but come in the wake of 72 hours of drone-related
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Suffolk farm drone in near-miss with Tornado jet

[ad_1] Image copyright Ministry of Defence Image caption A Tornado came within close proximity of a drone over Suffolk An RAF Tornado travelling at 517mph (832km/h) came within 22m (72ft) of hitting a drone, a report has revealed.The jet, which was flying in formation 10 miles (16km) north-east of RAF Wattisham in Suffolk, did not see the remote-controlled aircraft, according to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).The drone pilot, which reported
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Gatwick drones pair ‘no longer suspects’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Flights were suspended for more than 36 hours when a drone was first spotted A man and woman arrested in connection with drone sightings that grounded flights at Gatwick Airport have been released without charge.The 47-year-old man and 54-year-old woman, from Crawley, West Sussex, had been arrested on Friday night. Their release came as Sussex Police said they were relying on eye witnesses
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How well does Zozosuit measure up?

[ad_1] Japanese retailer Start Today, which operates Zozotown, the country's largest online fashion marketplace, has developed a figure-hugging bodysuit featuring lots of uniquely patterned dots.As you turn slowly round, your smartphone takes photos, building up a 360-degree image of your body shape. Then you can order clothes that really fit.At least, that's what the company claims. But does it really work?Reporters: Chris Fox, Zoe Kleinman. Video journalists: Tracey Langford, Chris
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Gatwick disruption: How will police catch the drone menace?

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Police say they are still searching for those responsible for the unprecedented disruption at Gatwick Airport.But the drones that were flown over the airfield have not been captured and have not been seen since Thursday night. Endangering the safety of an aircraft is a criminal offence that can carry a prison sentence.So how will police find those responsible?Tracking the controllerIf the drones were being operated by
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FBI swoops on ‘national threat’ ‘hacks for hire’ sites

[ad_1] Image caption All 15 websites targeted in the operation have been seized The FBI has seized control of 15 websites that let people pay to knock individuals and other sites offline.The so-called booters sought to swamp targets with huge amounts of data in what are known as distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.Three US men have been charged with allegedly offering DDoS services."DDoS-for-hire services such as these pose a significant national threat,"
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Chinese company clones celebrity dog and other tech news

[ad_1] BBC Click's Dan Simmons looks at the best of the week's technology news stories including:Elon Musk unveils a prototype underground tunnel designed to transport cars at high speed around the cityA former Nasa engineer builds a glitter bomb trap to trick thieves after parcels were stolen from his doorstepA dog who has starred in numerous Chinese film and television productions is clonedSee more at Click's website and @BBCClick. [ad_2]
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‘Intimacy plus’: Is that what makes podcasts so popular?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Celebrity status: Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson host the podcast 2 Dope Queens If you mention the word "podcast" to people, many immediately come up with a list of "must listens". But this popularity is fairly recent. Why have podcasts taken so long to become visible, and does that mean you can make a living out of them?It's easy to make a podcast.
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Slack ‘bans users’ who have visited US sanctioned countries

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption Users whose IP addresses connected to Slack in countries like Cuba are reportedly affected Some users of communication service Slack have reported their accounts have been closed over visits to countries under US sanctions.The move, which Slack says is to comply with US regulations, is believed to be affecting users who have visited nations including Iran and North Korea.But many on social media say
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Amazon’s Alexa user accesses stranger’s chats

[ad_1] Image copyright Amazon Image caption The sending of a private conversation was a rare occurrence, Amazon insisted A user of Amazon's smart assistant Alexa was sent 1,700 audio files from a complete stranger, after he requested access to his own recordings.Amazon described the incident as an "isolated case" and put the mistake down to human error.The user, based in Germany, said that he informed Amazon of the issue but
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How can a drone cause so much chaos?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption As drones become more popular, countries will need to consider regulations to restrict usage Thousands of passengers have seen their flights from Gatwick Airport cancelled after two drones were spotted flying over the airfield within a 12-hour period.The runway is currently shut as officials investigate.So why has a drone caused so much disruption and what are the risks posed by these devices?What is