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​Online privacy ‘a human right’, European security body rules
A new paper from Europe’s top civil liberties body has declared online privacy to be a human right, while challenging the British government’s plans to introduce more surveillance on communications technology.

27.01.2015 12:25

Russian student invents bracelet to tackle computer addiction
Russian students have invented a unique bracelet capable of preventing kids from spending too much time in front of a computer. Tracking children’s biorhythms, it can even autonomously switch off computers, averting possible health-related consequences.

26.01.2015 17:58

BBC Arabic boss says Paris attackers should not be labeled ‘terrorists’
The chief of BBC’s Arabic department has come under heavy criticism for saying the perpetrators of this month’s attacks in Paris should not be labeled “terrorists.”

26.01.2015 16:20

​‘Cruel and absurd’: Cambridge heart disease study starves rats of oxygen
Cambridge University has drawn the fury of animal rights groups after it emerged the British Heart Foundation is funding scientific research, which involves keeping rats in low-oxygen environments.

26.01.2015 12:14

​Cameron and GCHQ boss hoaxed by drunk prank caller
Despite British officials ramping up security and warning of looming terror threats, it seems the security arm GCHQ can still be outsmarted by drunken hoax callers.

26.01.2015 12:02

Germany to test self-driving cars on digitized autobahn, ‘won’t rely on Google’
The German government wants to convert part of the A9 Autobahn in Bavaria into a test-field for advanced car technology. The project is key to ensuring the country’s ‘digital sovereignty,’ according to its transport minister.

26.01.2015 11:28

Russian space suit producer unveils 'unique' ejector seat for light planes (VIDEO)
A Russian firm that produces space suits, aircraft pilot pressure suits and other life support systems is looking at introducing a lightweight ejector seat for light aircraft. The system is one-of-a-kind, the producer says.

25.01.2015 14:39

'Genetic firewall' discovery to make GMOs containable, scientists say
Scientists believe they have created a breakthrough in genetic engineering. They have come up with bacteria, which can’t survive without a manmade chemical, so genetically modified organisms wouldn’t be able to live outside their intended area.

24.01.2015 13:36

‘123456’ still most popular password but users waking up to cyber dangers – study
Slowly but surely, it seems as though the public are beginning to take a little more care about the passwords they use. A study shows that the ‘imaginative’ “123456” is still the most popular, but people are moving away from using such common passwords.

24.01.2015 07:40

Russia readies hybrid amphibious drone for test flight
A first of a kind aircraft combining the qualities of an amphibious hovercraft and an aerial drone is being finalized for test flights in Russia. The dual-use drone could deliver cargo to hard-to-reach areas and have military uses.

23.01.2015 12:07

Light communication: ESA laser tags ISS from Earth (PHOTOS)
The European Space Agency (ESA) has successfully completed an experiment using a laser beam to communicate with the International Space Station (ISS) orbiting the earth.

23.01.2015 07:38

Dotcom wants ‘to kill Skype’ with MegaChat, his encrypted video calling service
Kim Dotcom has launched a public beta version of his latest project, with which he aims to wipe out Skype. The video calling service called MegaChat is to be encrypted to ensure secure communications for all its users.

22.01.2015 14:33