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The “flying fungus” drone aircraft

The drone “melts” in water – ideal for spying and helping destroy the evidence. Scientists at NASA have led the development of the new aircraft, which is made from fungus and recently made its maiden flight. One use of the technology could be to fly covert spying missions and then once complete to crash the drone into water to avoid detection. The drone’s body is made from mycelium (the vegetative part of a fungus) covered by protective sticky cellulose “leather” sheets…

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Christmas 2014: 4 early ideas for presents

With Christmas fast approaching, here are 4 ideas for presents that will be appreciated by friends and family, but don’t have to cost a fortune: 1. Canvas Print Turn one of your beautiful photos, a favourite family snap, holiday picture or portrait of a pet into a stunning canvas print. Your nearest and dearest can then enjoy it and get a unique, thoughtful and lasting present from you. Snapmad.com is currently offering 25% off all canvas prints. You can find out…

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The future of storage: the DVD “with 40,000 HD films”

Scientists have reportedly found a way to create a DVD-sized disc that can hold 1,000 terabytes of data – enough to store 40,000 HD movies. It’s all to do with using lasers in a way akin to a fine tipped pen rather than a felt-tip pen – the old way – to write information to the disc, apparently. Two lasers have been used to massively increase the storage capacity of a DVD from 4.7 gigabytes. One beam partially blocks the light…

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Apple-1 computer sold by Steve Jobs could fetch $1m

It is the only known surviving Apple-1 documented as being sold directly by Steve Jobs to an individual from his parents’ garage in 1976. And there is speculation that it could be sold for $1m (£626,904) at auction next month. Auctioneers Christie’s have put a guide price of $400,000-600,000 on the computer – although another Apple-1 reportedly sold for $905,000 last month. The latest Apple-1 up for sale is also operational, one of a handful thought to survive, and has a fascinating story…

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First Internet Message Sent 45 Years Ago And System Crashed!

29 October 1969: the day the first internet message was transmitted. The first message was Lo and was sent at 10.30pm. It should have contained the word Login but the system crashed. We might think that the internet has only really around for 20 years or so, but the truth is that it was being developed way back in the 1960s. One of the most revolutionary moments came at 10.30pm (22.30) on 29 October when pioneering computer scientists sent the first message over…

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Win a total of 1000GB of SD Cards & Micro SD Cards

Fancy winning 1000GB (1TB) of top quality Memory Cards & Accessories? Check out our latest competition being held over at Photography Blog! You could win: 7x 128GB SDXC Memory Cards 1x 64gb Micro SDXC Memory Card 1x 32gb Micro SDHC Memory Card 1x 8GB SDHC Memory Card 1x Soft Memory Card Case 1x USB 3.0 High Speed Memory Card Reader Other technology stories for you – click on links below: How cool: the real-life HOVERBOARD! The “flying fungus” drone aircraft…

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End of the line for new Nokia branded mobile phones?

The Nokia brand name is set to disappear from new mobile devices, it has been revealed. Microsoft bought Nokia’s mobile devices business less than a year ago – and did have a 10-year agreement to use the name on mobile devices. But Nokia will now be ditched from new products with new Nokia Lumia smartphones being known as Microsoft Lumia, reports the BBC. Nokia was once synonymous with mobile phones and had a huge market share, but that dominance faded as…

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The sweet evolution of Android O/S [INFOGRAPHIC]

From Cupcake to Lollipop, we chart the development of the Android operating system. The latest version of the Android mobile operating system (o/s) has been unveiled by Google – and in keeping with tradition, it has been been named Android 5.0 Lollipop. The search engine giant has been giving each version of Android a confectionary-themed name since April 2009 – the first being cupcake. See the infographic below for the sweet evolution of Android o/s. Further links: Which phones will…

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Which phones will get Android 5.0 Lollipop first?

Google has unveiled its latest version of its mobile operating (o/s) system – Android 5.0 Lollipop. It’s been given a visual and technical makeover – which Google says will give users a more intuitive, faster and consistent experience across devices. For example, Google says that with Lollipop it’s easier to pick up where you left off on one device so songs, photos, apps and even recent searches can be immediately accessed on another Android Lollipop device. There’s also a consistent design across devices, which Google has…

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The battery that charges in minutes and has a 20-year lifespan

  The new battery can be charged up to 70 per cent within 2 minutes and has a lifespan of more than 20 years – more than 10 times longer compared to existing lithium ion batteries. Scientists at Nanyang Technology University (NTU) in Singapore have developed the batteries and say they could have a revolutionary impact from mobile phones to tablets and especially electric cars. Electric car owners could save huge amounts on battery replacement costs and recharge their vehicles within minutes, according…

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