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World-beating flash drive revealed

“Fastest ever” SSD flash drive with 10 gigabytes per second (10GB/s) unveiled by Seagate. It’s more than 4GB/s faster than the previous holder of the title, which hovered around the 6GB/s mark. Data processing demands The pre-production unit, which lays the foundations for a new solid state drive (SSD) product for release later in 2016, is designed for big data centres looking to adopt the fastest flash technology while cutting their power and cost pressures at the same time. “Technology advancements…

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Artist impression of a Low Boom Flight Demonstration Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST) X-plane design (credit: Lockheed Martin)

New Concorde plane to ‘fly in 2020’ with one big change

RETURN OF SUPERSONIC PASSENGER SERVICE WITH WHAT IS BEING CALLED A “HEARTBEAT” PLANNED BY NASA. The space agency has unveiled plans for the new aircraft to fly from 2020, with the design having one major difference to the much-loved Concorde that was retired in 2003. A supersonic heartbeat It might have been an engineering marvel and icon, but Concorde was also well known for loud sonic booms as it passed through the sound barrier. And for some people, that was always a source…

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Super-charged memory chips for mobile devices (photo credit: Samsung)

This news could transform smartphones and kill off PCs

Memory chip that supercharges smartphones and smashes performance of PCs despite tiny size unveiled by Samsung. The Korean electronics company’s new 256-gigabyte (GB) embedded memory chip will rev up the next generation of high-end mobile devices by providing high capacity storage at PC-beating performance levels all within a compact design that’s smaller than micro SD memory cards. How fast? This new card can transfer (read) data at speeds of up to 850MB/s – that’s nearly as fast as a typical hard drive found…

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Watch: ‘Mean’ humans bully robot and it gets up no problems. Heck, it even opens doors

Humanoid robot is pushed around by humans but just carries on. The latest version of the Atlas robot is a seriously impressive piece of technology, if the YouTube video put out by Google’s Boston Dynamics is anything to go by. It’s pushed with a hockey stick but stays on its two feet. And when it is taken by surprise with a shove from a giant stick from behind, it falls over but gets up again. In no way, is it a little bit terrifying…

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Nokia phones to make a comeback…

As long as there’s snake, people will be happy Nokia mobile phones are coming back from the dead. The news was confirmed by the Finnish firm’s chief executive, Rajeev Suri, at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, reported the cnet technology news site. Nokia was THE mobile phone maker for many back in the 1990s and 2000s – with their phones proving a massive hit, although the company failed to keep up with the smartphone revolution. NEED A…

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Row of modern mobile phones on white (photo: graphicstock.com)

THREE-QUARTERS of the world will be connected to mobile network by 2020

But mobile phone operators face “saturation point” across the world – forcing them to develop new services and business models, according to research. An extra ONE BILLION people will become mobile subscribers over the next five years, bringing the total to 5.6 billion – equivalent to 72 per cent of the expected global population by this point. It comes after rapid growth of 1.4 billion new subscribers between 2010 and 2015, with 4.7 billion unique mobile subscribers worldwide at the end of 2015 – 63…

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Frog photo by Bignoter (English WP) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons. Battery (photo credit graphicstock.com)

How the battery was invented because of an unfortunate frog

Italian scientist Alessandro Volta is credited as the inventor of the electrical battery, but a frog played a role. Volta’s invention, the voltaic pile, was made up of pairs of copper and zinc discs on top of each other. A layer of cloth or cardboard soaked in brine separated the discs, and acted as the electrolyte. This produced a stable and continuous current, and lost little charge over time when not in use – although the voltage wasn’t strong enough to produce sparks…

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Your next smartphone could have a touchscreen that you can use with WET fingers

New technology could end the nightmare of touchscreens going crazy when they get a bit of water on them. LCD manufacturer Japan Display Inc has begun making what it calls second generation “Pixel Eyes” LCD modules for premium mobile products that require high performance. Using a new sensor structure and new materials, the new Pixel Eyes display even works with wet fingers. What's best: Apple, Android, Windows or Blackberry phones? It’s also possible to have thinner borders, deep black level and…

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Screen grab from video on Samsung Indonesia YouTube channel (photo credit: Samsung/YouTube)

New Samsung Galaxy S7 video “leaked early”

People are saying this could be a video of the next Galaxy S7. Technology news website techradar.com says the video was uploaded an unlisted YouTube link on the Samsung Indonesia channel. There’s no mention of what the phone actually is in the video, but techradar thinks it is the Galaxy S7 Edge with a 5.5 inch display with waterproofing and wireless charging features showcased – and that the video has accidentally surfaced before the launch date. MicroSD memory card slot set…

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5 Fun things to type into Google and Bing

Enjoy the fun results from FREE classic arcade games, to your screen doing a roll or going lopsided – click here to see what you need to type in. 1. Type askew into Google and see what happens…. 2. Go to Microsoft’s search engine bing.com and type in pong… 3. And if you like retro games, go to Google images and type in Atari breakout… 4. Do a barrel roll – type these words into Google and your screen will do, well a…

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