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Tesla and Walmart address solar panel fire issues

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Walmart was seeking compensation for seven fires in its stores which it alleged were caused by faulty solar panels US supermarket chain Walmart and Tesla are working to solve the issues which allegedly caused solar panel fires in seven of its stores, Reuters reports.It follows a lawsuit launched by the retailer, alleging "widespread negligence" when the panels were installed on roofs.Clean energy firm
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Facial recognition technology aims to cut passport queue times

[ad_1] Millions of passengers pass through UK airports every year, and those numbers are projected to double by 2050. New technology has been developed that uses a combination of facial recognition technology and your mobile phone in a bid to speed up the immigration process. The UK Home Office and Border Force are considering using the technology in the future. The BBC's Simon Browning has been to test it out.
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Android ditches desserts as Q becomes 10

[ad_1] Image copyright Google The next version of the Android operating system (OS) will not be named after a dessert or sweet treat, ending a tradition that started in 2009.Following the pattern, the name of the new version would have started with Q.But Google said it had ditched the naming scheme because it made it difficult for consumers to know which version of the OS was the latest.The new edition,
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Microsoft halts listening in to Xbox gamers

[ad_1] Image copyright Microsoft Microsoft has said that it will stop listening in to Xbox users, saying it was "no longer necessary".It comes after Vice news revealed that it had been recording and listening to the private conversations of gamers - many of whom were children - as far back as 2014.Microsoft said it was done to improve voice command features on the console.It comes amid revelations that other tech
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Fake news ‘reinforced by false memories’

[ad_1] Image copyright Gillian Murphy Image caption Volunteers were told a made-up story about campaign posters being destroyed after having been found to have been funded by an American A study into false memories highlights the risks of "fake news" spreading via social media.Volunteers were shown fabricated news reports in the week before Ireland's 2018 abortion law referendum.Nearly half of them subsequently claimed to have had prior memories of at
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Apple Card can be damaged by wallets and jeans

[ad_1] Image copyright APple Apple has advised owners of its new credit card to keep it away from leather and denim.Keeping the card in a leather wallet or in the pocket of a pair of jeans could cause "permanent discolouration".The Apple Card is a relatively plain matt white credit card made of titanium, which was designed to stand out compared to other credit cards.But people have poked fun at the
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GCSEs: StudyTube revision videos got me through exams

[ad_1] Image copyright Ruby Granger/YouTube Watching someone else revising for hours might not sound like the best use of time. But if you've done your GCSEs recently, you've probably done exactly that on StudyTube.It's a "weird little niche of YouTube where you have students helping other students," according to StudyTuber Ruby Granger.She's been posting revision content for four years now.Ruby makes "study with me" videos, some of the most popular
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Contactless cards could get fingerprint upgrade

[ad_1] New technology that could give a further layer of security when using a bank card has been trialled. A fingerprint reader is built into the card itself. It stores the details of your fingerprint and checks it is you using the card each time you make a purchase.Cards using this biometric system could be rolled out as soon as next year and may enable you to make purchases up
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Robot battles wrongly banned for ‘animal cruelty’

[ad_1] YouTube has restored some videos of robots fighting after wrongly removing hundreds for displaying a "deliberate infliction of animal suffering or the forcing of animals to fight".Sarah Pohorecky, of MIT, said film of her robot So Rachet removed on Monday "mysteriously reappeared" on Tuesday. A YouTube spokeswoman said: "With the massive volume of videos on our site, sometimes we make the wrong call." YouTube would work quickly to reinstate