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Germany's Siemens to slash 7800 jobs to save money

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German Industrial machinery maker Siemens has said it will slash 7,800 jobs worldwide as part of a restructuring plan aimed at saving almost one billion euros (USD 1.14 billion). “In a drive to streamline administrative and overhead functions, about 7,800 jobs are to be cut worldwide, including some 3,300 in Germany,” the company said in a statement released on Friday. Joe Kaeser, the... 

Mysteries of history: Greek fire, Damascus steel and beam weapon

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It is generally believed that mankind of the XXI century is much more progressive than our predecessors, who lived hundreds and thousands of years ago. However, in ancient times, there were technologies that could come in handy in our days. Unfortunately, though, the secrets of those technologies have been irretrievably lost. Mysteries of History: Greek fire Let’s take the period of antiquity.... 

Samsung Galaxy S2 I9100 Battery Drain & Can't Turn Off FIX

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A few days ago, we’ve received an email from a reader, asking us to offer a fix for Samsung Galaxy S2 I9100’s battery drain and a bizzare issue with being unable to turn it off. We don’t usually do this but since we had an S2 in our possession we said why not? Especially with so many people complaining on the internet about these 2 bugs. Naturally, first we started by Googling these... 

Nokia N1 Sells Like Crazy, Shows that Android is What People Want

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The Nokia N1 continues its victorious march on Chinese territory showing the Nokia Corporation, that Android is what people really want and NOT Windows Phone, with two more weekly lots sold since we last updated you on January 15. Ever since the the tablet’s launch in China on January 7, the batches have swiftly cleared the shelves. After the first flash sale of 20,000 units, no word has gotten... 

Bill Gates on AI doomsday: 'I don't understand why we aren't concerned'

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Artificial intelligence poses a real threat to humankind, Bill Gates warns, and he “does not understand” those who are not concerned with this notion. But Microsoft’s head of research, Eric Horvitz, says the fears are exaggerated. Gates has joined the camp of experts like Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk who believe that further development of artificial intelligence could endanger our civilization. As... 

US may lose high-tech military superiority to China, Russia

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The Pentagon has expressed deep concern about the US eventually losing its military technological superiority over rivals such as China and Russia, and is urging NATO states to develop innovative weapons in close cooperation to optimize military spending. “I am very concerned about the increasing risk of loss of US military technological superiority,” Pentagon arms buyer Frank Kendall told a House... 

Australian boy receives world's first artificial pancreas

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A four-year-old Australian boy has received the world’s first treatment for managing type 1 diabetes after doctors fitted him with an artificial pancreas. The new device, which looks like an mp3 player, was attached to Xavier Hames’s body using several tubes inserted under his skin, Australian health officials said on Wednesday. The four-year-old became the first patient to use the new device... 

Chinese 3D-print 5-story house from waste

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A Chinese company has used 3D printers to create five-story homes using construction waste. The project architects say this is the world’s tallest building constructed using this technology. The new project is the brainchild of Shanghai-based WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co, who also managed to use 3D printing technology to create a 1,100 square meters villa in the Suzhou industrial park... 

US police employ radar that sees through walls

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Dozens of US law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, have used radar devices that allow them to “see” through walls of buildings to monitor human activity, a new report states. This has led to questions regarding how legal these tactics are. The policing agencies began using the radar device more than two years ago without public disclosure and little notice from courts until a recent case... 

Scientists develop prototype quantum data storage system

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Australian researchers have stored quantum data into a solid crystal of europium. Scientists have developed a prototype quantum “hard drive” with the capability of storing data for up to an unprecedented six hours. The record storage time was achieved by researchers at the Australian National University (ANU). “We believe it will soon be possible to distribute quantum information between any... 

NASA's Mars rover Opportunity suffering from 'amnesia' fix planned

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NASA’s Opportunity rover has been exploring Mars for more than 10 years now, but the space agency says the robot is experiencing memory and data loss which they hope an upcoming hack will solve. NASA recently described Opportunity’s problems as “persistent computer resets and ‘amnesia’ events,” specifically pointing to issues that are occurring when the robot tries to save data on its... 

Erasing memories and landing on a comet

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2014’s accomplishments have uncovered new facts from Earth’s early days, as well as opened new horizons – in tiny cells and vast space exploration, affecting the planet’s and its inhabitants’ future. How did it all go? #Cometlanding and exploring origins of life Ten years on Earth might be a speck of sand in the hour glass of the galaxy, but not for the European Space... 

Computer glitch prevents US’ most advanced F-35 fighter jet from firing until 2019

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The Pentagon’s fighter jet F-35 may not be fully operational until 2019 due to a newly discovered computer glitch. The $400 billion ultra-sophisticated jet, the most expensive in US history, was expected to enter service in 2015. F-35 is the fifth generation combat aircraft which is designed in three variations for US Air Force, Navy and Marines to replace out of date aircraft. It was planned to... 

Google’s self-drive cars to hit streets in 2015

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Google’s famed self-drive car is ready to go. The first fully-functioning automated vehicles will be seen on Californian roads starting 2015. “Today we’re unwrapping the best holiday gift we could’ve imagined: the first real build of our self-driving vehicle prototype,” the search engine giant said on its website on Monday. Initially, the world got to see a different car, with co-founder... 

Newly-found security hole facilitates cellular spying

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Researches find security flaws in a system used by cellphone carriers that allows spying on mobile phone traffic. Researchers have found a security hole in a system used by global cellphone carriers that can open the door for hackers to eavesdrop on private phone calls, text messages and data traffic on a large scale. The security flaws discovered by the Berlin-based Security Research Labs could affect... 
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