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    • NASA's Insight touched down on Mars

      NASA's Insight touched down on Mars

      After traveling hundreds of millions of kilometers through space over the course of six months, and with the help of aerobraking, a parachute system and rocket engines, NASA's InSight landed safely Monday on the Martian surface, surviving the crucial “seven minutes of terror” to enter Mars' atmosphere, decelerate from an initial speed of 19,300 kmh down to just 8 kmh, and touch down. The breathtaking minutes-long landing was so intense that it was watched all around the world and even broadcast live on the Nasdaq Stock Market tower in New York City's Times Square.

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    • Dangerous new Android malware discovered

      Dangerous new Android malware discovered

      Until now the Google Play Store was considered generally fairly safe, but obviously it was possible for application developers to sneak malware into it. An Android security researcher announced last week he had found that as many as 13 games available to download in the Play Store were actually Android malware and affected more that half a million users, who downloaded them.

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    • Tumblr removed from App Store over child pornography

      Tumblr removed from App Store over child pornography

      When Tumblr for iOS inexplicably vanished from the App Store a few days back, neither the social network nor Apple issued a detailed explanation for it. However, after Download.com approached Tumblr with sources, claiming that the reason was related to the detection of child pornography on the service, the Yahoo-owned social media network issued a statement confirming the cause of the app's disappearance.

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    • NASA says goodbye to Kepler planet-hunter

      NASA says goodbye to Kepler planet-hunter

      Ground controllers have beamed the final commands to NASA’s Kepler telescope, turning off the spacecraft’s transmitters and disabling the craft’s automatic recovery software after the planet-hunting observatory ran out of fuel last month and could no longer conduct science.

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    • L'Oreal's clip-on sensor to track UV exposure

      L'Oreal's clip-on sensor to track UV exposure

      Lets just admit it - L'Oreal isn't a brand you would probably associate with medical technology, but over the past few years it's been making major inroads in skin protection innovation. Yet, there was My UV Patch, designed to inform wearers how their skin was being affected by the sun, and then UV Sense, a thumbnail-sized smart device that helped monitor sun exposure. Now, the company is also launching a battery-free wearable electronic that was designed to make wearers aware of their levels of UV exposure, as well as other skin-damaging pollutants, such as pollen and humidity, thus giving them individualised, actionable steps to keep their exposure at a healthy level.

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    • Google takes over DeepMind’s health business

      Google takes over DeepMind’s health business

      As part of an ongoing reorganisation of its health care efforts, Google has announced that it will take over DeepMind Health, a part of its London-based AI lab DeepMind. From now on DeepMind's health unit will exist under the Google umbrella and it will be part of the company's newly-formed health subsidiary Google Health initiative. More specifically, the change will affect DeepMind's Streams app, which physicians in the UK have used to help treat their patients, since it will be moving over to Google, and the Google Health team will be working on expanding the app to more regions.

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    • Tablet sales grow in Q3 2018

      Tablet sales grow in Q3 2018

      The popularity of smartphones and the rise of more hybrid form factor devices are considered a main cause of the low tablet demand. A new data, gathered by Digitimes Research, however, reveals there are positive trends for the tablets in the 3Q of 2018. According to estimates, between July and September, 44.89m tablets were sold on the global market. This, in turn, represents an increase of 21.1% compared to the previous quarter and a growth of 6.1% in comparison to the same period last year.

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    • Quantum 'compass' could replace GPS

      Quantum 'compass' could replace GPS

      GPS is such an essential part of modern technology, from portable GPS locators to in-car navigation to drones, that it’s hard to imagine life without it. However, there are a number of situations where GPS is not available, due to factors like tall buildings which block the satellite signals GPS relies on. In other cases, GPS signals can be deliberately blocked or jammed, preventing it from working correctly and making it useless. Thus, a group of scientists at Imperial College London have come up with an alternative form of navigation, technically called a “standalone quantum accelerometer,” that can navigate almost everything from large vehicles to searching for dark matter in the far flung corners of space, without reliance on satellites.

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    •  China to identify citizens based on their walk

      China to identify citizens based on their walk

      China is home to the world’s largest network of CCTV cameras, but now its surveillance efforts have reached a whole new level with technology that can detect individuals based on their walking style and silhouette. Developed by a Chinese surveillance company, Watrix, the new system for "gait recognition" can identify people up to 165m away based on their walk. This means that if a person is wearing a mask or is at an awkward angle, the software can use existing footage to detect them, by analysing person's step length, stride length, cadence, speed, dynamic base, progression line, foot angle, hip angle, and squat performance.

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    • Vimeo to stream holographic content

      Vimeo to stream holographic content

      Vimeo has always had a reputation for pushing the boundaries of video technology in a bid to stand out and now it's taking things a step further by launching a channel dedicated solely to showcasing holographic video. The project is part of Vimeo's recently announced partnership with Brooklyn-based Looking Glass Factory and is aimed at combining volumetric video with a medium that can display the content without a headset.

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