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The Government Has Announced New Funding For Spaceports – But Brexit Is Already Worrying The UK Space Industry

There’s some exciting nerd news today, as the government has announced that it is splashing some cash on helping the UK get its own spaceports. Read More >>

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Should Your Family Be Able to Inherit Your Facebook Messages?

This week, a German federal court ruled that Facebook must give the mother of a dead 15-year-old access to her entire account. They’re not just talking about access to a memorial page, either. The mother gets access to everything, including private messages. In Germany, the judges decided, heirs should be able to inherit a social media account in the same way that they might inherit a box of letters. Read More >>

archaeology
Ötzi the Iceman’s Final Meal Was Surprisingly Hearty

Since the discovery of his mummified body nearly 30 years ago, Ötzi the Iceman has provided scientists with heaps of information about Copper Age Europeans. An updated analysis of his stomach contents is providing a glimpse into the iceman’s final meal, which was remarkably high in fats. Read More >>

science
My 15 Favourite Science and Tech Books for Smart Beach Reading

Summer is upon us, which means it’s time to put together a reading list, whether it’s for the beach, your cottage, or the hammock in your garden. Here are 15 science and technology books that will keep your nerdy brains engaged and titillated. Read More >>

nostalgia
Here’s The Tech We Were Using Last Time England Reached A World Cup Semi-Final

The 4th July 1990, the last time England reached the World Cup semi-final, was a very different time. Take politics, for example: The Conservative Party was massively divided over Europe, and their female Prime Minister's leadership was under threat from malcontents within her own party. How can we possibly begin to understand what that might feel like today? Read More >>

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29 New Scifi and Fantasy Books to Add to Your Reading List

It’s the height of summer, so whether that means lazy holidays or a desperate need to stay indoors bathed in icy air conditioning, you’re going to need some reading material. Fear not, sci-fi and fantasy fans—we’ve got you covered with 29 new releases to choose from. Read More >>

security
How to Spot Tech Support Scams and What to Do to Report Them

The tech support scam, obviously shady though it might seem to some, continues to catch more and more people—Microsoft says the number of reported cases is on the rise, while in March the U.S Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) said it logged 11,000 complaints last year, a rise of 86 per cent over 2016. The claimed losses amounted to nearly $15 million (£11.2m). Read More >>

privacy
These Academics Spent The Last Year Testing Whether Your Phone Is Secretly Listening To You

It’s the smartphone conspiracy theory that just won’t go away: Many, many people are convinced that their phones are listening to their conversations to target them with ads. Vice recently fuelled the paranoia with an article that declared “Your phone is listening and it’s not paranoia,” a conclusion the author reached based on a 5-day experiment where he talked about “going back to uni” and “needing cheap shirts” in front of his phone and then saw ads for shirts and university classes on Facebook. Read More >>

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Hisense’s Absurd 100-Inch Laser TV Turned Me Into a Big Screen Believer

When discussing a big-screen TV, size is bound to be the primary topic of conversation, but with HiSense’s 100-inch Ultra HD Laser TV, bigness approaches a thought-terminating cliche — one I have been happy to let take over my puny mind. Read More >>

reviews
The Secret to Razer’s Sick New Mechanical Keyboard Is Freaking Lasers

The office may hate me, but Razer’s new Huntsman Elite keyboard feels so good to type on I’m willing to suffer the glares for all the noise I’m making. It feels a little silly saying that what with me having expensive keyboard collecting habit. But Razer keyboards never actually wind up in the collection. For me Razer is too mainstream and has often seemed to sacrifice quality and typing experience for gamer aesthetic and flashing lights. The former is still very much apparent in the $200 Hunstman Elite, but its now been paired with some of my favourite keyboard switches I’ve typed on. These switches are so good I can overlook a lot. Read More >>

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Microsoft Surface Laptop, One Year Later

When the Surface Laptop was released a year ago, it immediately struck me as the Microsoft-built computer I’d been waiting for. You see, I’ve always admired the design of all of Microsoft’s Surface products, but at the same time felt that they weren’t exactly for me. The keyboard cover on the Surface Pro is just too crappy to write blog posts on; the SurfaceBook, while impressively designed with its fancy detachable hinge mechanism, is simply too bulky a machine for me to port around everywhere; and as for the Surface Studio — I don’t even know what the hell I would do with it besides play a very expensive game of touchscreen tic-tac-toe. Read More >>

giz asks
Are Capes Aerodynamic?

Not all superheroes wear capes, but many do, and it’s a long-established fact that these capes are crucial when it comes to flying around town to fight crime and brood and whatnot. And yet the people still don’t know, with anything approaching certainty, how exactly capes facilitate this process (at least, the capes that aren’t themselves imbued with the power of flight). Read More >>

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I Can’t Believe Apple Made This

Aside from the new dark mode UI in Mojave, one of the most useful additions to the next version of macOS is Stacks, a feature that automatically sorts and arranges all the files on your desktop into tidy little groups. Read More >>

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Here’s Why Jermaine Jenas Is The Football Pundit You Should Listen To This World Cup

Tonight's the night. At 7pm, England kick off their World Cup campaign in a game against Tunisia. Millions of people will tune in, and millions of opinions on the country's chances will be opined - but who should you listen to? Is Ian more Wright than Wrong when he says that England need to push forward and create more chances? Should Gary Linker stick to hawking crisps rather than opining on England's chances? How can we tell who to listen to? Read More >>

gadgets
Android P Beta vs iOS 12 Beta: Which Looks Most Promising?

Both Google and Apple have started the long tease ahead of new software updates dropping this autumn, with Android P and iOS 12 now available to users who are brave enough to take the plunge (and have a developer account, in Apple’s case). So which beta software looks most promising and gets us most excited? Here’s how they stack up. Read More >>