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Surveillance camera drones and other news

[ad_1] BBC Click's Marc Cieslak looks at some of the week's best technology stories including:A US federal judge in Seattle has blocked the release of software that allows consumers to 3D-print firearmsDixons Carphone has said a huge data breach that took place last year involved 10 million customers, up from its original estimate of 1.2 millionTwo European tech companies have partnered to create the first ever indoor autonomous surveillance droneSee
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The crop-spraying drones that go where tractors can’t

[ad_1] Image copyright Hylio Image caption Drones can apply pesticides and fertilisers more accurately, proponents say Something unusual is happening on farms in the small Central American nation of El Salvador. Many fields, mainly of sugar cane, are now being tended by drones.Large unmanned hexacopters fitted with 20-litre tanks for carrying fertiliser or pesticides follow pre-mapped routes and spray crops accordingly. This isn't a case of new tech replacing old
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Apple is first public company worth $1 trillion

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Apple has become the world's first public company to be worth $1 trillion (£767bn).The iPhone maker's market value reached the figure in New York on Thursday and its shares closed at a new record high of $207.39.The stock has been rising since Tuesday when it reported better than expected results for the three months to June.Apple beat Silicon Valley rivals such as Amazon and Microsoft
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Deepmind co-founder Shane Legg gives London teen top AI tips

[ad_1] Image copyright Aron Chase Image caption Aron Chase was given five tips on how to succeed in the world of AI science A teenager from London has been given some extra homework for the school holidays by the co-founder of Artificial Intelligence firm DeepMind.Aron Chase, 17, tweeted Shane Legg looking for five top tips on how to succeed in the burgeoning field of AI.Dr Legg replied with some very
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Phone etiquette: How not to lose friends

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA They're the first thing many of us look at in the morning and the last thing at night. Our phones are never far from our side and we're checking them every 12 minutes, according to Ofcom.It's a love affair that looks set to last so we've come up with five rules of phone use worth observing - from no phones at dinnertime to turning it off
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Fitbit faces anger for setting limits on women’s periods

[ad_1] Image copyright Fitbit Image caption Fitbit added a female health tracker earlier this year Women who have signed up to Fitbit's period tracker have complained that it only allows them to log periods of 10 days or fewer.Many women pointed out that they can last much longer, making the tracker on the wearable fitness device useless.Fitbit confirmed to the BBC that "currently a period must be less than 11
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Easier streaming services put dent in illegal downloading

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Beyonce and Jay-Z's new album was illegally downloaded by many fans after being released exclusively on Tidal Music piracy is falling out of favour as streaming services become more widespread, new figures show.One in 10 people in the UK use illegal downloads, down from 18% in 2013, according to YouGov's Music Report.The trend looks set to continue - with 22% of those who
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Google in China: Internet giant ‘plans censored search engine’

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption The new search app would reportedly "blacklist sensitive queries" Google is developing a version of its search engine that will conform to China's censorship laws, reports say.The company shut down the engine in 2010, complaining that free speech was being limited.But online news site The Intercept says Google has been working on a project code-named Dragonfly that will block terms like human rights and