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Coming soon(ish): DNA-powered hard drives

Coming soon(ish): DNA-powered hard drives

If you’re a typical technology user, you’ve run out of space to store your data at least once in your life, if not once this year already. Whether it’s photos on our phones or Game of Thrones on our laptops, we’re all gathering data faster than we

The biggest tech company you’ve never heard of

The biggest tech company you’ve never heard of

On Monday, Ant Financial Services Group received US$4,5bn in private funding. That sets the Chinese firm’s value at roughly $60bn. It’s the largest funding round for an Internet company in history. Let’s put that number into perspective

SpaceX’s giant leap for mankind

SpaceX’s giant leap for mankind

Last Friday, SpaceX achieved something incredible. It successfully landed one of its Falcon 9 rockets on a small barge bobbing in the ocean. This is after the rocket delivered a 1,5t supply payload for the International Space Station into orbit, and just nine minutes after it

Apple was right to refuse to help the FBI

Apple was right to refuse to help the FBI

Apple is looking really silly at the moment, right? After months of refusing to help the FBI unlock the iPhone of a suspected criminal, and calling those requests “a slippery slope” and “unconstitutional”, all it took was a week with some Israeli hackers-for-hire

Do not pass AlphaGo, do not collect R200

Do not pass AlphaGo, do not collect R200

On Saturday, something truly remarkable happened. An artificial intelligence program beat the (human) world champion at Go, an ancient Japanese board game. Google’s AlphaGo bot won its third match in the five match series against Korea’s Lee Sedol

Bitcoin may fail, but the blockchain will live on

Bitcoin may fail, but the blockchain will live on

Last week, bitcoin stumbled into the most serious crisis in its history. A long anticipated ceiling on transaction volumes was reached. Transactions, which usually take less than 10 minutes to clear

Is your TV spying on you?

Is your TV spying on you?

Is your toaster spying on you? How about your fridge? In a few years that might not sound quite as ridiculous as it currently does. James Clapper, the US government’s director of national intelligence, has acknowledged that

YouTube Red takes on Netflix

YouTube Red takes on Netflix

How much would you pay to use YouTube? It’s a serious question. What if YouTube removed all those adverts? What if it offered exclusive content? Google, which owns YouTube, may soon have definitive answers to those questions. In late October last year, Google launched YouTube Red

Tech giants chase VR, AI riches

Tech giants chase VR, AI riches

What do Apple, Facebook, Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Samsung all have in common? Sure, all six are technology companies, but the similarity runs much deeper. All six are now battling with each other to dominate the next wave of technology innovation

Driving under the influence of technology

Driving under the influence of technology

Very soon – much sooner than you think – your car will drive itself. While you chat on the phone, work on your laptop, read or even sleep, your car will drive you wherever you need to go. In fact, in a decade or two, your car probably won’t even have a steering wheel or pedals

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