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Revealed: What 'Mars astronauts' missed most

Revealed: What 'Mars astronauts' missed most

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Six 'astronauts' who spent eight months living on a remote simulated Mars base in Hawaii found that lack of internet was their biggest frustration.During the mission, the four men and two women lived in a 1,200sq ft dome perched on an 8,200ft high rocky plain below the summit of active volcano Mauno Loa.Internet browsing was impossible due to a 20-minute communication delay intended to mimic the time it takes for radio signals to travel between Earth and Mars.The fact the team could not simply Google any question meant that problems took days instead of minutes to solve.The team could not use social media or speak live to anyone back home.The six participants were carefully selected to interact well and get along.Praising his crew, British team member Sam Payler, 28, said: "We spent a lot ...
Mercedes-Benz to invest $1 billion in Alabama, add 600 jobs

Mercedes-Benz to invest $1 billion in Alabama, add 600 jobs

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Carmaker Mercedes-Benz announced Thursday that it will invest $ 1 billion to set up electric vehicle production at its Tuscaloosa, Alabama plant and to build a battery factory nearby, moves it said would create 600 new jobs. The luxury division of Germany's Daimler AG said it plans to manufacture electric SUVs under Mercedes' EQ sub-brand at the Alabama plant by the start of the next decade. Mercedes executive Markus Schaefer said in a statement that "with the addition of electric SUVs to our future fleet, we will provide discerning drivers with a new, high-quality automotive option." Daimler, based in Stuttgart, Germany, is among the global automakers investing in what they hope will be the automotive technology of the future, combining low-emissions electric propulsion with autonomous d...
Google expands smartphone business in $1bn deal

Google expands smartphone business in $1bn deal

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Google has bought part of Taiwanese technology company HTC in an effort to further expand its smartphone business.The Silicon Valley tech giant announced that it is spending $ 1.1bn (£820m) to acquire the team that developed its Pixel smartphone, released in 2016.About 2,000 employees, which represent half of HTC's existing smartphone development workforce, will move to Google as a result of the acquisition.The deal is a cash transaction and won't see Google take a stake in HTC, as had been speculated earlier in the week.Image:Google has previously outsourced the development of its Pixel smartphone range to HTCShares in HTC were suspended on Wednesday as rumours of an all-out buyout deal by Google's parent company Alphabet abounded.Google has been pushing its new Pixel phone as an increasi
Nest reveals alarm system and smart doorbell

Nest reveals alarm system and smart doorbell

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Nest is expanding its range of smart home products, ending a lull in which it improved existing kit, but did not expand into fresh categories.The items include an internet-connected intruder alarm, a video-streaming doorbell and a door lock system developed in collaboration with Yale.In addition, the firm - which is part of the Google empire - announced an outdoor version of its IQ facial recognition camera.The tech is priced at a premium.The Nest Secure alarm starter pack, for example, will cost $ 499 (£367) when it goes on sale in November.And if owners want to add a cellular back-up service to ensure it still works if the wi-fi connection goes down, there is an additional $ 50 per year charge.By contrast, the Era Vault smartphone alarm system starts at about £150, Yale's SR-320 smart al
PM: Tech giants must go further to tackle terror

PM: Tech giants must go further to tackle terror

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Theresa May believes internet companies need to go "further and faster" in fighting terrorism online.The Prime Minister will co-host an event on preventing terrorist use of the internet at the United Nations General Assembly in New York later today.Ahead of the meeting, she said: "We need a fundamental shift in the scale and nature of our response - both from industry and governments - if we are to match the evolving nature of terrorists' use of the internet."During the talks, Mrs May will say: "Industry needs to go further and faster in automating the detection and removal of terrorist content online, and developing technological solutions which prevent it being uploaded in the first place."The event will also be attended by French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister...