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The tech behind Virgin Orbit’s mission to space

The tech behind Virgin Orbit’s mission to space

Technology
Virgin Orbit plans to launch its rockets from a plane. This new approach means no need for a launch site or the need to burn masses of fuel to get the rockets off the ground.The rockets will be used to take satellites into space. A test launch in May failed but now the company is looking to make a further attempt.BBC Click's Marc Cieslak went to find out more about the technology behind the launches.See more at Click's website and @BBCClickLet's block ads! (Why?) BBC News - Technology
Details of NHS deals with tech giants released by govt after legal threat

Details of NHS deals with tech giants released by govt after legal threat

Technology
The government has released the details of deals struck with big tech firms to handle NHS data, after a legal challenge from campaigners.The documents show the data-sharing arrangements made between the NHS and Microsoft, Google, Faculty and controversial Silicon Valley firm Palantir. They were released to news website openDemocracy and tech campaign group Foxglove after the two organisations sent a legal letter demanding disclosure of the contracts under the Freedom of Information Act.Over 13,000 people had signed a petition calling for publication of the documents.A lawsuit against the government was set to be issued on Friday. ...
RTX Voice: Noise-destroying tech put to the test

RTX Voice: Noise-destroying tech put to the test

Technology
Graphics card-maker Nvidia is developing noise-cancellation technology that can eliminate nuisance sounds from video calls and livestreams.The first version of its technology uses spare capacity on its high-end graphics cards.BBC Click's Chris Fox put the system through a series of increasingly complex challenges, alongside existing noise-cancelling software Krisp.See more at Click's website and @BBCClickLet's block ads! (Why?) BBC News - Technology
Facebook invests $5.7B into Indian tech company

Facebook invests $5.7B into Indian tech company

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April 22 (UPI) -- Facebook has announced that it is investing $ 5.7 billion into Jio Platforms, an Indian technology company. The U.S. social media corporation said Tuesday in the announcement that the deal makes it Jio's largest minority shareholder with a 9.99 percent equity stake. Jio Platforms is a technology company that encompasses several services, including Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited, a telecommunications company it says has more than 380 million subscribers. "This investment underscores our commitment to India and our excitement for the dramatic transformation that Jio has spurred in the country," David Fischer, Facebook's chief revenue officer, and Ajit Mohan, the company's vice president and managing director for India, said in a statement. The pair said Jio has brought mo...
Virus outbreak delivers tech darlings a harsh reality check

Virus outbreak delivers tech darlings a harsh reality check

Technology
Just as the coronavirus outbreak has boxed in society, it’s also squeezed high-flying tech companies reliant on people’s freedom to move around and get togetherBy BARBARA ORTUTAY, DEE-ANN DURBIN and MICHAEL LIEDTKE The Associated PressApril 8, 2020, 7:16 PM5 min read5 min read Just as the coronavirus outbreak has boxed in society, it’s also squeezed high-flying tech companies reliant on people’s freedom to move around and get together. Since the beginning of March, for instance, Uber shares have lost a quarter of their value. Rival Lyft is down 28 percent. Over the same period, the S&P 500 has fallen just 10 percent, even with wild swings along the way. The picture is even less clear for other, still-private “unicorn” companies once valued at more than $ 1 billion, such as Airbnb and W