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Probe after 'drone made helicopter crash'

Probe after 'drone made helicopter crash' Investigations have been launched after a helicopter reportedly crashed after swerving to keep away from a shopper drone. A trainee had been practising hovering about 15m (50ft) above bushes on Daniel Island, South Carolina, reported the Charleston Post and Courier newspaper quoting a police report. Seeing a quadcopter flying in direction of them, the teacher had taken management. However he had clipped a tree

Plans drawn up for world's tallest wood skyscraper

Plans drawn up for world's tallest wooden skyscraper A Japanese firm is planning to construct the world’s tallest wood skyscraper, to mark its 350th anniversary in 2041. Sumitomo Forestry said 10% of the 70-storey W350 tower could be metal, mixed with about 180,000 cubic metres of indigenous wooden, sufficient to construct about eight,000 properties, and bushes and foliage on balconies at each degree. A “braced tube construction”, diagonal metal vibration-control

Lease-a-church spire plan to spice up cell phone protection

Rent-a-church spire plan to boost mobile phone coverage Church spires could possibly be used to spice up cell and broadband protection in rural areas underneath an settlement between the UK authorities and the Church of England. The federal government has dedicated to reaching good-quality cell connectivity throughout the UK by 2022. Whereas the settlement encourages church buildings to enroll, they’ll nonetheless have to barter the same old planning course of.

Anger at Google picture search 'peace deal'

Anger at Google image search 'peace deal' Google has made it harder for folks to save lots of footage from its picture search product, as a part of a “peace deal” with photograph library Getty Photographs. In 2017, Getty Photographs complained to the European Fee, accusing Google of anti-competitive practices. Google mentioned it had eliminated some options from picture search, together with the “view picture” button. Getty Photographs mentioned it

Fb instructed to cease monitoring in Belgium

Facebook told to stop tracking in Belgium Fb has been ordered to cease monitoring individuals with out consent, by a court docket in Belgium. The corporate has been instructed to delete all the information it had gathered on individuals who didn’t use Fb. The court docket dominated the information was gathered illegally. Belgium’s privateness watchdog mentioned the web site had damaged privateness legal guidelines by putting monitoring code – generally

Google Chrome launches default ad-blocker

Google Chrome launches default ad-blocker Google has launched an ad-blocker for its Chrome internet browser that’s designed to forestall “annoying” and “intrusive” advertisements being proven to customers. Google announced the move to curtail full-page and auto-playing video advertisements, amongst others, final yr. The selection of which advertisements to dam will probably be decided by the Coalition for Higher Adverts (CBA) – made up of firms together with Google and Fb.

Snapchat petition attracts a million signatures

Snapchat petition attracts one million signatures A million individuals have signed a petition calling on Snapchat to roll again its newest redesign. The modifications have been supposed to separate interactions with pals from branded content material – together with that of celebrities and influencers. Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel wrote in a blog post that he believed blurring the 2 had contributed to the rise of faux information. Nonetheless, hundreds of

Apple's HomePod audio system go away white marks on wooden

Apple's HomePod speakers leave white marks on wood Apple’s new sensible audio system can discolour picket surfaces, leaving a white mark the place they’re positioned, the agency has acknowledged. The US firm has urged that homeowners might must re-oil furnishings if the HomePod is moved. The system went on sale final week after having been delayed from its unique 2017 launch date. Apple updated its help page to recommend “inserting

Crypto-currency craze 'hinders seek for alien life'

Crypto-currency craze 'hinders search for alien life' Scientists listening out for broadcasts by extra-terrestrials are struggling to get the pc they want, because of the crypto-currency mining craze, a radio-astronomer has mentioned. Seti (Seek for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) researchers need to broaden operations at two observatories. Nonetheless, they’ve discovered that key pc chips are briefly provide. “We might like to make use of the most recent GPUs [graphics processing units]… and

Amazon Echo Dot advert cleared over cat meals order

Amazon Echo Dot ad cleared over cat food order A tv advert for Amazon’s Echo Dot good speaker that triggered a viewer’s system to attempt to order cat meals has been cleared by a UK regulator. The advert, which aired in October, featured a person asking Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa to order Purina cat meals. A viewer stated the advert triggered their Echo Dot system to reply after listening to