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    Jupiter's Earth-sized 'Great Red Spot' megastorm may only have 10 to 20 years left before it dies

    One of the most spectacular storms in our solar system could fade away in as a little as a decade.Jupiter's megastorm, known as the 'Great Red Spot' is gradually disappearing, according to a Nasa researcher.The storm was estimated to be about 35,000 miles (56,000km) in diameter in the 1800s – wide enough for four Earths to fit side by side. A researcher with the Juno mission says that the Great Red Spot is now only 1.3 times the size of Earth, and it's likely that it will only last a decade or two longer before it dies.  This is a processed ...

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    Sir Richard Branson unveils plans for testing a Hyperloop in India ahead of launching a commercial high-speed transport system by 2021

    Sir Richard Branson is set to bring a superfast hyperloop transport system to India.The billionaire's Virgin Hyperloop One will test its technology in the country over the next few years ahead of launching a commercial system by 2021.The hyperloop system will take passengers from Pune’s city centre to Navi Mumbai International Airport in 25 minutes, cutting three hours from the current journey time.Once complete, the Hyperloop will make 150 million passenger trips every year.Sir Richard Branson has likened the possible impact of the project to the introduction of steam trains in 20th century.The system could theoretically reach speeds of up ...

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    AI surveillance cameras could soon identify faces in a crowd with 99 percent accuracy

    If you're afraid that security cameras are watching your every move, things could soon get a lot worse.CCTV cameras will soon be outfitted with facial recognition technology that scans and identifies faces in public 24/7. The technology is being developed as part of a partnership between semiconductor giant Nvidia and security startup AnyVision. Nvidia's graphics chips will be used to power the human recognition platform being developed by AnyVision.   AnyVision's face recognition tech can be placed in ATM cameras (pictured) to prevent bank fraud and illegal cash withdrawals. It compares footage with a photo ID of the account holderThe cameras are equipped ...

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    Send money with WhatsApp: Facebook-owned messaging service is rolling out person-to-person payments for its 200 million users in India

    WhatsApp is set to launch a person-to-person money transfer service for users in India, according to National Payments Corp of India.The firm revealed its plan to roll out a 'full feature' inter-bank money transfer service across India, its biggest market, after a test involving a million users.Friday's statement marks the de facto official launch of WhatsApp's new service as NPCI is the body set up by the central bank and lenders to oversee payment services.  WhatsApp is rolling out a new digital payments service in India that appears in your messaging menu (left image). The new feature works off a ...

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    Size really does matter (at least, when it comes to extinction): New model suggests the 'ideal mammal' would be 2.5 times bigger than an African elephant

    Larger animals are less likely to face extinction first, a new study has found.Researchers from the Santa Fe Institute determined that species' chances of perishing are directly associated with how large the animals are.They analyzed foraging habits and previous extinction theories for the new research, which was published in Nature Communications.The scientists' research takes a new approach to extinction models, which have until now remained relatively basic. Researchers from the Santa Fe Institute have said that an animal that is two-and-a-half times the size of an African elephant is most likely to fend off extinction given its body frame (file ...

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    The 'notch' is here to stay: Apple tells developers all apps must be built to embrace the iPhone X's controversial design starting this spring

    Apple has fully embraced the 'notch' and now it's telling app developers that they need to also. The tech giant informed developers that all apps submitted to the App Store will have to support the iPhone X's contentious notch design, according to 9to5Mac. Apple first introduced the notch in the 10th anniversary iPhone X last year, which turned heads due to its wallet-busting $999 (£999) price tag.   Apple introduced the notch in its high-end iPhone X, released last November. The notch houses cameras and sensors so that the iPhone is able to have an edge-to-edge screenThe notch is a cutout at the top of the ...

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    Look familiar? Russia's 'future soldier' concept appears strikingly similar to box art of a Ghost Recon video game

    Russia's military has been accused of plagiarism after one of its 'Future Solider' concept designs was found to bear striking similarities to video game box art.An image posted to Twitter this week by Russia's Deputy Prime Minster showed a soldier in a gadget-laden bodysuit equipped with state-of-the-art weaponry.But users were quick to point out the image closely resembles the soldier featured on the cover of the 2012 video game Ghost Recon: Future Soldier.Russian military researchers have rebuked the claims, saying the designs of fictitious super soldiers are 'an ideal' that all military agencies are working towards. Russia's military has been ...

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    FedEx admits unsecured server left THOUSANDS of customers' data exposed, including passports and photo IDs

    A server containing personal information from more than 119,000 FedEx customers may have been left unsecured for several years, security researchers have found.A new report has revealed an Amazon S3 bucket containing thousands of scanned documents from US and international citizens was publicly accessible until this week.The global package delivery company said on Thursday it has secured some of the customer identification records that were visible earlier this month on the unsecured server.So far, FedEx says it has found no evidence that private data was 'misappropriated.' A server containing personal information from more than 119,000 FedEx customers may have been ...

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    Hyperloop steps closer to reality as top contender signs interstate deal to study Chicago-Cleveland route for high-speed pods that could ferry passengers over 300 miles in less than 30 MINUTES

    One of the firms leading the race to bring Elon Musk’s plan for high-speed Hyperloop transportation to life has signed its first interstate agreement, in a major step toward building such a system.Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has signed a deal with the North Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency and Illinois’ Department of Transportation to conduct a feasibility study on a network connecting Cleveland to Chicago.The plan could theoretically cut the five-hour, 313 mile trip down to just 28 minutes.With the new agreement, the firm can now investigate a number of potential 'corridors' between the two Great Lakes cities.  One of the firms ...

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    If you get this message, DON'T open it: New iOS bug that displays an Indian character can crash iPhones and disable access to iMessages and WhatsApp

    A devastating 'text bomb' that crashes Apple devices has been uncovered by researchers.It works by sending iPhones, iPads and Macs into a frenzy thanks to a single character from a language used in India. Opening a message containing the character is enough to crash iOS Springboard, the system app which manages the device's home screen. Apple gadgets running iOS 11.2.5 or macOS, are susceptible to the bug, which disables access to iMessages.Other popular messaging apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Outlook for iOS, and Gmail, are also cut off.  Apple fans should be careful the next time they receive a message containing links, after a ...

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    Tinder plans to launch a Bumble-style 'ladies first' feature that allows women to choose when they want to start a conversation

    Tinder is handing women more power on its online dating app with a new 'ladies-first' feature.The new option allows women to choose whether or not to start a conversation, with their matches who are blocked from messaging them until they initiate the chat. The feature is similar to the ladies-first chat policy that forms the core policy of dating app Bumble, but unlike its younger rival, Tinder's version can be switched off.A Tinder executive revealed the upcoming feature in an interview this week, claiming the update aims to give users more choice in how they use the app. Tinder is handing ...

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    Orangutan population in Borneo has HALVED in just 16 years as hunters and habit loss drive the creatures to extinction

    Nearly 150,000 orangutans from the island of Borneo have disappeared in just 16 years.Between 1999 and 2016 over half of the population of the endangered apes have perished on the South-East Asia island.Many of those losses were apparently driven by the demand for logging, oil palm, mining, paper, hunting and the resulting deforestation.   Bornean orangutan is categorised as 'critically endangered' on the official IUCN Red List and between 1999-2015 the numbers of Borneo orangutans have fallen by more than 100,000 (stock)The study from the Max Plank institute of evolutionary anthropology shows that the orange apes have disappeared from in tact, ...

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    The breakup of Greenland's 'icy heart': NASA shares stunning photo of festive formation created by calving glacier in the Arctic

    NASA’s Operation IceBridge aerial survey has captured countless breathtaking photos of the Arctic and Antarctica over the course of its nine-year mission.And, its latest photo could be among the most remarkable yet.In celebration of Valentine’s Day, the space agency has shared a look at an unusual formation created by the calving of a glacier in northwest Greenland – and, it bears the uncanny resemblance to a broken heart.  During the IceBridge survey’s seven field campaigns in the Arctic and Antarctic last year, researchers covered more than 214,000 miles. On March 27, it captured this view of a calving front in ...

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    Say goodbye to flashy pop-ups and blaring auto-play ads: Google Chrome is rolling out its built-in ad blocker tomorrow to crack down on 'annoying' webpages

    Google is finally putting an end to those rage-inducing advertisements that pop-up on your screen.  Starting tomorrow, Google Chrome will be equipped with a built-in ad blocker that's meant to prevent many of the most 'intrusive' ads that users find annoying, the firm said in a blog post. The ad blocker is coming to both the desktop and mobile version of Google Chrome. A few kinds of intrusive ads that will no longer run on Chrome include pop-up ads, auto-play video ads with sound, flashing animated ads and 'pre-stitial' ads with a countdown, which are basically ads that take up your entire screen and ...

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    NASA spacecraft speeding toward a nearby asteroid snaps incredible photo of Earth and the moon from nearly 40 MILLION miles away

    A NASA spacecraft on its way to investigate a nearby asteroid has caught a remarkable glimpse at the orbital dance of Earth and the moon from far away.In a new image shared today by the space agency, Earth and its only natural satellite are the two brightest specks in a black sky.The Osiris-Rex spacecraft snapped the incredible photo from 39.5 million miles away, as it flew by at 19,000 miles per hour (8.5 kilometers per second).  A NASA spacecraft on its way to investigate a nearby asteroid has caught a remarkable glimpse at the orbital dance of Earth and the ...

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