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Body scanners to screen LA subway riders

Image copyright Thruvision Image caption The Thruvision camera can detect concealed objects Body scanners will be used on the Los Angeles subway to screen passengers for explosives and weapons, the local transport authority has announced. It is the first mass transport system in the US to adopt the technology. Portable scanners will be used to […]

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Reddit sleuth helps in hit-and-run case

Reddit sleuth identifies car part, leading to hit-and-run arrest By George Pierpoint BBC News Image copyright @wastatepatrol Image caption This photograph of a Washington State police officer holding a fraction of a car part led to the arrest of a driver in a fatal hit-and-run US Police have made an arrest in a fatal hit-and-run […]

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Fortnite used by company for job interviews

Image copyright Dare.Win A French marketing agency is inviting applicants for an internship to discuss the opportunity over a game of Fortnite. Candidates are asked to add Dare.Win on the Playstation Network, which is one of its clients, and then be interviewed while playing the video game. Dare.Win says the game-play fits with its entertainment-focused […]

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Elon Musk says Saudis back Tesla buyout

Image copyright Getty Images Elon Musk has outlined his plan to take Tesla private and said he discussed financing the deal with Saudi Arabia. The founder of the electric carmaker also indicated that he would need to raise far less than the $70bn it has been estimated he would need. In a blog post, Mr […]

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Hacking the US mid-terms? It's child's play

In November, Americans will go to the polls to vote in the crucial mid-term elections. But as intelligence chiefs in the country continue to warn of Russian interference, there is great concern about how vulnerable the US voting infrastructure could be to cyber-attack. At the Def Con hacking conference in Las Vegas, our North America […]

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Germany lifts total ban on Nazi symbols in video games

Image copyright Bethesda Image caption In Germany, there are no video game Nazis – and swastikas are banned from being shown Nazi symbols can now appear in video games in Germany, ending a long-running and frequently ridiculed censorship. Germany bans symbols belonging to unconstitutional groups, which has caused problems in games where the Nazis are […]

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 warns of wonky photos

Image copyright Samsung Image caption The Note 9 was unveiled at an event in New York Samsung’s new high-end smartphone alerts owners to problems with their photos as soon as they are snapped. The Galaxy Note 9 uses software to identify if the images are blurry or whether the subject is blinking, among other issues. […]

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Tesla board mulls plan to go private

Image copyright Getty Images Tesla’s board has confirmed that it will consider the proposal by chief executive Elon Musk to take it private. A statement was issued by six members of the electric carmaker’s board after Mr Musk tweeted to say he had the funding to de-list the company. The board had “met several times […]

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Ford brings 'exosuits' to workers in 15 factories

Image copyright Ford Image caption The EksoVests are designed to assist workers lifting or interacting with objects overhead Carmaker Ford has given mechanical “exosuits” to 75 workers at 15 of its factories globally, following successful trials of the technology. The devices, called EksoVests, wrap around employees’ upper bodies and provide assistance when lifting or reaching […]

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Homes lost after mortgage computer bug

Image copyright Getty Images A flaw in a US bank’s computer software led to 625 customers not receiving government loan assistance to which they were entitled – and 400 of those went on to lose their homes. The government scheme was designed to help people struggling to pay their mortgages. Wells Fargo told CNN Money […]