Samsung’s folding phone is here: Firm debuts $1,980 Galaxy Fold with bendable screen and six cameras

Samsung’s folding phone is no longer a thing of the future.  At the Korean tech giant’s Unpacked event in San Francisco, it officially debuted the Galaxy Fold, a unique device that’s part smartphone, part tablet.  The Galaxy Fold, which features an unprecedented six cameras and two batteries, starts at a whopping $1,980.   In a mesmerizing demonstration, Samsung showed how the Galaxy Fold transforms from a compact smartphone that ‘fits in the palm of your hand’ into a full-sized tablet with an uninterrupted screen, thanks to a hinge that’s ‘hidden’ in…

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Your Google security system could be spying on you after it has a secret microphone built-in

Google found itself at the centre of a new privacy scandal yesterday, after it emerged that it has buried a secret microphone in its Nest Secure alarm system. The microphone is not listed on the specifications for the Nest device, which is designed to keep users safe and protect their privacy and belongings. It came to light after Google launched a software update allowing users to control the Nest devices with their voices.  The voice activation requires a microphone to work. Yesterday, the web giant insisted that it had kept the…

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Elon Musk says he’s ‘certain’ self-driving Teslas will be ready by the end of this year

Self-driving Tesla vehicles could be ready to hit the road sooner than expected.  Billionaire tech mogul Elon Musk said he’s ‘certain’ the technology needed for self-driving Teslas will be ready by the end of this year.  However, he cautioned that it take a while longer before humans will be able to safely fall asleep behind the wheel while their Tesla zooms down the highway.  Scroll down for video  A fully self-driving Tesla could soon be ready to hit the road. Tech mogul Elon Musk said he’s ‘certain’ the tech needed…

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‘Extinct’ Giant Tortoises found in the Galapagos Islands

A species of giant tortoise believed to have gone extinct more than 100 years ago has been spotted in the Galapagos Islands.  Ecuador’s environment minister Marcelo Mata made the announcement that an adult female Fernandina Giant Tortoise had been discovered.   Many species of giant tortoises were over-hunted for their meat by European and other colonists who travelled to the Galapagos archipelago.   Scroll down for video  A specimen of the giant Galapagos tortoise Chelonoidis phantasticus, thought to have gone extint about a century ago, is seen at the Galapagos National Park on…

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Stem of Henry VIII’s favourite warship the Mary Rose to go on display

Key features of the Mary Rose are set to go on display for the first time – 474 years after it was sunk during an attempted invasion of Britain by the French.  The ship’s stem was discovered by divers in 2003 and has undergone significant conservation work in preparation of its addition to the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth.  It was crucial to the structure of the Mary Rose and is a piece of timber that curved upwards from the keel to define the ship’s bow.  Mary Rose’s stem will…

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Uncanny ‘aurora’ of fire-breathing dragon lights up the sky in latest Northern Lights spectacle

A bright green dragon emerging from a stunning display of the Northern Lights has been captured in a beautiful photograph taken in Iceland. The image, shared online by NASA, shows the photographer’s mother standing on snow-covered ground looking up at the mythological creature.   The fluorescent green light seems to depict the entire body of a dragon that expands to fill the sky, with its wings fanning out on either side.   The Northern Lights, or aurora borealis, are created by electrically charged particles from the sun hitting the Earth’s atmosphere.  Scroll…

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Virgin Galactic DELAYS its second attempt to return to the edge of space

Virgin Galactic is sending its supersonic plane to the edge of space for the second time later today.  The firm went to space in December last year and its billionaire founder said he intends to be on-board one of the flights ‘within six months’. Virgin returning to altitudes exceeding 50 miles puts the company one step closer to  conquering commercial spaceflight and beating commercial rivals SpaceX and Blue Origin in the race to ferry paying customers to space.  This journey will enable scientists working for Virgin to take detailed readings,…

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Heart-wrenching reveals a polar bear found with a fishing net ‘noose’

A polar bear snapped with a noose around its neck from a discarded fishing net serves as a stark reminder of how plastic waste is strangling the world’s wildlife – both metaphorically and literally.  The animal was trapped with the fishing net around its neck on the icy coast of Svalbard, Norway.    Dad-of-two Svein Wik, 55, snapped the unsettling image as he led a photography exhibition last August. Scroll down for video  Dad-of-two Svein Wik, 55, snapped the unsettling image as he led a photography exhibition last August.  The bear…

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King Arthur’s bridge will rise again

A Cornish castle has received a £2.5 million cash donation to rebuild a connection that once allowed Uther Pendragon to sire his son, Arthur.  The crossing will link the separate parts of Tintagel Castle – on the mainland and on a rocky outcrop – via a bridge 187ft (57m) above sea level.   Sections of the castle are on both land masses and a medieval drawbridge once joined them together but perished centuries ago.  According to folklore, the castle was home to the king and the birthplace of Arthur, after the…

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Virgin Galactic is going back to space TODAY!

Virgin Galactic is sending its supersonic plane to the edge of space for the second time later today.  The firm went to space in December last year and its billionaire founder said he intends to be on-board one of the flights ‘within six months’. Virgin returning to altitudes exceeding 50 miles puts the company one step closer to  conquering commercial spaceflight and beating commercial rivals SpaceX and Blue Origin in the race to ferry paying customers to space.  This journey will enable scientists working for Virgin to take detailed readings,…

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