Thomas Tamblyn
Thomas is the Technology Editor for the Huffington Post UK

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BlackBerry Unveils The 'World's Most Secure' Android Smartphone

(0) Comments | Posted 26 July 2016 | (16:46)

BlackBerry is back. That’s right, it has a brand-new smartphone that looks, well, just like any normal smartphone.

Except of course it isn’t, because while your average smartphone might protect you from the odd piece of malicious software BlackBerry’s new smartphone is designed to keep...

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ESA's Rosetta Spacecraft To Cease Communications With Philae Lander On Comet 67P

(0) Comments | Posted 26 July 2016 | (15:28)

The ESA have confirmed that on the 26 July, they will cease all communications between the Rosetta spacecraft (currently in orbit around Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko) and the

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Pornhub Hacked: Cyber Experts Discover Users' Preferences On Site

(0) Comments | Posted 26 July 2016 | (11:25)

Pornhub, one of the world’s largest porn sites has had its website hacked, revealing millions of users’ personal preferences.

Before you start furiously trawling through...

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Solar Impulse Completes Historic 42,000km Round-The-World Journey

(0) Comments | Posted 26 July 2016 | (10:10)

Solar Impulse has completed the first round-the-world solar powered flight by landing at its final destination of Abu Dhabi.

The plane has flown a total of 42,000km...

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Ransomware Removal Tool 'No More Ransom' Will Unlock Your Files For Free

(0) Comments | Posted 26 July 2016 | (08:49)

Ransomware remains one of the most personally invasive forms of cybercrime: a weapon which takes your files and then encrypts them until a sum of money has...

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Pokemon Go iPhone Case Guarantees The Perfect Catch, Every Time

(0) Comments | Posted 25 July 2016 | (11:18)

Pokemon Go is a mobile game that asks very little of you. You simply walk around, discover Pokemon and then catch them when they appear...

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Nintendo Share Price Plummets After Investors Realise It Doesn't Actually Make Pokemon Go

(0) Comments | Posted 25 July 2016 | (10:11)

Nintendo’s shares have fallen by nearly 18 per cent after the company revealed that the mobile game sensation Pokemon Go would not have...

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Apple Unveils National Flag Themed Apple Watch Bands For The Olympics

(0) Comments | Posted 22 July 2016 | (14:14)

If you just so happen to be in Rio when the Olympics 2016 kicks off on the 5 August then Apple are offering something rather special.

The company has unveiled a limited edition set of Apple Watch nylon bands, representing the...

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Hackers Could Steal Your iOS Or Mac Passwords Using Nothing But A Single Image

(0) Comments | Posted 22 July 2016 | (11:02)

A vulnerability discovered by security researchers could allow hackers to gain access to the passwords on your Apple Mac or iOS device just by using a single image.

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NASA's New "Sail Powered" Spacecraft Could Reach The End Of Our Solar System In Less Than 10 Years

(0) Comments | Posted 21 July 2016 | (11:43)

Until a miracle of science takes place we’re not going to have Star Trek’s warp drive anytime soon.

That hasn’t stopped NASA looking for alternative means of propulsion that could, eventually, take us beyond the solar system.

One such method is to use the sun’s solar...

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Elon Musk Unveils His "Master Plan" For Tesla, And The World

(0) Comments | Posted 21 July 2016 | (10:11)

Elon Musk is a man with a plan.

That has been apparent for quite some time, but it wasn’t until now and the unveiling of his “Master Plan, Part Deux” that we truly understood the scale and breadth of what Musk has been...

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Twitter "Blue Tick" Verification Is Open To Anyone, Here's How To Apply

(0) Comments | Posted 20 July 2016 | (11:18)

Twitter’s little blue tick has for years become a badge of honour worn usually by the rich and famous.

After the celebrities got their ticks Twitter decided to open their reach a bit further, handing out ticks to prominent figures in business, industry and politics,...

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Prisma Is The Photo Editing App That Turns Your Pictures Into Genuine Works Of Art

(0) Comments | Posted 19 July 2016 | (12:26)

While it’s understandably difficult to see anything that isn’t Pokemon Go related at the moment may we draw your attention away just a brief moment to focus on Prisma.

You may have seen the name appear here and there, or in the bottom...

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How Much Does The USS Enterprise Cost To Run? This Company Tried To Work It Out

(0) Comments | Posted 19 July 2016 | (10:43)

Since its creation, Star Trek has long inspired generations to explore the world of science, space and exploration.

At the centre of this fascination is a single...

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UFO Hunters Claim To Have Found A "Bus-Sized" Giant Spider Hidden Within Google Earth

(0) Comments | Posted 19 July 2016 | (10:15)

A collection of UFO hunters and conspiracy theorists have found within Google Earth, what they’re claiming is a “bus-sized” giant spider off the coast of...

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Pokemon Go Has The Rare Pokemon Mew, You Just Can't Catch It Yet

(0) Comments | Posted 18 July 2016 | (12:40)

Mew, one of the rarest Pokemon ever created, could be making an appearance in the wildly successful mobile game Pokemon Go.

Posting on the site...

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Piloting Drones With Mind Control? This Researcher Has Done It

(0) Comments | Posted 18 July 2016 | (11:57)

A researcher from Arizona State University has found a way to control multiple drones using nothing but the power of thought.

That’s right, he is able to command his own fleet of robots using mind control.

The controller wears a skull cap which contains hundreds of electrodes that are wired to a computer. The wearer then thinks specific commands, the computer translates them into instructions and the robots obey.

What’s really interesting is that the human brain can actually control swarms very easily.

The person has to be concentrating (a lot) and then imagines an activity in their head e.g. a swarm of drones breaking 

Once that’s done the computer translates that into a series of instruction for the drone and they subsequently follow the command.

The researchers tested the mind control programme with a number of drones both flying and land-based and found that they were able to control both.

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It’s not a seamless system just yet - for starters it has to be separately calibrated for each controller, who in turn has to go through the learning process every single day.

The hope for the future however is to use the technology to control large quantities of small cheap exploration drones using nothing but a single thought.

This would allow a user to give relevant instructions to large numbers of drones without having to separately control each one.

Robots in 2016: These are the robots and drones that will change our...

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Pokemon Go Guide: The iPhone And Android Game Phenomenon Explained

(0) Comments | Posted 18 July 2016 | (08:44)

Pokemon Go has, it’s fair to say, taken over the news of late. It’s hard to imagine there’s a person with access to Facebook or Twitter that...

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Sky Q Ultra HD Is Launching In August Offering 4K Sports And Movies

(0) Comments | Posted 15 July 2016 | (14:31)

Sky has announced that it will finally be bringing 4K Ultra HD content to Sky Q starting in August.

The feature had always been promised by the...

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Researchers Create Robot Skeleton With Human-Like Muscles

(0) Comments | Posted 15 July 2016 | (12:09)

In the hunt to create the ultimate cyborg researchers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology have unveiled a robot which uses human-like muscles to move.

The robot has been, rather worryingly, built over a human skeleton and shows a network of microfilament muscle “tissues” which are able to accurately able to mimic human movements.

What makes them really scary is that the researchers have created the muscles as an almost exact replica of our own muscle groups, allowing them to contract and expand just as you would your own limbs.

The team even went so far as to try and mimic the muscle groups in the jaw, which they did to worrying effect:

Ok so this robot isn’t going to be winning any 100m contests anytime soon, but what it does show is that we both have the technology and understanding to use our own biology to shape the future of robotics, and in particular humanoid robots.

At the moment the team’s prototype is still very much a prototype, so much so in fact that it can’t walk without being held up.

We’re going to regret saying this but we can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

Robots In 2016: These Are The Robots And Drones That Will Change Our...

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