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Rolls-Royce predicts drone ships in a decade

Rolls-Royce predicts drone ships in a decade

Rolls-Royce may not have a fleet of autonomous luxury cars on the road yet, but the ship-building engineering group that bears the same name is predicting self-piloting drone ships within the next ten years. Over-cautious regulations and nautical miles of red tape are the key factors holding adoption back, Rolls-Royce marine innovation engineering chief Oskar Levander told the FT [subscription required], concluding that the remaining technological challenges around creating autonomous cargo ships are dwarfed by the problem of getting rule-makers around the globe to agree on new standards for such vessels. However, Levander also predicts that autonomous ships could begin operations sooner, albeit on a smaller scale.

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iOS holiday shoppers out-spent Android concludes IBM

iOS holiday shoppers out-spent Android concludes IBM

iPhone and iPad shoppers were more than five times more active than their Android counterparts in online sales on Christmas Day, researchers claim, spending nearly twice as much per order as mobile shopping surged to record levels. Phone and tablet shopping comprised 48-percent of online traffic over the holiday season, IBM Digital Analytics calculated, an increase of 28.3-percent over 2012's split, while mobile sales surged even more, up 40-percent to comprise nearly 29-percent of all online sales for the period.

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Samsung KNOX flaw leaves Galaxy S 4 compromised say researchers

Samsung KNOX flaw leaves Galaxy S 4 compromised say researchers

Samsung's KNOX security system on the Galaxy S 4 has a significant security hole that could allow data believed secure to be intercepted, including messages, browser use, and files transferred, researchers claim, though the South Korean company denies the seriousness of the supposed flaw. KNOX, which Samsung launched at Mobile World Congress earlier this year, is the company's attempt to take on BlackBerry in the enterprise, creating secure partitions on the phone for business and personal use. However, researchers at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev claim to have discovered a flaw in KNOX that allows data to be easily intercepted, despite supposedly being protected by the system.

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Arctic explorers find message in a bottle left in 1959

Arctic explorers find message in a bottle left in 1959

Finding a message in a bottle in a remote part of the world is something that you might think would only happen in a work of fiction. However, that is exactly what has happened with a discovery made by researchers working on Ward Hunt Island in the Arctic. The island is off the northern cost of Canada's most northerly Arctic island, Ellesmere.

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Exoplanets can be weighed using starlight, reveal scientists

Exoplanets can be weighed using starlight, reveal scientists

Two MIT planetary scientists, Julien de Wit and Sara Seager, have published research showing how it is possible to determine the weight of an exoplanet using the surrounding starlight. Not only does this represent a way to determine the weight of something that is seemingly impossible to gauge, it will also facilitate the hunt for planets that are most like our own, possibly expediting the discovery of a planet like Earth.

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Remote webcam activation without warning light confirmed: Johns Hopkins

Remote webcam activation without warning light confirmed: Johns Hopkins

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have positively confirmed the long-discussed ability of government entities and private parties to remotely activate a webcam without the warning light turning on. While this privacy vulnerability has already been anecdotally admitted by a variety of sources, this research is the first time it has been proven by an established public-facing organization. The results were published last week in a paper entitled "iSeeYou: Disabling the MacBook Webcam Indicator LED".

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Free flowing water on Mars needs to be protected from contamination

Free flowing water on Mars needs to be protected from contamination

NASA has put a number of probes onto the surface of Mars and in orbit around the red planet over the years. Each time NASA launches a mission to Mars, or any other body in our solar system, it takes steps to prevent any contamination of the planet. The problem is that as we explore the planets in our solar system for signs of life, we have to be sure that the life we might discover didn't get there because we contaminated the planet with life from Earth.

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Cat fossils found in China offer hints at how they were first domesticated

Cat fossils found in China offer hints at how they were first domesticated

If you have ever owned a cat, you know that they have an incredible independent streak and often do what they want, when they want no matter what their humans want. This independent streak in cats has left scientists wondering for a long time exactly how cats were first domesticated. A recent discovery of cat fossils in China sheds some light on how cats first came to be domesticated.

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