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Gear of the Year 2017: The best cars

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NextEV NIO EP9 An aerodynamic body and active rear wing gives this electric hypercar twice the downforce of an F1 car. Four separate gearboxes assist in propelling it from 0-200kph in 7.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 312kph. Add in custom brakes and a configurable digital cockpit and you have a car…

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The iOS 11 privacy and security settings you need to know about

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iStock / Physicx Chances are that you haven’t purchased the iPhone X yet, but you’re probably already running the shiny new iOS 11. And yup, this is a great opportunity for some spring cleaning. Advertisement It might sound like a tedious chore – and we’re not promising there’s much fun to be had – but…

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Everything you need to know about China’s ambitious space plans

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Tiangong-1 lifts off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on September 29, 2011 Getty Images / Lintao Zhang / Staff From building its own space station, to capturing an asteroid and putting it in orbit around the Moon, China’s space programme is often depicted as ludicrous and unfeasible. But it would be foolish to overlook…

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UK tech has sold political support for a measly pot of cash and visas

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May hosted an industry roundtable with figures from the UK technology sector at Downing Street earlier this week TOBY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images When Theresa May became prime minister, the tech sector felt a sudden and unexpected chill. Under David Cameron, entrepreneurs had grown used to a fond welcome at Downing Street, where the nation’s leader pondered…

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Yup, the Russian propagandists were blogging lies on Medium too

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iStock / WIRED Not content with spreading propaganda on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Russia Today and Sputnik, Russian trolls have added a new weapon to their arsenal of political meddling: blogging. Advertisement WIRED has found that a number of the Russian-linked Twitter accounts, which the company identified in evidence to the US Congress, were also posting…

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UK seeks future cyber-security stars

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18 November 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Matt Crypto Image caption Bletchley Park is host to a centre developing cyber-based lessons for school pupils A £20m initiative to get schoolchildren interested in cyber-security has been launched by the UK government. The Cyber Discovery programme is aimed at 15 to 18-year-olds and involves online…

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Tech to cut young drivers’ insurance bills

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Young drivers: The technologies that cut insurance bills By Brian Milligan Personal Finance reporter 17 November 2017 From the section Business Image copyright Getty Images The cost of insuring a car has never been higher. For young people it is not uncommon to be quoted amounts in excess of £4000 a year – sometimes more…

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Apple delays launch of smart speaker

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17 November 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Apple first unveiled its HomePod smart speaker in June Apple is delaying the release of its HomePod smart speaker until 2018. The electronics giant said the device, which was due to be released in December this year, still needed development work. It…

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Net filters help avoid dodgy domains

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17 November 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption It can be hard for consumers to work out if sites they are visiting are legitimate A free service that helps stop consumers visiting websites known to be malicious has been set up by IBM and two other industry bodies. The Quad…

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