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£400 Talk time: 9.5hr (7hr playback, 55hr music) Spec: 3.7in (800x480 pixels) AMOLED screen, 16GB, 1.4GHz Windows Mango, 8MP camera, 720p HD video Verdict: This combination works wonderfully. It's a pleasure to use and Nokia's Drive GPS app is impressive. We've rated these iPhone alternatives from Ace down to Five - and the Nokia is at the head of the pack. £470 Talk time: 8.5hr Spec: Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4.65in (720x1,280) AMOLED screen, 5MP camera, 1080p video, 16GB memory Verdict: It's got a beautiful screen, intuitive operating system and cool features like face-recognition security, but battery life doesn't quite match the hype. £508.95 Talk time: 6hr 50min Spec: Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, 1.5GHz, 4.7in (480x800) screen, 16GB, 8MP camera, 720p HD video Verdict: The Titan is slim, light and has the largest screen on any Windows device. Shame they didn't give it better screen resolution.

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Sleep deprivation has genetic consequences WASHINGTON – Hey, you, yawning at 2 in the afternoon. Your genes feel it, too. A new study, paid for by the U.S. Air Force but relevant for anyone with a small child, a large prostate or a lot on the mind, is helping illuminate what happens at the genetic level when we don’t get enough sleep. It turns out that chronic sleep deprivation — in this experiment, less than six hours a night for a week — changes the activity of about 700 genes, which is roughly 3 percent of all we carry. About one-third of the affected genes are ramped up when we go with insufficient sleep night after night.

Techland - Tech and Gaming News and Reviews - Regulators are wary of facial recognition software Facebook rolled out a new photo-sharing app in the U.S. this week, but it won’t come out in Europe in the near future due to concerns over how it uses facial recognition technology. The app, called Moments, allows users to share photos with each other privately based around specific events and uses facial recognition software to detect which friends are in a given photo. The technology, which is used to offer photo tagging suggestions on Facebook proper, is automatically set to be used on all users in the U.S. However, in Europe, Facebook will be forced to make facial scanning and tagging an opt-in feature, Facebook head of policy Richard Allen told the Wall Street Journal.

An Insane Helicopter Ride! This helicopter ride definitely had the hair standing up on my neck. It’s amazing to see the ease of maneuverability that this pilot achieves around and over these tree lines. When you see this German B0-105 Helicopter clear the treeline in the distance and move toward the camera you start to get a real feel for just how fast this thing is moving. This clip could definitely serve as a promotional video to show just what these amazing examples of Germany engineering are capable of. Maybe it’s just that I’m a child of the 70s but was I the only one that got a cheezy smile on my face when they queued up that funky action flick music from the 70s? Watching that helicopter maneuvering around trees, swooping close to the ground and screaming past the camera, I found myself in the midst of an ‘A Team’ flashback. Jack Parsons was a founding member of Nasa's Jet Propulsion Lab, with some crediting him as being one of the "fathers of rocketry" and others joking that JPL was actually Jack Parsons' Laboratory, but you won't find much about him on Nasa's websites. Parsons' legacy as an engineer and chemist has been somewhat overshadowed by his interest in the occult and, and has led to what some critics describe as a rewriting of the history books. "He's lived in the footnotes since his death. US military reveals augmented reality system for soldiers ARC4 system designed to fit onto a helmet and give live updatesCan overlay maps and other information onto soldier's vision By Mark Prigg Published: 18:41 GMT, 27 May 2014 | Updated: 16:57 GMT, 28 May 2014 Soldiers are set to get a Google Glass-like augmented reality system designed for the battlefield.

Japanese crime syndicates seen cashing in on internet tele-casinos Japanese crime syndicates seen cashing in on internet tele-casinos Sep 16, 2013 John Hofilena National No Comments A “tele-casino” is fast becoming the popular way to gamble in Japan, and it seems like a very convenient way for the Japanese yakuza to earn money. As the gambling is “outsourced” from a nation where it is legal – as of the moment, gambling is still illegal in Japan – there seems to be a lot of money to be had for Japanese organized crime, especially if the police remain ignorant of this new system. An illegal “tele-casino” in Japan will not look different to a regular (and perfectly legal) Internet café – in fact, that is what most “tele-casinos” purport to be. A dozen or so computer monitors display video feeds from casinos in the Philippines or Macao – where gambling is legal – and each patron can sit down in front of it and gamble privately, as each is separated by a partition.

MakerBot Industries Steps to Success Every now and then we’re reminded 3D printing is not science fiction, but a real technology used every day to make amazing things in homes, studios, schools, and businesses. At MakerBot we’re proud to be leading this Next Industrial Revolution with the MakerBot 3D Ecosystem, which makes desktop 3D printing and 3D scanning affordable and reliable for everyone, and includes a variety of products and services to help unleash your creativity. One of the newest members of our family is MakerBot Desktop, a complete, free 3D printing solution for discovering, managing, and sharing your 3D prints.

Welsh ship's surgeon who witnessed the killing of Captain Cook and introduced surfing to the world AN 18th century ship’s surgeon from Denbighshire was the unlikely character to introduce surfing to the world, according to a TV programme being broadcast this evening . David Samwell, from Nantglyn, was also a witness to the killing in Hawaii of one of the world’s most famous adventurers, Captain James Cook. Samwell’s description of the incident is the official record of Cook’s death. Samwell joined Cook’s third voyage in 1776 on board the ship Resolution which set sail from London. Cook landed on some of the world’s most remote islands and Samwell described the lives of the natives and diligently noted every aspect of their lives. He was the first to record on paper a number of local customs, including surfing.

New scientist Humanity's dramatic race across the Old World after it left its African cradle has been told countless times. But for a true sense of the rapidity of events, look no further than the Y chromosome. The most comprehensive analysis of the Y yet shows that within 150 years, an evolutionary blink of an eye, the first migrants to make it into Eurasia split into three distinct groups that can still be identified today. Men inherit their Y chromosome from their fathers. The best disssssguise: Caterpillar looks and even acts like a snake to scare off predators Green caterpillar expands certain parts of its body so it looks like a snakeHemeroplanes species behaves like the reptile in its larvae stage by striking harmlessly at predators so it does not get eatenA biologist at the University of Pennsylvania photographed the unusual insect while working in the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Costa Rica By Sarah Griffiths Published: 10:43 GMT, 28 May 2014 | Updated: 15:40 GMT, 28 May 2014 Some predatory spiders pose as ladybirds and even tree stumps to look as unthreatening as possible. But this caterpillar takes the opposite approach by masquerading as a snake in an attempt to scare away predators.