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HQ Trivia is FINALLY available to download in the UK

HQ Trivia has arrived in the UK. The British version of the hugely-successful app is the first time the quiz has expanded outside of the United States. A version of the smartphone quiz gameshow quietly popped-up a few weeks ago, however, it was unclear whether this was a temporary experiment by the app makers, or a long-term commitment. However, the creators of HQ Trivia have confirmed that the app is here to stay in the UK. The main host of the UK version of the gameshow is Sharon Carpenter, who…

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WhatsApp SCAM ALERT: Future update could HALT spread of fraudulent 99p charge messages

WHATSAPP • GETTY WhatsApp’s new scam alert tool could stop the spread of fraudulent messages WhatsApp is purportedly hard at work on a new scam alert system to halt the spread of spam messages. The system is designed to cut-down on chain-letter style messages by warning users when a message or link has been  forwarded 25 times or more from a single device.  According to a report from WhatsAppen.com, the warning will read: “Forwarded Many Times”. This will appear in the chat bubble, as well as beneath the name and…

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Caveman caper ‘Early Man’ is a prehistoric pleasure – CNET

There’s nothing simple about stop-motion animation, that laborious filmmaking technique that requires tiny movements of intricate models to make even a few seconds of footage. Yet “Early Man“, the latest stop-motion confection from “Wallace and Gromit” producer Aardman, proves to be the simplest of pleasures. “Early Man” is a pure joy from start to finish. The story of a tribe of simple cavemen threatened by the arrival of more advanced rivals is rendered in the signature style of Oscar-winning animator and director Nick Park. That includes both the instantly recognisable toothy…

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Great Barrier Reef gets AU$60M in life support – CNET

Getty Images Things aren’t looking good for the Great Barrier Reef, with rising water temperatures leading to coral bleaching that has decimated much of the natural wonder. The Australian government on Monday revealed how it’ll help the ailing reef with AU$60 million over the next 18 months. Most of the money, AU$36 million, will be devoted to battling new polluted water entering and toxifying the reef. Meanwhile, crown-of-thorns starfish, a predator of the reef’s corals, will be the target of a AU$10.4 million attack, with the number of vessels culling…

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Space 

A changing of the guard in NASA’s hunt for exoplanets

This article originally appeared in the Jan. 15, 2018 issue of SpaceNews magazine. Sometime later this year NASA’s Kepler spacecraft, orbiting the sun more than 150 million kilometers from the Earth, will fire its thrusters for the final time. The spacecraft is running out of the hydrazine fuel used by those thrusters to maintain the spacecraft’s orientation. Once the thrusters sputter and shut down, their fuel exhausted, Kepler will no longer be able to control its pointing, and the mission will end. The project isn’t quite sure exactly when that…

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You spend nearly a whole day each week on the internet – CNET

It should come as no surprise to anyone that the internet is playing an increasingly important role in our lives since going mainstream, but the speed at which that transformation occurred might. Since 2000, our time spent online each week has steadily increased, rising from 9.4 hours to 23.6 hours — nearly an entire day, according to a recent report by the USC Annenberg Center for the Digital Future. The internet has become an integral component of our home lives as well, with time spent rising more than 400 percent…

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Netflix isn’t raising prices anytime soon. (Wait, really?) – CNET

“Stranger Things 2” is set to premiere on Netflix on Oct. 27.  Netflix Maybe the best way to characterize Netflix’s attitude about price hikes at the moment is that the company has no plans to increase your bill right up until it does.  During a video interview about fourth-quarter earnings Monday, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said the company has “no plans to try to repeat” price hikes “in the near term.”  Last year, before it released the second season of its hit retro-paranormal series “Stranger Things,” Netflix raised its most…

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Econoboxes found in Edinburgh’s abandoned ‘robot car park’ – Roadshow

In 2001, Edinburgh had the parking structure of the future. Now abandoned cars have surfaced in the defunct robotic multistorey car park that was being dismantled 15 years after it was shuttered without warning. Users could pull into one of four bays and have their vehicle whisked away robotically, not having to worry about untrustworthy valets or losing their car in a labyrinth of ramps and stalls. It was like a dream, until 2003 when the company who ran the structure went out of business and closed the garage without…

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Facebook seeks to redefine time with ‘flicks’ – CNET

No, we can’t stop time. But Facebook is redefining it. NurPhoto If Facebook gets its way, maybe the next time you want your friend to hold the door for a second, you’ll say, “Hang on for 705,600,000 flicks.” Well, OK, you probably won’t. But you could, because Facebook introduced a new unit of time on Monday called the flick. The company thinks it’ll be useful for programmers if not for talking to your pal while you run back for your keys. Different cultures disagree about whether recipes use cups or…

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Top Stories World 

‘CHOOSE FRANCE’ Emmanuel Macron tries to SNATCH business from UK after Brexit

The French president used a huge summit of global CEOs this week to highlight his country’s suitability for business and investment.  The conference in Versailles was marked by investments totalling more than £2billion, as well as pledges by Facebook and Google.  In total more than 140 of the world’s most powerful business executives had lunch at Versailles Palace today, which was also attended by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe.  The French premier announced new measures to attract investors, including the opening of a new international court in March in Paris to…

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