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The village that just wants to share
An abandoned military village in Germany is getting a new lease of life as a hippy commune fit for the 21st Century. Patrick Henry Village, near the German city of Heidelberg, was not born to hippy ideals. It was closed in 2013, and since then the German government has pondered what to do with it. If the vision becomes reality, residents will share accommodation and workspace and produce their own food and goods.
The invention bringing a terminally ill man happiness
Twenty-two-year old James is terminally ill. The BBC introduced him to designer Jude Pullen who has come up with a clever solution. The source code, design files and build notes for some of the devices on the programme are available here.
Trump's team pushes back against Russia hacking reports
Donald Trump's presidential transition team pushed back Saturday against reports that Russia was caught trying to tip the November election to the Republican and challenged the veracity of US intelligence agencies investigating the campaign-season cyberattacks. Spicer also denied a report in The New York Times that Republican National Committee systems had been breached during the election. He said the RNC has worked with intelligence agencies that have told it with certainty that we haven't been hacked.
France gives boost to electric vehicles amid pollution peaks
The French government has announced an anti-pollution plan, including a financial boost to buy electric vehicles, as Paris and other cities in the country are emerging from a particularly severe episode of air pollution. Environment Minister Segolene Royal said Saturday professionals will get a bonus of up to 10,000 euros ($10,600) if they scrap their old diesel light commercial vehicles or taxis for electric ones, starting next month. Royal also said she will ask to exempt electric vehicles from highway tolls.
Free unlimited voice calling: Top postpaid plans from Airtel, Vodafone and Idea
All the three top telecom operators Airtel, Idea and Vodafone have announced unlimited voice calling plans to stay competitive with Reliance Jio, after the latter announced the extension of its promotional offer. Jio was launched in September, and started services by offering free unlimited voice calling, roaming and unlimited 4G data. The three big operators, Airtel, Vodafone and Idea might have introduced unlimited voice calling for prepaid users recently, but they already have the same for their postpaid customers.
Launch Pad Explosion Aftereffects: Musk's SpaceX Rockets Grounded Till January
Elon Musk's SpaceX has been forced to delay the return of its rockets to flight until January as an investigation continues into a launch pad explosion earlier this year, the tech billionaire' s company said on Wednesday. SpaceX suspended flights after one of its rockets burst into flames on September 1 as it was being fueled for a routine pre-launch test in Florida.
Japan's TDK Planning to Buy iPhone Supplier InvenSense
The deal would allow TDK, already a major smartphone components supplier, to boost its sensor technology offerings. InvenSense designs gyroscopes which help smartphones calculate motion, enabling augmented reality games such as Pokemon Go. Smartphone chip maker Qualcomm Inc agreed to buy NXP Semiconductors NV for about $38 billion earlier this year. TDK, once a successful audio tape maker, prospered in magnetic heads for hard disk drives until demand for personal computers peaked.
Software Development, ITeS most vibrant sectors in India: FM Arun Jaitley
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said that software development and IT-enabled services are the most vibrant sectors and government has included these and electronics systems in the 25 sectors under the Make in India programme. Software development and Information Technology Enabled Services industry had emerged as one of the most dynamic and vibrant sectors in India , an official statement quoting Jaitley said.
Aadhar enabled payment system to be rolled out shortly
In an attempt to give a big push to cashless transactions, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) will shortly roll out the Android-based Aadhaar enabled Payment System (AEPS) application, said officials. Developed in collaboration with TCS, the application can be downloaded by the merchants, who will need a smartphone and a fingerprint scanner to use it. The application would be made available to all banks, who would encourage merchants in their vicinity to adopt this application.
BSNL bill payment facility through pvt digital wallet soon
Customers of state-run BSNL will be able to pay their bills through private digital wallets like Mobikwik and Paytm by the end of this month. BSNL is in talks with PSP's like Paytm, Mobikwik and Indepay for using e-wallet and prepaid cards through BSNL website. This measure shall promote easier and faster payments of BSNL services using e-wallets and prepaid cards, BSNL Director (Finance) Sujata Ray said in a statement.
Apple Might Come up With 'Red' iPhone Next Year
The 2017 version of Apple's iPhone is rumoured to come in red and will retain the same design as the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, a media report said. The company is expected to adhere to s year for its 2017 line-up. Preferably called the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, the handsets will retain the same aluminium design, a faster A11 chip and the expected iPhone 8 model will probably feature an OLED display.
Qualcomm, Microsoft to Join Hands team to Support Windows 10 Devices
Chip manufacturer Qualcomm and Microsoft have teamed up to support Windows 10 on mobile computing devices powered by Snapdragon processors. The first PCs running Windows 10 based on Snapdragon processors are expected to be available as early as next year.

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