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Skype Introduces Video Meetings With No Sign-Up Needed for Those Wanting a Zoom Alternative

Skype has brought in a new type of video call whereby no one has to sign up for an account to join the chat, in a similar convenient vein to Zoom – except in the case of Skype, not even the host needs to sign up for the service, or install anything…


Irish Researchers Have Developed Hospital Robot That Uses UV Light to Kill Viruses, Bacteria, and Germs

Completely circumnavigating the problem of supply shortages of things like hand sanitizer, Akara Robotics, founded at Trinity College, Ireland, has developed a robot that emits ultraviolet irradiated light to kill viruses, bacteria, and other harmful germs from hospital floors and other surfaces…


Apple Pays $75,000 to Hacker for Discovery of Exploits to Hijack iPhone Camera

Apple awarded $75,000 to a hacker who discovered exploits that allowed him to hijack the cameras of iPhones and Macs…


Apple Lets Amazon Rent Movies Inside Prime Video’s iPhone App

Apple’s insistence on taking a 30 percent cut of most in-app purchases (and running those purchases through the App Store) has led to many media providers simply removing direct purchases altogether. Just ask anyone shopping for e-books at third-party stores. You won’t have to worry about that with Prime Video from now on, though. Amazon has reached an agreement that lets you rent movies in Prime Video on iOS and Apple TV devices using its payment system, not Apple’s. You won’t have to visit the web first just because you have Amazon credit to spend or just prefer a platform-independent video service instead of iTunes…


VR Chair Startup Raises Funds, as Pandemic Boosts Prospects for VR and Gaming

Roto VR, startup which markets an interactive, ‘360 degree’ chair, has raised £1.5 million in a funding round led by Pembroke VCT. Others in the round include TVB Growth Fund, managed by The FSE Group…


Honda Bucks Industry Trend by Removing Touchscreen Controls

Honda has done what no other car maker is doing, and returned to analogue controls for some functions on the new Honda Jazz…


NASA Successfully Deploys the James Webb Telescope’s Enormous Mirror

The huge mirror of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope — its successor to Hubble — has been successfully tested for the first time, putting it one step closer to its eventual launch, which is slated for 2021. Like Hubble — which has long outlived its original lifespan but is expected to remain operational for a few years yet — the James Webb will investigate celestial bodies from our solar system and beyond…

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