Lift off for SpaceX rocket carrying 60 satellites

The SpaceX company has begun the roll-out of its orbiting broadband system. A Falcon-9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida late on Thursday, packed with 60 satellites capable of giving users on the ground high-speed connections to the internet. Entrepreneur Elon Musk’s firm aims eventually to loft nearly 12,000 spacecraft for its “Starlink” network.

SpaceX puts up 60 internet satellites

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The coming wave: There are several satellite broadband projects in development The SpaceX company has begun the roll-out of its orbiting broadband system. A Falcon-9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida late on Thursday, packed with 60 satellites capable of giving users on the ground high-speed connections to…

Trump says Huawei could be part of trade deal

Image copyright Getty Images US President Donald Trump has said Huawei could be part of a trade deal between the US and China, despite branding the telecoms firm “very dangerous”. The US-China trade war has escalated in recent weeks with tariff hikes and threats of more action. Washington has also targeted Huawei by putting the…

Five tech trends shaping the beauty industry

Image copyright P&G Image caption Could make-up printers be the shape of things to come? Beauty brands are using everything from artificial intelligence (AI) to augmented reality (AR) to keep their customers engaged in a fiercely competitive market. But do such innovations actually work or are they simply marketing hype? When L’Oreal said last year…

Baltimore government held hostage by hackers’ ransomware

Image copyright Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images Image caption Baltimore’s government servers have been attacked by ransomware The US city of Baltimore’s government, long plagued by dysfunction, is now battling a ransomware attack that has crippled its systems for more than two weeks and counting. Hackers breached the Maryland city’s servers on 7 May and demanded $100,000…

Facebook: Another three billion fake profiles culled

Image copyright Reuters Facebook has published its latest “enforcement report“, which details how many posts and accounts it took action on between October 2018 and March 2019. During that six-month period, Facebook removed more than three billion fake accounts – more than ever before. More than seven million “hate speech” posts were removed, also a…

Huawei: China warns of investment blow to UK over 5G ban

Image copyright Getty Images A top Chinese diplomat has warned that there could be “substantial” repercussions for her country’s investment in the UK, if Huawei were to be banned from Britain’s 5G network. Chen Wen also told the BBC that Beijing had already “witnessed some conscious moves” in that direction. Last week, the US put…

DJI drones to come with plane detection

Image copyright DJI Drone-maker DJI has pledged to add plane and helicopter “detection” features to its consumer drones, to reduce the risk of collisions. Some of DJI’s industry-focused drones already have the feature built in but it has now pledged to add it to all drones weighing more than 250g (9oz). Its AirSense system picks…

Nintendo removes mobile games in Belgium

Image copyright Nintendo Two Nintendo mobile games will soon no longer be available in Belgium as the game-maker moves to comply with local gambling laws. In 2018, Belgium outlawed games that used “loot boxes” to reward players with random items. The game mechanic is an illegal form of gambling, the country’s gambling regulator says. Animal…

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