Amazon Robotics Challenge 2017 won by Australian budget bot

The winning team compared its design to a 3D printer Cartman – a budget-priced robot from Australia – has triumphed in an annual contest to create a machine that can identify, pick up and stow warehouse goods. The bot was designed from scratch to take part in 2017’s Amazon Robotics Challenge and used a radically […]

Apple ‘pulls 60 VPNs from China App Store’

The creators of several Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) have criticised Apple’s decision to remove their products from its App Store in China. The BBC understands that as many as 60 VPNs were pulled over the weekend. Apple said it was legally required to remove them because they did not comply with new regulations. It refused […]

Mike Pence: Russia is biggest threat to Baltic states

In Tallinn, Mr Pence reaffirmed the US commitment to the security of Nato countries US Vice-President Mike Pence has said that no threat is bigger to the three Baltic states than that posed by their “unpredictable neighbour”, in a reference to Russia. In Estonia, he said Russia continued to “seek to redraw international borders by […]

Tesla Model 3: Elon Musk rolls out mass market model

The first Tesla Model 3 cars off the production line are now with their new owners Electric car maker Tesla has rolled out its new Model 3 vehicle – the company’s cheapest car to date. The first 30 customers – most of them employees of the company – received their cars on Friday. Chief executive […]

Hamburg supermarket attacker ‘was known Islamist’

Police said the suspected knife attacker was cornered and overpowered by members of the public The man who killed one person and injured six in a supermarket knife attack in Hamburg was a “known Islamist”, police say. “He was known as an Islamist but not a jihadist,” police spokesman Andy Grote said, noting that the […]

North Korea says missile test shows all US within range

 North Korea missile “seen from Japan” North Korea has hailed as a success its latest test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), describing it as a “stern warning” for the US. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said the test proved that the entire US was within striking range, state media reported. However, experts say many […]

Russia orders US to cut embassy staff in retaliation for sanctions

The US embassy has been told to cut its staffing levels Russia has retaliated to new US sanctions by telling Washington to cut its diplomatic staff to 455 and barring the use of some properties. The new US embassy staffing level would be the same as at Russia’s embassy in Washington. The Russian foreign ministry […]

Gulnara Karimova, Uzbekistan ex-leader’s daughter, ‘detained’

Gulnara Karimova has not been seen in public since 2014 Gulnara Karimova, the once-powerful daughter of late Uzbek ex-President Islam Karimov, has been in detention since a corruption conviction in 2015, officials have confirmed. Ms Karimova, 45, was tipped to succeed her father, who died last year, until she fell out with her family in […]

AlphaBay and Hansa dark web markets shut down

AlphaBay went offline earlier this month Two of the largest dark web marketplaces have been shut down following a “landmark” international law enforcement investigation. The AlphaBay and Hansa sites had been associated with the trade in illicit items such as drugs, weapons, malware and stolen data. According to Europol, there were more than 250,000 listings for illegal […]

Google Street View lands on the International Space Station

    If you’ve always wanted to poke around inside a spaceship but don’t ever wish to leave the safety of Earth, Google Street View now lets you explore the International Space Station (ISS) right from your computer. Astronauts have been working and living on the ISS for the past 16 years, and Street View now allows […]