Flying cars could cut emissions, replace planes, and reduce traffic – but not soon enough

When Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was released 50 years ago, flying cars were a flight of fancy. Now, these futuristic vehicles are entering the outer fringes of reality. According to a new study published in Nature, for some journeys flying cars could eventually be greener than even electric road cars, cutting emissions while also reducing traffic on increasingly busy roads. However, gaps in necessary technology and practical uncertainties beyond the cars’ promising physics mean that they may not arrive in time to be a large-scale solution to the energy crisis and congestion – if at all. How to make a…

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TikTok Watch: High-schoolers are trolling teachers by using their first names

Welcome to TikTok Watch. You know, 2019’s version of Vine. This new series unearths the latest TikTok trends, so you don’t have to. Let’s face it, if you signed up, it’d just make you feel really old. When I was in school, a long time ago, teachers were called ‘sir’ or ‘miss.’ Never, under any circumstances, were we permitted to address them by their first names. It was a cardinal transgression, guaranteed to earn the offender a stern bollocking and almost certainly an after-school detention. Fast forward to 2019, and what was once an unpardonable sin is now the latest…

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Report: Cryptocurrency ransomware payments up 90%, thanks to Ryuk

Ransomware attacks are still doing the rounds and one in particular appears to be gaining pace. Cryptocurrency payments made to ransomware attackers increased nearly 90 percent in Q1 2019 over the previous quarter, according to ransomware support firm Coveware’s latest report. In the first quarter of the year, the average daily ransom being paid to attackers rose to $12,762 from $6,733 in Q4 2018. According to the report, an increase in expensive infections is responsible for the jump. As ever, Bitcoin remains the most popular payment method for ransomware; 98 percent of attacks ask for the cryptocurrency as payment. Coveware…

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CHEAP: Scrumptious 128GB Google Pixel XLs are now just $270, yum

Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! Boy, do we have a wonderful deal for you today: an original 128GB Google Pixel XL for only $270. Yes, it might’ve been released three years ago now, but it’s still an excellent buy – especially if you’re on the lookout for a second device, have recently broken or lost your latest phone, or simply want something a bit different. Specs-wise, the Google Pixel XL is still good value. For that $270 you get the aforementioned 128GB of storage, 5.5 inch QHD display, a…

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