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Cyber-plant drives towards light – and other tech news

BBC Click’s Nick Kwek looks at some of the best of the week’s technology news stories including: The UK’s Ministry of Defence carries out its biggest ever exercise using autonomous vehicles A seven-year-old toy reviewer has been revealed as YouTube’s highest-earning star, according to Forbes Magazine. A cyber-plant hybrid that moves a robot and wheels to drive itself towards the light is developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) See more at Click’s website and @BBCClick. Source link

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I’m A Celebrity: Noel Edmonds claims he drives in bus lanes

Image copyright ITV Noel Edmonds claimed on I’m A Celebrity that he has a tactic for beating traffic – driving in bus lanes. The Deal or No Deal presenter said he originally drove a black cab to get to and from work more quickly, before upgrading to a bus after getting a ticket for using the wrong lane. “Bristol traffic is chaotic,” he told the ITV1 show. But Bristol Council has now said their bus lanes are only for licensed buses – “not celebrities”. ‘How the other half live’ Noel,…

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Cheaper food drives UK inflation lower in September

Image copyright Getty Images The UK inflation rate fell more than expected in September after hitting a six-month high in August. The Office for National Statistics said the fall to 2.4%, down from 2.7%, was largely driven by lower prices for food and non-alcoholic drinks. The Consumer Prices Index figure surprised to economists who had been expecting inflation to fall to 2.6%. The result is expected to ease pressure on the Bank of England to raise interest rates in the near future. Andrew Wishart, UK economist at Capital Economics, said:…

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Online shopping drives demand for warehousing space

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCould this be your new High Street? The popularity of online shopping has contributed to a near doubling in demand for warehouse space over the past 10 years, according to figures from property research firm CBRE. About 235 million sq ft of warehouse space was leased or purchased between 2007 and March 2018 – equivalent to more than 3,000 Wembley Stadiums. That figure is up from about 130 million sq ft in the previous decade. About 60% of the space is now…

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Roku’s platform drives quarterly revenue beat, shares jump

(Reuters) – Roku Inc on Wednesday topped Wall Street estimates for quarterly revenue as its strategy to focus on its ad-supported platform paid off, with more viewers spending longer hours streaming content. FILE PHOTO A video sign displays the logo for Roku Inc, a Fox-backed video streaming firm, in Times Square after the company’s IPO at the Nasdaq Market in New York, U.S., September 28, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo Shares of Roku, which made a spectacular debut on the Nasdaq last year, rose as much as 9.2 percent in after-hours…

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As inflation soars, Facebook drives trading in Argentina’s barter clubs

SAN MIGUEL, Argentina (Reuters) – At an abandoned train station in Buenos Aires’ working-class suburb of San Miguel, hundreds of Argentines gather with bags of clothes, rice, flour and sugar to trade. Most are women, some accompanied by children. Cardboard signs with their names scrawled in black marker hang from strings around their necks. They walk slowly around the old concrete platform yelling out the names of people they had agreed to trade with in a forum on Facebook (FB.O). They are the face of a resurgent but little-reported phenomenon…

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As inflation soars, Facebook drives trading in Argentina’s barter clubs

SAN MIGUEL, Argentina (Reuters) – At an abandoned train station in Buenos Aires’ working-class suburb of San Miguel, hundreds of Argentines gather with bags of clothes, rice, flour and sugar to trade. People barter goods in San Miguel market, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina June 15, 2018. Picture taken June 15, 2018. REUTERS/Martin Acosta Most are women, some accompanied by children. Cardboard signs with their names scrawled in black marker hang from strings around their necks. They walk slowly around the old concrete platform yelling out the names…

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Israel’s defense expertise drives tech boom for autonomous cars

SHFAYIM, Israel (Reuters) – Technology that has helped Israel’s military drive tanks, guide and intercept missiles, and keep its computer systems secure is being redeployed in the development of driverless cars. FILE PHOTO: The logo Israeli driverless technology firm Mobileye is seen on the building of their offices in Jerusalem March 13, 2017. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun/File Photo Investment from firms seeking access to Israeli expertise in automated driving, much of it gathered by engineers during their conscription, is pouring into startups. U.S. chipmaker Intel, German auto supplier Continental, Samsung, Daimler, Ford…

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