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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus: Ethiopian wins top WHO job

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus from Ethiopia will be the next director general of the World Health Organization (WHO). He will be the first African to head up the UN agency, after winning the most votes from 186 member states. He replaces Margaret Chan, who will step down from her 10-year post at the end of June. During her tenure, the WHO’s ...

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Digital currencies hit record highs

0SHARESShare The price of Bitcoin, a digital currency once located at the fringe of finance, has been rising to new records in recent months as digital assets move into the mainstream. On Tuesday, it shot past $2,200 (£1,700), more than doubling from just two months ago. And a newer currency, Ethereum, has climbed even faster. Industry members say uncertainty surrounding ...

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Google plans to track credit card spending

0SHARESShare Google is planning to track billions of credit and debit card sales to compare online ad clicks with money spent offline. Google Attribution will allow advertisers to see whether online ad campaigns generate offline sales. Announcing the service, Google said that it captures around 70% of credit and debit card transactions in the US. Critics said it represented another ...

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Nokia 3310 sparks wave of nostalgia as it goes on sale

0SHARESShare Media playback is unsupported on your device The rebooted Nokia 3310 has gone on sale, nearly 17 years after the original made its debut. The phone, which has a two megapixel camera and relies on 2.5G connectivity to offer only limited internet access, is being sold for £49.99. The battery is claimed to offer up to 22 hours of ...

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Wales flag emoji finally arrives on Twitter

0SHARESShare New emoji flags for Wales, Scotland and England have finally arrived on tablets and smart phones. It follows a campaign for the national flags by Jeremy Burge of Emojipedia and BBC Wales’ social media lead Owen Williams in March 2016. Unicode, the authority on computer text and characters, agreed to add the three flags to the next release of ...

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Flamingo balancing act saves energy

0SHARESShare Flamingos expend less energy standing on one leg than in a two-legged stance, scientists have confirmed. It may be their signature pose, but how and why the birds perch on one limb has been a longstanding puzzle. Now, a team from the US has shown that flamingos employ no active muscular effort when they’re unipedal, meaning they are also ...

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Just A Baby app matches hopeful parents

0SHARESShare A new dating app lets people search for sperm and egg donors, surrogate mothers and lovers. The makers of Just A Baby say anybody who wants to have a child can sign up, and hope it will be useful for single people, same-sex couples or people who have not had a child but want one. But some organisations have ...

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Samsung S8 'eye security' fooled by photo

0SHARESShare Samsung’s eye-scanning security technology, used on the new Galaxy S8 smartphone, has been fooled with a photograph and a contact lens. The iris-scanner can be used to unlock the phone simply by looking at it, which Samsung says provides “airtight security”. But researchers at Chaos Computer Club had easily tricked the device with a picture of an eye, Motherboard ...

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Microsoft launches new Surface Pro

Microsoft has launched a “faster, more powerful” Surface Pro tablet, with a battery life of 13.5 hours. The device, which weighs 770g (1.69lb) and has a 31cm (12.3in) screen, will cost from $799 in the US and £799 in the UK. Microsoft Surface boss Panos Panay told the BBC it had been “completely redesigned inside out”, and would be more ...

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Conservative social care funding cap: Theresa May defends changes

Media playback is unsupported on your device Theresa May has defended her changes to the Tory social care policy, as critics called it a “manifesto meltdown”. The PM told the BBC “nothing has changed” and said rival parties had been “trying to scare” elderly people. It came after she said earlier that there would be a cap on how much ...

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