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Boston Dynamics' demonstration of its new robot dog ends with the message that no robots were harmed in making it — but will it always be that way?

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Just as we're prompted to rate companies, they are now rating us, too. And if we get ourselves a bad reputation the service can be withheld, says Rhodri Marsden
Dr Mirko Kovac's new generation of small‑but‑mighty machines mimic the activities of termites, grasshoppers and butterflies

Scientists developing drone technology are turning to the insect world for inspiration

Dr Mirko Kovac, director of the aerial robotics laboratory at Imperial College London, believes that small-but-mighty machines will bring good to humanity

In the past, if you heard a new song you liked, you would dance over to the jukebox and squint through the glass cover

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Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

To celebrate its 70th anniversary, the Design Council will tomorrow name 70 of Britain's most exciting up-and-coming innovators. Here, we exclusively preview four of the most intriguing prototypes from these Ones to Watch

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The app is designed to optimise relationships by monitoring our attitudes towards each other and prioritising certain people over others

Crowd scene: a film recorded during the riots in Hong Kong can be viewed ‘immersively’ using a virtual-reality headset
How do you like them Apples?: a happy customer celebrates after being the first person to purchase the iPhone 6 in London, last September

Record Apple profits: We addicts are all too happy to be milked for our cash

We have been brainwashed by the Cult Of Mac

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The tech firm has recorded the biggest quarterly profits ever made by a public company

Apple's secret behind its enormous profits? It's still the best

Apple just announce the biggest profits of any public company, ever. But its secret is simple: it's the best and it's going to get better, says David Phelan

Flippa and the revival of the internet's dead

The trade in digital real estate – auctioning off struggling websites – is brisk

The Oliver twins, Philip and Andrew, at work creating the 'Dizzy' arcade-adventure games in 1988

Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

For one moment three decades ago, the British computer-games industry was a few thousand kids with a cheap computer, a tape recorder and a punk-like passion for the mysteries of programming. As a retro version of the ZX Spectrum gears up for release, Rhodri Marsden charts the rise and fall of the video-game punks

Is virtual reality the future of news? Documentaries go 360-degrees as three are launched in one day

Team behind the 360-degree news films hope that they can engage a lost news audience, by being more immersive and objective

WhatsApp on web disappoints some with no support for iPhone and many browsers

Web client is great for those using Android and Chrome — but not so much for anybody else

She's electric: some scientists believe that robots with consciousness, such as Ava in 'Ex Machina', are only 'a couple of breakthroughs away'

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