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Blue plaque to honour Welsh computing pioneer Donald Davies

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The AIREAL device emits a ring of air called a vortex towards a user’s hand. The vortex can impart a force on the user’s hand, enabling a range of dynamic free air sensations.

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Sales staff demonstrate the Microsoft Surface during the opening of Microsoft's retail store in New York's Times Square October 25, 2012. REUTERS/Keith Bedford

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Trevor Pearce, the Serious Organised Crime Agency's Director-general

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The Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) has been asked to clarify whether it failed to prevent corrupt private investigators from hacking the computer of a former British Army intelligence officer.

Bradley Manning is escorted into a courthouse before a court martial hearing

Judge refuses motion to drop Bradley Manning 'aiding enemy' charges

US government says they have evidence Osama bin Laden obtained leaked documents

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