New sensation: Disney invents touchscreen that lets users 'feel' images

Scientists at Disney have taken the touchscreen experience to the next level by creating a textured screen that allows viewers to feel videos and images. 

2 July 2013: The Mayor of London Boris Johnson responds during his appearance on the LBC 97.3 radio phone-in show, hosted by Nick Ferrari in the LBC studios in London. Boris Johnson could still reverse his decision not to seek a third term as London mayor, he indicated today - but only if there was strong public support for him to continue

Boris Johnson, Nick Clegg and phone-in politics

The London Mayor and the Lib-Dem leader are paving the way in unmediated, unfiltered public broadcasting

Minority Report-style technology arrives: Introducing hands-free touch-screen 'ultrahaptics'

Bristol researchers debut touch-screen computers you don't have to touch

New National Crime Agency investigates UK suspects over illegal drugs website Silk Road

Four men arrested last week over alleged role in online marketplace just hours after suspected creator of site arrested in US

GTA Online: Rockstar say PS3 update is live, Xbox fix coming 'soon'

The popularity of Grand Theft Auto 5 has proved too much for the game's servers

Finishing a puzzle is as pleasurable as academic completing research, says neuroscientist

Daniel Bor claims 'pattern spotting' is something that can be immensely satisfying to both scientists and non-scientists alike

Silk Road comes to an end: Dread Pirate Roberts arrested, millions of bitcoins seized

Ross Ulbricht, 29, was said to have had  £2.1m in his account in  July from commissions

Moshi Monster creator Mind Candy reveals record revenues

Colourful monsters continue to prove big business for Mind Candy, with the firm’s Moshi Monster characters becoming the most-licensed property in the UK and revenues at the firm jumping by more than 60 per cent.

Simon Darwen and Laura Elphinstone in Virgin

Theatre review: Virgin, Watford Palace Theatre

Fittingly for a play which is in part about the difficulties of saying what you think, Virgin is a little unclear as to what it thinks it is saying. EV Crowe’s play aims to explore how far our online lives mirror our offline ones, but the internet felt strangely incidental to her story. It could just as easily have been a marketing project for better roads, or a new hospital, and not a scheme to roll out broadband to rural communities, that the play’s central character, Emily (Laura Elphinstone), is trying to convince her male employers to let her lead. In fact, the play is often at its best when it deals straightforwardly with gender politics in the workplace and when the internet is left, so to speak, unconnected. 

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has appealed to the UK's IT experts to sign up to the Joint Cyber Reserve Unit when recruitment opens in October

UK to spend big in drive to create cyber defence force

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond appeals to the UK's IT experts to sign up to the Joint Cyber Reserve Unit when it launches next month

Book review: Bleeding Edge, By Thomas Pynchon

“Help, too byzantine, make it stop!” So says Maxine Tarnow, the central protagonist. The cri de coeur may strike a chord with even Pynchon’s most rabid fans: a self-referential health warning about a body of work that recreates the tribulations of crazy golf in narrative fiction.

Google celebrates 15th birthday with interactive piñata 'doodle'

Doodle challenges users to release as many virtual sweets as possible by thwacking a star-shaped piñata with a stick

London teenager arrested over huge cyberattack

The alleged DDoS attack caused 'worldwide disruption' online

Sony rumoured to reveal Virtual Reality headset for the PS4

Popularity of the Oculus Rift has reignited interest in virtual reality gaming.

'Revenge porn' ban is debated in California

Senate Bill 255 would make it illegal to publish images of another in full or partial states of nudity

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