Palmer to back undersea internet cable bid to Sunshine Coast

Tony Moore   Wealthy businessman and Fairfax MP Clive Palmer wants to back the bid to bring Australia's sixth undersea data communications cable into the Sunshine Coast and stop Australia's "brain drain".

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Bitcoin

Former US agent charged in bitcoin case tried to change identity

Shaun Bridges admits to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in bitcoins.

Joel Rosenblatt   A former US Secret Service agent charged with stealing more than $US800,000 in bitcoins while investigating the Silk Road internet drug emporium tried to change his identity after reaching an agreement to plead guilty, prosecutors said.

Tech

Police Taser drones authorised in US state

A recently passed bill in North Dakota would enable police departments to equip drones with non-lethal weapons such as Tasers.

Marco della Cava   USA Today

Robots

American mech gears up to battle Japanese rival

Megabots co-founder Gui Cavalcanti with his Mk II robot at the company's headquarters in Oakland, California.

Matt O'Brien   The hulking, 4.5-metre tall robot rests on its tank treads in a Californian warehouse, waiting for the coming war against its powerful nemesis across the sea.

No secrets: your digital privacy ends now

Quentin Dempster

Quentin Dempster   The government's Orwellian new surveillance regime is set to render privacy a thing of Australia's past, writes Quentin Dempster.

Our 1913 encounter with surfing legend Duke Kahanamoku

"Duke, as he is known to everyone in the Islands, is the perfect type of an athlete".

Staff reporter   As a Google doodle celebrates Duke Kahanamoku's 125th birthday, we revisit our 1913 visit to Waikiki beach and a meeting with the surfing pioneer.

Tiny trackers help bees fight disease

A sensor on the back of a bee.

Clare Sibthorpe   It's like a tracking device in the form of a mini backpack - weighing less than half a grain of rice and sticking to 3000 bees at a time.

Ashley Madison hack: Perth's most cheating suburbs revealed

Madison Ashley, Perth

Steve Holland   Perth's love cheats continue to sweat as the latest revelation to emerge from the Ashley Madison hack shows hundreds of users around WA have been exposed and the state's hottest suburbs for accounts revealed.

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Weight-bearing robot for soldiers among high-tech military developments

Karam Kim from DGPERS-A  with the Soldier Worn Integrated Power Equipment System.

Clare Sibthorpe   Robot to help soldiers carry weight, solar cells to help them power devices. Defence reveal high-tech new developments.

Chinese police arrest 15,000 for internet crimes

Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Police in China have arrested about 15,000 people for crimes that "jeopardised internet security" as the government moves to tighten controls on the internet.

NBN's 'Sky Muster' satellite gets launch date

The Sky Muster satellite being built.

Ben Grubb   There are fewer than fifty days until the company building the nbn will blast its first broadband satellite 36,000 kilometres into orbit.

Google

Sundar Pichai quietly takes the helm at Google

Sundar Pichai, the new chief executive of Google.

Davide Streifeld, Mike Isaac   New Google CEO Sundar Pichai sent news of his ascension on Twitter, very obliquely.

A quadcopter drone big enough to ride

Dutch engineer Thorstin Crijns rides on a prototype Quadro.

Quadcopters are a popular choice of unmanned aerial vehicle by drone developers hoping to reduce the costs and improve on the safety record of helicopters.

The figure to make any Facebook user pause for thought

Matt Palmer posted a photo of a poster describing a neighbour on Facebook that said the neighbour "may or may not be related to Satan".

Louise Hall   Sydney couple left with $15,000 legal bill after their comments about a neighbour's dogs on Facebook saw them sued for defamation.

Apple and Windows go head to head with Photos

Windows 10 Photos has a few advantages over the Mac OS Photos, such as easier and better file management.

Terry Lane   Windows 10 and Apple are both offering a built-in photo editing and cataloguing application called Photos. And we test the new Panasonic phone-in-a-camera.

AI

How an Australian team won robot soccer world championships

A robot from the Australian UNSW team (right) faces off with a German opposition player for the ball.

Sean Harris   With no remote controls in sight, this competition is all about the AI and software designed by teams for their robotic players.

All Australian mobile phones at risk of foreign hacking: US intelligence committee head

Devin Nunes, Chairman of the US House Intelligence Committee.

John Garnaut and Peter Hartcher   Australians have been warned that all mobile phone and email communications are constantly vulnerable to being hacked by "foreign adversaries".

Space

NASA satellite captures 'dark' side of the moon

The moon passes in front of the Earth, as seen from NASA's deep space satellite, revealing the side we never see from the ground.

Tim Biggs   Humans are accustomed to only seeing one side of the moon — the side with peaks and valleys that make it kind of look like a face — but a deep space NASA satellite has now captured images of the other side.

Top Ten macho industries that put women off

Workplace

Kate Aubusson   Perceptions of macho behaviour and patronising male colleagues were more likely to keep women away from male orientated fields than low pay or boredom, according to a recent survey.

Dr Google says you are going to die

Using Google to diagnose your back pain is liable to lead you right up the garden path.

Andrew Masterson   It's been three days and that pain in your back is still there. You're starting to get a bit worried, so you do a bit of research on Google.