Tech

A Chinese city is asking smartphone users to walk in their own footpath lane

Rick Noack 11:11 AM   China, home to 700 million smartphone users, is now experimenting with new ways to prevent smartphone-related accidents: On a 165-foot pavement stretch in the city of Chongqing, pedestrians can choose between a normal lane and an exclusive one reserved for heavy users of mobile devices.

Data

World-first technology to help protect children from abuse

Personal motivation to protect children: HubCare chief executive Ruby O'Rourke with co-founder David Salajan.

Hannah Francis 12:15 AM   Abuse survivor Ruby O'Rourke is leveraging world-first technology to help prevent vulnerable children from slipping through the cracks.

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'Stop Bailey from Breeding': woman's bid to crowdfund abortion halted

Entrepreneurs will soon be able to take advantage of crowdfunding.

Caroline Zielinski   A crowdfunding website has shut down the campaign of a woman seeking to raise $2,500 to fund an abortion, sparking an internet debate about ethics of the crowdfunding movement.

Fake Facebook account alleged in sexual assault case

Charged: Billy Tamawiwy is accused of using a fake Facebook profile to have sex with another man.

Michael Inman   A Belconnen man alleged to have created a fake Facebook profile of a young woman to commit a sexual assault against another man has been refused bail.

3D-printed hearts will help surgeons better prepare for operations

Dr James Otton with a replica of a heart built with a 3D printer.

Amy Corderoy   Sydney hospitals are preparing to use 3D printers to produce life-size replicas of their patients' hearts to prepare for surgery.

Apple hires Australian designer Marc Newson

New hire: Designer Marc Newson.

Stephen Hutcheon   Australian born designer Marc Newson has been hired to work in the creative heart of Apple under design guru and friend Jony Ive.

Robotics

Building a robot with human touch

Technology will need to advance robotic touch and motion control if robots are ever to collaborate with humans in roles like food service worker, medical orderly, office secretary,  or health care assistant, robotic experts say.

John Markoff   In factories and warehouses, robots routinely outdo humans in strength and precision. Artificial intelligence software can drive cars, beat grandmasters at chess and leave "Jeopardy!" champions in the dust. But machines still lack a critical element that will keep them from eclipsing most human capabilities anytime soon: a well-developed sense of touch.

FBI joins manhunt for hackers who leaked nude celebrities photos

Victim: Jennifer Lawrence.

Hannah Franics, Patrick Begley   The leaking of a trove of nude images of celebrities, including those of beloved actress Jennifer Lawrence, has triggered a manhunt for the culprits, with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation annoucing it had joined the search.

Telstra backs blocking of pirate-friendly websites

Some studies indicate that those who do download pirated material will also happily pay for legal content.

David Ramli   Telstra has backed a proposal to block websites that host pirated movies and music and called for new measures to help content owners sue repeat offenders.

The ATO's social (media) revolution begins

Getting social: ATO Commissioner Chris Jordan has given his staff access to Facebook and Twitter.

Noel Towell   ATO workers are now able to use social networking sites, Facebook, Twitter and LinkdIn at work.

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Drone video shows scale of Apple's new 'spaceship' headquarters

Architectural drawing of Apple's new "spaceship" headquarters in Cupertino, California.

Amateur video footage taken by a drone and uploaded to YouTube reveals the enormous scale of Apple's new "spaceship" headquarters now under construction in Silicon Valley, California.

Telcos

Telcos back internet piracy crackdown

Attorney-General George Brandis.

Matthew Knott   The country's biggest telecommunications companies are willing to block their customers from accessing overseas websites hosting pirated movies and music despite concerns harmless sites could also get caught by the filter.

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This is what happens when Apple launches an iPhone

Steve Jobs with the iPhone 4.

Stephen Hutcheon   Apple iPhone launches are highly stage-managed events designed to fuel gadget-envy.

SUNDAY EXPLAINER

Gold-plated nation builder or boondoggle: whose NBN is best?

Peter Martin   It was going to be bigger than the Snowy Mountains Scheme and revolutionise our lives. This week the Coalition released the first analysis of Labor's National Broadband Network which found the benefits would never have met the cost.

Tech

Killer robots 'a small step away' and must be outlawed

The terminators of film might be closer than we think.

Ben Farmer   Killer robots programmed to open fire without human control are just a “small step” from the battlefield and military powers should agree to outlaw them, a top United Nations official has said.

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The geopolitics of Edward Snowden’s whistle-blowing

Edward Snowden speaking to European officials by videoconference link in June.

Chris Zappone   Few contemporary figures can claim to have shifted the political agenda to the extent that National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden has.

Copyright

Consumer group ridicules government's piracy crackdown

The fake 'Minister for the Internet' in Choice's campaign.

Hannah Francis   Consumer group launches ad campaign targeting policymakers in Canberra.

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Tech

Chinese reportedly working on super-fast submarine that would 'fly' in an 'air bubble'

A "supercavitating" submarine creates a bubble of air that encompasses the whole vehicle by ejecting gas through the nose with enough force that it forms water vapor. This greatly reduces drag and allows it to travel at high speeds not possible by standard submarines.

Terrence McCoy   In the annals of vehicular locomotion, the submarine is the equivalent of the Walkman. It dazzled the masses when it hit, flexing nuclear-tipped missiles that completed the "nuclear triad" of deterrence.

How Google Maps put Australia on the map

Google whiteboard

Stephen Hutcheon   He was one of the Aussie co-founders of the start-up that became Google Maps but until now, he's kept a very low profile.