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3D printing shop closes after accusations of idolatry

Image copyright Al-Qabas News A 3D printing shop in Kuwait has reportedly been shut down by authorities following pressure from an Islamist cleric. The shop, which specialises in producing figurines that bear a life-like resemblance to real people, was accused of creating “idols” by Sheikh Othman al-Khamis. The Kuwaiti Al-Qabas …

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Will we ever get self-healing smartphones?

Image copyright Getty Images The BBC’s Circular Economy series highlights the ways we are designing systems to reduce the waste modern society generates, by reusing and repurposing products. This week we look at the prospects for hi-tech materials that can heal themselves. You don’t have to be a liquid metal …

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Sony unveils mini PlayStation Classic console

Image copyright Sony Image caption Sony’s PlayStation Classic is 45% smaller than the original. Sony has announced a miniature version of the first PlayStation console, which originally launched in 1994. The mini version will come with 20 retro titles, including Final Fantasy VII and Tekken 3. The PlayStation Classic is …

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Google partners with Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi to bring Android to cars

The world’s biggest auto group has partnered up with Google to bring Android to cars. Starting in 2021, cars made by the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance will come with Android-powered infotainment systems. Until now, carmakers have largely chosen operating systems that are more limited in functionality, but more easily controlled by the manufacturer. …

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