Google has puts its first detailed maps online of North Korea, a country that has so far been mostly blank on the search giant’s popular Maps website.
The data was compiled on Google’s Map Maker tool, which allows users to contribute information mainly using satellite images or local knowledge.
Many landmarks are now labelled, as are notorious prison labour camps and nuclear research sites.
Courtesy Google Maps
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Schools around the UK are to be given 15,000 free microcomputers, with a view to creating a new generation of computer scientists.
Funded by Google, the Raspberry Pi Foundation hopes the free devices will inspire children to take up coding.
Google chairman Eric Schmidt told the BBC’s LJ Rich that the search engine giant had decided to invest in the Raspberry Pi because of its “very clever design”.
He also responded to criticism in the UK about the amount of tax paid by his firm. Mr Schmidt said Google paid “whatever taxes are required”.
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They were created in the late-1980s, but recent years have seen a resurgence in popularity of gif animated files.
One of their original concepts was to deliver animated graphics onto the web. They are often comprised of short, looping video segments made up of just a few frames.
But now they populate the Internet in all manner of humorous, bizarre, and utilitarian forms.
The gif’s resurgence has also prompted a variety of artistic uses and the medium is evolving at a rapid pace.
Produced by the BBC’s David Botti
Photo/GIFs: Getty Images and Courtesy Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg
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With stories of children going up to TVs and trying to push a character on screen to make them talk, gadgets are sometimes seen as a nuisance to parents.
But when you are looking after a baby, they can be a timesaver.
Lara Lewington looks at what is available to the tech-savvy parent, including a baby outfit that knows when it’s time to change a nappy.
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An exhibition has opened in London devoted to the online phenomenon of cats doing funny things, known as “lolcats”.
It is the first of its kind in Europe, according to organisers.
Hundreds of thousands of people around the world create and share online these feline-inspired, often humorous, artistic creations.
Websites have sprung up to cater to the “lolcat community”, and members have even developed their own language: an approximation of how cats might sound if they spoke, according to those in the know.
BBC News caught up with the exhibition’s organiser Jenny Theolin; Kate Miltner, who has done graduate research on the Lolcats phenomenon; and two exhibiting artists: Lizzie Mary Cullen and James O’Connell, who are both also graphic designers by day.
Lolcat: Teh Exhibishun (sic) runs from 23 January to 15 February at The Framers Gallery in central London. Artwork from the event is to be sold off to raise money for Battersea Dogs Cats Home.
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