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I'm a 50 year old PLC programmer from Burnley, UK. I severed my time as an electrician in the baking industry and soon got involved with the up and coming technology of PLC's. Initially this was all based in the Uk but as the years went by I have gradually worked my way around the globe. At first it was mainly Mitsubishi with a bit of Modicon thrown in but these days the industry leaders seem to be the Allen Bradley range of PLC and HMI’s.

These robotic skiers hit the slopes in style

Researchers took part in the Ski Robot Challenge last month and the resulting videos – essentially quick cuts of robots in ski jackets totally whanging off the gates and spinning out in the powder. The Challenge, run by the Korea Institute for Robot Industry Advancement, is sort of a Winter ...

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Micropodcasting? Facebook tries Voice Clip status updates

More intimate than text but easier to record than video, Facebook hopes voice could get people sharing more on its aging social network. And internationally, where users may have to deal with non-native language keyboards, voice lets them speak their mind without a typing barrier. Facebook is now testing Voice ...

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Macquarie Telecom growth saved by hosting and datacentres

(Image: Gorodenkoff Productions OU, Getty Images/iStockphoto) Macquarie Telecom reported its 2018 first half financials on Wednesday, seeing revenue grow by 8 percent and earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortisation (EBITDA) increase by 18 percent, but the differences between its divisions was stark. The company’s traditional telecom business reported steady ...

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Turn your iPad or iPod Touch into a dual-SIM mobile phone

Video: Apple iPhone throttling: Class action lawsuit filed in Canada too Would you like to turn your iPad or iPod Touch into a dual-SIM mobile phone? What about having two or three active phone numbers simultaneously on your iPhone? Enter the SIMore E-Clips Box. Must read: Apple products you shouldn’t ...

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Instagram code reveals unreleased voice and video calling

Instagram wants to be your phone, not just your camera. And it wants to be better at it than Snapchat. Files buried in Instagram and the Instagram Direct standalone app’s Android Application Packages (APKs) are files and icons for “Call” and “Video Call”. APKs often show files for unreleased features ...

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Box shares fall over 20% on concerns over slowed growth

Cloud storage provider Box started out the day Thursday down over 20% on the stock market. Shares traded as low as $19.11 in early hours of trading, down from a previous close of $24.07. The company reported quarterly earnings after the bell on Wednesday, and while its losses of six cents ...

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