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Smart home technology that has long been knocking at doors will settle into the mainstream after rival gadgets and services become hassle-free guests that get along with one another, industry insiders say.
Captain America and Iron Man may be the stars of Marvel's latest comic-book blockbuster, but Black Panther - making his big-screen debut - is most definitely the superhero of the moment.
Mohammed al-Sheikh is only 12 and feels trapped in Gaza but he dreams of a Guinness world record for a series of stunning backflips and his almost unbelievable body contortions.
Virtual reality movie-making has taken flight at this year's Cannes Film Festival alongside traditional film offerings. A pavilion was dedicated to the immersive technology, with virtual reality film screenings and discussions as part of the festival's tandem Marche du Film sessions.
Mars makes its closest approach to Earth in a decade this month, providing sky-watchers with a celestial show from dusk to dawn starting this week, NASA said. The red planet already looms large in the night-time skies, appearing as a bright, fire-yellow, star-like light as a result of Earth, the third planet from the sun, and Mars, the fourth, coming into close alignment.
You're love-struck and can't wait to have your partner's name or face etched onto your skin for eternity. Or you've just turned 18, and your first rebellious act upon reaching the age of majority is to have a dragon tattooed on your chest.
The Middle East's poetry equivalent of "Pop Idol" is helping to keep alive an age-old tradition using bedouin dialect, which is barely understood outside the Arabian Gulf.