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The Ember Travel Mug keeps your drink at the ideal temperature on the go (827 days old [20/11/18])

A travel mug that's quite the hot-tea

Christmas Gift Guide 2018: 185 amazing Christmas gadget gift ideas (827 days old [20/11/18])

Stuck for what to buy that special someone? We've done the hard work for you

Christmas Gift Guide 2018: 15 gift ideas for drinkers and alcohol lovers (827 days old [20/11/18])

Thirst-quenching presents for fans of every tipple

The 40 best iPhone and iPad games right now (827 days old [20/11/18])

UPDATED: If you’re not using your iOS devices for playing games, you’re missing out on some of the best titles mobile has to offer

Nokia 9 preview: Everything we know so far (827 days old [19/11/18])

UPDATED: A leaked case showcases the five-camera design

11 things Apple will definitely* be making soon** (827 days old [19/11/18])

*Maybe **At some point

Astro's C40 TR is a wallet-busting PS4 gamepad built for pros (828 days old [19/11/18])

Bonus buttons, mix-and-match components, and Astro's trademark polish

First 10 things you should do with your Google Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL (828 days old [19/11/18])

Got yourself Google's latest Pixel phone? Here's how to get the best out of it...

Tiny L’Oreal wearable keeps you safe in the sun (828 days old [19/11/18])

My Skin Track/UV does what it says on the tin

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Starlink Will Hit 300Mbps and Expand To 'Most of Earth' This Year (12 minutes old)

Starlink broadband speeds will double to 300Mbps "later this year," SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wrote on Twitter this week. SpaceX has been telling users to expect speeds of 50Mbps to 150Mbps since the beta began a few months ago. From a report: Musk also wrote that "latency will drop to ~20ms later this year." This is no surprise, as SpaceX promised latency of 20ms to 40ms during the beta and had said months ago that "we expect to achieve 16ms to 19ms by summer 2021." It sounds like the speed and latency improvements will roll out around the same time as when Starlink switches from beta to more wide[...]

Fry's Electronics Going Out of Business, Shutting Down All Stores (1 hour 14 minutes old)

UnknowingFool and scores of other readers have shared this report: Fry's Electronics, the decades-old superstore chain with locations in nine American states, appears to have gone defunct. Bay Area TV station KRON-4 was the first press outlet to confirm the news late Tuesday, saying that Fry's will shut down all 30 of its American locations. The retailer will reportedly make an announcement at some time on Wednesday via the Fry's website. Rumors began flying on Tuesday in the form of anecdotes from alleged Fry's employees, who all reported that they'd been summarily fired earlier in the day wi[...]

HP is Buying Gaming Accessory Brand HyperX for $425 Million (2 hours old)

HP has announced that it is acquiring gaming peripheral company HyperX for $425 million. The purchase will give HP a major foothold in the gaming accessory market. From a report: This transaction will result in HP buying the HyperX brand from Kingston, the current owner, but HP notes in the announcement post that "Kingston will retain the DRAM, flash, and SSD products for gamers and enthusiasts." HP has been making strides to enter the gaming peripheral space for the last several years but has not gained much traction compared to other brands such as Corsair and Logitech. HyperX is one of the [...]

A Digital Firewall in Myanmar, Built With Guns and Wire Cutters (3 hours old)

The Myanmar soldiers descended before dawn on Feb. 1, bearing rifles and wire cutters. At gunpoint, they ordered technicians at telecom operators to switch off the internet. For good measure, the soldiers snipped wires without knowing what they were severing, according to an eyewitness and a person briefed on the events. The New York Times: The data center raids in Yangon and other cities in Myanmar were part of a coordinated strike in which the military seized power, locked up the country's elected leaders and took most of its internet users offline. Since the coup, the military has repeatedl[...]

A New Browser Extension Blocks Any Websites that Use Google, Facebook, Microsoft, or Amazon (5 hours old)

The Economic Security Project is trying to make a point about big tech monopolies by releasing a browser plugin that will block any sites that reach out to IP addresses owned by Google, Facebook, Microsoft, or Amazon. From a report: The extension is called Big Tech Detective, and after using the internet with it for a day (or, more accurately, trying and failing to use), I'd say it drives home the point that it's almost impossible to avoid these companies on the modern web, even if you try. Currently, the app has to be side-loaded onto Chrome, and the Economic Security Project expects that wil[...]

Huawei Turns To Pig Farming as Smartphone Sales Fall (11 hours old)

Huawei is turning to technology for pig farmers as it deals with tough sanctions on its smartphones. From a report: The Chinese telecoms giant was stopped from accessing vital components after the Trump administration labelled it a threat to US national security. In response to struggling smartphone sales, Huawei is looking at other sources of revenue for its technology. Along with Artificial Intelligence (AI) tech for pig farmers, Huawei is also working with the coal mining industry. Former US President Donald Trump claimed Huawei can share customer data with the Chinese government, allegatio[...]

Apple M1 Mac Users Report Excessive SSD Wear (14 hours old)

Over the past week, some M1 Mac users have been reporting alarming SSD health readings, suggesting that these devices are writing extraordinary amounts of data to their drives. From a report: Across Twitter and the MacRumors forums, users are reporting that M1 Macs are experiencing extremely high drive writes over a short space of time. In what appear to be the most severe cases, M1 Macs are said to be consuming as much as 10 to 13 percent of the maximum warrantable total bytes written (TBW) value of its SSD. Flash memory on solid-state drives, such as those used in Macs, can only be written t[...]

Flash Version Distributed in China After EOL is Installing Adware (17 hours old)

Although the Flash Player app formally reached its end of life on December 31, 2020, Adobe has allowed a local Chinese company to continue distributing Flash inside China, where the application still remains a large part of the local IT ecosystem and is broadly used across both the public and private sectors. From a report: Currently, this Chinese version of the old Flash Player app is available only via flash.cn, a website managed by a company named Zhong Cheng Network, the only entity authorized by Adobe to distribute Flash inside China. But in a report published earlier this month, security[...]

Software Bug Keeping Hundreds Of Inmates In Arizona Prisons Beyond Release Dates (19 hours old)

According to Arizona Department of Corrections whistleblowers, hundreds of incarcerated people who should be eligible for release are being held in prison because the inmate management software cannot interpret current sentencing laws. From a report: KJZZ is not naming the whistleblowers because they fear retaliation. The employees said they have been raising the issue internally for more than a year, but prison administrators have not acted to fix the software bug. The sources said Chief Information Officer Holly Greene and Deputy Director Joe Profiri have been aware of the problem since 2019[...]

Square Buys $170 Million Worth of Bitcoins (19 hours old)

Square said today it has purchased approximately 3,318 bitcoins at an aggregate purchase price of $170 million. From a statement: Combined with Square's previous purchase of $50 million in bitcoin, this represents approximately five percent of Square's total cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities as of December 31, 2020. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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Spot: Boston Dynamics condemns robot paintball rampage plan (4 hours old)

The art project, which is using a quadruped Spot robot, has been criticised by maker Boston Dynamics

Hyundai to replace 82,000 electric-vehicle batteries over fire risk (4 hours old)

The South Korean carmaker is replacing batteries for huge numbers of Kona electric cars.

Google-linked smart city plan ditched in Portland (23 hours old)

It is another blow for Alphabet-owned Sidewalk Labs which cancelled a project in Toronto last year.

BBC Micro at 40: How it inspired a generation of coders (10 hours old)

Launched in the 1980s the Computer Literacy Project helped people understand the world of computing.

Clubhouse: What is it and how do you get invited? (9 hours old)

The new social-media app has already attracted huge names - and been banned in several countries.

PSVR2: Sony announces 'improved' PlayStation VR for PS5 (23 hours old)

The games giant says PSVR2 will feature a less-cluttered set-up and numerous visual improvements.

Apple users targeted by 'mysterious' malware (1 day old)

Devices in more than 150 countries are infected - but researchers still do not know why.

MWC Shanghai: Gadget companies gather for rare pandemic tech expo (1 day old)

New products include a phone that fully charges in 20 minutes and an under-screen selfie camera.

Facebook and Google 'too powerful' says watchdog boss (21 hours old)

The boss of the UK's competition watchdog says tech giants have too much share of the online ad market.

Spotify: Price rise 'could push users into piracy' (22 hours old)

Prices have been anchored at £9.99 for years, and Spotify says the situation isn't likely to change.

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