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The Ember Travel Mug keeps your drink at the ideal temperature on the go (672 days old [20/11/18])

A travel mug that's quite the hot-tea

Christmas Gift Guide 2018: 185 amazing Christmas gadget gift ideas (673 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 (673 days old [20/11/18])

Thirst-quenching presents for fans of every tipple

The 40 best iPhone and iPad games right now (673 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 (673 days old [19/11/18])

UPDATED: A leaked case showcases the five-camera design

11 things Apple will definitely* be making soon** (673 days old [19/11/18])

*Maybe **At some point

Astro's C40 TR is a wallet-busting PS4 gamepad built for pros (673 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 (673 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 (674 days old [19/11/18])

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

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Google Is Pulling the Plug On Paid Chrome Extensions Over the Next Year (2 hours old)

Google has announced that paid Chrome extensions will no longer be available and will be phased out over the next year. 9to5Google reports: Following a temporary suspension on paid extensions this year due to fraudulent transactions, Google will pull the plug on paid extensions entirely over the next several months. Developers haven't been able to submit new paid extensions since March, but this week's announcement confirms that paid extensions won't be coming back at all. Further, the free trial option offered by the Chrome Web Store will go away on December 1. On February 21, 2020, all paid [...]

Old TV Caused Village Broadband Outages For 18 Months (5 hours old)

seoras shares a report from the BBC: The mystery of why an entire village lost its broadband every morning at 7am was solved when engineers discovered an old television was to blame. An unnamed householder in Aberhosan, Powys, was unaware the old set would emit a signal which would interfere with the entire village's broadband. After 18 months engineers began an investigation after a cable replacement program failed to fix the issue. The embarrassed householder promised not to use the television again. The village now has a stable broadband signal. The engineers used a spectrum analyzer to hel[...]

T-Mobile Amassed 'Unprecedented Concentration of Spectrum,' AT&T Complains (8 hours old)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: AT&T and Verizon are worried about T-Mobile's vast spectrum holdings and have asked the Federal Communications Commission to impose limits on the carrier's ability to obtain more spectrum licenses. Verizon kicked things off in August when it petitioned the FCC to reconsider its acceptance of a new lease that would give T-Mobile another 10MHz to 30MHz of spectrum in the 600MHz band in 204 counties. AT&T followed that up on Friday with a filing that supports many of the points made in Verizon's petition. T-Mobile was once the smallest of fou[...]

Dark Web Drugs Raid Leads To 179 Arrests (10 hours old)

Police forces around the world have seized more than $6.5 million in cash and virtual currencies, as well as drugs and guns in a co-ordinated raid on dark web marketplaces. The BBC reports: Some 179 people were arrested across Europe and the U.S., and 500kg (1,102lb) of drugs and 64 guns confiscated. It ends the "golden age" of these underground marketplaces, Europol said. "The hidden internet is no longer hidden", said Edvardas Sileris, head of Europol's cyber-crime centre. The operation, known as DisrupTor, was a joint effort between the Department of Justice and Europol. It is believed [...]

The Fairphone 3+ Is a Repairable Dream That Takes Beautiful Photos (10 hours old)

The Fairphone 3+ is a $550 phone with modular parts that can easily be swapped out by users themselves. "In many ways, a Fairphone is the antithesis of the iPhone," writes Catie Keck via Gizmodo. "It doesn't benefit most retailers to allow you to easily repair your own stuff, meaning that a lot of gizmos these days -- particularly higher-end electronics -- are packed with proprietary parts and sometimes even software locks to dissuade consumers from attempting to perform repairs themselves." While it is a "repairable dream" and features two big camera upgrades over the Fairphone 3 (which does [...]

Tesla Unveils Model S Plaid: 520+ Miles, 200 MPH, and 0-60 MPH In Less Than 2s (11 hours old)

In addition to promising a $25,000 Tesla, Elon Musk unveiled its Model S Plaid, the new highest performance version of its flagship sedan. Electrek reports: The electric car is going to have over 520 miles of range, 200 mph top speed, and 0 to 60 mph acceleration in less than two seconds. The automaker lists the following features on its website: - Quickest 0-60 mph and quarter-mile acceleration of any production car ever - Acceleration from 0-60 mph: less than 2.0 s - Quarter mile: less than 9.0 s - Tri Motor All-Wheel Drive In a quick video, Tesla briefly revealed the latest Model S[...]

Apple CEO Impressed By Remote Work, Sees Permanent Changes (12 hours old)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said he's been impressed by employees' ability to operate remotely and predicted that some new work habits will remain after the pandemic. During an interview at The Atlantic Festival on Monday, Cook said Apple created products including new Apple Watches and iPads that are launching on time this year, despite the need for most employees to work away from the office due to Covid-19. Cook said he doesn't believe Apple will "return to the way we were because we've found that there are some things [...]

Tesla Announces 'Tabless' Battery Cells That Will Improve Range of Its Electric Cars (12 hours old)

At Tesla's Battery Day Event today, the company unveiled plans to develop a "tabless" battery cell that will make their EV batteries five times more energy dense, six times more powerful, and enable a 16 percent range increase for the company's vehicles. These new "tabless" cells, which Tesla is calling 4860 cells, are "close to working" at the pilot plant level, Musk said. The Verge reports: The company will produce its new batteries in-house, which Tesla CEO Elon Musk predicts will help dramatically reduce costs and allow the company to sell electric vehicles for the same price as gasoline-p[...]

Linux Journal Is Back (13 hours old)

On August 7, 2019, Linux Journal laid off all staff members and was left with no operating funds to continue in any capacity. Today, the technology magazine announced that they've secured a deal to keep the site alive indefinitely under the ownership of Slashdot Media. Linux Journal writes: We will begin publishing digital content again as soon as we can. If you're a former Linux Journal contributor or a Linux enthusiast that would like to get involved, please contact us and let us know the capacity in which you'd like to contribute. We're looking for people to cover Linux news, create Linux g[...]

Shell Reportedly To Slash Oil and Gas Production Costs To Focus More On Renewables (14 hours old)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CBC.ca: Royal Dutch Shell is looking to slash up to 40 percent off the cost of producing oil and gas in a major drive to save cash so it can overhaul its business and focus more on renewable energy and power markets, sources told Reuters. Shell's new cost-cutting review, known internally as Project Reshape and expected to be completed this year, will affect its three main divisions and any savings will come on top of a $4 billion US target set in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. Shell now wants to focus its oil and gas production on a few key hubs, incl[...]

BBC News - Technology

Musk: Cheaper Tesla ready 'in about three years' (10 hours old)

Plans for lower-cost batteries and a $25,000 car did not excite investors - firm's value fell $50bn.

Video game loot boxes: another form of gambling? (13 hours old)

The government is asking for the public's opinion on the impact of loot boxes.

Coronavirus: 'Government must publish contact-tracing app data' (13 hours old)

A health charity wants to know how well England and Wales' contact-tracing app fared in tests.

Theatres look to tech to keep performing (4 hours old)

Technology is now trying to fill the void until actors can begin treading the boards again.

Dark web drugs raid leads to 179 arrests (20 hours old)

About 500kg of cocaine, heroin and other drugs have been seized as well as guns.

Dark Overlord hacker pleads guilty (1 day old)

A UK citizen is sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay £1.1m to victims.

TikTok writes to rivals over suicide clips (22 hours old)

The Chinese social media firm was grilled by UK MPs about how it deals with online harms.

Microsoft buys Fallout creator Bethesda for $7.5bn (1 day old)

Xbox's owner confirms it has bought the game developer ahead of the launch of the new Xbox console.

TikTok deal under new threat as Trump insists on total US control (1 day old)

The US president says he will not approve the deal if Chinese company Bytedance remains involved.

Twitter investigates racial bias in image previews (2 days old [21/09/20])

After users highlight problems, Twitter says more work on racial bias in algorithms is needed.

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