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The Ember Travel Mug keeps your drink at the ideal temperature on the go (460 days old [20/11/18])

A travel mug that's quite the hot-tea

Christmas Gift Guide 2018: 185 amazing Christmas gadget gift ideas (461 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 (461 days old [20/11/18])

Thirst-quenching presents for fans of every tipple

The 40 best iPhone and iPad games right now (461 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 (461 days old [19/11/18])

UPDATED: A leaked case showcases the five-camera design

11 things Apple will definitely* be making soon** (461 days old [19/11/18])

*Maybe **At some point

Astro's C40 TR is a wallet-busting PS4 gamepad built for pros (462 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 (462 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 (462 days old [19/11/18])

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


Katherine Johnson, NASA's Pioneering Mathematician and Physicist, Dead at 101 (10 minutes old)

Katherine Johnson, one of the NASA mathematicians and physicists depicted in "Hidden Figures," died Monday, the administrator of NASA said. She was 101. From a report: Johnson "was an American hero and her pioneering legacy will never be forgotten," NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine wrote on Twitter. Johnson was portrayed by Taraji P. Henson in the Oscar nominated 2016 film "Hidden Figures" about trailblazing black women whose work at NASA was integral during the Space Race. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Microsoft Reveals More Xbox Series X Specs (49 minutes old)

Microsoft revealed new details on its next-generation console, text, on Monday morning, confirming specifications on what the company calls its "superior balance of power and speed" for its new hardware. From a report: The next-gen Xbox, Microsoft said, will be four times as powerful as the original Xbox One. The Xbox Series X "next-generation custom processor" will employ AMD's Zen 2 and RDNA 2 architecture, head of Xbox Phil Spencer wrote on the Xbox website. "Delivering four times the processing power of an Xbox One and enabling developers to leverage 12 [teraflops] of GPU (Graphics Process[...]

Drug Dealer Loses $58M in Bitcoin After Landlord Accidentally Throws Codes Out (1 hour 29 minutes old)

An anonymous reader shares a report: Between 2011 and 2012, 49-year-old Clifton Collins bought 6,000 Bitcoin using money he earned from growing and selling weed, reports The Irish Times. At the time, the cryptocurrency's price varied between $4 and $6. Today it stands at over $9,700. But Collins isn't enjoying any euphoria for the windfall -- because his landlord threw out his Bitcoin codes. The Irish Times reports that Collins was arrested in 2017 for growing and selling weed, and was subsequently hit with a five-year prison sentence. Following this, his landlord sent many of Collins' possess[...]

Open Source CPU Architecture RISC-V Is Gaining Momentum (2 hours old)

The CEO of the RISC-V Foundation (a former IBM executive) touted the open-source CPU architecture at this year's HiPEAC conference, arguing there's "a growing demand for custom processors purpose-built to meet the power and performance requirements of specific applications..." As I've been travelling across the globe to promote the benefits of RISC-V at events and meet with our member companies, it's really stuck me how the level of commitment to drive the mainstream adoption of RISC-V is like nothing I've seen before. It's exhilarating to witness our community collaborate across industries[...]

Judge Forces America's FCC To Seek New Public Feedback on Its Net Neutrality Repeal (6 hours old)

"Earlier this week, the FCC successfully defeated Mozilla's attempt to undo the commission's repeal of net neutrality," reports Engadget. "But, while siding with the body, judges have asked the FCC to determine if repealing the law to prevent a multi-speed internet has had any negative consequences." That includes checking if net neutrality repeal has harmed public safety, reduced spending in infrastructure or hampered the Lifeline program. Consequently, the FCC will launch a period where the public and interested parties can share their views on the process. This is not an opportunity to r[...]

New California Bill Proposes $1,000-a-Month Universal Basic Income (10 hours old)

1 out of 8 Americans live in California. Now a proposed California law "would provide most adults in the state with a universal basic income of $1,000 per month, similar to the proposed plan of former presidential candidate Andrew Yang," reports Newsweek: The California Universal Basic Income (UBI) Program was Funding the program with a value-added tax has been blasted by some who believe such a tax would disproportionately burden the poor. Concerns have also been raised over potentially forcing people to choose between UBI and other existing public assistance programs... Proponents of [...]

Forbes Criticizes Airbnb 'Surveillance Bugs To Make Sure Guests Behave' (13 hours old)

"So this is creepy," writes a Forbes cybersecurity reporter, saying Airbnb "has put aside the stories of hosts secretly spying on guests" to promote a new line of devices Forbes calls "surveillance bugs to make sure guests behave." Vice reports: As part of its "party prevention" campaign, the home-sharing service is offering discounts on devices designed to alert hosts when there's an irregular level of noise in their homes... An email I received on Thursday from Airbnb (I've occasionally rented out my apartment) told me to "plan ahead to protect your home from unauthorized parties" a[...]

New $300 Kitchen Playset For Children Includes Amazon's Alexa (15 hours old)

"Kids can play with Alexa in their very own $300 pretend kitchen and grocery store," CNET reports, "with the Amazon voice assistant dishing out cooking advice, shopping help and plenty of goofy toddler humor." The Alexa 2-in-1 Kitchen and Market, from toymaker KidKraft, is making its debut at this weekend's New York Toy Fair... It uses a mix of RFID sensors and Bluetooth to tell Alexa which pretend food items kids are buying and cooking... Alexa speaks only when a sensor on the play set is activated. Put a toy hot dog into the pot on the stove, and Alexa knows you're cooking hot dogs. Kids he[...]

Google Detects Edge Users Visiting Its Sites, Urges Them to Switch to Chrome (16 hours old)

In Microsoft's Chromium-based Edge browser, Chrome's extensions "work as good as they work on Chrome browsers," argues the MS Power User blog. But guess what happens when you use Edge to visit Chrome's "Web Store" for downloading extensions? According to Google, internet users should use Google Chrome instead of Microsoft Edge if they want to use browser extensions securely. On visiting the Chrome web store on Microsoft Edge, you'll be displayed a banner with a yellow background color saying "Google recommends switching to Chrome to use extensions securely" at the top of the page. A later[...]

Activision Fights 'Call of Duty' Leaks With Subpoenas to Reddit (17 hours old)

Gizmodo shares the saga of a now-deleted video claiming to show Call of Duty's new "battle royale" mode: The YouTube video, initially posted by a user who goes by TheGamingRevoYT, was slammed with a copyright claim and ripped from the platform. Meanwhile, other gamers noticed that Reddit posts and Twitter threads even mentioning the upcoming release were being taken down for "copyright infringement." Last week, when one Redditor found a leak of what appeared to be the cover art for the new game, that got hit with a copyright claim too — and some other legal action. According to court docume[...]

The Register

All your base station are belong to us: Intel joins spec race with new 5G chips (23 minutes old)

Plus: Looking for a 'deep learning boost'? Chipzilla's your man Intel will sling out fresh silicon aimed at hardware across the nascent 5G market: including new second-generation Xeon processors and a low-latency Atom P5900 for next-gen mobile base stations.…

Don't worry, IT contractors. New UK chancellor says HMRC will be gentle pushing IR35 rules (59 minutes old)

But critics advise to take that with a 'pinch of salt' The UK's new Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has promised that HMRC will not be "heavy-handed" in pushing its IR35 tax reforms.…

I'll never let go, Jack. I'll never let go: Yes, Sony's Xperia 1 II has a 3.5mm headphone port (1 hour 56 minutes old)

And it does 5G, but who cares? Undeterred by the coronavirus derailing Sony's MWC launch plans, the Japanese firm launched three new devices in a virtual press conference early this morning. Predictably, the most exciting handset is also the newest flagship phone – the 5G Sony Xperia 1 II.…

Samsung cops to data breach after unsolicited '1/1' Find my Mobile push notification (2 hours old)

Tight-lipped chaebol still won't talk about the dodgy app, though Samsung has admitted that what it calls a "small number" of users could indeed read other people's personal data following last week's unexplained Find my Mobile notification.…

Microsoft polishes Sphere, carts backups off to Azure – and mystery mobile claims to run Windows 10 and Android (3 hours old)

Also: Beware the disconnected car Roundup Between fanboys swooning over new Windows icons and a cracking time being had by Surface Laptop 3 owners, over the past week, Microsoft tinkered with backups and nudged Azure Sphere closer to release.…

Flat Earther and wannabe astronaut killed in homemade rocket (3 hours old)

RIP 'Mad' Mike Hughes The sad news that steam-rocket fan "Mad" Mike Hughes has taken his final flight reached Vulture Central over the weekend.…

Google gets woke on gender in Vision API, Amazon happy to sell its facial recognition code to foreigners, and more (4 hours old)

Elon Musk roasts OpenAI, says should be more open Roundup Hello readers. If you're struggling to keep up with all the AI-related news spewed out and have already read what we've covered this week, then here's more.…

Windows 7: Still looking after business (except when it isn't) (4 hours old)

The operating system that will not die lingers on in NatWest's ATMs Bork!Bork!Bork! In a welcome change from burger-based BSODing, here's Windows 7 tugging at the purse strings in a NatWest ATM in the East Midlands.…

BAE Systems tosses its contractors a blanket... ban on off-payroll working under upcoming IR35 tax reforms (5 hours old)

'As soon as I got the note saying I'm inside, I started chasing another role' Ahead of IR35 private sector rules, defence firm BAE Systems has issued a blanket assessment on all its contractors and freelancers that forces them into PAYE terms regardless of their individual circumstances.…

The Wristwatch of the Long Now: When your MTBF is two centuries (6 hours old)

Face it: In 2220, your great-great-great-great-great-great grandkid will not find a compatible SoC for your tat Column If you've got a grand-and-a-half to splurge on rose-gold pocket tech, here are two contenders. One is a 512GB Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, which can tell the time and make phone calls. The other is an 1820 Garcerand French repeating pocket watch (see below) with verge escapement and quarter repeater, which tells the time. No phone calls, but otherwise in good condition and working well.…

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Huawei Mate XS: Hands-on with the folding phone (1 hour 58 minutes old)

BBC Click's Chris Fox tries out the folding Huawei Mate XS for the first time.

UK's 5G network well within safety limits, Ofcom tests find (1 hour 23 minutes old)

Ofcom testing of the UK's 5G network finds radiation is at a "tiny fraction" of safe levels.

Google warns Huawei owners against 'sideloading' its apps (3 hours old)

The Android owner says circumventing the Huawei ban is a major security risk.

YouTuber ‘became better human’ after race row (8 hours old)

The 24-year-old was fired from a film inspired by Black Lives Matter in 2018 after a video resurfaced of him using racial language.

'Mad' Mike Hughes dies after crash-landing homemade rocket (1 day old)

"Mad" Mike Hughes, 64, wanted to launch himself into space to prove that the Earth was flat.

Wales considers online GCSE exams (7 hours old)

The new head of Wales' exam watchdog believes "significantly more" tests could be sat online.

How lake gases are powering homes in Rwanda (1 day old)

Methane is being extracted from Lake Kivu in Rwanda to generate electricity.

Study finds quarter of climate change tweets from bots (2 days old [22/02/20])

Researchers at Brown University found bots were far more likely to post tweets denying climate change.

Email address charges branded 'daylight robbery' (2 days old [22/02/20])

Ofcom is asking why broadband firms charge people to keep old email addresses after switching providers.

Nintendo: Animal Crossing fans upset by cloud restrictions (2 days old [21/02/20])

Nintendo confirms its new Animal Crossing game will not let players save progress to the cloud.

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