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Cars, food and portrait video: our biggest takeaways from CES 2020

Similarly Samsung announced a partnership with BMW to create the first car with a 5G modem, and LG is bring its webOS software to in-vehicle infotainment systems. But the most dramatic sales pitch came from Sony who debuted a fully fledged concept electric vehicle using the company’s core technologies in …

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Microsoft to erase its carbon footprint, past and future, by 2050

The plan includes the creation of a “Climate Innovation Fund,” which will invest $US1 billion ($1.45 billion) over the next four years to speed up the development of carbon removal technology. The announcement by the world’s largest software company reflects the rising profile of US corporate action after President Donald …

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Whatever happened to Sign in with Apple?

Sign in with Apple was one of the most exciting new things announced at Apple’s WWDC last year, promising a mandatory privacy conscious alternative in apps that otherwise require you to connect to Facebook or Google. But half a year later, very few services are actually using it. So, where …

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It’s not mad to believe in aliens, life is out there somewhere

Loading The mathematical probability of life forms existing beyond our planet is overwhelming. This isn’t just idle musing: scientists have worked to quantify the odds. The Drake equation – devised in the 1960s as a way of estimating the number of technological civilisations in the universe based on factors thought …

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The weird and wonderful portable PCs coming soon (or not)

The CES gadget show in Las Vegas is a time when weird and wonderful tech is shown to the masses, sometimes never to be seen again. But amongst all this innovation, the laptop hasn’t changed significantly in recent times. Aside from the speed of its innards, it’s still a clamshell …

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Brain Training is still sharp, but showing its age

I’d almost forgotten that most of these these games come with a very specific brain-stretching sensation (at least they do for me), and it’s exactly the same on Switch as on DS. I understand what I need to do, and I can appreciate that the tasks are quite simple, but …

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Kids’ iPad games get physical with Osmo kits

Osmo makes activity kits for the iPad that combine real-world, physical play with apps designed for the screen. The kits are simple, with a base unit to hold the iPad in portrait mode, and a mirror that is placed over the iPad’s camera so the app can keep track of …

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How to make your own DIY Netflix with shows and movies you own

You can do this with any video files, although the methods of creating these can be legally murky. For example it’s easy and legal to rip your music CDs to audio files, but under Australia’s archaic copyright laws it’s not legal (though almost as easy) to rip DVDs. Even though …

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Sport broadcasters finally come to the party with multiple HD channels

With the ABC and SBS already offering two HD channels, that now leaves Network Ten as the last one of Australia’s five major broadcasters still only offering a single HD channel. It’s great news for sports fans, as Seven and Nine own the broadcast rights to the lion’s share of …

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Why sex tech was the biggest deal at this year’s CES

Following a massive backlash the award was later reinstated, and in 2020 CES officially opened its door to sex tech for the first time. Industrial designer Ti Chang, founder of Crave.Credit:Peter Wells And while there were just a few sex tech booths at the show last week, all of which …

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