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The NSA found a dangerous Windows 10 flaw and alerted Microsoft – rather than weaponise it

The vulnerability – essentially a mistake in the computer code – affects the Windows 10 operating system, which is the most widely used today, according to the people who were briefed on the matter. The discovery has been likened to a slightly less severe version of the Microsoft flaw that …

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Trashable pods threaten to spread from coffee to … everything

We all know that plastic waste is a huge problem. You just have to go to any body of water to see that. So how is it that in 2020 companies are finding more innovative ways to create impossible- or difficult-to-recycle trash quicker and easier instead of working to find …

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Apple ups phone recycling with ‘Daisy’ robot but still relies on mines

Inside a nondescript warehouse on the outskirts of Austin, Texas, Apple’s Daisy robot breaks apart iPhones so that 14 minerals, including lithium, can be extracted and recycled. Apple is already using recycled tin, cobalt and rare earths in some of its products, with plans to add to that list. The …

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Motion-sensing Wi-Fi routers get new powers thanks to ‘wellness pods’

It can also tell if you’ve fallen and haven’t gotten up while nearby, so placing a pod in the bathroom or at the top and bottom of the stairs could catch most household falls. This could provide peace of mind and independence to people who might be concerned about that …

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The biggest and most exciting TVs at CES

Hisense gets around this issue by precision bonding a second monochrome LCD layer to the main colour LCD layer to more precisely control light output, enabling a jaw dropping two million local dimming zones and single-handedly outclassing every other LCD display when it comes to contrast. While the black levels …

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From indies to next-gen blockbusters: 20 games to look out for in 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons The latest in Nintendo’s laid-back life sim series moves the camping and collecting to a remote island, where players can craft, build and garden alongside a community of animal (or real life) friends. And for the first time ever, the in-game seasons will be correct for …

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Bus to flying taxi, Uber wants to facilitate every step of your trip

Allison also mentioned the current test of UberCopter in New York, and what it was teaching the company about multimodal travel; allowing users to seamlessly pool together at a drop off point in Lower Manhattan, before sharing a flight to JFK. But helicopters are expensive — “they just don’t scale …

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Apple, Facebook, Amazon preach privacy, but don’t believe the hype

Apple had nothing of substance in response. “We’re constantly innovating, including in operating process,” said Jane Horvath, Apple’s senior director of global privacy. That moment sums up so much of what’s corroding our trust in consumer tech right now. Lots of the companies that have gotten wealthy from selling us …

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PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X: what we know about the next-gen consoles

Loading The console will run on a central processor and graphics unit based on AMD’s Ryzen and Navi lines respectively. The GPU will include hardware for ray tracing acceleration (for advanced lighting, among other things), in step with upcoming PC gear. There will be a solid state drive in place …

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TV wars intensify as LG unveils 8K OLED and gaming-focused 4K sets

The rollable OLED display that stunned showgoers at last year’s CES, but never ended up going on sale, will be making its way to retailers in 2020 though it’s uncertain at this stage whether it will land on our shores. No price has been announced yet, but a ballpark figure …

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