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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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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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