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Apple to stop iTunes Store access for first-gen Apple TV, Windows XP, and Windows Vista February 28, 2018

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1st-gen-appletv-100750790-largeTech companies (especially Apple) want us to use the latest products the company has to offer. They want to make money from the sales, but they also develop and implement new technology that older devices can’t support at all (or can’t support it in a way that’s acceptable to the user). Eventually, each product’s time runs out, as is now the case with the first-generation Apple TV.

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‘Would you burn the Mona Lisa if it was sent?’: Our horror bureaucratic bungle February 26, 2018

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It’s a bungle that has floored botanists around the globe and embarrassed the Australian government. How did 105 priceless and irreplaceable historical plant specimens, sent here by the French, end up being destroyed by biosecurity officers?

via The Sydney Morning Herald

Elon Musk quits AI ethics research group February 25, 2018

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99956130_mediaitem99940050One of the most vocal critics of AI quits the ethics board as Tesla utilises the technology.

via Elon Musk quits AI ethics research group — BBC News – Technology

Replika app provides chats with dead friend February 24, 2018

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Is this weird?

An entrepreneur makes an app that lets her have conversations with a virtual version of a deceased friend.

via Replika app provides chats with dead friend — BBC News – Technology

The Dark Side of Wireless Technology February 23, 2018

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The Dark Side of Wireless Technology

New film explores hidden health problems linked to constant connectivity
By Conan Milner, Epoch Times
January 9, 2018 6:11 pm Last Updated: January 9, 2018 6:11 pm

Wireless technology is modern magic. For the price of a device and a data plan, you are granted the power to communicate and connect to the World Wide Web through a pocket-sized screen. But some evidence suggests this magic has a dark side, and we may be paying more for it than we realize.

With an estimated 4.8 billion cellphone users worldwide, it’s hard to fathom that something so commonplace could pose health problems. Besides, since the…

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Intel’s New Smart Glasses February 21, 2018

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Installation Canadarm2’s Original “hand” on the International Space Station [Live Feed] February 17, 2018

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NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei and JAXA astronaut Norishige Kanai take part in a spacewalk to install Canadarm2’s original “hand” on the International Space Station’s mobile base.

 

Apple iOS 11 Bug Can Crash iPhone Messaging Apps, Disable Devices — Variety February 16, 2018

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A newly discovered bug in the current version of Apple’s iOS 11 operating system can disable iPhone messaging and email applications and send smartphones into an endless reboot loop, if a user receives a text with a specific Indian-language character. Apple devices running iOS 11.2.5, as well as desktops running macOS, Apple Watch and Apple […]

via Apple iOS 11 Bug Can Crash iPhone Messaging Apps, Disable Devices — Variety

You’ve never heard of them, but Annie Awards could be the next Oscars — No Man’s Land February 16, 2018

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EDITOR’S NOTE: The Annie Awards are the equivalent of the Oscars for the animation industry, but even though popular films and series are nominated, many people remain unaware of the annual ceremony. The awards also happen to be a great predictor of who will take home the Oscar in the animation categories.

via You’ve never heard of them, but Annie Awards could be the next Oscars — No Man’s Land

Brits pay more than DOUBLE the price for Boots No7 beauty products than they do in America — The Sun February 15, 2018

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BRITS are forking out up to 60 per cent MORE for No7 beauty products in Boots than US shoppers. Even though the pharmacy’s own brand range of products is made in the UK, US shoppers are scooping a hefty discount on the exact same products, …

via Brits pay more than DOUBLE the price for Boots No7 beauty products than they do in America — The Sun