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What We Know About California COVID Variant B.1.427/B.1.429

Thursday  12:22,   25 february 2021

Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, say it should be listed as a "variant of concern."The variant actually comes in two forms, known as B.1.427 and B.1.429, both of which carry a similar, albeit slightly differing, set of... >>>

Funky electronics chain Fry's is no more

Thursday  12:16,   25 february 2021

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Fry's Electronics, the go-to chain for tech tinkerers looking for an obscure part, is closing for good. The company, perhaps even more well known for outlandish themes at some of its stores, from Aztec to “Alice’s Adventures >>>

How this 'artificial blowhole' aims to make wave energy mainstream

Thursday  12:16,   25 february 2021

The UniWave200's design aims to solve problems of efficiency, durability and accessibility that have so far prevented wave energy from joining the ranks of wind and solar.As incoming waves flow into the chamber, air is compressed, which spins a... >>>

Amazon Echo Show 10 review: A smart display on the move

Thursday  12:16,   25 february 2021

Amazon's newest smart display is its creepiest and most capable yet.Amazon's sixth smart display and the priciest, the Echo Show 10 costs $250 (£240, which is AU$430 converted). It's also the first smart display to boast a built-in motor and... >>>

Cloud, data amongst APAC digital skills most needed

Thursday  11:02,   25 february 2021

Up to 819 million workers in Asia-Pacific will use digital skillsets by 2025, compared to 149 million today, with businesses likely to face severe shortage in data, cloud, and cybersecurity if little is done to build up these capabilities.Between... >>>

You can control an armed Spot robot online, and Boston Dynamics is not happy

Thursday  09:46,   25 february 2021

This is simultaneously cute and terrifying.Starting at 10 a.m. PT Wednesday, random visitors to a website will be able to control a Spot robot equipped with a paintball gun as it ransacks an art gallery set up for the... >>>

Samsung will reportedly release an Exynos laptop with AMD graphics this year

Thursday  08:42,   25 february 2021

In 2019, Samsung started working with AMD on a mobile GPU. Last month, the company provided an update on the partnership, saying the component would make its way into its next “flagship product.” At the time, the assumption was Samsung would... >>>

ZTE shows off an under-display facial recognition system

Thursday  08:42,   25 february 2021

At MWC Shanghai, ZTE revealed an under-display 3D structured light system that will support Face ID-style facial recognition. The company, which was the first manufacturer to include an under-display selfie camera in a mass-produced smartphone, may... >>>

Kamala Harris plans to prioritize cybersecurity and global health in foreign policy platform

Thursday  05:36,   25 february 2021

While the White House tackles domestic crises stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, Vice President Kamala Harris is looking beyond U.S. boundaries to develop her foreign policy portfolio. Harris aides have declined to detail her top domestic areas of >>>

Boeing 737 Max certification process was flawed, says federal inspector

Thursday  04:20,   25 february 2021

In a long report, the Department of Transportation Inspector General identifies "weaknesses" in the FAA's initial review of the airliner."[The] FAA's certification guidance does not adequately address integrating new technologies into existing... >>>

Google says it’s working to get ‘Hey Google’ working on Wear OS again

Thursday  04:20,   25 february 2021

It seems like the functionality has been broken for monthsThere are a good number of users reporting the issue — a post on Google’s Issue Tracker has almost a thousand stars. Reading through the thread, it’s clear that many users with different... >>>

People with antibodies after COVID-19 may have short-term virus protection: Study

Thursday  03:00,   25 february 2021

A study found that people who test positive for antibodies after being sick with COVID-19 may have protection against reinfection for at least a few months.Researchers from the National Institutes of Health analyzed 3 million antibody test results,... >>>

T-Mobile upgrades its 55+ plans to include Max tier and free Netflix

Thursday  03:00,   25 february 2021

The Max tier includes no throttling even when using the carrier's 5G network.T-Mobile is including Netflix Basic, which usually costs $9 a month, in its Magenta Unlimited 55 plans, and Netflix Premium (usually $14 a month) on family plans for... >>>

Nickelodeon builds on Aang's adventures with Avatar Studios project

Thursday  02:53,   25 february 2021

Fans of award-winning animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender and its sequel, The Legend of Korra, are in for a treat. ViacomCBS execs announced on Wednesday that its subsidiary, Nickelodeon, will launch a new production studio dedicated to... >>>

Australia passes law forcing Google and Facebook to pay news publications

Thursday  02:10,   25 february 2021

After a tumultous month that saw Facebook pull news from its platform in protest, Australia's government has made the News Media Baragining Code law.After a last-minute round of senate amendments were added to the bill on Tuesday, the bill was... >>>