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  • Can Philanthropy Save Local Newspapers?
    70 million Americans live in a county without a newspaper, according to a 2022 report cited in this editorial by the Washington Post's editorial board" Who's to blame? The internet, mostly. Whereas deep-pocketed advertisers formerly relied on newspapers to reach their customers, they took to the audience-targeting capabilities of Facebook... Read more »
  • Cory Doctorow: Apple Sabotages Right-to-Repair Using 'Parts-Pairing' and the DMCA
    From science fiction author/blogger/technology activist Cory Doctorow: Right to repair has no cannier, more dedicated adversary than Apple, a company whose most innovative work is dreaming up new ways to sneakily sabotage electronics repair while claiming to be a caring environmental steward, a lie that covers up the mountains of... Read more »
  • New York City Deploys 420-Pound RoboCop to Patrol Subway Station
    "New York City is now turning to robots to help patrol the Times Square subway station," quipped one local newscast. The non-profit New York City blog Gothamist describes the robot as "almost as tall as the mayor — but at least three-times as wide around the waist," with a maximum... Read more »
  • New Study Could Upend How We Think About the Ozone Layer and Health
    First the Washington Post summarizes what scientists believed in the 1970s. Chlorofluorocarbons, or (CFCs, "could float up into the stratosphere and break down a protective layer of ozone, allowing more ultraviolet light to enter the atmosphere and harm humans, crops, and entire ecosystems. In fact, this had already happened: There... Read more »
  • California Startup Hopes to Harvest Desalinated Drinking Water from the Ocean Floor
    A startup named OceanWell has partnered with southern California's Las Virgenes Municipal Water District "to study the feasibility of harvesting drinking water from desalination pods placed on the ocean floor," reports the Los Angeles Times: The company says that by combining desalination with off-shore energy technology, it can solve many... Read more »
  • 'Laugh then Think': Strange Research Honored at 33rd Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony
    Since 1999, Slashdot has been covering the annual Ig Nobel prize ceremonies — which honor real scientific research into strange or surprising subjects. "Each winner (or winning team) has done something that makes people LAUGH, then THINK," explains the ceremony web page, promising that "a gaggle of genuine, genuinely bemused... Read more »
  • California is Using AI to Spot Wildfires Early
    CNN reports: The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection [known as Cal Fire] says it has a new tool to battle wildfires before they explode — artificial intelligence. "I think it is a game changer ... It has enhanced our abilities to validate situational awareness and then respond in... Read more »

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  • Sabrent Ships 8TB SSD for PlayStation 5: High Capacity for a High Price
    Although Sony's PlayStation 5 game console fully supports off-the-shelf PCIe 4.0 solid-state drives, Sony initially limited the maximum capacity to 4 TB. Recently the company removed that cap as part of the PS5 8.00 firmware update, and now the system can support drives with up to 8 TB. Sabrent, in... Read more »
  • ECS LIVA Q3D and ACEMAGIC T8 Plus micro-PCs Review: Jasper Lake and Alder Lake-N in a Smaller-than-UCFF Package
    Compact computing systems have gained significant market share over the last decade. Improvements in the performance per watt metric of processors have enabled the replacement of bulky desktop PCs by ultra-compact form-factor (UCFF) machines with a 4 in. x 4 in. footprint. Motivated by IoT applications at the edge, some... Read more »
  • Asus Launches ROG Matrix GeForce RTX 4090: All a 4090 Can Be, For $3200
    When Asus teased its ROG Matrix GeForce RTX 4090 graphics card back at Computex, it was clear that the company's ambitions were to develop no less than the world's fastest graphics card. The company meticulously described the card's advanced printed circuit board design, voltage regulating module, and cooling system, but... Read more »
  • Intel High-NA Lithography Update: Dev Work On Intel 18A, Production On Future Node
    As part of Intel’s suite of hardware announcements at this year’s Intel Innovation 2023 conference, the company offered a brief update on their plans for High-NA EUV machines, which will become a cornerstone of future Intel process nodes. Following some changes in Intel’s process roadmap – in particular Intel 18A... Read more »
  • Intel Announces Panther Lake Client Platform, Built on Intel 18A For 2025
    While the primary focus has been on Intel's impending Meteor Lake SoC due by the end of the year, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger unveiled more about their current client processor roadmap. Aside from a demo showing off a 'Lunar Lake' test box, Pat Gelsinger also announced Panther Lake, a new Intel... Read more »
  • Asus Quietly Begins to Sell Cheap ROG Ally Console with Non-Extreme CPU
    With a plethora of news coming from Intel early this week, it went almost unnoticed that Asus has begun to sell an inexpensive version of its ROG Ally portable game console. Unlike the original one, this unit carries AMD's Ryzen Z1 non-extreme accelerated processing unit that offers tangibly lower performance, which... Read more »
  • Intel Demos Lunar Lake Client Processor In Action, Silicon Pulled In To Intel 20A?
    As part of Intel’s Innovation 2023 conference, the company is not only showing off their current and soon-to-be-current products like Meteor Lake, but the forward-looking keynote by CEO Pat Gelsinger was also used to showcase future generations of Intel products. Perhaps the biggest surprise this year being Intel’s Lunar Lake... Read more »

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  • Apple Announces iPhone 15 Lineup, Apple Watch Series 9, and Apple Watch Ultra 2
    September is here, and with it, Apple’s latest iPhones and Apple Watches. At its Wonderlust event on September 12, Apple threw back the curtains on the new iPhone 15 lineup, Apple Watch Series 9, and Apple Watch Ultra 2. These devices all provide incremental improvements that make them attractive to... Read more »
  • With Storms Increasing, Protect Your Tech Gear from Damaging Power Fluctuations
    It has been a tough year for extreme weather events. While the connection between weather and technology may seem tenuous, heat waves, high winds, and lightning strikes can play havoc with all sorts of powered and networked electronic devices. Anything that causes power fluctuations—spikes, surges, sags, brownouts, and blackouts—can hurt... Read more »
  • Keep Your Apple Devices Cool in the Summer Heat
    June 2023 was the hottest month on record for the planet, at least until July 2023. Among the many ill effects of such heat are what it does to iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple Watches, and other digital devices. Excessive heat shortens the overall lifespan of lithium-ion batteries and increases the... Read more »
  • What to Do If Your iPhone Takes a Plunge
    No one intends to drop their iPhone in a pool or fall off a boat with their iPhone in a pocket. But accidents happen. Happily, Apple has designed the iPhone with significant levels of splash and water resistance, so brief exposure to rain or even a quick dunk might not... Read more »
  • How Often Should Macs Be Replaced?
    It’s a question as old as the personal computer. When should you replace your current Mac with a new model that’s faster and more capable? If money were no object, the answer would be easy—whenever you feel like it. For the rest of us, and particularly for organizations with multiple... Read more »
  • New Apple Card Savings Accounts Offers 4.15% Interest
    Apple is continuing its forays into the financial world with the introduction of Apple Card Savings, a new savings account from Goldman Sachs that offers 4.15% interest with no fees, no minimum deposits, and no minimum balance requirements. The Savings account is designed to hold your Daily Cash rewards from... Read more »
  • Prevent Quick Screenshots from Cluttering Your Photos Library on the iPhone and iPad
    By default, when you take a screenshot (instructions for iPhone and iPad), it saves to Photos. But what if you don’t want something like a quick image of a map for a friend to clutter your Photos library? In iOS 16 and iPadOS 16, Apple has added new options. When... Read more »