Technology and Money

CNET UK podcast 533: The year that was 2017     – CNET
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Andrew Hoyle is joined by Rich Trenholm and Nate Lanxon to sum up the year that was in tech.

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Vainglory debuts new 5v5 mode at its world championships     – CNET
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The new game mode will launch in February, and future tournaments will see pro e-sports teams take the field with five players.

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Artificial Intelligence Is Killing the Uncanny Valley and Our Grasp On Reality
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rickih02 writes: In 2018, we will enter a new era of machine learning — one in which AI-generated media looks and sounds completely real. The technologies underlying this shift will push us into new creative realms. But this boom will have a dark side, too. For Backchannel’s 2018 predictions edition, Sandra Upson delves into the […]

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Do More People Use Firefox Than Edge and IE Combined?
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A funny thing happened when Net Applications’ statistics began excluding fake traffic from ad-defrauding bots. Computerworld reports: Microsoft’s Edge browser is less popular with Windows 10 users than earlier thought, if revised data from a U.S. analytics vendor can be believed. According to Net Applications of Aliso Viejo, Calif., Edge has been designated the primary […]

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Local Roots: Farm-in-a-box coming to a distribution center near you
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Enlarge / The interior of a TerraFarm. (credit: Local Roots) Eric and Matt could not be more earnest in their quest to feed the world. These two fresh-faced LA boys founded Local Roots four years ago. Their first purchases were broken-down, 40-foot shipping containers—this is apparently easy to do, since it is cheaper for shipping […]

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Bitcoin jumps another 10 percent in 24 hours to pass $19,000
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Enlarge / A Soyuz rocket launches from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. (credit: NASA) Bitcoin’s price set a new record on Saturday as the virtual currency rose above $19,000 for the first time on the Bitstamp exchange. The gains came just hours after the currency crossed the $18,000 mark. Bitcoin’s value has doubled over the last three weeks, […]

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Windows 10 included password manager with huge security hole
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There's a good reason why security analysts get nervous about bundled third-party software: it can introduce vulnerabilities that the companies can't control. And Microsoft, unfortunately, has learned that the hard way. Google researcher Tavis Ormand…

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Q Acoustics 3020 review     – CNET
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The Q Acoustics 3020 are a lively and engrossing set of stand-mount speakers that offer audiophile quality without the price tag.

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Samsung Gear IconX 2018 review     – CNET
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With a much better battery life and an improved design, the second-generation IconX has become a totally wireless headphone contender against Apple’s AirPods.

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