Technology and Money

Media coverage of climate negotiations greeted with indifference
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Enlarge (credit: COP Paris) As the withdrawal of the US from the Paris Agreement demonstrates, the agreement is not a binding contract requiring countries to act on climate change. In fact, given the fact that the emissions pledges in the agreement were voluntary, political and civic engagement will play an important role in ensuring that […]

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Mini’s new Countryman hybrid is hobbled by too-small a battery
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Enlarge (credit: Jonathan Gitlin) Earlier this year, we tried out the new Mini Countryman and came away impressed. The little crossover combined the driving feel of its smaller siblings with practicality like usable back seats and better cargo capacity. The one we really wanted to try—the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 plug-in hybrid EV version—wasn’t available […]

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Shell preps for the future with acquisition of EV charging network
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Royal Dutch Shell (or just Shell, if you're into the whole brevity thing) has already committed a billion dollars toward alternative fuels, and now it's showing us where some of that money is going. The gas station corporation has agreed to buy NewMo…

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3D Renders Of Nokia 9 Leaked Online
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It finally looks like Nokia is all set to tap the market with a perfect competitor for the Samsung Galaxy S8 with the upcoming flagship device Nokia 9. Now, 3D renditions of Nokia 9 are finally leaked in what seems to be collaboration between Compare Raja and @OnLeaks. According to the leaked photographs, the Nokia […]

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Yale's Assure line of locks to get HomeKit-enabling module     – CNET
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Yale announced the $50 iM1 Network Module for HomeKit and Siri, available online and in retail stores in the US and Canada Oct. 16.

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Google Permanently Disables Touch Function On All Home Minis Due To Privacy Concerns
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Big Hairy Ian shares a report from BBC: Google has stopped its Home Mini speakers responding when users touch them. It permanently turned off the touch activation feature after it found that sensors primed to spot a finger tap were too sensitive. Early users found that the touch sensors were registering “phantom” touches that turned […]

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Equifax rival TransUnion also sends site visitors to malicious pages
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Enlarge / One of the bad pages delivered after researcher Jérôme Segura visited transunioncentroamerica.com (credit: Jérôme Segura) Equifax isn’t the only credit-reporting behemoth with a website redirecting visitors to fake Adobe Flash updates. A security researcher from AV provider Malwarebytes said transunioncentroamerica.com, a TransUnion site serving people in Central America, is also sending visitors to […]

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EA rebuffs 'pay to win' loot criticism of 'SW Battlefront 2'
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A day after the beta for the extended Star Wars Battlefront 2 beta ended, Electronic Arts thanked the "millions" of fans who participated and asked them to keep sending feedback as developer DICE tinkers with the game before its release on November 1…

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Epic giant robot battle scheduled for October 17th
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Are you ready for the world's first giant robot fight? (If your answer to that was "No," who even are you?) We've been waiting for a date for the MegaBots vs. Suidobashi duel, and now it's finally here. The fight will take place on October 17th, 2016…

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