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Technology that changed us: The 1980s, from MS-DOS to the first GPS satellite

Build 409c is December 1990 build of MS-DOS 5.00. (Image: Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain) In this 50-year retrospective, we’re looking at technologies that had an impact on the world, paved the way for the future, and changed us, in ways good and bad. Previously, we explored the 1970s. Now we continue our time travels in the 1980s… 1980: Tim ... Read More »

Mobvoi reveals luxury Wear OS device with second screen

MOBVOI has revealed details of its latest smartwatch, which it hopes will revive the flagging fortunes of Wear OS. The Mobvoi Pro is currently only slated for release in China, but as with most of its other lines, it seems likely that it will reach us at some point. The secret of the new version comes from a second transparent ... Read More »

Apple knew about the iPhone 6 ‘Bendgate’ problem

Documents released related to the iPhone “touch disease” class-action lawsuit that’s making its way through the courts suggest that Apple knew the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were far more susceptible to damage from bending than earlier models. See also: Seven things Apple needs to fix in iOS 12 (but probably won’t) The problem, which was dubbed “Bendgate,” where ... Read More »

Apple knew about the iPhone 6 ‘Bendgate’ problem

Documents released related to the iPhone “touch disease” class-action lawsuit that’s making its way through the courts suggest that Apple knew the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were far more susceptible to damage from bending than earlier models. See also: Seven things Apple needs to fix in iOS 12 (but probably won’t) The problem, which was dubbed “Bendgate,” where ... Read More »

Acer’s stack of Predator and Nitro gaming PC come packing Intel’s Coffee Lake chips and Nvidia graphics

THEY CAME FROM UNDERGROUND according to Acer as it took the covers of a suite of gaming tech from its Predator and Nitro brands. Amidst the bluster and hype about power that would blow up a sun or cooling that could freeze the nut sack off a polar bear, Acer showed off its new high-end desktops and laptops. The Predator ... Read More »

Acer’s stack of Predator and Nitro gaming PC come packing Intel’s Coffee Lake chips and Nvidia graphics

THEY CAME FROM UNDERGROUND according to Acer as it took the covers of a suite of gaming tech from its Predator and Nitro brands. Amidst the bluster and hype about power that would blow up a sun or cooling that could freeze the nut sack off a polar bear, Acer showed off its new high-end desktops and laptops. The Predator ... Read More »

Mid-market battle: Oppo R11s and Sony Xperia XA2

If the current lineup of flagship phone models — the iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy S9, or the Pixel 2 — fail to float your boat, then heading into a world of less-hyped handsets could be just the ticket. But it is a very crowded part of the market, and we are looking at just two models: The AU$660 Oppo R11s ... Read More »

Ministry of Defence calls for registry of AI experts

THE UK’S MINISTRY OF DEFENCE has suggested that the government should build a registry of security-cleared artificial intelligence and robotics experts, who can be called-up should Queen and country ever require their services.  That’s according to a new Ministry of Defence Joint Concept Note entitled Human and Machine Teaming. It also laments the UK’s technical skills shortages and calls for ‘a register of ... Read More »

Fourth variant of Spectre and Meltdown identified by Microsoft and Google

The long tail of Spectre and Meltdown continue to plague the chip industry, with a new vulnerability just found by researchers at Google and Microsoft. It has been assigned the code CVE-2018-3639. Like the original flaws, this one stems from speculative execution, which is a technique that modern chips use to optimise their performance by making assumptions about upcoming operations. ... Read More »

Lenovo ThinkCentre M910z AIO review: Unassuming design, strong performance for the price

Lenovo keeps things simple with its ThinkCentre M910z all-in-one desktop system. Rather than following rivals such as Apple’s iMac Pro or the Dell Precision 5720 into high-end graphics and design work, the M910z simply aims to provide a good all-round office PC at a competitive price. It makes absolutely no attempt to compete with the elegant, slimline design of its ... Read More »

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