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June 24, 2019 - 7:00am
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HP Spectre x360 15 Review: A Slick Laptop That’s Nearly Ruined by One Stupid Mistake

The HP Spectre x360 15-inch laptop is a lovely machine. Impeccably designed, powerful enough for most big tasks, and featuring a new 15.6-inch OLED display that will make your eyes weep with joy. Too bad HP put a terrible trackpad on the thing. Read More >>

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London to Go Car-Free for a Day This September to Give Everyone’s Lungs a Break

London mayor, Sadiq Khan, continues to champion environmental causes with a doozy on the way this September that will see the closure of roads in the city centre, and around Tower Bridge and London Bridge. Read More >>

gaming
Game Recommends Shareholders Accept £51.88 Million Buy-Out by Sports Direct

Retail chain Game took a step closer toward being purchased by partner company Sports Direct on Friday following a recommendation made by Game's board that shareholders accept an offer totalling £51.88 million. Read More >>

science
Study Warns We Could Melt the Entire Greenland Ice Sheet if We Don’t Change Course

If you thought the heat wave-induced melting of half of Greenland’s surface was alarming, wait until you hear the long-term projections for its ice sheet. Read More >>

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How to Schedule Your Messages, Emails, and Tweets to Go at Any Time

Thanks to the internet and all the apps and services that run on top of it, we can now ping someone on the other side of the world instantly—but that person doesn’t necessarily want to hear from you in the middle of the night. The same goes for social media sharing, because the time when inspiration strikes may not be the best time for sharing. Read More >>

science
A Strange New Blend of Rock and Plastic Is Forming on a Portuguese Island

If you go to the beach, you’re likely to see some form of plastic pollution scattered in the waves or sprinkled among the sand grains. A bottle cap fragment here, a transparent piece of packaging there. But researchers have identified a new, and perhaps more permanent type of plastic pollution, one that incorporates itself right into the rocky shoreline: 'plasticrust', a veneer of plastic encrusted right onto wave-licked rocks. Read More >>

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DC Comics Just Killed Its Vertigo Imprint

After 26 years and several reshuffles and reboots later – including one just last year – DC Entertainment has announced that its legendary adult-focused imprint Vertigo has been shuttered as part of a rebranding and restructuring of its imprint divisions. Read More >>

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Microsoft Bans Employees From Using Slack, Has Amazon Web Services and Google Docs on a ‘Discouraged’ List

PC giant Microsoft has informed its staff not to use popular chat app and competitor Slack, adding it to a list of “prohibited and discouraged technology” comprised of software and services that it does not want employees using outside of specific circumstances, Geekwire reported on Friday. Read More >>

science
Sea Bacteria Colonise Your Skin After Just 10 Minutes of Swimming

If sharks and sunburns don’t scare you at the beach, perhaps this will: according to preliminary research out this week, it only takes a 10-minute swim in the sea to get your skin covered in a fresh coat of bacteria. While that’s not necessarily bad, some of these bacteria could be disease-causing or raise your risk of infection by disrupting your skin’s delicate microbial environment, known as the microbiome. Read More >>

cyberwarfare
Report: US Carried Out Cyber Attacks on Iranian Assets Tied to Revolutionary Guard Corps

Donald Trump called off a military strike on undisclosed Iranian assets this week after reports Iran’s Revolutionary Guard shot down a RQ-4A Global Hawk surveillance drone, the incident itself following accusations of Iranian responsibility for attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. But U.S. Cyber Command launched a retaliatory cyber attack on “an Iranian spy group that supported last week’s limpet mine attacks on commercial ships”, Yahoo News reported on Friday. Read More >>

technology
The New Service Wars Are Here to Suck Your Wallet Dry

Canon versus Nikon. Dell versus HP. Microsoft versus Apple. Tech companies have been battling over their piece of the pie for years, that isn't new. But recently, tech and non-tech companies alike have started changing up their business models so that instead of simply selling you a device and calling it a day, companies would rather sell you an ongoing subscription for the product you want, complete with a recurring monthly payment. Welcome to the Service Wars. Read More >>

artificial intelligence
A New Method Of Spotting Deepfake Videos Looks For the Subtle Movements We Don’t Realise We Make

The quality and speed at which videos can now be faked using neural networks and deep learning processes promises to make the upcoming presidential election even more of a nightmare. But by exploiting something overlooked in current deepfake techniques, researchers have found an automated way to spot fake videos. Read More >>

space
NASA Put Wheels on Its Mars 2020 Rover and Crikey This Is Actually Happening

It’s amazing what a set of wheels can do. What was once a vague chunk of metal, wires and circuit boards is now finally starting to look like an actual rover. Read More >>

space
The European Space Agency Has a Plan to Intercept a ‘Pristine’ Comet

With the historic Rosetta mission now firmly in the rear view mirror, the European Space Agency has set its sights on a different kind of comet, that is, a comet that’s never visited the inner reaches of the solar system. Called Comet Interceptor, the mission will include a mothership and two 'daughter' spacecraft. Read More >>

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What Hong Kong’s Protestors Can Teach Us About the Future of Privacy

Something odd happened in Hong Kong last week. Protestors against a controversial proposed extradition bill were afraid to use their metro cards. Instead of swiping their cards through the turnstiles of the city’s subway system, they lined up to buy single-journey tickets with cash, apparently worried about “leaving a paper trail” that could prove their presence at the demonstration. Read More >>

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Why Chennai, India’s Sixth Biggest City, Has Run Out of Water

In what’s becoming an increasingly common story, a major city has run out of water. Chennai, India is home to 4.65 million and a severe deficit of water to serve their needs. Read More >>