Day: September 18, 2021

Boston Dynamics’ Spot Becomes a Robotic Watchdog for Hyundai

CNET’s Roadshow reports that a safety-oriented version of Boston Dynamics’ headless dog-shaped robot “Spot” will begin patrolling a Kia plant in South Korea, “to survey industrial areas remotely and help identify issues before they happen.” For example, Spot’s new thermal camera and 3D lidar (courtesy of Hyundai’s technology chest) can identify personnel near machinery with…

Mozilla Experiment: Set Default Search Engine to Bing for 1% of Firefox Users

“Mozilla is running an experiment on 1% of the Firefox desktop population currently, which sets the default search engine to Bing in the web browser,” reports Ghacks: [I]n most regions, it is Google Search. Mozilla and Google extended the search deal in 2020 for another three years. Google is paying Mozilla “between $400 and $450…

Cast-in-Concrete Clock Upgraded After Thirteen Years

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Top weekend deals: New iPads already on sale, save 50% on HBO Max and more – CNET

Here’s a quick roundup of the best deals we’re seeing right now. …read more Source:: CNet

Is Python About to Become the Most Popular Programming Language?

“According to one measure, Python is potentially on the verge of becoming the most popular computer programming language,” reports ZDNet, joining C and Java as the only other two languages to attain the #1 spot. Of course, it depends on who’s making the list… Python has been snapping at the heels of Java and C…

Netflix: 41 of the best movies to watch tonight – CNET

Nightbooks, starring Krysten Ritter, is streaming now. …read more Source:: CNet

Where to get the best deal preordering Apple’s new iPad, iPad mini tablets

Amazon and Walmart are offering rare discounts on select preorders, but stock is limited and you may need to pay full price elsewhere. …read more Source:: ZDNet

FDA Approves Human Clinical Trials of a Possible CRISPR-Based HIV Cure

“A CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology that has shown promise in clearing HIV from mice is headed into human testing,” reports Fierce Biotech: We don’t like to throw the word “cure” around here. But Excision BioTherapeutics thinks the therapy could replace standard-of-care retroviral therapy, which keeps HIV from replicating but does not remove it from the…

OnePlus provides updates for 9 and 9 Pro with Hasselblad XPan mode and much more

The first generation of OnePlus phones with Hasselblad branding come with software enhancements and with this latest update we see another fun and creative feature as a result of the partnership. …read more Source:: ZDNet

Global Computing’s Carbon Footprint Is Bigger Than Previously Estimated

An anonymous reader quotes a report from UPI: According to a new study, published Friday in the journal Patterns, information and communications technology, or ICT for short, is responsible for a greater share of greenhouse gas emissions than previously estimated. When researchers at Lancaster University analyzed earlier attempts to calculate ICT’s carbon footprint, they determined…