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Wednesday, 02 March 2016 |

Passive voice | The Economist

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MANY prophets of information technology (IT) believe that the next big movement in their field will be the “internet of things”. This, they hope, will connect objects hitherto beyond the reach of IT’s tendrils so that, for example, your sofa can buzz your phone to tell you that you have left your wallet behind, or your...

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imageThere's a report making the rounds that claims AMD cards perform terribly in Ashes of the Singularity based on results captured using Nvidia's FCAT tools. In this case, it's the tools that are wrong -- not the GPU....
Thursday, 25 February 2016 |

Now is the time to say “goodbye”

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TRICHIASIS, the last stage of an infection called trachoma, rarely hits the headlines. That is because it does not kill. It does, however, blind. More than 2m people suffer, half of whom have lost their vision. The condition, caused by certain strains of Chlamydia trachomatis, a bacterium, makes the eyelid turn inward. That causes the...

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imageApple has released a new iOS update to fix the dreaded 'Error 53' message that previously signaled a permanently bricked iPhone. Device owners who already replaced them can contact the company regarding reimbursements....
Tuesday, 16 February 2016 |

The myths of Moore’s law

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imageMoore's law has driven computing for nearly 40 years, but an increasing number of companies are acknowledging that it's coming to an end. Here, we look at some of the myths surrounding Gordon Moore's prediction and the realities of our current situation....
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imageLenovo's new AMD-based Y700 laptop uses a double-channel memory interface after all, not a single-channel design -- but any fair consideration of the market shows that the company is still competing from a strategic disadvantage....
Thursday, 11 February 2016 |

Something in the air tonight

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SINCE the 1940s, southern California has had a reputation for smog. Things are not as bad as once they were but, according to the American Lung Association, a health group, Los Angeles is still the worst city in the United States for levels of ozone, nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide. Gazing down on the city from the Getty Centre,...

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imageNorth Korea's latest satellite has reached orbit, but it may not be of any use beyond propaganda....
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imageIf you've got questions about RAM, RAM standards, or RAM upgrades, you've come to the right place. This guide breaks down whether or not high-speed RAM can improve game or application performance, whether or not it's a good idea to upgrade, and what current prices are like for both DDR3 and DDR4....
Thursday, 04 February 2016 |

No more horsing around | The Economist

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THE murky world of sports doping has been in the news recently, as accusations fly concerning the use, on a scale previously unacknowledged, of performance-enhancing drugs in athletics. But human beings are not the only animals doped to enhance their performance. Racehorses are similarly afflicted. Catching cheats in the world of horse-racing has,...

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