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Japanese power tool-maker Makita’s coffee machine is right at home on construction sites

Fancy-tasting coffee at the push of a button is no longer the sole domain of people with soft hands, air conditioning and an office kitchen. Now, thanks to power tool maker Makita, you’ll be able to enjoy fancy java even if you’re usually found wandering around construction sites crushing bricks with your bare hands. Even better, you can use the battery for your cordless power tools to...[Read More]

IBM has made the world’s smallest computer, measuring just 1mm x 1mm

Just how much space do you need to create a compete working computer? If you’re IBM the answer to that is “Not much at all”, which might explain how the company has managed to create the world’s smallest functional PC. That header image above? That shows 64 of the computer’s motherboards sandwiched together on a single chip. Unveiled at the IBM Think conference, this ...[Read More]

Who’s to blame when driverless cars have an accident?

The news that an Uber self-driving vehicle has killed a pedestrian in the US has made headlines around the world. It’s a reminder that the era of self-driving cars is fast approaching. Decades of research into advanced sensors, mapping, navigation and control methods have now come to fruition and autonomous cars are starting to hit the roads in pilot trials. But partial or full autonomy raises the...[Read More]

The 9 things you should do with your Samsung S9/S9+

So, you’ve decided to get yourself a Samsung Galaxy S9 or S9+, the Android phone that’s on course to set the bar for 2018’s other handsets to try and match. Perhaps you’ve upgraded from the S8 and want to know what’s changed, or you’ve tired of Apple’s walled garden, ditched your iPhone and need a tiny tots primer course on the best Android Oreo has to off...[Read More]

Join the Lenovo Legion while staying flexible

Laptops are getting thinner and the users are getting… less thin? The handy portables are even getting more flexible, like Lenovo’s Yoga-devices. What exactly does that say about its users? Just kidding… we are sure you are plenty flexible. Lenovo has been leading the way in flexible devices, or rather laptops that double as tablets, and according to Julian Pienaar, Product Technologist at Lenovo ...[Read More]

Explainer: what is differential privacy and how can it protect your data?

It’s no secret that big tech companies like Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon are increasingly infiltrating our personal and social interactions to collect vast amounts of data on us every day. At the same time, privacy violations in cyberspace regularly make front page news. So how should privacy be protected in a world where data is gathered and shared with increasing speed and ingenuity? Diffe...[Read More]

Light Start – Oculus Go, Apple’s buggy ads, Sonic Racing, and prepare for Infinity War

Oculus Go could launch from Facebook as soon as this May Facebook has been sitting on the standalone Oculus Go headset for a while, with no announcement in sight for when it’ll drop on the VR-craving masses. Well, VR-craving users — we’re not quite ready for ‘masses’ just yet. A new report claims that we’re going to see the Oculus Go unleashed on the world rathe...[Read More]

Web’s inventor warns about concentration of power that “control which ideas and opinions are seen and shared”

Online power being consolidated by a few large players has enabled them “to weaponise the web at scale” according to the man who invented it, Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Sir Tim, who is founder of the Web Foundation, was marking his creation’s 29th anniversary. “This year marks a milestone in the web’s history: for the first time, we will cross the tipping point when more than half of the world’s populat...[Read More]

How we recreated a lost African city with laser technology

There are lost cities all over the world. Some, like the remains of Mayan cities hidden beneath a thick canopy of rainforest in Mesoamerica, are found with the help of laser lights. Now the same technology which located those Mayan cities has been used to rediscover a southern African city that was occupied from the 15th century until about 200 years ago. This technology, called LiDAR, was used to...[Read More]

Liberty Life plans to launch a chatbot soon to make getting insured easier

Insurer and financial services provider Liberty Life plans to launch a chatbot in the third quarter of this year that’ll allow consumers to get quotes for Liberty short-term insurance for things like vehicles using a mobile app,WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger or the Liberty website. The company is also introducing telematics to its mobile app to allow customers to complete a two-week driving te...[Read More]

Fitbit Versa – 6 things you need to know

Fitbit’s got a lot of competition in the wearables market these days, from Apple in particular but also from everyone else who’s decided to put a collection of microchips into a wristband. Their answer to the latest lot of challenges is the Versa, the company’s second shot at an honest-to-goodness smartwatch. And the Versa does a lot of things right. It’s cheaper than its i...[Read More]

Electric vehicles are changing the world. And they’re only just getting started

Global interest in climate change – its effects on the environment and society more broadly – is probably at an all time high. Countries around the world, with the glaring exception of the US under President Donald Trump, are increasingly acknowledging the shift that’s needed from a fossil fuel-driven economy to one that is sustainable, green and attempts to mitigate climate change. One area where...[Read More]

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