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Get in loser, we’re going (AR) Ghostbusting… in Japan

The event is to mark the 35th anniversary of the Ghostbusters franchise and takes place at the Ginza Sony Park in Tokyo from 12 October this year. The event will see trainers leading participants sporting "...Ghostbuster uniforms, proton packs, and other props used in the filming of the Ghostbusters movie released in 2016"

Electric cars are here – but we’ll still need fuel for a long time

Electric cars are often seen as one of the great hopes for tackling climate change. With new models arriving in showrooms, major carmakers retooling for an electric future, and a small but growing number of consumers eager to convert from gas guzzlers, EVs appear to offer a way for us to decarbonise with little change to our way of life.

Huawei’s Watch GT 2 priced at R5000 for South Africa, launches this month

Huawei's about more than just phones, as this next lot of news may remind you. The company also makes some mighty slick wearables and there's a new one headed to market. The Huawei Watch GT 2, announced last month, has just gone up for pre-order in South Africa. The asking price? A cool R5k.

Fujifilm announces Instax Mini Link pocket printer

Fujifilm has announced a true pocket printer called the Instax Mini Link that uses your smartphone camera to print on-the-go using the Mini Link app.

What took you so long? Amazon debuts a Kindle Kid’s Edition e-reader

This comes up every time Amazon's Kindle turns up with anything new: Most of Stuff would get rid of... pretty much all the other tech before giving up our Kindles. And now there's something for the little ones to enjoy -- there's a new Kindle Kid's Edition on the way. 

Light Start – Star Wars… kitchenware?, Swipe Night, Sleepbuds canned, and RDR 2 for PC

This week in Light Start, we've got yet more Star Wars branded kit, a series from Tinder, Bose Sleepbuds go bye-bye and Red Dead Redemption hits PCs soon.

South Africa must harness technology in a way that helps fix its problems

South Africa has not been immune to the hype. The government has shifted its focus and resources to the 4IR. And it’s prioritised over more mundane, but essential, policy interventions aimed at ensuring the more equitable inclusion of the populace into a modern, digital economy.

We street-proof our kids. Why aren’t we data-proofing them?

Google recently agreed to pay a US$170 million fine for illegally gathering children’s personal data on YouTube without parental consent, which is a violation under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The United States Federal Trade Commission and the New York State Attorney General — who together brought the case against Google — now require YouTube to obtain consent from parent...[Read More]

Apple’s Mac Pro to get even more expensive thanks to Trump’s tariffs

So you’d like to see America’s trade war in action, would you? Here’s an example: Apple’s been denied a tariff exemption for some five components used in its new Mac Pro. First reported by Bloomberg, Apple may wind up paying up to 25% more for the Mac Pro’s power adaptor, charge cable, cooling system, and an IO circuit board. Also on the list are the Mac Pro’s o...[Read More]

What’s at stake in Trump’s war on Huawei: control of the global computer-chip industry

Huawei is not only the world’s third-largest buyer of semiconductors but, through its subsidiary HiSilicon, one of China’s biggest semiconductor makers. Being shut off from US suppliers impedes both the competitiveness of its products and the development of its own chip-making capacity.

Truly smart homes could help dementia patients live independently

When researchers talk about smart homes, we usually mean technologies that use artificial intelligence to learn your habits and automatically adjust your home in response to them. Perhaps the most obvious example of this are thermostats that learn when you are likely to be home and what temperature you prefer, and adjust themselves accordingly without you needing to change the settings.

How an AI trained to read scientific papers could predict future discoveries

Surely an AI won’t ever be able to compete? Well, it turns out they might. A paper recently published in Nature reports that an AI has now managed to predict future scientific discoveries by simply extracting meaningful data from research publications.

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