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The Official Kubuntu ‘Focus’ Linux Laptop Goes on Sale

Today at 21:30 PM, via Slashdot

You can buy an official Kubuntu laptop. Called “Focus”. It is an absolutely powerhouse with top specs. From a report: Here’s the specs list:
CPU: Core i7-9750H 6c/12t 4.5GHz Turbo
GPU: 6GB GTX-2060
RAM: 32GB Dual Channel DDR4 2666 RAM
Storage: 1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe
Display: 16.1″ matte 1080p IPS
Keyboard: LED backlit, 3-4mm travel
User expandable SDD, NVMe, and RAM
Superior cooling The...

Cash, Plastic or Hand? Amazon Envisions Paying With a Wave

Today at 20:50 PM, via Slashdot

Amazon wants to make your hand your credit card. From a report: The tech giant is creating checkout terminals that could be placed in bricks-and-mortar stores and allow shoppers to link their card information to their hands, WSJ reported over the weekend, citing people familiar with the matter. They could then pay for purchases with their palms, without having to pull out a card or phone. The...

Bruce Schneier: Banning Facial Recognition Isn’t Enough

Today at 20:10 PM, via Slashdot

Bruce Schneier, writing at New York Times: Communities across the United States are starting to ban facial recognition technologies. In May of last year, San Francisco banned facial recognition; the neighboring city of Oakland soon followed, as did Somerville and Brookline in Massachusetts (a statewide ban may follow). In December, San Diego suspended a facial recognition program in advance of...

A good night’s sleep helps repair inflammation | Letter

Today at 19:32 PM, via The Guardian

This should become the number one priority in public health, writes Dr Guru Singh

Excellent article by Edward Bullmore in Journal (Inflammation is the new frontier in public health, 20 January). Unfortunately it does not fully explore the role of prevention. It is now being proven that sleep plays a major role in repairing the body, and in particular the brain, especially from the ravages of...

Netflix Secures International Rights To Studio Ghibli Animated Films

Today at 19:26 PM, via Slashdot

The iconic animated features of Japan’s Studio Ghibli will be available in territories outside the U.S., Canada and Japan on Netflix starting in February. From a report: The move is a further change of position for the studio which has repeatedly resisted the idea that its beloved cartoons would be released on digital platforms. Netflix, sales agent Wild Bunch, and Studio Ghibli, which counts...

Huawei Signs Maps Deal With TomTom

Today at 18:47 PM, via Slashdot

Dutch navigation and digital mapping company TomTom said on Friday it had closed a deal with China’s Huawei Technologies for the use of its maps and services in smartphone apps. From a report: The deal with TomTom means that the Chinese telecoms and technology giant can now use the Dutch company’s maps, traffic information and navigation software to develop apps for its smartphones, according...

Google’s Sundar Pichai Doesn’t Want You To Be Clear-Eyed About AI’s Dangers

Today at 18:05 PM, via Slashdot

Alphabet and Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, is the latest tech giant kingpin to make a public call for AI to be regulated while simultaneously encouraging lawmakers towards a dilute enabling framework that does not put any hard limits on what can be done with AI technologies. From a report: In an op-ed published in today’s Financial Times, Pichai makes a headline-grabbing call for artificial...

HP Remotely Disables a Customer’s Printer Until He Joins Company’s Monthly Subscription Service

Today at 17:20 PM, via Slashdot

A Twitter user’s complaint last week in which he produces photo evidence of HP warning him that his ink cartridges would be disabled until he starts paying for HP Instant Ink monthly subscription service has gone viral on the social media.

Ryan Sullivan, the user who made the complaint, said he only discovered the warning after cancelling a random HP subscription — which charged him $4.99 a...

Apple CEO Calls For Global Corporate Tax System Overhaul

Today at 16:42 PM, via Slashdot

Everyone knows that the global corporate tax system needs to be overhauled, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said on Monday, backing changes to global rules that are currently under consideration. From a report: The growth of internet giants such as Apple has pushed international tax rules to the limit, prompting the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to pursue global...

AI must be regulated, Google CEO says

Today at 16:09 PM, via TechCentral

Artificial intelligence is “too important” not to be regulated because of the damage it could cause if left unchecked, the boss of Google has said.

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