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Goodbye and Good Riddance To the 16:9 Aspect Ratio

Today at 18:43 PM, via Slashdot

One of the biggest trends coming out of this year’s CES wasn’t something people will necessarily notice at first glance unless they look closely. From a report: After enduring years of cramped, “widescreen” laptop displays, it looks like we’re finally starting to say goodbye to the 16:9 aspect ratio. […] The aspect ratios you’ll typically see on laptops are 16:9, 3:2, 16:10 (which, for whatever...

Ubuntu Now Runs On Apple Silicon, Devs Say It’s ‘Completely Usable’

Today at 18:03 PM, via Slashdot

niftydude writes: Developers at ARM virtualisation company Corellium have managed to get Ubuntu 20.04 up and running on the new Apple Silicon Mac Mini. And we’re not talking ‘it boots and prints a load of text’ running here. No, this is the full Ubuntu desktop experience — and it’s already being described as “completely usable!” Pretty impressive, right? Even Linus Torvalds wasn’t convinced...

Giant worm’s undersea lair discovered by fossil hunters in Taiwan

Today at 18:00 PM, via The Guardian

Scientists believe 2-metre-long burrow once housed predator that ambushed passing sea creatures

The undersea lair of a giant worm that ambushed passing marine creatures 20m years ago has been uncovered by fossil hunters in Taiwan.

Researchers believe the 2-metre-long burrow found in ancient marine sediment once housed a prehistoric predator that burst out of the seabed and dragged unsuspecting...

English care homes ‘sitting ducks’ as GPs refuse Covid vaccine at infected sites

Today at 17:48 PM, via The Guardian

Outbreaks recorded in 635 facilities, but vaccinations delayed despite NHS looming deadline to protect vulnerable elderly people

Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage

Covid outbreaks are slowing delivery of the vaccine to some care homes in England as GPs postpone jabs in infected facilities. Managers say they have been left as sitting ducks.

Covid outbreaks were...

Raspberry Pi Foundation Launches $4 Microcontroller With Custom Chip

Today at 17:21 PM, via Slashdot

Meet the Raspberry Pi Pico, a tiny little microcontroller that lets you build hardware projects with some code running on the microcontroller. Even more interesting, the Raspberry Pi Foundation is using its own RP2040 chip, which means that the foundation is now making its own silicon. From a report: If you’re not familiar with microcontrollers, those devices let you control other parts or...

The UK has record death tolls, yet still the government has no clear Covid strategy | Helen Ward

Today at 17:18 PM, via The Guardian

Vaccination on its own is not a way out of this pandemic. We need to use other tools and involve ordinary people

Helen Ward is professor of public health at Imperial College LondonCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage

Back in April 2020, I wrote of my despair that so many people were desperately ill and dying because politicians had “refused to listen and act on...

Amazon Offers Biden Help With Covid-19 Vaccine Distribution

Today at 16:40 PM, via Slashdot

Amazon has extended an offer to President Joe Biden to assist with the national distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, a move that could expedite the federal effort to combat the pandemic. From a report: Dave Clark, the CEO of Amazon’s consumer business, and one of the company’s highest-ranking executives, sent a letter to the president shortly after he was sworn in Wednesday. “As you begin your...

It’s official: Black Friday 2020 was a damp squib

Today at 16:28 PM, via TechCentral

South African retail sales fell more than expected in November, despite deeper Black Friday discounts and month-long promotions, pointing to lingering weakness in the economy

Apple’s First Headset To Be Niche Precursor To Eventual AR Glasses

Today at 16:00 PM, via Slashdot

Apple’s first crack at a headset is designed to be a pricey, niche precursor to a more ambitious augmented reality product that will take longer to develop, Bloomberg reported Thursday, citing people with knowledge of the matter. From the report: The initial device has confronted several development hurdles and the company has conservative sales expectations, illustrating how challenging it...

What (non-Covid) science is coming up in 2021? – podcast

Today at 15:37 PM, via The Guardian

Ian Sample and producer Madeleine discuss what science, outside of the pandemic, they’ll be looking out for in 2021. Joined by Prof Gillian Wright and the Guardian’s global environment editor Jonathan Watts, they explore exciting space missions and critical climate change conferences

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Biggest Eskom union blames CEO for load shedding

Today at 15:16 PM, via TechCentral

The biggest labour group at Eskom blamed “poor leadership” for ongoing nationwide power cuts, a discordant sign as the utility embarks on a plan to become profitable again.

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