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Fry’s Electronics Going Out of Business, Shutting Down All Stores

Yesterday at 18:09 PM, via Slashdot

UnknowingFool and scores of other readers have shared this report: Fry’s Electronics, the decades-old superstore chain with locations in nine American states, appears to have gone defunct. Bay Area TV station KRON-4 was the first press outlet to confirm the news late Tuesday, saying that Fry’s will shut down all 30 of its American locations. The retailer will reportedly make an announcement at...

Covid cases among asylum seekers at Napier barracks higher than thought

Yesterday at 17:09 PM, via The Guardian

Home affairs committee chair Yvette Cooper ‘astonished’ by Priti Patel’s responses to questions

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A former military barracks being used to house asylum seekers has had at least 197 positive cases of Covid-19 this year alone, far higher than previously thought, the most senior civil servant at the Home Office has revealed.

The total...

HP is Buying Gaming Accessory Brand HyperX for $425 Million

Yesterday at 17:00 PM, via Slashdot

HP has announced that it is acquiring gaming peripheral company HyperX for $425 million. The purchase will give HP a major foothold in the gaming accessory market. From a report: This transaction will result in HP buying the HyperX brand from Kingston, the current owner, but HP notes in the announcement post that “Kingston will retain the DRAM, flash, and SSD products for gamers and...

R3bn earmarked for SARS modernisation

Yesterday at 16:07 PM, via ITWeb

The SA Revenue Service will receive an additional allocation of R3 billion to modernise its technology infrastructure and systems, reveals finance minister Tito Mboweni.

Arctic ice loss forces polar bears to use four times as much energy to survive – study

Yesterday at 15:50 PM, via The Guardian

Other predators such as narwhals are suffering similarly as unique adaptations become less suited

Polar bears and narwhals are using up to four times as much energy to survive because of major ice loss in the Arctic, according to scientists.

Once perfectly evolved for polar life, apex predators are struggling as their habitats shrink and unique adaptations become less suited to an increasingly...

Rain hit by security breach

Yesterday at 15:33 PM, via MyBroadband

Rain subscribers’ personal information has been exposed after cyber criminals gained unauthorised access to the mobile operators’ systems.

I Woke Up to Australia’s Newsless News Feed

Yesterday at 15:00 PM, via Wired

For now, Facebook has walked back its clumsy surprise ban on news content. But the social media giant has made clear: It can take news away again.

South Africa scraps planned tax hikes in budget pivot

Yesterday at 14:47 PM, via TechCentral

South Africa signalled a shift in budgetary policy, backtracking on planned tax increases as it switched focus to reigniting the coronavirus-battered economy by bolstering consumption and investment.

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