NEWS 23 JANUARY 2018

Probably Not The Best Thing For Democracy - Facebook Admits

Facebook likes democracy. The feeling isn’t mutual.
That’s according to a refreshingly honest assessment by Facebook, published Monday as a blog under the site’s recurring “hard questions” feature. In it, Facebook’s global politics and government outreach director Katie Harbath attempts to answer how social media affects democracy.
Harbath concedes up front that the initial promise of social media has failed to live up to expectations. [read more]


Amazon Go prying cameras foil shoplifting attempts

A little more than one year ago, I tried, and failed, to sneak into Amazon Go. The pilot version of Amazon's first grocery store experiment advertised a first in the world of brick-and-mortar shopping: if you want to buy something, just pick it up, toss it in your bag, and walk out. A camera system watches you and uniquely tags every item you pick up, then the store automatically charges a pre-registered credit card for the purchases. No clerks, no check-out aisles. [read more]


Steve McQueen Mustang - return of a Hollywood legend

The Hollywood car chase was born during a thrill ride on the streets of San Francisco in the 1968 classic "Bullitt," when Steve McQueen chased the bad guys for almost 10 minutes on screen.
Man and Mustang, Steve McQueen and his classic car -- the epitome of cool. Even faster than McQueen's car was its disappearance after the movie -- until now. [read more]


NEWS 23 JANUARY 2018

$25 Million Google Xprize Moonshot Crashing Back To Earth Without A Winner

Google promised $US20 million ($25 million) to the first private company that could land on the moon, roll around a few hundred metres, and then beam the achievement back to Earth. But it looks like none of the competing companies have landed on that sweet lunar surface - and Google isn't going to give them more time. [read more]


Nvidia graphics cards cost more than in 2016

The boom in cryptocurrency prices and mining has dramatically affected recent graphics card prices. It's gotten so bad, that in the past week we've written about how it's a terrible time to buy a graphics card, and why it's currently a better deal to buy a pre-built PC. Even Nvidia has chimed in, suggesting retailers sell to gamers over cryptocurrency miners. But as we've looked a bit deeper into the price history of Nvidia's 10-series graphics cards, it's clear that the current astronomical prices are due to extremely inflated third-party sellers, as major retailers are completely sold out of stock. [read more]