Google’s Doodle contest for kids returns with $80 K in rewards

Google’s Doodle contest for kids returns with $80 K in rewards

The “Doodle For Google” contest is open for submissions from US children in grades K-12 again, this year with more than $80K in prizes for the national winner. The annual contest kicked off earlier this week with a performance by everyone’s favorite muppet… and a felt frog. If you’re a kid, this happened way past…
Windows 10 will chew up another 7GB of disk area to make certain it can upgrade

Windows 10 will chew up another 7GB of disk area to...

Enlarge / Windows 10: Doing great things sometimes requires 7GB? Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg via Getty Images The latest Windows 10 Insider build, number 18312, introduces a new feature wherein the operating system reserves a big old chunk of disk space, effectively expanding its on-disk footprint by another 7GB. The storage reservation is to ensure that certain…
Nokia 8.1 Plus is the business’s most modern-looking phone yet

Nokia 8.1 Plus is the business’s most modern-looking phone yet

The Nokia 8.1 Plus render. We've got a hole-punch display and a rear fingerprint reader. That front Nokia logo is a bit ugly. I spy: a top headphone jack and a bottom USB-C port. Is it just me or does this not make any sense? The Nokia 9 has a dated front design and a…
AMD reveals the $699 Radeon VII: 7nm Vega, coming February

AMD reveals the $699 Radeon VII: 7nm Vega, coming February

Enlarge / AMD Radeon VII. Ars at CES 2019 View more stories AMD's next flagship video card will be the Radeon VII. The VII slots in above the RX Vega 64 and averages about 29 percent faster, putting it within spitting distance of Nvidia's RTX 2080. The GPU inside the VII is called Vega 20,…
Old, satisfy brand-new: Sony presents a cordless turntable for vinyl records

Old, satisfy brand-new: Sony presents a cordless turntable for vinyl records

Sony's wireless record player. Sony Ars at CES 2019 View more stories The resurgence of vinyl records is a curiosity to some and a passion for others. It's arguably ancient technology at this point, but that's also part of its appeal. Sony is looking to bridge the gap with the PS-LX310BT, a turntable that incorporates modern…
CES strips sex toy of award after presumably considering it ‘unethical’

CES strips sex toy of award after presumably considering it ‘unethical’

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is currently showing off the biggest new innovations in tech — but apparently draws the line this year at a particular instrument of pleasure. The Osé massager, created by a company called Lora DiCarlo, purports to be able to give a hands-free blended orgasm through the use of…
AT&T is pretending like 5G is currently here– and deceptive users

AT&T is pretending like 5G is currently here– and deceptive users

Last week, owners of select LG and Samsung phones using AT&T network got a software update that changed the “4G” icon in their status bar to “5GE” (E stands for Evolution). In reality, AT&T hasn’t really deployed a 5G network yet – it’s just renaming LTE Advanced and LTE Advanced Pro to 5GE. That’s as…
TIL: Firefox has an obscure function to spare your blushes on the new-tab page

TIL: Firefox has an obscure function to spare your blushes on...

Enlarge / That "Top Sites" section should never contain anything too embarrassing. For many of us, our browsers' new-tab pages are something of a liability. Whichever browser you use, they all follow a fairly similar style: a bunch of boxes linking to the sites that we use and visit regularly. This is great when your…
December in Africa: Ghanian health care drones and Cameroonian separatist cryptocurrency

December in Africa: Ghanian health care drones and Cameroonian separatist cryptocurrency

December is an expensive month for anyone, and tech companies across Africa went on a fundraising spree in advance of the festive period last month. Companies from across the continent, in a variety of sectors, raised funding in December. Most notable was pan-African e-commerce company Jumia, which raised strategic investment from the alcoholic beverage brand…
Withings damages Apple Watch, debuts $129 ECG tracking smartwatch

Withings damages Apple Watch, debuts $129 ECG tracking smartwatch

Withings has had a tumultuous couple of years. The company was bought by Nokia only to be re-acquired by its original owner Éric Carreel last May. While it sells smart scales, thermometers, and other health electronics, the French company has an uphill battle ahead of it in the wearable space thanks to an oversaturated market. But…
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