Tag Archives: technology

New USB-C charger rule shows how EU regulators make decisions for the world

New EU rules will establish a common charger for all devices. Shutterstock Renaud Foucart, Lancaster University Have you ever borrowed a friend’s charger only to find it is not compatible with your phone? Or wondered what to do with the pile of cables you’ve accumulated from every device you’ve ever bought? Such inconveniences will soon be history after the EU …

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Tech firms are making computer chips with human cells – is it ethical?

Shutterstock Julian Savulescu, University of Oxford; Christopher Gyngell, The University of Melbourne, and Tsutomu Sawai, Hiroshima University The year is 2030 and we are at the world’s largest tech conference, CES in Las Vegas. A crowd is gathered to watch a big tech company unveil its new smartphone. The CEO comes to the stage and announces the Nyooro, containing the …

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Russia has been at war with Ukraine for years – in cyberspace

Russian President Vladimir Putin walks through a hall in the building housing Russia’s GRU military intelligence service. Dmitry Astakhov, Sputnik, Government Pool Photo via AP Maggie Smith, United States Military Academy West Point The build up of Russian forces along Belarus’ 665-mile border with Ukraine is a physical manifestation of Russia’s intense interest in the region. Russia annexed Crimea in …

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Great headphones blend physics, anatomy and psychology – but what you like to listen to is also important for choosing the right pair

Headphone designers have to balance scientific limitations with human preferences. Vladimir Godnik via Getty Images Timothy Hsu, IUPUI Between music, podcasts, gaming and the unlimited supply of online content, most people spend hours a week wearing headphones. Perhaps you are considering a new pair for the holidays, but with so many options on the market, it can be hard to …

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Four ways to make sure your passwords are safe and easy to remember

Four ways to make sure your passwords are safe and easy to remember Many still make their passwords too simple. Shutterstock/Vitalii Vodolazskyi Steven Furnell, University of Nottingham For more than 15 years, there have been various predictions from tech leaders about the death of passwords. Bill Gates predicted it back in 2004 and Microsoft has predicted it for 2021. There …

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The sharing economy helps women find new economic opportunities in Jordan

New technology has created new options for women in Jordan. Jasmin Merdan/Getty Images Allison Jacobs Anderson, University of Washington Across the world, women face online stalking, threats to their reputation and surveillance or monitoring of their online activities. In many countries, threats to safety and privacy limit women’s access to information and communication technologies. I’m a scholar of gender and …

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What’s cellular about a cellphone?

Daniel Bliss, Arizona State University Editor’s note: Daniel Bliss is a professor of electrical engineering at Arizona State University and the director of the Center for Wireless Information Systems and Computational Architecture. In this interview, he explains the ideas behind the original cellular networks and how they evolved over the years into today’s 5G (fifth generation) and even 6G (sixth …

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A language generation program’s ability to write articles, produce code and compose poetry has wowed scientists

GPT-3 is 10 times more complex than its predecessor. antoniokhr/iStock via Getty Images Prasenjit Mitra, Penn State Seven years ago, my student and I at Penn State built a bot to write a Wikipedia article on Bengali Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s play “Chitra.” First it culled information about “Chitra” from the internet. Then it looked at existing Wikipedia entries to …

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When too much news is bad news: is the way we consume news detrimental to our health?

Shutterstock Evita March, Federation University Australia Humans are curious and social creatures by nature. The news helps us make sense of the world around us and connects us with our local, national and international community. So it’s no wonder we’re drawn to it. Objective, legitimate news also keeps us informed, empowering us with knowledge to make balanced decisions. But the …

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