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Optimal useful service life of household appliances analyzed to cut environmental impacts

To what extent do replacement schemes to substitute existing household appliances for new, more efficient equipment make sense? Published in Sustainable Production and Consumption, a study conducted by the UPV/EHU's Life ...

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iRobot's Roomba will soon be owned by Amazon, which raises privacy questions

Less than two weeks after the announcement of its acquisition of U.S. health care company One Medical, Amazon is continuing its expansion with a US$1.7 billion offer for iRobot, the manufacturer of Roomba automated vacuum ...

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Exploring the nuances of AI use in news production

Throughout the course of history, technology has continually transformed the news media industry—telegraph, radio, television and then the internet. Yet despite these evolutions, technology remained the medium and human ...

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Uber-like landscaping app launches in Detroit

Seeing a demand in the Detroit area, Gene Caballero launched his three-year-old Nashville-based landscaping application, GreenPal, in Detroit last month.

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Google/Apple's contact-tracing apps susceptible to digital attacks

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, scientists and health authorities have relied on contact-tracing technologies to help manage the spread of the virus. Yet there's a major flaw in a framework that many of these ...

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How to turn throwaway cardboard into a DIY arcade game

Like many people across Colorado, Peter Gyory spent the height of the COVID-19 pandemic sitting at home with nothing to do. Then the researcher, a game designer by training, noticed all the random materials he had lying around ...

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Why number portability increases profitability for phone operators

Whether it is better in terms of profitability to lower barriers between operators to attract new customers more easily or to raise them in order to retain customers is a hotly debated strategy dilemma. A new article in the ...

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Wearable device uses sonar to reconstruct facial expressions

Cornell researchers have developed a wearable earphone device—or "earable"—that bounces sound off the cheeks and transforms the echoes into an avatar of a person's entire moving face, utilizing acoustic technology to ...