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Terra's stablecoin flop raises questions about regulatory role

The spectacular plunge and trading halts of the algorithmic stablecoin TerraUSD are touching off a debate among lawmakers over whether, and how much, the government should get involved.

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Video games: Our study suggests they boost intelligence in children

Many parents feel guilty when their children play video games for hours on end. Some even worry it could make their children less clever. And, indeed, that's a topic scientists have clashed over for years.

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Final refrain for iPod as Apple stops production

Apple on Tuesday put out word it is no longer making iPods, the trend-setting MP3 players that transformed how people get music and gave rise to the iPhone.

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iPod RIP: How Apple's music player transformed an industry

At the height of its powers the pocket-sized music player known as the iPod shifted tens of millions of units each year, helping Apple to conquer the globe and transforming the music industry.

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Portable fluorescent probe identifies bad cooking oil

How clean are the cooking oils we use in our homes? What about the cooking oils used at restaurants? Recently, a team of researchers has developed a straightforward and highly sensitive technology that detects bad cooking ...

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The promise and challenge of reconfigurable intelligent surfaces

The world is more connected than ever before, with reliable and consistent wireless communications transmitting to and from individual users—but the technology is evolving to something even better, according to an international ...

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Advertising source may drive experience for some Siri users

Advertisements on a voice assistant like Alexa or Siri may be more effective if the assistant is viewed as the medium for the ad, not the source. However, user motives play a role in how these persuasive messages are received, ...

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Progress on recycling smartphones, but more to do

Smartphone manufacturers have promised to do better when it comes to recycling and reconditioning their product, responding to pressure from environmental campaigners.

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Flying joysticks for better immersion in virtual reality

To interact with elements in the virtual world, common VR headsets usually come with controllers. Users hold these in their hands as they interact with all elements of the virtual user interface. However, the controllers ...

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Ashamed to ask for technical support? You are not alone

The spread of new technologies tied to a race for innovation, products and services' growing interdependence and, more generally, the transformation of products into services can also make them more complex to use. To help ...

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QR codes: Is it safe to scan?

The Coinbase Super Bowl commercial that featured a bouncing QR code set to music was so popular it caused the cryptocurrency app to temporarily crash. What does this tell us about how these codes are being used and how safe ...

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How we made a video game based on medieval records

The year is 1498. The town of Aberdeen in north-east Scotland has fallen prey to a "strange sickness" that is the deadly plague. Disease is spreading in Europe, and people are afraid, but how can the sickness be stopped?