Author Archives: Matthew DeCarlo


Reasons to Abandon Windows For Linux

Reasons to Abandon Windows For Linux

Had enough of Windows 10's hassles? Unless you plan to install Windows 7, which is going to lose support from Microsoft on January 14, 2020, or have the cash to spare for an Apple device, there aren't many other options for a computer operating system except some flavor of Linux.

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Groundbreaking DNA drive saves data in the building blocks of life

Groundbreaking DNA drive saves data in the building blocks of life

Collaborating with the University of Washington, Microsoft has demonstrated a system that can store information in synthetic DNA and then retrieve the data afterward. The proof-of-concept device is among the first of its kind and can automatically encode data into a DNA sequence and then convert the information back to ones and zeros again so it’s readable by digital machines.

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5G is only just arriving, but 6G plans are underway

5G is only just arriving, but 6G plans are underway

Although 5G is only just being cobbled together, planning is already underway for 6G networks. Next week, March 24 through 25, more than 200 researchers will gather at the “6G Wireless Summit” in Levi, Finland to discuss the standards that 6G should strive for when it’s implemented a decade or so from now.

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Throat cancer risk nearly doubles with hot drinks

Throat cancer risk nearly doubles with hot drinks

Research dating back to at least 2009 has indicated that drinking hot beverages may increase the risk for developing esophageal cancer, though it has been unclear if this risk can be directly correlated with the temperature that something is consumed. Yet another study has been released which offers further confirmation that drinking - and presumably eating - things at a high temperature is likely to boost the odds of developing throat cancer in your esophagus.

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Microsoft Defender for macOS is the anti-virus you didn’t know you needed

Microsoft Defender for macOS is the anti-virus you didn’t know you needed

Microsoft has announced that its anti-malware protection is becoming available for users of macOS. Previously known as Windows Defender, the software has been renamed more broadly as “Microsoft Defender” in coordination with the news that it will be available on operating systems other than Windows.

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Robotic exoskeleton “Guardian XO” purchased by U.S. Navy

Robotic exoskeleton “Guardian XO” purchased by U.S. Navy

The U.S. Navy has partnered with a robotics company to augment the physical capabilities of workers at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, a maintenance facility located in Washington state. Sarcos Robotics has been granted a contract by the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to deliver a pre-production version of its "Guardian XO" robotic exoskeleton, which can be "worn" by people to better their abilities by providing attributes such as enhanced strength.

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AI.gov launched for U.S. artificial intelligence initiatives

AI.gov launched for U.S. artificial intelligence initiatives

The U.S. government has launched a new website dedicate to hosting initiatives involving the ongoing efforts to build, implement and regulate artificial intelligence. The site – AI.gov – arrives a month after President Trump signed an executive order (13859) that outlines the country’s policy on artificial intelligence. This includes objectives such as encouraging related governmental agencies to provide a sustained investment in the industry, reducing barriers for the use of AI to fuel innovation, and creating an action plan that will ensure the U.S.' strategic advantage against "foreign adversaries" during the roll-out of AI-driven technologies.

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A sweet tooth could fuel cancer cell growth

A sweet tooth could fuel cancer cell growth

Sugar is increasingly recognized for causing damage to your health when consumed in excess and it’s becoming common knowledge that the substance can be addictive. Along with contributing toward obesity, diabetes and chronic inflammation, the research of one doctor and his team at Weill Cornell Medicine suggests that sugar may also fuel the growth of various types of cancer.

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Opera 51 for Android integrates a free VPN

Opera 51 for Android integrates a free VPN

Opera has released the latest stable version of its mobile browser for Android, with various updates including the introduction of a built-in VPN service. The company has provided VPN functionality on its desktop browser for years, and has been testing it in beta builds for mobile users since February.

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