Technology 

Forget Android Oreo upgrade, Google upgraded your phone with THIS awesome feature

Google this week pushed-out an update to a slew of older hardware, including smartphones running 5.0 Lollipop. The update brings the impressive AI assistant that powers the Pixel and Google Home, Google Assistant, to the devices. Assistant was an exclusive for the Google Pixel smartphone range when it launched back in October 2016. Google later rolled-out the virtual assistant to other devices rolling Android 7.0 Nougat, before expanding availability to handsets running 6.0 Marshmallow earlier this year. However, these are still relatively new smartphones, like the Galaxy S7 and HTC…

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Science 

Rise of the machines: Super intelligent robots could ‘spell the end of the human race’

GETTY Stephen Hawking warned AI could spell the end of humanity Artificial intelligence is beginning to transform society, from babysitting children to self-driving cars. But, many scientists, including Professor Stephen Hawking, argue it may only be a matter of time before they gain consciousness and destroy mankind like something out of science fiction. Professor Hawking said: “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.” Robots could soon be weaponised and some people have advocated the advancement, arguing it could save lives. Related articles But,…

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How To 

10 yummy slow-cooker recipes for the holidays – CNET

Slow-cooker cheesy sausage breakfast casserole Chile hot chocolate Slow-cooker peach crumble Slow-cooker chocolate cake Slow-cooker French onion dip Slow-cooker party mix Slow-cooker collard greens German mulled wine (Glühwein) Slow-cooker spiked wassail Slow-cooker butternut squash and red pepper soup Prev Next Next Using your slow cooker to assist in your holiday cooking is a smart choice. Things are less likely to burn — giving you peace of mind — plus, you’ll free up space in your oven or on your stove. Here are 10 holiday recipes to make this year. You…

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Science 

How virtual reality is opening up some of the world’s most inaccessible archaeological sites

Pleito cave site, Devlin Gandy, Author provided More We often associate virtual reality (VR) with thrilling experiences we may never be able to have in real life – such as flying a jet fighter, exploring the oceans or going on a spacewalk. But researchers are also starting to use this technology to study and open up access to archaeological sites that are difficult to get to. An archaeological site can be inaccessible for a range of reasons. It might be in a remote location or on private property, the archaeological…

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Top Stories World 

North Korea allows smartphones in ‘Orwellian’ move to monitor citizens and bolster power

Mobile phones are becoming commonplace in North Korea and are seen as status symbols. But, access to the internet is limited and people are being employed by the regime to monitor people round the clock. Director of strategic threat development at Recorded Future, Priscilla Moriuchi, said: “In an Orwellian sense, North Korea is innovating on surveillance.” Nearly all North Korean phones, tablets, laptops and computers run on locally developed operating systems stocked with censorship and surveillance tools. GETTY Mobile phones are becoming commonplace in North Korea and are seen as…

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Technology 

Bond review – CNET

A ceiling fan might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to the smart home, but there are perks to an automated fan. Adding voice controls, schedules and even IFTTT recipes to a ceiling fan creates a more convenient smart home and a more comfortable living environment. The problem? Smart fans are expensive. Both Hunter and Big Ass Fans offer Alexa and Nest compatible models, starting at $300 and $550 respectively. That’s where Olibra’s Bond device comes in. This $99 disc smartens your remote-controlled ceiling fan….

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Top Stories World 

Cuba embassy attacks may have left victims with brain damage

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Technology 

Cooking app connects to GE, Bosch ovens to streamline meal prep – CNET

Innit An iOS app released today will let you browse recipes and send the cooking information to connected ovens. The Innit app will let you browse meal recommendations based on dietary preferences, watch how-to videos as you cook, and send instructions like oven temperature to Wi-Fi-enabled ovens from Bosch and GE Appliances. The Android app will be available in early 2018. A cooking app with step-by-step instructions isn’t new, and we’re seeing more apps that work directly with specific smart appliances, such as the Hestan Cue or the Tasty One…

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Technology 

7 kitchen appliances that will make you give cooking a try – CNET

It can be scary when you finally decide to take cooking seriously, especially if you’re more of a ramen-noodles-and-pizza-rolls type of chef. Fortunately, companies have made products that have made cooking more approachable by getting rid of some of the guesswork, addressing safety concerns and giving you some step-by-step instructions. Here are seven small appliances we reviewed this year that will give you a hand in the kitchen. Some of these products are pricey, so make sure you’re ready to make the investment in your cooking skills. Dash Rapid Egg…

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Lifestyle 

The Hairy Bikers new book: TV chef duo reveal 150 Mediterranean dish ideas

Tell us about your new book… Dave: We wanted to feature Mediterranean dishes, but there are 21 countries and 200 islands, so we picked the western Med, where the food culture is incredible. Over three months we motorcycled in the sun, ate amazing food, did our research for the book and filmed a TV series to accompany it. Si: What we now know as Mediterranean cuisine has developed over the past 4,000 years into this amazing, diverse, fresh and seasonal food – there’s no other food like it. Which are…

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