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Forget smartwatches, consumers are buying up these quirky, alternative wearable devices

Forget smartwatches, consumers are buying up these quirky, alternative wearable devices

CNN — In 2015, the same year Apple introduced its smartwatch, a Kickstarter campaign launched for a very different kind of wearable device: a wellness-tracking ring called the Oura. Seven years later, the Apple Watch is the most popular wearable device while other similar products from Google and Samsung also dominate the wearables market. But …

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Ukraine suffered a comms outage when 1,300 SpaceX satellite units went offline over funding issues

Ukraine suffered a comms outage when 1,300 SpaceX satellite units went offline over funding issues

Washington CNN — Ukraine’s fears that its troops may lose access to Elon Musk’s crucial Starlink internet service deepened in the past week after 1,300 of the military’s satellite units went offline, according to two sources familiar with the outage. The small, easy-to-use satellite dishes made by Musk’s private rocket company SpaceX have been universally …

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Trapview: Can an AI-powered insect trap solve a $220 billion pest problem?

Trapview: Can an AI-powered insect trap solve a $220 billion pest problem?

London CNN Business — Pests destroy up 40% of the world’s crops each year, causing $220 billion in economic losses, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Trapview is harnessing the power of AI to help tackle the problem. The Slovenian company has developed a device that traps and identifies pests, and acts …

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Kiwi Farms: Cloudflare blocks controversial online forum citing ‘imminent threats to human life’

Kiwi Farms: Cloudflare blocks controversial online forum citing 'imminent threats to human life'

New York CNN — Cloudflare, a major American internet services company, pulled its support for Kiwi Farms, a controversial online message board, Saturday evening citing “imminent threats to human life.” The move temporarily forced Kiwi Farms offline. Cloudflare’s decision came as Kiwi Farms was linked to a campaign of harassment and violent threats targeting Clara …

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Microsoft earnings hit by personal computing slowdown

Microsoft earnings hit by personal computing slowdown

CNN Business — Microsoft posted a double-digit profit decline in the three-month period ending in September as the company confronted a slowdown in the personal computing industry and a broader economic downturn. The tech giant on Tuesday reported net income of $17.6 billion for the quarter, a decrease of 14% from the year prior. Microsoft …

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Is AI art really art? This California gallery says yes

Is AI art really art?  This California gallery says yes

CNN Business — As artificial intelligence becomes increasingly popular for generating images, a question has kinged the art world: Can AI create art? At bitforms gallery in San Francisco, the answer is yes. An exhibit called “Artificial Imagination” is on display through late December and features works that were created with or inspired by the …

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CNN Exclusive: After Ukraine, Biden administration turns to Musk’s satellite internet for Iran

CNN Exclusive: After Ukraine, Biden administration turns to Musk's satellite internet for Iran

Washington CNN — The White House has engaged in talks with Elon Musk about the possibility of setting up SpaceX’s satellite internet service Starlink inside Iran, multiple officials familiar with the discussions told CNN. The conversations, which have not been previously reported, come as the Biden administration searches for ways to support the Iranian protest …

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The US says it’s helping Iranians navigate a massive internet blackout. Activists say it’s too little, too late.

The US says it's helping Iranians navigate a massive internet blackout.  Activists say it's too little, too late.

CNN — As protesters took to the streets of Iran following the death in detention of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman apprehended for apparently not wearing her hijab properly, videos of the uprising began to flood the internet. Clips of students tearing up pictures of Iran’s Supreme Leader in northern Iran. Photos of women removing …

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‘It’s like living in an igloo.’ People are turning off their heat as prices surge

'It's like living in an igloo.'  People are turning off their heat as prices surge

As the first frigid weather of autumn chills the Northeast, many people are faced with a tough decision: deal with the surging costs of heating their homes or live without it. Home heating prices are skyrocketing yet again this winter, up 18% nationwide on top of last year’s 17% spike, according to the National Energy …

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Mahsa Amini death: Iran restricts internet as protest deaths mount

Mahsa Amini death: Iran restricts internet as protest deaths mount

CNN — Iranian authorities say they will restrict internet access in the country until calm is restored to the streets, as protests over the death of a young woman in the custody of the morality police rock the Islamic Republic. Thousands of Iranians have taken to the streets in protest since the death last week …

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