January 28, 2021

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A US Postal Service worker removes mail from a dropbox in San Francisco on August 17, 2020. | David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Postal Service has to do more than deliver mail if it wants to survive.

In November, on the day that networks called the election for Joe Biden, cheering crowds stopped mail trucks in the streets of New York City to thank postal workers for delivering more than 135 million mail-in ballots on time during a pandemic. Now, in Washington, DC, a coalition of lawmakers and advocates are trying to pull off a different sort of feat: saving the United States Postal Service.

Without help from the federal government, the Postal Service could run out of cash later this year. Such a financial crisis would mean laying off workers, limiting service, and worsening delays — and delays are already so bad that holiday cards mailed … Read the rest

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Technology has seeped into every aspect of our lives today. They’ve become the ultimate customer-employee model and have completely shifted the course of traditional employment. Without Uber, you wouldn’t have Airbnb and other customized, personal services. In terms of visual appeal, Linux has already come a long way. My Ubuntu PC, with the Beryl windows manager installed, is already more visually engaging than any Windows Vista or Mac OS X machine. What’s left to do is to make Beryl less painful to install. If you access the Services through a browser, your browser may allow you to adjust your browser settings so that Do Not Track” requests are sent to the websites that you visit. However, we will not disable tracking technology that may be active on the Services in response to any Do Not Track requests that we receive from your browser. You can change your privacy preferences regarding … Read the rest

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Cars drive on an unlit street during a blackout in Tehran, Iran (Credits: AP)

Tehran, the capital of Iran, has plunged into darkness in recent weeks as rolling outages left millions without electricity for hours.

Other cities have also been affected by the outages. Traffic lights died. Offices went dark. Online classes stopped.

With toxic smog blanketing the skies and the country buckling under the pandemic and other mounting crises, social media has been rife with speculation about what was to blame.

Soon, fingers pointed at an unlikely culprit: Bitcoin.

Within days, as frustration spread among residents, the government launched a wide-ranging crackdown on bitcoin processing centers, which require immense amounts of electricity to power their specialized computers and to keep them cool — a burden on Iran’s power grid.

Authorities shuttered 1,600 centers across the country, including, for the first time, those legally authorized to operate.

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A wirelessly charging Magic Mouse? Yes please!

What you need to know

  • An engineer on social media has modified a Magic Mouse to give it wireless charging, and the results are amazing.

An engineer on social media has finally fixed one of the worst designs ever created by Apple, by adding wireless charging to Apple’s Magic Mouse.

The Magic Mouse is notorious because the device’s charging port is housed underneath the device, making it impossible to use whilst charging, and making the upturned device very unsightly and un-Apple to look at. (Pictured)

Now, in a video shared to social media, one engineer has taken matters into their own hands and created a wirelessly charging Magic Mouse thanks to a whole lot of DIY.

The video, shared by DuanRui on Twitter, is a therapeutic 90 seconds of wizardry, which ends with a Magic Mouse that can be charged wirelessly. They even

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  • Microsoft just announced the five free Xbox games it’s giving away in February.
  • Xbox Live Gold subscribers can grab Gears 5, Resident Evil, and Dandara for Xbox Series X and Xbox One, as well as Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb and Lost Planet 2 for Xbox 360.
  • You can save about $105 by picking up all five Games with Gold while they’re on sale for free.

On the same day Microsoft announced it would effectively double the price of Xbox Live Gold by bumping the price of the subscription service up to $60 for 6 months, we also learned which games will be coming to the Games with Gold program for free in February. It appears that Microsoft wanted to soften the blow of the price hike somewhat, as this is the first genuinely solid selection of free games in months, with Gears 5 leading the way, … Read the rest

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Salim Abdool Karim was at a cricket match on December 26, Boxing Day, when he made the mistake of looking at his email. He had received a new report and the news wasn’t good. A heavily mutated coronavirus spotted in South Africa appeared to allow the virus to bind more tightly, and more easily, to human cells.

Karim, an epidemiologist and lead covid-19 adviser to the South African government, knew what the report meant. It could explain a drastic change in covid-19 in his country, where rising case numbers were turning every province red.

“It simply went up, up, up, and up, into the equivalent of an Everest,” Karim says.

The rise in cases in South Africa has been linked to a new, highly mutated form of the covid-19 virus. And it’s just part of a wider pattern being seen around the world. Over the last month, weary researchers racing … Read the rest

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Lina Khan at her New York home in 2017. | An Rong Xu for the Washington Post

Outgoing FTC Commissioner Rohit Chopra has been advocating for Khan’s nomination.

Lina Khan, an antitrust expert, Columbia law professor and thorn in the side of Big Tech, is gaining traction as a candidate to fill one of the commissioner roles at the Federal Trade Commission under President Joe Biden, three sources familiar with the discussions told Recode this week.

Khan would likely fill the commissioner seat currently held by Rohit Chopra, a Democrat who Biden has tapped to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Chopra has been advocating for the nomination of Khan, the sources said, with one person familiar with deliberations calling her a current “frontrunner.” Khan served as a legal fellow at the FTC in Chopra’s office in 2018 and at the CFPB as a summer associate while Chopra worked … Read the rest

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The history of electronics is a story of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and of three key components—the vacuum tube , the transistor, and the integrated circuit In 1883, Thomas Alva Edison discovered that electrons flow from one metal conductor to another through a vacuum. Dropped calls” is a phrase that has popped up in force since cellular phones made the scene. This phrase is often heard in relation to cell phone service but is rarely associated with a home phone. Reliability is one factor that just can’t be argued when it comes to the advantage of landlines over mobile phones. Landlines receive much less interference than do cell phones. Even in a storm, when cell phone reception is patchy, landlines are usually going strong. The modern era of electronics originated in the early twentieth century with the invention of the electron tube. An electron tube is a … Read the rest

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UK researchers have discovered how skin conditions like chronic eczema develop (Photo by: BSIP/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

UK scientists have discovered how chronic conditions such as psoriasis and eczema develop in skin cells which, they believe, could open doors for potential new treatments.

Researchers have found that cells from skin with eczema and psoriasis share some of the same cellular mechanisms as developing healthy skin cells.

The team said the findings, published in the journal Science, could help in the development of new drugs targeting inflammatory skin disease.

Psoriasis, which affects around 2% of people in the UK, is caused by an increased production of skin cells.

Although the process is not fully understood, the condition is thought to be related to a problem with the immune system.

Eczema, which causes the skin to become itchy, dry and cracked, is more common in children but can improve as … Read the rest

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Getting connected on your device

A little known feature introduced in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 is the ability to use a private Wi-Fi address. But, why would you want to use a private Wi-Fi address? It’s simple, really. The device you are using on any wireless network is trackable by its MAC (media access control) address. Apple is making it easy for your iPhone or iPad using iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 to use a private address. This makes your device and its activity less trackable, meaning more peace of mind for you.

Why is a private Wi-Fi address important?

To illustrate why it’s important to use a private Wi-Fi address, let’s consider our daily routine. We may stop for some caffeine at our favorite coffee shop, grab lunch at our favorite burger joint, and then pick up a few items at the grocery store. If you’re not using

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