Friday, October 22

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iPhone 13 – everything in order
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iPhone 13 – everything in order

Apple didn't radically redesign the iPhone 13, but that doesn't make it any less of an upgrade than the iPhone 12 before it. The new A15 Bionic processor improves photo processing, and the battery life is extended by an hour or more in regular use. More advanced technology changes were reserved for the iPhone 13 Pro. However, the standard iPhone still has plenty to offer at a much lower price. Fans of the mini iPhone should take particular interest in the 2021 model, considering it may be the last. iPhone 13 Features Design Apple doesn't change its device designs but once every few years, so the iPhone 13 retains the iPhone 12 redesign. Each model features flat sides made from aluminum sandwiched between glass plates.The iPhone 13 features a 20% smaller notch There...
Covid: Most popular Facebook link in US spread vaccine doubt
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Covid: Most popular Facebook link in US spread vaccine doubt

A news article about a doctor who died after receiving a Covid-19 vaccination was Facebook's most viewed link in the US in the first quarter of 2021, a previously shelved report shows. The piece - updated after a report said there was no proven link to the vaccine - was popular with vaccine sceptics. The New York Times claimed that Facebook initially held back its report because it would "look bad". Facebook said the delay was in order to make "key fixes". The company had already published its "Widely Viewed Content" report for the second quarter of 2021, in which it found a word search promising to reveal "your reality" was the most popular post. Similarly frivolous "question posts" formed most of the top 20. View original tweet on Twitter ...
Virgin Hyperloop unveils new pod concept video
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Virgin Hyperloop unveils new pod concept video

Virgin Hyperloop has released a video illustrating its plans for passenger pods using magnetic levitation to travel above 1,000km/h (600mph) through tubes containing a near-vacuum. Rather than connecting to form a train, the pods will travel in convoy, able to leave and join a static track individually, like cars on a motorway. Last year, Virgin Hyperloop completed its first crewed test-track journey, reaching speeds of 170km/h. View original tweet on Twitter Railway engineer and writer Gareth Dennis tweeted it was "a glossy video that says, 'Everything works and is great,' with nothing more than some CGI [computer-generated imagery] and a giant winky face". He questioned the vision of carrying "tens of thousands of passengers per hour per direction", which "would require a th...
US House approves Biden’s $3.5tn domestic budget blueprint
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US House approves Biden’s $3.5tn domestic budget blueprint

The US Congress has approved a $3.5tn (£2.54tn) budget blueprint, setting the stage for Democrats to enact President Joe Biden's ambitious economic agenda. The rule that passed on Tuesday allows Democrats, who narrowly control both chambers, to move ahead with key policy proposals. Mr Biden's party hopes to devote significant resources to family support, health and climate schemes. It passed the House of Representatives 220-212, with no Republican support. The resolution's fate was unclear as late as Tuesday morning, amid a standoff between progressive and centrist House Democrats. The Democrats are enacting a process called budget reconciliation to approve Mr Biden's larger spending package - and passage of the budget blueprint Tuesday is the first step. A group of ...
China turns off the lights in ‘Christmas town’ as officials race to meet energy targets
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China turns off the lights in ‘Christmas town’ as officials race to meet energy targets

Yiwu, a manufacturing hub in eastern China, is known for producing Christmas decorations. Hong Kong (CNN Business)For months, factories in the city of Yiwu, known as China's "Christmas town," have been cranking out most of the tinsel, decorations and other festive ornaments now hanging on trees worldwide.But production almost stopped in mid-December, as local authorities switched off the lights.Ma Hairu, who works for a manufacturer making paper decorations for Christmas and New Year, said his factory was struggling to meet demand because they're only allowed to work half days. "We have a lot of orders, but we don't have enough time to make them," he said. We have a lot of orders, but we don't have enough time to make them."MA HAIRU, YIWU MANUFACTURER Officials in China's Zh...