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CHEAP: OMFG!!! The Pandemic board game is 40% off!!!

Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! Board games are one of my favorite things in the world. There’s something about sitting around your cozy home or, even better, in a gorgeous pub and gaming for a few hours — especially considering how long we spend staring at screens these days. I’ve got nothing against playing video games, quite the opposite in fact, but a board game is so much more communal than everyone packed around a screen. But, there’s a problem. What if you want a game that’s more laid…

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Here’s why the internet will always have enough space for all our devices

It seems that every five years, news emerges that the digital sky is falling in. Back in 2010 and 2015, rumors spread that the internet would soon run out of IP addresses. Now, the regulator of Europe’s internet domains has predicted that the region’s 1.91m remaining addressees will most likely run out before 2020. Every computer and smartphone must have an IP address to access the internet. IP is short for Internet Protocol, and like your postcode, it has to be sufficiently unique, as this ensures all connected devices can accurately send and receive data between themselves. This is how…

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Pro-anorexia forums are dangerous — but they can teach us a lot about community and understanding

In recent years, a cultural movement has emerged online that takes a positive attitude toward eating disorders. So-called pro-anorexia (or, more commonly, ‘pro-ana’) organizations differ widely. Whereas the majority claim to provide a non-judgmental environment for those diagnosed with anorexia, others go further, denying that eating disorders are mental illnesses and casting them instead as ‘lifestyle choices’ that should be respected by doctors and families. As a researcher and psychoanalyst who works with patients with eating disorders, I’ve spent considerable time on pro-anorexia forums carefully analyzing their content. Visiting a pro-ana website for the first time is a visceral experience.…

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These earbuds have a battery life of 150 hours, and they’re 60% off today.

Funded by an Indiegogo project, the Kharbons are absolutely the real deal. By utilizing IPV6 low energy protocol, these buds actually run on lower power levels than other listening devices. Couple that with their carrying case that doubles as a 2,000 mAh power bank — and you’ve got a listening setup that can go days without plugging into the wall.

Europe needs to embrace 5G — before it’s too late

Did you know that the Finnish telecommunications company Nokia is one of the main players in the global mobile infrastructure market? It produces everything to build 5G networks – from antennas to routers and other equipment – and massively exports its products to the USA, Japan, and China. At first glance, this sounds great – it’s just more proof of Europe‘s ability to build and export high tech products. However, when taking a closer look, Nokia‘s example reveals a worrying tendency: it seems that Europe is helping to develop tech innovations somewhere else rather than creating the necessary environment to…

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CHEAP: It’s your last chance to suck $200 off Roomba’s ‘i-series’ robo-vacuum

Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! Of all the promises technology has made, the one I care about most is its potential to make my life as simple and carefree as possible. Unfortunately, in a lot of cases, tech has had the opposite impact. It’s generally brought along more stresses, more distractions, and more things I don’t really need in my daily life. Yet, there are some bright sparks, some examples of technology that have actually made things simpler, meaning we can spend time doing the things we enjoy. You…

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Honey bees are dying — but man-made hives could save them

Honey bees are under extreme pressure. Beekeepers in the US have been losing and then replacing an average of 40 percent of their honey bee colonies every year since 2010, a rate that is probably unsustainable and would be unacceptable in other kinds of husbandry. The biggest contributor to this decline is viruses spread by a parasite, Varroa Destructor. But this isn’t a natural situation. The parasite is spread by beekeeping practices, including keeping the bees in conditions that are very different from their natural abode of tree hollows. A few years ago, I demonstrated that the heat losses in…

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Bioware reportedly making new Mass Effect game… but do we need one?

Rumor has it that Bioware is working on a new game in the venerated Mass Effect game series. This news should have me jumping for joy — but now that I’ve heard it, I’m not sure it’s such a good idea. According to the rumors, the new game is very early in development — that’d jibe with the vague hints Bioware tossed out last year that it was working on “secret stuff” with regards to ME. The original source of the rumors appears to be this story from Kotaku, which also specifies the game will be directed by Mike Gamble, whose previous work…

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Huawei’s Mate X is finally on sale in china, but it’s already sold out

Motorola’s new Razr may be the current star of the folding phone world but Huawei has some big news too: It’s long-delay Mate X has finally gone on sale in China, and it’s already sold out. As a recap, the device features a Kirin 980 chip, 8GB of RAM, 512GB of storage, and 5G connectivity, powered by a 4,500 mAh battery and super-quick 55W charging. It’s a bit disappointing the device is using the Kirin 980 instead of the newer 990 at this price, but it’s still a capable chip. The folding display covers an 8-inch diagonal, or a 6.6-inch…

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