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Where to start with: Buchi Emecheta | Books

Buchi Emecheta’s journey – from orphaned child, through marital oppression, single motherhood and societal prejudice, to fulfilment as an internationally acclaimed writer – though often described in terms of a rags-to-riches tale is better characterised as one woman’s dogged pursuit of a seemingly impossible dream. Recurrent themes in her novels – motherhood, female independence and freedom through education – are all the more powerful since they are never far from her own real-life experiences. Although it is easy to…

Fitbit Will Start Talking to You Thanks to Google’s New AI

Photo: Bloomberg / Contributor (Getty Images)Google announced it’s building a new large language model that will give health and fitness tips on Tuesday, part of a broader push across the company to develop AI health algorithms and robot doctor tools.Generating Video Via Text? | Future TechFitbit (a subsidiary of Google) is partnering with Google Research on the project, which the company calls “Personal Health Large Language Model.” In a press release, Google said it’s fine-tuning the algorithm to give personalized

Apple is getting ready to start selling refurbished Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 models in the U.S.

One of the best ways to get big savings on the latest Apple gear is to shop on the brand's own refurbished store. It offers fixed up versions of used products for a lower price. You get a quality item and can save some cash in the process. We regularly see top Apple Watch deals on the refurbished store, and Apple's latest smartwatch models look set to join the store soon.Apple is teasing us with the prospect of nabbing a refurbished Apple Watch Ultra 2 or Apple Watch Series 9 from its US online store. The Cupertino tech…

Sounds appealing – reef recordings entice coral larvae to start building

Scientists have discovered that audio recordings of healthy coral reefs may help attract free-swimming coral larvae to damaged ones. The finding could be a major step toward preserving the world's coral reefs, an estimated 25% of which have died out in the last 30 years.Although the reef structures formed by coral polyps are immobile, the polyps themselves swim through the water while still in their larval state. Eventually, when they find a place they like, they latch onto a rock or other hard surface and start secreting…

Volkswagen announces production start date for $20K ID.1 EV

For the first time, Volkswagen announced it aims to start producing its most affordable ID.1 electric car, starting at 20,000 euros ($21,700), in 2027. The $20K Volkswagen ID.1 will offer “affordable electric mobility for everyone,” VW brand leader Thomas Shafer said Thursday. Volkswagen to begin building $20K ID.1 EV in 2027 “The working title is ID.1 and the vehicle is planned for 2027,” Shafer confirmed during VW’s annual press conference Thursday. Work on the ID.1 is already well underway.…

Moon mining startup Interlune wants to start digging for helium-3 by 2030

A budding startup called Interlune is trying to become the first private company to mine the moon’s natural resources and sell them back on Earth. Interlune will initially focus on helium-3 — a helium isotope created by the sun through the process of fusion — which is abundant on the moon. In an interview with Ars Technica, Rob Meyerson, one of Interlune’s founders and former Blue Origin president, said the company hopes to fly its harvester with one of the upcoming commercial moon missions backed by NASA. The plan is to…

PC games start at just $1 in Steam’s spring sale

You’d think most gamers would have indulged enough over the long winter season that they wouldn’t want to spend the first moments of spring doing the same, but rainy days are still a thing, yeah? And the grind never truly stops for many of us. That’s why I can appreciate the Steam spring sale, happening now through March 21st. It happens around this time every year and offers up to 90 percent off thousands of titles. You can find deals on game-of-the-year-worthy titles like Baldur’s Gate 3 for $53.99 ($6 off), for…

Detergent Pods Are Just the Start of Clothing’s Microplastic Pollution Problem

This story was originally published by Grist. Sign up for Grist’s weekly newsletter here.Coastal Animals Are Thriving on Plastic Pollution Out in the Pacific Ocean | Extreme EarthLast month, Democratic New York City Council Member James Gennaro introduced a bill that would change the way countless New Yorkers do their laundry — by banning laundry detergent pods.More specifically, the bill — dubbed “Pods Are Plastic” — proposed a ban on dishwashing and laundry detergent pods coated in polyvinyl alcohol, or PVA, a type of…

Satechi’s new USB-C hub supports 8K HDMI monitors and 2.5Gbps Ethernet, and that’s just the start

Even if you own one of Apple's best portable Macs you're probably dealing with the same issue — they just don't seem to have enough ports. Sure, they've gotten better in recent years but they don't have HDMI or some of the other ports that people find that they need whether they are at their desk or on the move. For those people, a great USB-C hub is essential. And Satechi has announced a new one that everyone should definitely check out.Despite the rather unwieldy name (USB-C Multiport Adapter 8K with Ethernet V3) this…