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Nation's oldest family farm up for sale

The farm was founded by English settler John Tuttle, who came to the New World with a land grant from King Charles II, the Globe said.

Tuttle's landmark property has passed from father to son since 1632, the Globe said.
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Wendy's to begin replacing drive-thru staff with AI chatbots

“It’s at least as good as our best customer service representative, and it’s probably on average better,” said Wendy's CIO Kevin Vasconi to the Wall Street Journal. After successful early tests, the fifth biggest fast food chain in the USA will start using AI chatbots to interact with drive-thru customers next month.

The Westinghouse AP300 small nuclear power plant fits on a soccer pitch

They say that 'small is beautiful,' and the Westinghouse Electric Company seems to have embraced this with the unveiling of its AP300 Small Nuclear Reactor (SMR), which combines Gen III+ reactor technology with a smaller, more economical size.
Small nuclear reactors have been gaining a lot of attention in recent years as an alternative to the giant conventional fission systems that are very slow and expensive to build, and they also attract a good deal of political opposition, which makes them hard to authorize and operate.

YouTube has started blocking ad blockers

YouTube Premium subscribership grew to a record 80 million users in 2022, and Google responded by announcing it would be investing more into its subscription offerings in 2023. What we didn't realize at the time was how that could mean handicapping its free offerings to get more people to pay for its services.

Embrace the Passwordless Future of Passkeys

Digital passwords have existed since the 1960s, and we haven’t come up with a better option...until now. An tech industry-wide group called the FIDO Alliance aims to get rid of them, and for good reason: Passwords are easy to hack, and difficult to remember. The smarter method, they argue, is to scrap troublesome passwords altogether and use cryptographic keys for authentication instead. These tools are popularly known as passkeys, and they are already starting to take off.

Google brings dark web monitoring to all U.S. Gmail users

Google announced today that all Gmail users in the United States will soon be able to use the dark web report security feature to discover if their email address has been found on the dark web.

The iPhone maker is bigger than almost any stock market in the world

Dimensional’s Matrix Book is an annual review of global returns that highlight the power of compound investing. It’s a fascinating document: you can look up the compounded growth rate of the S&P 500 for every year going back to 1926.

Bluetooth tags for Android’s 3 billion-strong tracking network are here

Third-party Bluetooth trackers plug in to Google's massive Find My Device Network.

Cord-Cutting Hits All-Time High in Q1, as U.S. Pay-TV Subscriptions Fall to Lowest Levels Since 1992

As streaming video continues its ascendancy, cable, satellite and internet TV providers in the U.S. turned in their worst subscriber losses to date in the first quarter of 2023 — collectively shedding 2.3 million customers in the period, according to analyst estimates.

All the arguments against EVs are wrong

It’s time for another techno-optimist post! Instead of an as-yet-unproven technology like green hydrogen or battery-powered appliances, today’s post is about a technology that’s already taking over the world: battery electric vehicles, commonly known as EVs.

Do You Still Believe These 19 Ridiculous Tech Myths?

There’s plenty of fake tech news floating around; each new generation of technology products and services begets even more false beliefs. A lot of those are pretty easy to discredit, but we found a few for this story that might make even our readers do a double-take!
19. The Cloud Is in the Sky
We didn’t realize the tech term “cloud” was being taken so literally, but this myth persists, popping up in lists occasionally. Apparently, some people think references to the cloud or cloud computing indicate that data is being stored in the actual sky. And that stormy weather can interfere with it.
Of course it is.
When it rains that is old data being deleted as it can only hold so much.
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Professor Flunks All His Students After ChatGPT Falsely Claims It Wrote Their Papers

Texas A&M University–Commerce seniors who have already graduated were denied their diplomas because of an instructor who incorrectly used AI software to detect cheating

Spacetop AR laptop puts the screen on your face

While portable screens do exist, they just add more weight to the laptop bag, and start to challenge the idea of having a truly mobile office.
Seeking to solve this issue, an Israeli company named Sightful has just announced a laptop that detaches the screen entirely from the laptop and puts it up in the air – wherever the user looks – using a pair of connected AR glasses.

Greg Abbott Signs Law Making EV Owners Pay for Their Gas-Free Cars

Driving an electric vehicle in Texas is soon to become more expensive. Governor Greg Abbott signed a law (SB 505) on May 13 instituting new fees for registering and owning EVs in the state. Under the bill, electric car owners will have to pay $400 upon registering their vehicle. Then, every subsequent year, EV drivers will have to shell out an additional $200. Both of those fees are on top of the cost of the standard annual registration renewal fees, which are $50.75 each year for most passenger cars and trucks.

The Ephemeral Tattoo Studio provides tattoos that completely fade away after 1-3 years

In the video it's explained that these tattoos are given with a tattoo gun, just like a permanent tattoo. Instead of permanent ink, semi-permanent ink is used.
renewal fees, which are $50.75 each year for most passenger cars and trucks.
My basic 4 Cylinder Rego A$775. A year

AMD Now Powers 121 of the World's Fastest Supercomputers

The Top 500 list of the fastest supercomputers in the world was released today, and AMD continues its streak of impressive wins with 121 systems now powered by AMD's silicon — a year-over-year increase of 29%.
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