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This is the coolest gadget we’ve seen in a long time, but it’s missing a crucial feature


QGeeM Hubboard – £54.90 from Amazon
(roughly $70)
This nifty device from QGeeM crosses a laptop docking station with a keyboard. The design is certainly innovative, but it’s a serious shame there’s no PC built in.
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Vendors have long toyed with the idea of integrating keyboards with desktop PCs – after all, this is how the first mainstream computers were presented to budding hobbyists back in the 1970s.

Fast forward to today and a Chinese company with an unorthodox name (QGeeM) has released a keyboard with plenty of ports, but sadly no computer inside – and that’s a massive disappointment. Read More

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WhatsApp is bringing back a handy feature photographers have been missing


WhatsApp’s developers have been doing a lot of tinkering lately, with improvements to stickers and custom chat backgrounds in the pipeline, and now it looks like they’re preparing to bring back a small but useful feature that makes sharing photos easier when you’re in a hurry.

As WhatsApp users will know, when you’re composing a message in the app, there are two sharing icons to the right of the text box: one to open your phone’s camera app, and another for attaching gallery images, contact cards, audio files, documents, and sharing your location. Read More

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Mashable

Watching ‘The Office’ on Netflix? You’re missing a few great scenes.


Since Netflix started streaming The Office, fans have had a super convenient way to re-watch the classic workplace comedy. But anyone who owns the DVD box sets of The Office will be able to spot some clear inconsistencies between the episodes streaming and those that aired on NBC.

On the latest episode of the , former co-stars Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey talked about filming the Season 3 episode, “Traveling Salesmen.” But in rewatching it, they learned that the “Traveling Salesmen” episode on the Season 3 DVD box set doesn’t quite match up with the episode on Netflix. Read More

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First Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 software update adds several missing features

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 has only been out for a few days, but it’s already received its first software update – and it’s a major one, adding key features around how your body’s fitness and the quality of your sleep get measured.

As spotted by SamMobile, the update weighs in at around 80MB in size. If you were holding off on getting a Galaxy Watch 3 because some of the features were ‘coming soon’, it’s reassuring that the first batch of upgrades is here already. Read More

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Wired

As Restaurants Move to the Cloud, Something Is Missing


The startup Kitchen United calls itself the future of takeout and delivery, with stripped-down locations in Chicago; Austin; Pasadena, California; and Scottsdale, Arizona. It had hoped to open a shop in Berkeley, California. But CEO Jim Collins says city officials there wanted the company to create a more elaborate “front of house” setup akin to a typical restaurant. Kitchen United balked.

Kitchen United is a virtual kitchen, playing host to 10 or so already-established restaurants in each facility. The businesses save money on rent and labor by operating from something like a WeWork for restaurants. Efficiency is the byword here. Customers generally use apps to order—maybe from more than one restaurant at the same time, if one person wants sushi and another wants a falafel sandwich. Each location is designed for app-based takeout and delivery, with space for delivery people to park their cars or bikes and wait for orders. Read More

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The Next Web

How Adobe Photoshop is used in the search for missing children

Have you ever wondered how those photos of missing children, aged-up to show what they’d look like today, are made? These images are often the work of multiple skilled forensic artists, who create them by hand with the assistance of Adobe. To date, they’ve helped hundreds of children be found.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) is one of the most well-known organizations dedicated to helping find missing children. If you’ve ever seen a poster of a missing child, it’s likely to be the organization behind it. NCMEC began its partnership with Adobe in 2007, when Adobe exec John Penn attended a presentation given by Michelle DeLaune, NCMEC’s present COO. After listening to her speak about how NCMEC identify children in abuse images, Penn reportedly sought her out after the speech, handed her a business card, and told her to let him know any way Adobe could help. Read More

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Xiaomi’s Mi Smart Band 5 is missing one of its best features for its global release

The Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5 is the latest in the company’s series of overwhelmingly popular fitness trackers that gives you a wrist based companion to monitor your health for a remarkably low price.

This latest generation fitness tracker from Xiaomi is a remarkable piece of tech for the price, but yet again I’m let down by the company’s choice to not include some of its best features for its global release.

Xiaomi unveiled the Mi Band 5 earlier this year in China, where the fitness tracker sported some technology that’s capable of competing with the very best from Samsung, Fitbit and more. Read More

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ZDNet

Victorian government gig economy survey shows workers missing out on insurance


New research commissioned by the Victorian government has revealed more than 30% of respondents, who were gig economy workers, do not know whether their platform has a dispute resolution process, while nearly half of the surveyed gig economy workers reported that their platform did not provide work-related insurance.

The survey, conducted by researchers at Queensland University of Technology, the University of Adelaide, and University of Technology Sydney, is part of the Victorian government’s ongoing inquiry into the On-Demand Workforce. Read More