Billion Dollar Burger: Inside Big Tech’s Race for the Future of Food | Review

Chase Purdy
2020 | 272pp | £14.99
ISBN 9780349420332

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Take a stroll down the vegetarian aisle of the supermarket and you’re likely to find an ample selection of products awaiting you on the shelves, from plant-based burgers and sausages to ‘chicken’ nuggets made of soy protein and even vegan kebab meat.

But a new contender is making its way onto the scene. Billion Dollar Burger by journalist Chase Purdy documents the rise of the most intriguing item yet to grace our dinner plates: lab-grown meat. It has a significant edge over its plant-based counterparts because it is actually meat ‒ it just doesn’t involve rearing or killing any animals.

Cell-cultured meat, also known as clean meat or lab-grown meat, originates from a Petri dish or bioreactor rather than any farm or slaughterhouse. Once nothing more than a futuristic vision, cell-cultured meat has rapidly evolved

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Intelligence review recommends new electronic surveillance Act for Australia

A review into Australia’s intelligence community has recommended comprehensive reform of electronic surveillance laws, one that would repeal existing powers and combine them to avoid duplication, contradictory definitions, and any further ad hoc amendments to the existing three Acts.

Electronic surveillance powers enable agencies to use electronic or technical means, which would otherwise be unlawful, to covertly listen to a person’s conversations, access a person’s electronic data, observe certain aspects of a person’s behaviour, and track a person’s movements. Currently, these powers are contained within the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 (TIA Act), the Surveillance Devices Act 2004 (SD Act), and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979 (ASIO Act).

Parts of the Telecommunications Act 1997 and the Criminal Code Act 1995 are also directly relevant when considering these powers.

Each Act requires agencies to meet thresholds before accessing these powers and requires external authorities, such as judges, Administrative

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Corsair HS60 Haptic PC Gaming Headset Review

Corsair HS60 Haptic PC Gaming Headset

Today we are looking at a new PC gaming headset release from Corsair, the HS60 Haptic. Corsair began producing headsets over a decade ago, starting off with the HS1, a solid first entry from the company. Since then, Corsair has continually improved upon their headset designs and introduced new features. With so many solid gaming headsets on the market, it can be really hard to stand out. Does the new HS60 Haptic do enough to differentiate itself from the pack and warrant its $129 price tag at places like

The Corsair HS60 Haptic takes the Corsair HS60 headset, which retails for $70 and adds haptic feedback along. The HS60 Haptic isn’t the first gaming headset to offer vibration, but Corsair is implementing it in a different way from competitors. Corsair has worked with Taction Technology to include Taction Transporters in the headset, making

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‘Minor Premise’ Review: A Minor Entry in the Sci-Fi Genre

Science fiction films that explore big what-ifs always come with a catch. In Eric Schultz’s debut feature, “Minor Premise,” that catch is addressed five minutes in. A neuroscientist named Ethan (Sathya Sridharan) attempts to emerge from the shadow of his late father — also a neuroscientist — with his own breakthrough in the study of consciousness, by altering the subject’s memory to create a more ideal self. “Isn’t that, like, unethical?” one of his students asks. It is, if not unethical, at least a dense concept, one the film is constantly defeated by.

Ethan retreats to his basement and turns to himself as a test subject. Predictably, things go very wrong: His consciousness splits into ten different personalities, some more aggressive and uncooperative than others, appearing for six minutes an hour. Those cycles fill out this lean thriller but make it repetitive and tedious. Ethan’s colleague and estranged girlfriend Alli

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Yongnuo has patented a modular camera system aiming to best smartphone cameras: Digital Photography Review

Chinese manufacturer Yongnuo appears to be working on a modular mirrorless camera. Per Lighting Rumours, Yongnuo has filed a patent for a device combining a ‘mobile terminal’ and an external lens assembly.

The mobile terminal appears to be similar to a smartphone in its shape and form factor. The device has a large display and a central, exposed image sensor. There aren’t specifics about the sensor, but it’s worth considering that Yongnuo joined the Micro Four Thirds (MFT) System Standard in February of this year. Further, the company’s Android-powered mirrorless camera, the YN450, includes a 16MP 4/3 image sensor.

On the left you can see a mobile terminal and to the right is the external lens apparatus. The patent outlines how the terminal, which includes a large display and an image sensor, attaches to the external lens element.

The external lens assembly appears to incorporate a lens mount although

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Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition review: Spectacular 1440p

After a high-end shootout between Nvidia and AMD resulted in not one, not two, but six different graphics cards released with sky-high $500+ price tags, the next generation is finally trickling down to more affordable price points with the launch of the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti on December 2. This excellent GPU may actually be the most exciting entry in Nvidia’s RTX 30-series yet.

At $400, the RTX 3060 Ti costs significantly more than the 60- and 70-class GeForce options of yesteryear (anybody remember the $330 GTX 970 and $380 GTX 1070?), continuing a trend we’ve seen in recent graphics card families. But if you can look past the name, you’ll find the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti delivers a lot of value, pumping out frames faster than last generation’s $800 GeForce RTX 2080 Super—the second-fastest graphics card in the world up until a few months ago—for half the price. Yes,

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Vazen announces the 65mm T2 1.8x anamorphic lens for MFT camera systems, rounding out the 3 lens lineup: Digital Photography Review

Anamorphic lens specialist Vazen has announced its new 65mm T2 1.8x anamorphic lens for the Micro Four Thirds (MFT) system will cost $3,250 and is ready to ship immediately. The new lens completes the 1.8x MFT lens lineup, according to the company, alongside its 28mm T2.2 and 40mm T2 counterparts.

When used with the full 4:3 MFT sensor, the lens will produce a 2.39:1 ratio aspect image once the footage is desqueezed. Shooting in the 16:9 ratio, frames will end up 3.2:1 and will probably need cropping, so cameras that can record from the whole sensor work best. On a MFT camera, the horizontal angle of view will give users the width we’d expect using a 72mm lens on a full frame system, so this is the lens to use for portraits and moderately distant subjects.

In common with the other lenses in the series the 65mm T2 uses a

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Esywen Joypad Controller for Nintendo Switch review

When you buy a Nintendo Switch, you get a pair of Joy-Cons. The two halves of the controller snap onto either side of the Switch console enabling you to use it in handheld mode. In console mode, you can detach the Joy-Cons, snap them together (or don’t), and use them as a “normal” controller. Joy-Cons are super cool, yes, but they are also incredibly expensive to replace. As such, a robust market of cheaper third-party Joy-Con knock-offs exists.

In this Esywen Joypad Controller for Nintendo Switch review, we’re going to tell you all about why these knock-offs are actually a good buy, especially if you’re looking to save some cash. Even if you’ve got money to burn, though, there are a few reasons why these could still be a cool addition to your pile of Switch accessories.

Esywen Joypad Controller for Nintendo Switch review: What is it?

Esywen Joypad Controller for Nintendo Switch Review Box Contents

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Founder of Epic Queen receives the Innovators Under 35 LATAM award from MIT Technology Review magazine

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© Cortesía de Epic Queen

  • Each year, the magazine owned by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) awards 35 young Latinos who positively transform the quality of life.
  • Ana Karen is CEO of Epic Queen, a social enterprise that inspires girls and women to be curious and courageous through STEM education.

Ana Karen Ramírez , founder of Epic Queen , is recognized by MIT Technology Review magazine with the Innovators under 35 (IU35) award , which places her as one of the brightest minds in Latin America for her work in empowering girls and women with training in STEM education (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

Each year, the magazine owned by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) awards 35 young Latinos who positively transform the quality of life around the world in five categories: Inventors, Entrepreneurs, Visionaries, Humanitarians, and Pioneers.

The founder of Epic Queen was awarded in the Visionaries

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Samsung Odyssey G9 review: the most immersive monitor you can buy

I have been a technology cheapskate most of my life. I’ve rarely bought a monitor brand-new; I’m pleased to say I pieced together my current three-screen articulating swing-arm setup primarily from Craigslist and hand-me-downs. But this fall, I had an opportunity to temporarily replace my three aging displays with the most ridiculous, most advanced gaming monitor ever made: the super-ultrawide, super-curved, ultra-high resolution 49-inch Samsung Odyssey G9.

The Samsung Odyssey G9 is a monitor so big, so wide, so curved, it can fill a midsized desk and wrap around your entire field of view. It’s also simply a phenomenal screen: speedy (240Hz, 1ms, G-Sync, and FreeSync 2), high resolution (5120 x 1440-pixel), and bursting with brilliant color thanks to a QLED panel that tops out at an eye-searing 1,000 nits of brightness. I’m not kidding when I say I have to avert my eyes when I launch Destiny 2 in

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