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Thursday Morning (11 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 16-January-2020  00:04:21 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I haven't posted much news from CES because there didn't really seem to be anything amazing to report on. There's a few roundup articles, including HotHardware's 12 Best of CES, Tweaktown's Best of CES Awards and The Verge's 8 Big Takeaways from CES.

PCGamer reckon the SSD was the best thing to happen to PCs in the last decade, and it's hard to disagree. SSDs have gotten faster and better, but their changing price is ultimately what made them one of the biggest developments of the decade. An SSD drastically improves every aspect of computing. Boot times, system responsiveness, file transfers, and game loads are all much better with an SSD compared to a hard drive, and they're now the default. Even the next-gen consoles are going to launch with SSDs.

The EU is working towards a legal requirement of a common charger for all mobile phones, thanmks Dion. I have to say, being able to charge my Thinkpad from any manner of USB-C PD charger, including a little one in my car, is very cool. The Commission's approach of “encouraging” industry to develop common chargers fell short of the co-legislators’ objectives. The voluntary agreements between different industry players have not yielded the desired results. A common charger should fit all mobile phones, tablets, e-book readers and other portable devices, MEPs will insist.

Australia is pirating media less, apparently. Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, welcomed the significant decrease in the consumption of pirated content and said it was in part due to the rising popularity of subscription entertainment services – such as Netflix, Spotify, Stan and Disney+ – and the rollout of ubiquitous high-speed broadband via the National Broadband Network.

Thanks to The Sizzle, here's a guide to making your own air quality monitor with a Raspberry Pi. We picked the SDS011 sensor for our project (see ‘Picking a sensor’ below for details on why). This sends output via a binary data format on a serial port. You can read this serial connection directly if you’re using a controller with a UART, but the sensors also usually come with a USB-to-serial connector, allowing you to plug it into any modern computer and read the data.

Microsoft Edge will turn into a Chrome-powered version soon.. does anyone use Edge? A few people have recommended Vivaldi as a good alternate browser. Also, this reminds me that my Windows 7 Pro PC displayed a big message about being EOL now. I really must try the W10 upgrade again sometime..

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