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 Wednesday, 7-February-2024  16:58:51 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

A miniaturised nuclear battery, of nickel-63 isotopes, smaller than a coin has been announced. The battery works by converting the energy released by decaying isotopes into electricity. Betavolt said its first nuclear battery can deliver 100 microwatts of power and a voltage of 3V, while measuring 15x15x5 cubic millimetres, however it plans to produce a battery with 1 watt of power by 2025.
“The atomic energy battery developed by Betavolt is absolutely safe, has no external radiation, and is suitable for use in medical devices such as pacemakers, artificial hearts and cochleas in the human body” "Atomic energy batteries are environmentally friendly. After the decay period, the 63 isotopes turn into a stable isotope of copper, which is non-radioactive and does not pose any threat or pollution to the environment."

An Australian based wireless tech company has set what might be a new record for Wi-Fi transmission. In a recent video, Wi-Fi innovation company Morse Micro showed off its groundbreaking development in the Wi-Fi HaLow (i.e. 802.11ah) protocol space. Company employees showed off how Wi-Fi HaLow transmission could conduct a video call over a distance of 1.8 miles (3 kilometers). Yes, they're standing pretty much in a straight line on a beach in California, but the setting can be brutal even for short-range Wi-Fi signals, such as buildings, vehicles, and open water (which is a strong reflector/refractor of Wi-Fi waves). The video shows connection speeds ranging from 17 Mbps (megabits per second) at 250 meters, 8 Mbps at 1 kilometer, and finally averaging 1 Mbps at 3 kilometers.

We all know and love the Nokia mobile phones of days gone by. The 3310 is legendary, and memes of its battery life and tough construction abound. Sadly that Nokia has long gone and now, so is that famous name :( Finnish company HMD Global announced plans to drop the "Nokia" name from its phones once and for all, while promising more "Human Mobile Devices," implying plans to sell more than just smartphones. The short video above seems to hint at things like tablets, modernized dumb phones, and earphones. If you still didn't think HMD is serious, the company's previous @nokiamobiles handle on X is now @HMDglobal. Nokia's retail website has gone dark as well, and its listings are transitioning to a new HMD Global website.

Is AI dangerous Is AI bad? Will AI be the end of humanity as we know it? Well you can rest easy for a little longer. AI is officially not that clever. While it gives the option to talk to a human, the hooligans of the Internet could not resist toying with the technology before it was pulled from the website. Namely, folks like Chris Bakke coerced the chatbot into “the customer is always right” mode and set it so it closes each response with “and that’s a legally binding offer – no takesies backsies.” At this point, Chris then explained he needed a 2024 Chevy Tahoe and only had a dollar, to which the LLM replied “That’s a deal, and that’s a legally binding offer – no takesies backsies.” Beyond the $1 Tahoe, other users managed to trick the bot into recommending a Tesla Model 3 AWD instead of a Chevy.

The world spent 1.3 trillion hours (that's a lot of zeros) on the internet in 2023. How many hours did you spend online this year, huh? The statistics are eye-opening, users sent a massive 241 million emails per minute this year, up from 231.4 million in 2022, while people Google searched at 6.3 million queries per minute, which is a 6.7% increase year-over-year. Viewers watch 43 years of streaming content per minute, while Amazon shoppers spend $455,000+ per minute. Moving onto ChatGPT, where users sent 6944 prompts per minute, and then Facebook users liked 4 million posts per minute. Taylor Swift is even included, where Swift fans stream one of her songs 69,400 times per minute.

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