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Bitcoin: Does it really use more electricity than Ireland?

Image copyright Getty Images Can something which has no physical presence consume as much electricity as an entire country? The internet has recently been awash with claims that the digital currency Bitcoin could be using more electricity than a number of developed nations. So Reality Check wants to know: how ...

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Apple GymKit is coming to a treadmill near you

Exercise gadget integration hasn’t exactly been elegant in the past. It’s been half a decade since Apple transitioned to the lighting connector, and still I regularly see the long-retired iPod 30-pin cable flopping off treadmill dashboards at gyms all around the country. It’s impossible to say how any of this ...

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Facebook is trying to make the Poke happen again

Facebook’s “Poke” feature has never really gone away, but now the social network is giving it a more prominent placement – and is even considering expanding the set of casual greeting options to include others, like a wink, wave, high-five or hug. Though Facebook had never really discontinued the age-old ...

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Why gear rental marketplace Lumoid shut down

Lumoid, a tech gear rental startup is no longer in business and its founder Aarthi Ramamurthy is moving on to Facebook. The startup launched as just a “crazy idea,” when it came out of Y Combinator four and half years ago, Ramamurthy wrote on a Facebook post this weekend announcing the ...

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Apple ‘to buy Shazam for $400m’

Image copyright Shazam Apple is close to buying the music recognition app Shazam for about $400m (£300m), media reports say. Shazam, a UK company founded in 1999, allows people to use their smartphone or computer to identify and buy music through a snippet of sound. Shazam, which says it has ...

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