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The best free PDF maker 2019

By | February 18th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

The easiest way to make a PDF is to design it in a program you’re familiar with (like a free word processor, desktop publishing application or photo editor), then export it in PDF format. However, that isn’t always possible. You might be using a program that doesn’t offer PDF as an option, you might want to create a PDF from a web page, or you might have several documents that you want to convert to PDFs at once.

That’s where dedicated PDF makers come in.… Read the full article

The best software uninstaller 2019

By | February 18th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

A dedicated software uninstaller makes your life much easier, letting you uninstall several programs at once and remove any residual files and registry entries automatically, helping keep your PC clean and fast.

The best software uninstallers will also monitor new programs as they're uninstalled, making it easy to reverse the changes they've made to your system for more thorough results.

We've put the best software uninstallers to the test and picked out the ones that make removing unwanted programs as quick and effortless as possible, but if your needs are different then you might like to test a few free trials before deciding on one.… Read the full article

When will self-driving cars earn our trust?

By | February 16th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

When it comes to safety, we hold machines and humans to very different standards. In 2016, there were 34,439 fatal road crashes in the US, but we regard driving alongside other humans as ‘safe enough’. Accidents are tragic, but they happen.

However, if roads were fully automated and there were 30,000 fatal accidents, would we be so understanding? Would we still call them ‘safe enough’ – and what does that mean?

To get a better understanding, we spoke to Chris Bessette, program manager for autonomous driving at Draper, and one of the world’s foremost experts on autonomy and LIDAR.… Read the full article

AI news-writing system deemed too dangerous to release

By | February 15th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

OpenAI, a company backed by Elon Musk, has decided not to release an AI system that can generate news stories and fiction on the grounds that it could be dangerous in the wrong hands.

OpenAI is a non-profit company that aims to finding a way to safely bring about artificial general intelligence. Normally it releases its research to the public, but its latest AI model, known as GPT-2, is reportedly so convincing that it has too much potential for misuse, generating huge volumes of misleading news stories.… Read the full article

This AI-controlled bed adjusts its own temperature so you sleep deeper

By | February 14th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

The Pod is a smart bed that doesn't just monitor your sleep – it actually makes it more restful. The mattress dynamically adjusts its temperature to make sure you're comfortable all night, and each side can heat and cool itself independently so you don't end up fighting with your partner over the covers.

People understand that nutrition and fitness is not enough for your health – sleep is just as important, and they need to start taking care of it

Matteo Franceschetti, Eight Sleep

It's the latest device from Eight Sleep – a company that wants to use technology to control every possible factor that can affect the quality of your slumber.… Read the full article

This little robot can melt and re-form its own legs to change its stride

By | February 14th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Researchers at Colorado State University have developed a miniature robot that can re-form its own legs to change its gait on the fly.

Rather than settling with just one skeleton, the tiny bot can alter its 'bones' to change the way it walks to suit different terrain. Its skeleton is rigid at first, but tiny joints within it become flexible when a current passes through them.

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Mozilla partners with Ubisoft to release future versions of Firefox faster

By | February 13th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Mozilla has teamed up with Ubisoft to release future versions of Firefox more quickly. The browser developer is using Clever-Commit, an AI coding assistant developed by Ubisoft La Forge to make writing code faster and more efficient.

Firefox is destined for some major updates over the coming months, with Project Fission promising a total overhaul of the browser for improved security and new features for the mobile version being tested in the new Reference Browser for Android.

The addition of Clever Commit means these updates should arrive sooner, with minimal time spent fixing bugs.… Read the full article

Ford’s smart bed uses ‘lane keeping’ to stop your partner invading your space

By | February 13th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

If your partner has an annoying habit of rolling over in their sleep and pushing you onto the floor, Ford has a solution: a bed that uses lane-keeping technology to keep the selfish sleeper out of your space.

Like a car detecting when you're beginning to stray out of your lane and correcting the steering automatically, the bed's pressure sensors identify when a person has strayed off their side and usese a conveyor belt to shift them back.

The bed's special revolving mattress isn't something you could pick up at the average furniture store, and the project is only a proof of concept, but it does address a serious problem that can drive couples apart (at night, at least).… Read the full article

Get IObit Advanced SystemCare 12 Pro free, exclusively for TechRadar readers

By | February 12th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

IObit is giving TechRadar readers a one-year license for Advanced SystemCare 12 Pro completely free. The premium PC optimization software usually retails at $19.99/£19.99/AU$32.99 per year.

To claim your free license, download IObit Advanced SystemCare 12 Pro and enter the registration key 7BC09-96375-90E61-0A054.

You must register your software before February 17, 2019.

Faster performance

IObit Advanced SystemCare 12 Pro offers a one-click scan that will check your PC for junk files, potential security threats, spyware, broken shortcuts and many more problems that can slow down your PC and pose a risk to your privacy.… Read the full article

Firefox could soon block cryptominers and fingerprinters

By | February 11th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Firefox could soon protect your PC from cryptominers and fingerprinting techniques (which follow you around the web when you use different browsers on the same computer).

As Bleeping Computer reports, Mozilla has been considering ways to block these threats since May 2018, and intended to implement a solution in Firefox 63, but such a feature was nowhere to be seen when version 63 appeared in October.

In a recent bug report, developer Johann Hoffman posted a mockup illustrating how cryptomining and fingerprinting protection could be integrated into Firefox's custom blocking preferences.… Read the full article