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Girls Who Code is ready for world domination

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When Reshma Saujani looks at the US Capitol from a building across the street, it reminds her of a story she cites often, about how she ran a primary bid for Congress in 2010 against a Democratic incumbent in New York City and lost. The Girls Who Code founder and CEO recounts the defeat in her 2019 book Brave, Not Perfect, in the speech I've just heard her give, in her 2016 TED Talk, in casual conversation. It's no wonder, because Saujani traces so much of what she's done in the years since to the moment when, at the age of 33, she walked away from a career in finance law to enter politics and try to do something she cared about. "After I ran my race and I lost, I really started living my life like Cardi B -- no fucks given," Saujani says.
A decade after her political defeat, Saujani, now 43, is back in Washington -- but not for another run at the House. She's at the Library of Congress hosting about 60 high school girls and several congresswomen for …

Apple's 2021 iPhones will feature in-display Touch ID, analyst says

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The iPhones of 2021 might restore Touch ID. Angela Lang/CNET Apple will bring back Touch ID for its 2021 iPhones, using an in-display fingerprint sensor, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said. It'll work with the current Face ID facial recognition in a combined biometric security system, 9to5Mac reported Monday. The Cupertino, California-based company is likely to figure out technical problems it's been having with the in-display components in the next 18 months, according to Kuo. Apple has apparently been struggling with the power consumption, the sensing area's small size, the thickness of sensing modules and production issues. Recent patent filings have also suggested that Touch ID will return -- the feature was last seen on 2017's iPhone 8.
Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
First published at 5:20 a.m. PT.

There's a privacy explanation for why Apple doesn't let you delete Siri recordings

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The moment you activate Siri, Apple connects data to a random identifier the company can't find. James Martin/CNET Apple's reputation for respecting privacy was called into question last week with news that contractors listen to Siri recordings. That sparked an understandable clamor for better control over voice data collected by the digital assistant. If you own an Apple product, you might want the option to delete your recordings from the company's database.  Here's the rub: Apple can't delete specific recordings. And that's to protect your privacy. Unlike Google and Amazon, which collect voice data and associate it with an individual account, Apple's Siri recordings are given a random identifier each time the voice assistant is activated. That practice means Apple can't find your specific voice recordings. It also means voice recordings can…

The Uni Moke Classic is the most badass electronic bike I've ever ridden

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Andrew Hoyle/Roadshow Stand on a corner of a street in almost any city today and you'll see a huge range of electric bicycles being ridden by morning commuters. Most tend to follow the small, light and folding trend. But the Uni Moke Classic by Urban Drivestyle doesn't. It's massive and weighs as much as a cathedral. But what it lacks in portability, it more than makes up for in sheer badassery. With its gigantic LED lamp on the front, long seat and utterly enormous Kenda off-road tyres, the Uni Moke's design is more reminiscent of classic motorbikes from the 1930s than today's slick, modern commuter bikes. But it's still a bicycle at heart. You'll find pedals either side, with seven-speed Shimano gears and tucked into the back wheel is a Bafang hub motor that provides electric assistance to your pedalling. See the retro Urban…

How sharing your DNA solves horrible crimes... and stirs a privacy debate

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Genetic genealogists are putting a dent in the high number of unsolved murders. Illustration by Amy Kim/CNET Growing up, I wasn't allowed to go places alone unless I followed certain rules. I still remember the day I broke them.  I was about 5 years old when I walked around the corner to play at my friend's house. My mom had told me to call as soon as I arrived. But I was excited and forgot. Soon my mom was at the door. The look on her face said I was in trouble. She took me straight home and said I couldn't go back to play that day. I was never to forget to call home again.
My mom had a reason to be worried. My neighborhood seemed idyllic, a tony section of Tacoma, Washington, filled with historic homes affording views of a sparkling bay and Mount Rainier. But despite the veneer of tranquility, a killer was at large.
In 1986, about two years before the day I forgo…