Sci-tech


Range Rover SUV climbs 999 steps on the 'stairway to heaven' Range Rover SUV climbs 999 steps on the 'stairway to heaven'
- February 15, 2018

Specifically, their plan was to negotiate the mountain road's 99 bends, followed by the 999 steps , which were sloped at 45 degree angle, thus finally leading to the natural fissure and of course a breath-taking spectacle of a summit known as Heaven's Gate. (more...)
New 'Star Wars' Spinoff Rumored to Start Filming in 2019
- February 15, 2018

They're shooting stuff for season 8 there right now, but soon enough, when the last scene is in the can, they'll move on, and Titanic Studios will have to welcome new clients. Apparently, the word going around Belfast, Northern Ireland is that the city's Paint Hall film studio will be busy throughout this year and next, because after Game of Thrones finishes filming there, Star Wars is coming to town, and the rumor is the franchise is coming to film the Obi-Wan Kenobi movie. (more...)
Dating Apps: Tinder and Bumble's 'Ladies First' Feature Dating Apps: Tinder and Bumble's 'Ladies First' Feature
- February 15, 2018

That's right, there's more than just Instagram direct messages. This sounds easy, yet anyone on dating apps will tell you it's apparently very hard. The feature was created to ensure that matches actually lead to conversations. Currently, Tinder allows either men or women to make the first move after a mutual match has been made. (more...)
India's Smartphone & Feature Phone Markets Grew In 2017: IDC India's Smartphone & Feature Phone Markets Grew In 2017: IDC
- February 15, 2018

India was the fastest-growing smartphone market in the world in 2017. Indian smartphone market had witnessed a temporary slowdown in 2016 owing to factors such as demonetization and a shortage of smartphone components but in 2017 it was able to resume its double-digit growth. (more...)
London Spitfire wins Overwatch League's first Stage Finals London Spitfire wins Overwatch League's first Stage Finals
- February 15, 2018

The first game of the day saw London and NY face off, with Excelsior winning 3-2. In other Overwatch League news, after last Saturday's match the Houston Outlaws" player Austin "Muma' Wilmot, the first League player to openly come out as gay, has reportedly received so many death threats he has removed direct messaging from his profile. (more...)
RBI withdraws CDR, SDR, S4A, JLF schemes to restructure defaulted loans RBI withdraws CDR, SDR, S4A, JLF schemes to restructure defaulted loans
- February 15, 2018

For loans that are larger than Rs 2,000 crore, the resolution plan needs to be completed within 180 days. This is part of a revised framework on resolving stressed accounts, put up late on Monday night on the RBI website. "The revised norms are a more transparent system for resolution", he said. India Ratings believes PSBs' capital consumption to remain high, given that profit and loss accounts (P&L) for most of banks (especially mid-size PSBs) would remain under pressure due to accelerated ... (more...)
Bitcoin energy use in Iceland set to overtake homes, says local firm Bitcoin energy use in Iceland set to overtake homes, says local firm
- February 15, 2018

Currently, Iceland's Bitcoin mining activities utilize around 840 gigawatt hours of electricity to power computers and cooling systems annually, at the same time most of the country's homes use around 700 gigawatt hours. But many other analysts say the real figure is likely smaller, and several experts recently told The Washington Post that bitcoin - now the world's biggest cryptocurrency - used no more than 0.14 percent of the world's generated electricity, as of last December. (more...)
Facebook, Apple reach agreement for publisher paywalls on iOS Facebook, Apple reach agreement for publisher paywalls on iOS
- February 15, 2018

Facebook in October launched a new programme that would allow publishers to sell subscriptions to their news sites on Facebook . This was revealed during the Code Media event (via AppleInsider ) in which Facebook executive Campbell Brown said that the dispute between Facebook and Apple had been resolved. (more...)
'De Blob' Remaster Coming To Nintendo Switch in 2018 'De Blob' Remaster Coming To Nintendo Switch in 2018
- February 15, 2018

Why? Players will take on the form of de Blob in a bouncing battle to explore, liberate and revitalize Chroma City, which has been drained of all color and life by the evil I.N.K.T. There's heaps of custom colours to lob about the place as you colour the city's various landmarks and towering skyscrapers in your efforts to overthrow I.N.K.T. (more...)
Analyst's Ratings : Vodafone Group Plc (NASDAQ:VOD)
- February 15, 2018

If you are going to be trading the stock, you want to ensure volume is healthy so you are not stuck in a position. When beta is less/more than 1, it can be read that the stock is theoretically less/more volatile than the market. In order to reach an opinion and communicate the value and volatility of a covered security, analysts research public financial statements, listen in on conference calls and talk to managers and the customers of a company, typically in an attempt to capture the ... (more...)
HomePod review: Sounds great but limited information and home control HomePod review: Sounds great but limited information and home control
- February 14, 2018

Our own Ced Yuen wrote: "Thankfully, the HomePod sounds great for a speaker this small". It could be described as a Sonos-killer, except that one HomePod cannot actually connect to other HomePods, meaning that stereo sound and multi-room capabilities do not now exists. (more...)
Kansas man fighting deportation granted temporary stay in Hawaii Kansas man fighting deportation granted temporary stay in Hawaii
- February 14, 2018

Sharma-Crawford said he was taken off the flight when it stopped to refuel in Honolulu. The Democrat representative flew to Texas Saturday with Jamal's attorney to check on his well-being. President Donald Trump has advocated a sweeping overhaul of the immigration system emphasising a priority on removing immigrants who commit crimes in the US. (more...)
Rita Ora Lands Role In Legendary's DETECTIVE PIKACHU Rita Ora Lands Role In Legendary's DETECTIVE PIKACHU
- February 14, 2018

THR doesn't have any additional news as to whom Ora will be playing in the upcoming Detective Pikachu film. The plot is said to follow Detective Pikachu's quest to find the father of Justice Smith's character after he is kidnapped. (more...)
BSNL introduces Maximum prepaid plan of Rs 999 BSNL introduces Maximum prepaid plan of Rs 999
- February 14, 2018

Also, we have seen that there are similar plans of Rs. 999 from Jio and Airtel but BSNL offers double the validity as compared to the other two operators. There's no daily limit on the data. With the updated plans, Idea is offering additional benefits of free 4-month subscription to Idea Phone Secure , 4-month subscription to Idea Magazines , and a free 12-month subscription to Idea Infotainment Apps . (more...)
Amazon reportedly paid around $90 million for security camera maker Blink Amazon reportedly paid around $90 million for security camera maker Blink
- February 14, 2018

At this time, most of the Alexa's processing happens in the cloud and by doing part of this processing right on the device using the AI chips , Amazon will significantly reduce Alexa's response time. and Nvidia Corp., which now offer AI-focused chip technology. Alexa is more powerful than Siri in our testing (heck, Siri needs some help, like Apple Maps). (more...)
AMD Ryzen with built-in Vega graphics available now AMD Ryzen with built-in Vega graphics available now
- February 14, 2018

Commenting on the launch, Jim Anderson, senior vice president and general manager, Computing and Graphics Business Group, AMD , said "When we launched our first Ryzen processors a year ago, we began driving innovation and competition across the PC market". (more...)
Satellite Data Show Sea-Level Rise Will Double Previous Estimates Satellite Data Show Sea-Level Rise Will Double Previous Estimates
- February 14, 2018

The data aligns with the current rate of sea level rise of about 3 millimeters or 0.1 inches per year . But according to a new analysis of satellite data collected over the past 25 years and published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , that rate is increasing by almost a tenth of a millimeter per year - meaning that by the turn of the next century, the ocean could be continuing to rise at more than three times its current rate. (more...)
Nintendo Wants Everyone In A Household To Own A Switch Nintendo Wants Everyone In A Household To Own A Switch
- February 14, 2018

With an impressive line-up of titles and the hybrid nature of the console, Switch units have been flying off the shelf since it's launch a year ago. In terms of support, the Switch certainly has the wind behind it right now; although the system can't hope to compete with the hardware grunt of the Xbox One or PS4, it's managed to endear itself to a broad cross-section of smaller indie developers. (more...)
Apple overhauls software development approach to fix iOS bugs Apple overhauls software development approach to fix iOS bugs
- February 14, 2018

The report adds how iOS 12 aka "Peace" is now under development, and is set to come with a few new features. Other updates that have been pushed back include features for the Apple Pencil stylus. New features that are still expected in the autumn include allowing apps to work across iPhones, iPads and Macs, as well as a digital health tool to allow parents to monitor their children's computer use. (more...)
Scientists Set To Explore Mystery Ecosystem Under Antarctic Iceberg Scientists Set To Explore Mystery Ecosystem Under Antarctic Iceberg
- February 14, 2018

These undiscovered "alien" creatures are weird and wonderful and have been buried under ice for so long that scientists have never before had the opportunity to study them up close. Linse and colleagues will collect microbes, seafloor animals, plankton, as well as sediments and water samples to study the area once hidden under the ice shelf. (more...)
Snapchat gives creators new audience analytics, including views, engagement, and demographics Snapchat gives creators new audience analytics, including views, engagement, and demographics
- February 14, 2018

The new update includes a drastic redesign to the Stories page , which brings that content into a single with individual text messages, videos and Snaps, accessed by swiping from left-to-right on the camera screen. One of the biggest questions people are now asking Google Search relates to Stories, which must now be accessed in a different way. The new algorithm is meant to make it easier for people to see the friends they communicate with the most, not just those who have posted to their ... (more...)
Solar Eclipse: Date, Time and Effects on Humans Solar Eclipse: Date, Time and Effects on Humans
- February 14, 2018

Eclipse 2017: The most stunning pictures of the total solar eclipse Tue, August 22, 2017 A total solar eclipse swept across a narrow portion of the contiguous United States from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. The SDO's spring eclipse season began on 10 February and will end on 5 March. The eclipse will reach its maximum at 2:21 AM and the last area to see the partial eclipse would be at 4:17 AM. (more...)
Elon Musk Explains Why SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Core Booster Crashed Elon Musk Explains Why SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Core Booster Crashed
- February 14, 2018

SpaceX intends to build a more powerful rocket than Falcon Heavy that could eventually send humans to Mars and beyond. The ship appears to be named in honor of the fictional spaceship "Experiencing A Significant Gravitas Shortfall" in the science fiction books "Look to Windward" and "Matter" by the late author Iain M. (more...)
Facebook's new Lists feature focuses on more personal posts Facebook's new Lists feature focuses on more personal posts
- February 14, 2018

To come out of this image, Facebook is tweaking how its News Feed algorithm works. The feature has started rolling out today and should reach all the users soon. The company changed things further late last month when it announced that it would prioritize local news sources over national and worldwide outlets. (more...)
HTC smartphone president Chialin Chang quits HTC smartphone president Chialin Chang quits
- February 14, 2018

HTC said it is a personal career move, while media reports indicate Chang intends to launch an AI startup in the future. Taiwanese smartphone brand HTC said that its president of Smartphone and Connected Devices Business, Chang Chia-lin, has resigned from the post. (more...)