Sci-tech


NNPC: I granted Presidential approval for financing arrangements not contracts - Osinbajo NNPC: I granted Presidential approval for financing arrangements not contracts - Osinbajo
- October 13, 2017

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has admitted that he approved controversial multi-billlion dollar joint venture oil contracts for the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in his capacity as then Acting President. There have been speculations that the President gave approvals for the two contracts on his sick bed in London. On the allegations by the minister that major contracts were never reviewed or discussed by the NNPC Board, Baru said that the law and the rules do not require a ... (more...)
Western Digital Promises 40TB HDDs Thanks to Microwaves
- October 13, 2017

Not only would HAMR require completely new manufacturing techniques, but servers would also need new driver software to manage wear leveling caused by the rapid and repeated heating. With HAMR, a laser is used to heat the media and make it easier to write. MAMR uses the same media materials and similar head manufacturing process as PMR. (more...)
Yellowstone supervolcano could erupt much sooner than previously thought Yellowstone supervolcano could erupt much sooner than previously thought
- October 13, 2017

USA Today's Matthew Diebel notes that Arizona State University researchers have "analyzed minerals in fossilized ash from the most recent mega-eruption and found changes in temperature and composition that had only taken a few decades". (more...)
Target Expanding Google Express Voice Ordering Target Expanding Google Express Voice Ordering
- October 12, 2017

Google Express may be far from Google's most successful service, but it's an obvious and necessary one to continue expanding, particularly as the company continues to go up against Amazon. Customers also will have the option to link their Target .com accounts to Google Express, enabling more personalized recommendations and rapid re-order capabilities. (more...)
Richard Branson takes another bet on the future with Hyperloop One Richard Branson takes another bet on the future with Hyperloop One
- October 12, 2017

Building a futuristic hyperloop system won't be cheap, so startup Hyperloop One's surely feeling good today, after it announced billionaire Richard Branson had made an investment in its endeavor. Multiple startups took up the challenge, including Hyperloop One, cofounded by Musk's friend Shervin Pishevar. The technology is now being tested at the DevLoop site, just outside Las Vegas. (more...)
This Potato-Shaped Dwarf Planet Has Got A Ring Around It
- October 12, 2017

Haumea, named after a Hawaiian goddess, orbits just past Neptune and has two moons, called Hiʻiaka and Namaka. The ring was spotted in the pattern of light from the star Haumea occluded, and the Nature paper says the rings are similar to those that surround Uranus and Neptune . (more...)
Samsung launches 'Star Wars'-themed robot vacuum cleaners Samsung launches 'Star Wars'-themed robot vacuum cleaners
- October 12, 2017

The Star Wars limited edition version of Samsung's POWERbot VR7000 is being released ahead of the upcoming Star Wars film, The Last Jedi , due to turn cinemas into bastions for Skywalker fans in December. The Stormtrooper calls out "Let's go!" when it begins cleaning. VR7000 Star Wars limited edition includes all the core cleaning technologies that Samsung has introduced with the original VR7000m including the CycloneForce technology, the Edge Clean Master, and a suction power of 10 watts. (more...)
Irish court gives $1 billion Apple data center green light Irish court gives $1 billion Apple data center green light
- October 12, 2017

We (Irish) now need to tweak the planning process to include a time certainty to this process not just for Data Centres but for all large capital intense infrastructure projects. The decision does not end the process, however. Apple managed to get the case fast-tracked through Ireland's Commercial Court after it filed a request last November . (more...)
Apple is working on folding iPhone 'which could transform into an iPad' Apple is working on folding iPhone 'which could transform into an iPad'
- October 12, 2017

That rivalry may, however, start to overshadow their partnership soon. If the latest reports are correct, Apple and LG Display may already be working together to create a foldable iPhone by the year 2020. A photo that went up yesterday on Imgur shows the device in white packaging, while three other images on Reddit show the front and back of an iPhone X that appears black but is likely the color Apple calls "Space Gray". (more...)
Facebook announces standalone VR headset Facebook announces standalone VR headset
- October 12, 2017

Facebook has invested heavily in virtual reality hardware in hopes the technology, which offers a 360-degree panoramic view of faraway or imaginary spaces, will move from a niche interest to a widely used platform for gaming, communication and business applications. (more...)
SpaceX launches satellites from Vandenberg, completes landing
- October 12, 2017

This evening's mission will be powered by a first stage booster that was used for a previous launch in February. SpaceX on Wednesday launched a rocket that had already flown to space and landed it successfully on an ocean platform, as part of its ongoing effort to recycle costly rocket components. (more...)
Jio's Rs. 399 Recharge Pack offers 100 Cashback
- October 12, 2017

As the Diwali is on the way, Reliance Jio has announced the festive offer for the customers. Once this Jio Diwali offer ends on 18 October the operator informs to bring out new plans starting 19 October. Dubbed the "Diwali Dhan Dhana Dhan" offer , the cashback comes in the form of eight Rs 50 vouchers that can be redeemed in further recharges. Notably, the daily FUP for data is 4G after which it the speed will drop to 128kbps. (more...)
Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) Given New $91.00 Price Target at Barclays PLC
- October 12, 2017

Eqis Capital Management, Inc. claims 42,040 shares worth $3,446,000. In the most recent quarter, institutional ownership increased by a net of 15.19 million shares, or 0.69%.This is a bullish sign and indicates that institutions are feeling more optimistic about the outlook for XOM overall.926 holders increased their positions, 1,106 decreased their positions, and 226 holders held their positions. (more...)
Researchers Wonder Why a Giant Hole Keeps Opening Up in Antarctica Researchers Wonder Why a Giant Hole Keeps Opening Up in Antarctica
- October 12, 2017

What is clear is that climate change does have an impact on the structure of the Antarctic Ocean. According to VICE, a polynya occurred in the same location in 1970s. They are known as "polynyas" and traditionally form near coasts in polar regions. It's larger than The Netherlands, and almost the size of Lake Superior. (more...)
Stock Levels in Focus for Johnson Controls International plc (NYSE:JCI)
- October 12, 2017

It is down 4.91% since October 9, 2016 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 6.60% the S&P500. Among 24 analysts covering Johnson Controls Inc. Altfest L J & owns 6,252 shares. Johnson Controls International plc (NYSE: JCI ) has an M-score Beneish of -1.886494. Aspen Incorporated owns 11,165 shares or 0.36% of their U.S. (more...)
Amazon's Alexa now delivers personalized results for up to 10 voices Amazon's Alexa now delivers personalized results for up to 10 voices
- October 12, 2017

To set up your own voice profile, you'll need to go through the Amazon app. Amazon says voice recognition will get "smarter over time" the more it's used. As of today, Alexa will begin to use voice recognition to personally tailor calls and messages, flash briefings , shopping, and music playback via the Amazon Music Unlimited Family Plan. (more...)
Trust deficit issues between Apple and Samsung Trust deficit issues between Apple and Samsung
- October 11, 2017

We're still awaiting the first OLED iPhone to ship with the iPhone X in less than a month, and new rumors are surfacing about a future iPhone with a foldable display. Though Samsung is now dominating the mobile OLED market, it's yet to commercialize flexible OLED displays. Some rumours have also emerged that apple is considering to invest in the E6 plant to increase the production of OLED panels. (more...)
'Legends of Tomorrow': 'Legends of Tomorrow': "Freakshow" Preview Brings in the Clowns
- October 11, 2017

The Season 3 Plot: After the defeat of Eobard Thawne and his equally nefarious Legion of Doom , the Legends face a new existential threat created by their actions at the end of last season. In season three episode two, the Legends will encounter P.T. Barnum - the Greatest Showman on Earth. Barry (Grant Gustin) has his hands full when he takes on a risky meta (guest star Dominic Burgess) who can control technology, while also confronting an obstacle in his personal life: the ... (more...)
Facebook down for many users across the globe Facebook down for many users across the globe
- October 11, 2017

The outages impacted users not only in the USA but Greece, the UK, Poland and other European countries. The independent website that tracks site outages also reports that Instagram is experiencing user outages as of 11:05 a.m. Outage Report showed the most affected areas as San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City and Chicago, but reports were coming in from all around the U.S. (more...)
SpaceX launch tonight from Kennedy Space Center
- October 11, 2017

Once the rocket achieved the planned circular orbit, computers sent commands to deploy the satellites one-at-a-time around an hour after liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Falcon 9 1031 ready to conduct its second launch with SES-11. Wednesday's flight will be brief. If this third launch of a "flight proven" booster proves successful, SpaceX will likely have a much easier time of finding customers for flight-proven rockets in the future. (more...)
Oculus Go is Oculus' standalone, $199 VR headset Oculus Go is Oculus' standalone, $199 VR headset
- October 11, 2017

Zuckerberg notes that VR has typically fallen into two spaces: either PC or mobile powered. Mark Zuckerberg announced the news at this year's Oculus Connect conference, saying it's a way to reach his next goal for Oculus: getting one billion people in VR. (more...)
Disney withdraws 'Jack and the Beanstalk' project Disney withdraws 'Jack and the Beanstalk' project
- October 11, 2017

The story would have been set in Spain during the age of exploration (so somewhere roughly between the 15th and 17th centuries), this new take on Jack And The Beanstalk finds adventure-seeker Jack heading into the clouds in what starts as a fairly traditional take on the fairy tale. (more...)
Man Gets Snared in 'Burqa Ban' for Wearing Full-body Shark Costume Man Gets Snared in 'Burqa Ban' for Wearing Full-body Shark Costume
- October 11, 2017

The worker had donned a furry suit with a shark's head for a hat to advertise the opening of a branch of computer store McShark in Vienna . Austrian police also issued a fine of $59.04 and a citation the same day to Rachid Nekkaz, an Islamic activist protesting perceived "Burka Bans" in Europe, according to the Associated Press . (more...)
Most popular Halloween candy in each state Most popular Halloween candy in each state
- October 11, 2017

In North Carolina, 96,110 pounds of M&Ms, 95,763 pounds of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, and 62,308 pounds of candy corn were sold, according to the data. Starburst was also the top Halloween candy in Wisconsin and South Dakota. The National Retail Federation estimates that shoppers will spend $2.7 billion on Halloween candy this year. (more...)
Financial Review of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company (NYSE:HPE) Financial Review of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company (NYSE:HPE)
- October 11, 2017

Considering that the stock daily volume of 6.25 million shares, this represents a pretty noteworthy trading in volume size in recent session. This gives investors an idea of how much the security has moved in the a year ago and whether it is trading near the top, middle or bottom of the range. (more...)