Sci-tech


Southern California utility may shut down power lines to prevent fires Southern California utility may shut down power lines to prevent fires
- December 07, 2017

Air tankers that had been grounded much of the week because of high winds flew on Wednesday, dropping flame retardant. The Thomas fire is by far the biggest and most widespread of them, having reportedly burnt up more than 60,000 acres of land. (more...)
WatchOS 4.2 update brings support for Apple Pay Cash and more
- December 07, 2017

If you use a debit card to make a payment, there is no charge. Both parties to an Apple Pay Cash transaction must have the feature enabled on their iPhone or Apple Watch . For users anxious about possible information theft or other security issues, Apple guarantees security along with the convenience of Apple Pay Cash. (more...)
How to See the 2017 Geminid Meteor Shower How to See the 2017 Geminid Meteor Shower
- December 07, 2017

The shower will appear from the direction of the constellation Gemini, and climb slowly into the sky throughout the night, Earth Sky reports. When these meteoroids encounter Earth's atmosphere at tremendously high speeds - up to far more than 100,000 miles per hour - they burn up from the friction and produce the brief streaks of light we call meteors. (more...)
Nissan To Start Robot Taxi By 2020 Nissan To Start Robot Taxi By 2020
- December 07, 2017

Japan will see a self-driving auto service by 2020, called "Easy Ride" the service is powered by Nissan and a technology company DeNa. It is set for a public field test in the Minatomirai district of Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan between 5 March and 18 March 2018. (more...)
Nintendo Switch Sales Hit 2.5 Million In Japan Nintendo Switch Sales Hit 2.5 Million In Japan
- December 07, 2017

Video game stories from other sites on the web. What the executive meant when he said Sony can't ignore its longtime rival Nintendo is up for some debate. Like the Wii before it, the Switch's popularity caught many off-guard, and the console has frequently been sold out in many locations. Adding to the PS4's success is PS VR, which, as of December 3, 2017, has sold through more than 2 million units to consumers. (more...)
LaFleur & Godfrey LLC Buys 1925 Shares of Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)
- December 07, 2017

James Investment Research Inc. boosted its stake in Microsoft by 29.5% in the first quarter. Empirical Financial Services LLC increased its stake in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT ) by 6.6% in the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. (more...)
All 2018 iPhones To Come With Notch And Face ID All 2018 iPhones To Come With Notch And Face ID
- December 07, 2017

It has been reported that Apple will offer a larger 512GB version of both the updated iPhone X and new iPhone X Plus, as it looks to boost sales among premium users. However, there is some difference between in details that the Nikkei sources claim and what Kuo has claimed. Other than Foxconn, current iPhone metal casing and frame suppliers include Catcher Technology and USA -based Jabil. (more...)
Microsoft, Qualcomm unveil world's first 'Always Connected' PCs from Asus and HP Microsoft, Qualcomm unveil world's first 'Always Connected' PCs from Asus and HP
- December 07, 2017

The news about the collaboration with Qualcomm isn't new since it was talked upon in December previous year. All of Windows itself has been recompiled to run natively on ARM and Microsoft's Office team has made optimizations for the processor architecture. (more...)
Facebook targets pre-teens with chat app Facebook targets pre-teens with chat app
- December 07, 2017

Messenger Kids is being trialled in the United States as a standalone app for a smartphone or tablet that is controlled from a parent's Facebook account and does not create a main Facebook profile for young users. Amazon has also added kid-focused "skills" to its Echo smart speakers, which require a parent's permission to activate. Facebook actually manually selected a set of GIFs that kids can use rather than relying on a third-party startup to tag things well enough. (more...)
Google pulls YouTube from Amazon Echo Show, Fire TV Google pulls YouTube from Amazon Echo Show, Fire TV
- December 07, 2017

Amazon later reintroduced YouTube to the device, but the voice commands it added violated the use terms and on Tuesday Google again removed the service. 6. Offering access to thousands of the latest movies and TV programmes, you can stream content on demand or, find Prime offers to enable you to buy and keep your favourite shows. (more...)
Huawei Nova 2s Is Now Official With 6GB Of RAM, Thin Bezels Huawei Nova 2s Is Now Official With 6GB Of RAM, Thin Bezels
- December 07, 2017

Having said that, let's see what this phone has to offer, shall we. The Huawei Nova 2S leak shows the phone in bright blue, which must be one of the official color options. A 3.5mm headphone jack is a part of the Huawei Nova 2s package as well, as is a 3,340mAh non-removable battery, speaking of which, the phone offers fast charging as well. (more...)
3.5 million year-old fossil 'Little Foot' unveiled 3.5 million year-old fossil 'Little Foot' unveiled
- December 07, 2017

The team says that Little Foot is from a second species, Australopithecus prometheus, which was named back in 1948 from fragmentary fossils. Clarke was alerted to its presence in 1994 by foot and leg bones that had been blasted from the rock by lime miners years prior, but it wasn't until 1997 that the rest of the skeleton was found, deep in the cave. (more...)
Google removes Chrome Apps from Web Store, pushes to PWAs Google removes Chrome Apps from Web Store, pushes to PWAs
- December 07, 2017

In the wake of Google's decision to kill off Chrome Apps like Remote Desktop for Mac, Windows and Linux users, Google is about to launch a web portal for Chrome Remote Desktop. Well it is informed that Google will not immediately remove Chrome Apps support on Windows, Mac, and Linux in first quarter of 2018. Another example of a PWA website is one where it can be "installed" and added to the user's home screen. (more...)
IPhone X Beaten by Samsung, LG in Consumer Tests IPhone X Beaten by Samsung, LG in Consumer Tests
- December 07, 2017

It is notable that iPhone X is lagging behind its own counterparts from Apple, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. Long story short, the issue stems from battery life - just like the case with the iPhone X now - but the Cupertino brand zeroed in on the problem and found that the testing method was faulty, getting a recommendation from the publication in the end. (more...)
Real supply drops celebrate PUBG's Australian Xbox One launch Real supply drops celebrate PUBG's Australian Xbox One launch
- December 07, 2017

The remaining two packs - the PUBG Accessory Pack and PUBG Tracksuit Pack - will release on December 14th and 21st respectively, for $4.99. And finally, there's the $5 PUBG Tracksuit Pack that will be on sale from December 21 until December 24 and appears to offer a pair of white tracksuit trousers with a matching tracksuit jacket. (more...)
Supermassive Black Hole Discovered at Edge of Cosmic Dawn Supermassive Black Hole Discovered at Edge of Cosmic Dawn
- December 07, 2017

The new supermassive black hole J1342+0928 (yellow star), which resides in a mostly neutral universe at the edge of cosmic dawn, is more distant than any other found to date (yellow dots). As more stars formed, they generated enough radiation to flip hydrogen from its neutral state to an ionized state. This is the point at which the universe became transparent to light. (more...)
Steam no longer accepting bitcoin due to 'high fees and volatility' Steam no longer accepting bitcoin due to 'high fees and volatility'
- December 07, 2017

For Bitcoin, however, the cryptocurrency market takes a fee when a Bitcoin owner initiates a transaction. When it does happen, as Valve says has been becoming more common, Valve issues a refund for the amount. Ideally, the value of Bitcoin would remain stagnant from the transaction's start to its finish, but recent jumps in the currency's volatility mean that the Bitcoin value of a purchase can rapidly change before some transactions are able to finish. (more...)
Huawei P11 will probably be announced at MWC 2018, exec says Huawei P11 will probably be announced at MWC 2018, exec says
- December 07, 2017

Talking about the selfie camera, the Leica developed front camera on P11 smartphones will come with a whopping 24MP resolution. All of the rumors so far about the upcoming alleged Huawei P11 comes in courtesy of a digital artist from a private agency commissioned to create promo materials for the upcoming device. (more...)
International Space Station Crew Makes Pizza In Orbit
- December 06, 2017

The astronauts had foundations for pizza , tomato sauce, cheese, salami, olives, olive oil, anchovy paste, and pesto. You might not immediately find yourself comparing the International Space Station with your lounge room, but it turns out that the triumph of cutting-edge engineering and international goodwill has a lot in common with the place you eat chips and fall asleep - at a microbiological level, at least. (more...)
Call of Duty WWII will warm you up with a Winter Siege Call of Duty WWII will warm you up with a Winter Siege
- December 06, 2017

Mixed in with those game modes is Gun Game, but it appears as though the game mode won't be sticking around forever. Activision says that all players will have access to the Winter version of the Carentan Map during the event. The Winter Siege is set to bring five new guns to WWII , according to the trailer. Winter Siege Supply Drops can be purchased with real-world money, or earned in-game by playing. (more...)
Sundar Pichai Makes Strong Case For Google's Return To China
- December 06, 2017

Other tech stocks, such as Alphabet's Google , Amazon , Facebook and Snap , were up on Wednesday. Apple is facing criticism from local users and rights groups for bowing to pressure from Beijing after it chose to remove dozens of apps from its Chinese store, including messaging apps and virtual private network services, which help users subvert China's Great Firewall. (more...)
A planet larger than Earth was found and can host extraterrestrial life A planet larger than Earth was found and can host extraterrestrial life
- December 06, 2017

A recently discovered planet named Super Earth unveiling that it could hold numerous critical components of alien life. Trying to find out whether the planet is more like a scaled-down version of Neptune made mostly of gas, or a scaled-up version of Earth made mostly of rock, the researchers used radial velocity measurements of its star, and a machine learning calculator. (more...)
Marvel Comics Announces Serial and True Detective-Inspired Wolverine Podcast Marvel Comics Announces Serial and True Detective-Inspired Wolverine Podcast
- December 06, 2017

Taking place in the fictional town of Burns, Alaska, the show follows two agents played by Celia Keenan-Bolger and Ato Essandoh, who investigate a series of murders where Wolverine is the prime suspect. This means fans of Marvel and podcasts will be able to enjoy a dark, gritty Wolverine story like last year's " Logan " on-the-go. The actors will also be able to move and interact with each other like never before. (more...)
Bridge Constructor Portal Announced, Coming Early 2018 Bridge Constructor Portal Announced, Coming Early 2018
- December 06, 2017

GLaDOS returns too , likely to goad you with every one of your failed attempts. Portal has gone all over the place, from the darkest depths of Aperture Science to outer space, briefly. It appears to be a new, Portal-themed version of Bridge constructor . The trailer is a little barebone, but the screenshots below are really getting me excited about the possibilities. (more...)
Which Insiders Are Selling Ford Motor Company (F)? Which Insiders Are Selling Ford Motor Company (F)?
- December 06, 2017

The company was downgraded on Wednesday, October 25 by Morgan Stanley. Canaccord Genuity maintained Cree, Inc. Fulton Retail Bank Na holds 0.03% of its portfolio in General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) for 9,983 shares. Perceptive Advsr Limited has 3.71 million shares for 1.31% of their portfolio. The stock of General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) earned "Buy" rating by Deutsche Bank on Wednesday, October 25. (more...)