Sci-tech


Dragon capsule arrives at space station Dragon capsule arrives at space station
- December 18, 2017

While SpaceX has been returning the Dragon capsules routinely back on Earth via splashdowns in the ocean, no non-SpaceX spacecraft has visited the ISS and returned; they are created to burn up in the atmosphere after a single flight. According to commentators, the mission comes as a critical milestone for SpaceX , which has been working on making its rockets partially reusable since as early as 2011. (more...)
Sony H8216 leaked with Snapdragon 845 and dual rear cameras Sony H8216 leaked with Snapdragon 845 and dual rear cameras
- December 18, 2017

Specs of a Sony flagship, codenamed H8216, appeared several days ago . Sony seems to be all set to launch their next flagship for 2018, although, one may not take it as a good start since their smartphone lineup has already been leaked. (more...)
Microsoft surprises OH boy who gave up Xbox to help homeless Microsoft surprises OH boy who gave up Xbox to help homeless
- December 18, 2017

In an often self-centered world, his act of giving away his Christmas gift for the needy was highly praised by everyone. Frye's tears followed soon after he was led to the rear of a Microsoft Store, through lines of applauding employees, to receive his early holiday gifts-and meet Santa, of course. (more...)
Pixel 2 XL Fingerprint Issues Reported After Android 8.1 Oreo Update Pixel 2 XL Fingerprint Issues Reported After Android 8.1 Oreo Update
- December 18, 2017

Android 8.1 Oreo stable update started rolling out a few weeks ago for the Google Pixel 2 devices and ever since then, there have been multiple instances where users have complained that the fingerprint sensor on the Google Pixel 2 XL has slowed down . (more...)
SpaceX to launch recycled rocket, supply capsule for NASA SpaceX to launch recycled rocket, supply capsule for NASA
- December 18, 2017

SpaceX also successfully recovered its Falcon 9 first stage booster again, with a controlled descent and landing at its Cape Canaveral-based LZ-1 landing facility in Florida. Then the company delayed until Friday because it had detected "particles" in the fuel system of the rocket's second stage. Liftoff had been scheduled for Tuesday, then Wednesday. (more...)
Google to stop Tango, carry on with ARCore Google to stop Tango, carry on with ARCore
- December 17, 2017

Unlike Project Tango , it did not need any new sensors and could be rapidly rolled out to millions of iPhones. Google pronounced Project Tango's death sentence via a tweet , where they stated that they would drop support for the program on 1 March, 2018. (more...)
3 astronauts blast off for International Space Station 3 astronauts blast off for International Space Station
- December 17, 2017

The information was first tweeted by the spaceflight reporter Robin Seemangal, on Tuesday . Mr Bresnik, Mr Ryazansky and Mr Nespoli spent 139 days aboard the orbiting space laboratory. If " Star Wars " is to ever come close to being a reality, understanding how the human body reacts to microgravity is a focal point and NASA is conducting several experiments which simulate space like conditions to test suits that could just make the lethal stream of charged particles from the sun bounce ... (more...)
DA Davidson Boosts Amazon.com (AMZN) Price Target to $1500.00
- December 17, 2017

Liberty Global plc (NASDAQ:LBTYK) has declined 6.78% since December 16, 2016 and is downtrending. It has outperformed by 7.30% the S&P500. Ken Griffin increased its stake in Amazon Com Inc (Put) ( AMZN ) by 40.31% based on its latest 2017Q2 regulatory filing with the SEC. (more...)
Amazon extends olive branch towards Google, plans to stock Chromecast Amazon extends olive branch towards Google, plans to stock Chromecast
- December 17, 2017

Right now, there are product listings for two Chromecasts and three Apple TVs: the 32GB and 64GB versions of the Apple TV 4K , as well as the regular 4th-generation Apple TV , the Google Chromecast , and Google Chromecast Ultra . Google did not stop at removing their YouTube app from Amazon devices, they are also pulling their Nest system from the Amazon online store. Coincidentally, those were the streaming devices made by Apple and Google, which compete with Amazon's own Fire ... (more...)
Who will replace Jacob Zuma? The contenders for South Africa's next president Who will replace Jacob Zuma? The contenders for South Africa's next president
- December 16, 2017

President Zuma can remain head of state until those elections. The registration of delegates for the African National Congress' (ANC) 54th National Conference where new leaders will be elected was moving very slowing and was unlikely to be completed on Friday, said the ruling party's deputy secretary-general, Jessie Duarte. (more...)
Bulls make history with 5th straight win Bulls make history with 5th straight win
- December 16, 2017

We have to come in every day and find a way to make it work and I feel like we've done it to this point. The Chicago Bulls made history with their fifth straight win on Friday night. He's got to be able to knock down those wide-open shots". Portis hit a pair of foul shots to give Chicago the lead for good, 106-104, with 2:58 left. (more...)
Dustin Hoffman accusers speak out on why they went public Dustin Hoffman accusers speak out on why they went public
- December 16, 2017

According to the playwright, she spent an entire day with Karina and her dad exploring New York City before Dustin suggested they end the adventure at the San Remo Hotel, where he allegedly exposed his genitals after his daughter left his room. (more...)
Asteroid of 5 km in diameter to pass near from Earth today Asteroid of 5 km in diameter to pass near from Earth today
- December 16, 2017

Nasa will be using the opportunity to take incredibly detailed photographs of the giant rock. NASA astronomers recently discovered, to their alarm, that an asteroid named 2017 VL2 passed just 73,000 miles from Earth - or about a third of the distance between the Earth and the moon - and they found this out a day after it made its flyby. (more...)
Forget Android Oreo upgrade, Google upgraded your phone with THIS awesome feature Forget Android Oreo upgrade, Google upgraded your phone with THIS awesome feature
- December 16, 2017

Spotted on the Play Store is the Google Maps Go . With this compatibility, it will now add 26 percent (as per Android distribution chart) "install base" to the virtual personal assistant's platform. Google Maps has showed driving progress for years, but the move helps make public transit more convenient, too. Google's voice assistant - Google Assistant will now be available on older phones running Android 5.0 Lollipop OS. (more...)
Google's AI helped NASA to find another planet in Kepler-90's orbit Google's AI helped NASA to find another planet in Kepler-90's orbit
- December 16, 2017

The Kepler-90 system was discovered back in 2013, and was initially thought to have just seven planets. NASA has discovered a new exoplanet in the distant star system Kepler-90. The Kepler telescope, which trails millions of miles behind Earth like a loyal pup, has gazed out into space since 2009. " This finding shows that our data will be a treasure trove available to innovative researchers for years to come ". (more...)
Mario Batali Fired From 'The Chew' Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations Mario Batali Fired From 'The Chew' Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations
- December 16, 2017

Immediately following the Eater report, ABC announced it had asked him to " step away from the show" while the network reviewed the allegations against him. "I take full responsibility and am deeply sorry for any pain, humiliation or discomfort I have caused to my peers, employees, customers, friends and family", he said, in part, in a statement to Eater . (more...)
Net neutrality has been repealed. Here's what this means for you Net neutrality has been repealed. Here's what this means for you
- December 16, 2017

Chairman Pai made a request that the internet should be in the hands of engineers and not lawyers in accountants which goes against what many prominent engineers have said about the topic. The rules and regulations pertaining to it must be placed in the federal register and will likely occur at the top of the new year. Last week, he refused to release documents related to potentially fraudulent comments left on the FCC's public comment website. (more...)
Google launches ARCore Developer Preview 2 and end support for Project Tango Google launches ARCore Developer Preview 2 and end support for Project Tango
- December 16, 2017

Tango support will cease March 1, 2018. Unlike Project Tango, it did not need any new sensors and could be rapidly rolled out to millions of iPhones. However, neither phone was a particular sales sensation, and Tango failed to attract a huge number of developers. Even when the Asus ZenFone AR came out back in August , three months after the Phab 2 Pro was released, nearly all of Tango's AR apps still felt like tech demos. (more...)
Stocks With Dominant Volume: Activision Blizzard, Inc. (ATVI)
- December 16, 2017

Perritt Capital Management Inc who had been investing in Systemax Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $1.12 billion market cap company. Finally, Stratos Wealth Partners LTD. lifted its holdings in Activision Blizzard by 6.8% in the 2nd quarter. Piper Jaffray maintained the shares of ATVI in report on Friday, September 8 with "Buy" rating. (more...)
ITunes won't arrive on Windows Store by 2017
- December 16, 2017

There are still apparently plans for iTunes to come to the Microsoft Store, but it just won't be happening in 2017. Microsoft expert Mary Jo Foley says she's hearing that there are no plans to stop development of the unreleased version of iTunes, however, although a new timeline hasn't been shared by either company. (more...)
Facebook Thinks Social Media Is Bad If You Do It Wrong Facebook Thinks Social Media Is Bad If You Do It Wrong
- December 16, 2017

It gives up a bit of red meat to critics: Sure, Facebook and social media can make people feel bad. Facebook has once again faced sharp criticism over the potential negative effects social media can have on someone's life, but this time it is back with more than a simple statement. (more...)
Watch Macaulay Culkin Use 'Home Alone' Moves in Wrestling Match Watch Macaulay Culkin Use 'Home Alone' Moves in Wrestling Match
- December 16, 2017

Peter Avalon , Ray Rosas , and former WWE Superstar Hornswoggle. Sitting down to watch the Christmas classic Home Alone 2: Lost in NY, enjoying little Kevin McCallister engaging in high-jinx when mood-killer Donald Trump turns up. (more...)
BlackBerry ends monthly security updates for its PRIV BlackBerry ends monthly security updates for its PRIV
- December 16, 2017

This means that, until 2020, owners of now-ageing BlackBerry mobes will be able to download apps from the BB10 app store, although the firm hasn't clarified whether it will continue to ply devices with updates and patches. "With its excellent hardware keyboard, BlackBerry's Android-powered KeyOne phone is a messaging marvel for a niche audience", PCMag's Lead Mobile Analyst Sascha Segan wrote. (more...)
Found: new exoplanet orbiting distant star Found: new exoplanet orbiting distant star
- December 16, 2017

A solar system with as many planets as our own has been discovered with the help of Nasa's Kepler space telescope and artificial intelligence , the USA space agency said Thursday. "In my spare time, I started googling for "finding exoplanets with large data sets" and found out about the Kepler mission and the huge data set available", said Shallue, who is a senior software engineer with the Google AI research team. (more...)
AOL Instant Messenger heads to the technology graveyard AOL Instant Messenger heads to the technology graveyard
- December 16, 2017

The messaging service became wildly popular in the late 1990s and early 2000s in North America. But, with the advent of plenty of competition from the likes of Facebook Messenger , Google's GChat and others, AIM dropped in popularity, forcing the company - now known as Oath - to announce in October that the service would be taken offline. (more...)