Sci-tech

by | December 15, 2017 | 15:26

To make Project Loon a reality, we had to figure out how to send data reliably between balloons flying on the stratospheric winds. Instead of floating Wi-Fi hotspots in balloons, it is now using laser beam links which it has described as "just like fibre optic cable, but without the cable" ...

by | December 15, 2017 | 14:28

These renders are said to be created based on the CAD images that have reportedly leaked from Samsung. However, according to prolific leaker Ice Universe, Samsung has made a decision to cancel the plan to reduce the Galaxy S9 bezel. Unlike the iPhone X though, the back camera module is positioned somewhere between the back of the device instead of the upper left corner. The leaked renders show that the fingerprint sensor of the device is located just below the dual-camera setup.

by | December 15, 2017 | 14:26

To take advantage of this, users will be able to search for the song that they want to play and by watching a 15-second ad, unlocking the ability to play the song for free. "If you're not willing to pay, you just couldn't do that on Pandora", product officer Chris Phillips told Engadget . Previously, Pandora's ad-supported and Plus users could only listen to radio stations based on artists or songs they liked.

by | December 15, 2017 | 13:05

Mixer has not disclosed its user base, but Microsoft reports 600 million Windows 10 monthly active devices and more than 53 million monthly active Xbox Live users, so if even a small fraction is using Mixer, it's a significant number. The feature is listed as beta, so you can expect a few hiccups here and there, but it should function just as it does from the Xbox console. For iOS users, if selected you will be receiving an email from Apple within 48 hours.

by | December 15, 2017 | 12:27

Nor Apple's Apple TV . While the product is identified as being sold by Apple, sources tell BESTAppleTV.com it is being sold through a third-party reseller, as is the entire Apple product line. Just last week, Google also refused access to its hugely popular YouTube service for Echo Show . Google on its part accused Amazon of not being fair enough in that the latter wasn't willing to support Google Cast, the technology that Chromecast is based on.

by | December 15, 2017 | 12:11

Shortly after the announcement, Governor John Hickenlooper took to twitter to respond. From the FCC's commissioners panel, two of them are Democrats (the same two who also happen to be the only women), against the three Republican members, and one of the democrats, Mignon Clyburn, had this to say about today's vote: "I am among the millions outraged".

by | December 15, 2017 | 10:17

The speaker will reportedly sync with the company's other devices such as smart TVs, Galaxy smartphones and other Samsung devices. That being said, the pricing and release plans are still flexible and may change in future considering many factors.

by | December 14, 2017 | 20:51

by | December 14, 2017 | 18:57

What's more, Shazam has recently lost momentum in convincing the music industry of its viability as a standalone product, despite surpassing one billion downloads previous year and sending over one million daily referrals to streaming services including Spotify and Apple Music .

by | December 14, 2017 | 18:33

As most of you know, Samsung created the Galaxy Note Edge where the screen goes all the way to the edge of the phone but not to the back. Imagine that note edge display extending to back from the side. Samsung does have previous experience with smartphones that have curved displays and additional functionality on their edges, so this product wouldn't be a world away from what the company has already produced.

by | December 14, 2017 | 18:22

In addition, every single online and multiplayer mode will be available, allowing players to go head-to-head against others from around the world. The free weekend event will be kicking off on the 14th of December, which is today, and will last until the 18th of December.

by | December 14, 2017 | 14:46

The updates bring more conversational, nuanced answers to users in the "cards" UI being used by rival companies like Google . For instance when users search for "Why won't my water boil?" they'll get expert comments made on Reddit from a chemist and a chef.

by | December 14, 2017 | 13:41

But it may give some details on it at the CES 2018 tech show in Las Vegas next month. There's a 13- and 15-inch version of the standard Notebook 9 offering, and an update to the 13-inch Notebook Pen two-in-one. Both variants of the Notebook 9 offer the same Metal12 frame as the Notebook 9 Pen, along with the Full HD displays. The performance is the same but it makes use of the touchscreen input and can be used by creators to draw stuff, show how they like the design to be without having to ...

by | December 14, 2017 | 12:46

Toyota Motor Corp . and Panasonic Corp. on Wednesday announced their agreement to team up in batteries for electric-powered vehicles. According to the Tribune report, an inspector from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management visited U.S.

by | December 14, 2017 | 10:48

Home is Apple's controlling app for HomeKit smarthome devices. It was a pretty nasty bug, letting unauthorized people access your home accessories including locks and garage door openers. After installing the latest iOS update, the device displays the "Face ID is not available" prompt upon accessing the face unlock feature. Users will need a live internet connection to download and install the update, which is around 69.1 MB in size on iOS.

by | December 14, 2017 | 05:46

A second former Facebook executive is claiming that the social-media platform presents a threat to its users and society. He underlined that Facebook is no longer an "American problem". "Chamath has not been at Facebook for over six years", a company spokesperson said . Officials are also sending out messages informing users to not believe fake rumors and being aware of the visitors in the village.

by | December 14, 2017 | 05:23

If a majority of the FCC votes for gutting net neutrality , your internet risks being limited to websites belonging to companies that can afford to pay off the cable companies to prioritize their content. Some net-neutrality supporters hope to ride that wave of public opinion into the 2018 elections. "Washington state will act under our own authority and under our own laws and under our own jurisdiction to protect the very important measure of net neutrality for all Washington citizens", ...

by | December 14, 2017 | 04:14

The policy that covers the couple requires high fees to even see a doctor, and it has a high deductible for further treatment. The Kaiser Family Foundation reported that about three-quarters of states anticipate exhausting their funding by the end of March 2018 and that several states have begun or will begin notifying families about coverage reductions before the end of 2017.

by | December 13, 2017 | 21:31

Markle, 36, and Harry , 33, announced their engagement on November 27. Loved-up Harry and Meghan announced their engagement last month and are due to Wednesday in Windsor in May. Fans start queuing up early to greet the Royals as they walk the 330 yards to the 16th-century church, normally led by Prince Philip. There is speculation that Harry and his bride-to-be may stay with the Cambridges at their nearby home, Anmer Hall, but if they are accommodated by the Queen and Duke of ...

by | December 13, 2017 | 21:27

File picture shows a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft of German carrier Air Berlin being towed at Duesseldorf airport, Germany, September 12, 2017. Shares in Easyjet were down 0.1% at 1,438.00 pence Tuesday. Lufthansa was seeking to acquire 81 Air Berlin aircraft, including about 20 planes at Niki, as part of the smaller German carrier's liquidation. Lufthansa said it had offered to give up slots but the Commission "considers this to be insufficient" and clearly indicated that it wouldn't ...

by | December 13, 2017 | 21:12

Police in Telangana revealed the shocking facts unearthed during the investigations of the chilling crime in Nagarkurnool town. The woman, M Swathi, 27, along with her paramour Rajesh , a physiotherapist, had murdered her husband M Sudhakar Reddy , 32, of Nagarkurnool almost two weeks ago and dumped the body in a forest.

by | December 13, 2017 | 19:59

The video that Bezos included with his tweet showed the New Shepard blasting off and rising above a wide-open spread of ranchland. The launch was the first of its kind using an upgraded booster, and the capsule was outfitted with large windows that will provide an excellent view for space tourists .

by | December 13, 2017 | 16:07

The company has landed 19 Falcon 9 boosters as part of its ongoing reusable rocket program to reduce the cost of spaceflight. "SpaceX is taking additional time for the team to conduct full inspections and cleanings due to detection of particles in 2 stage fuel system", SpaceX wrote in a Twitter status update.

by | December 13, 2017 | 12:05

At a White House signing ceremony for Space Policy Directive-1, Trump said that "long-term exploration and use" of the Moon will restore US leadership in space and lay the foundation for eventually sending humans to Mars and possibly beyond.

by | December 13, 2017 | 10:38

Just below, you can see the announcement video from the Overwatch dev team, revealing that the Winter Wonderland event would be returning to the game. In Yeti Hunt, five players play as Mei and go up against one Winston in a yeti skin, similar to the game Evolve . We should also note that as with the Halloween Terror event in October, skins that debuted during last year's event will be making a return.

by | December 13, 2017 | 10:37

Nasa has found that Jupiter's Great Red Spot - the ferocious storm of crimson-coloured clouds which is 1.3 times as wide as Earth - goes well into the planet's atmosphere. When it made its first pass over the vast super-storm in July 2017, one of the instruments Juno brought into play was its Microwave Radiometer (MWR), which can look deep below Jupiter's cloudy atmosphere.

by | December 13, 2017 | 10:16

Speaking to the BBC , Sarah Harrison, chief executive of the Gambling Commission , said: "Because of these unlicensed skin betting sites, the safeguards that exist are not being applied and we're seeing examples of really young people, 11 and 12-year-olds, who are getting involved in skin betting, not realising that it's gambling".

by | December 13, 2017 | 10:11

When can you watch the meteor shower in India? Folks not able to watch the meteor shower on Wednesday night can go outside on Tuesday night or Thursday night to try to spot a few meteors, but there will not be as many as Wednesday night.

by | December 13, 2017 | 09:51

What is new on the leaked document is the single lens camera housed with the fingerprint sensor underneath it while the flash and heart rate sensor have been moved to the side. This will be Samsung's next-gen flagship phone. The Galaxy S9 may also come with a FaceID-like feature. It appears that the phones' big highlight feature will be dual front-facing cameras, with Live Focus available for selfies, but there's no information yet on how many megapixels they are.

by | December 13, 2017 | 09:46

Reddit user TeckFire pointed out that their iPhone 6S had been "very slow these past few weeks". A Reddit thread over the weekend highlighted some interesting theories as to why some iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s family devices are witnessing slower processing speeds running iOS 11, which led to speculation that Apple is intentionally slowing down older phones to retain a full day's charge even if the battery has reached the end of its operational life.

by | December 13, 2017 | 08:25

Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai island was formed in 2015 after volcanic activity created an island of ash that connected the neighbouring islands of Hunga Tonga and Hunga Ha'apai. Though we still can not be sure about the lifespan of the Tongan island, scientists plan to study what factors may have contributed towards extending the lifespan of the island.

by | December 13, 2017 | 06:53

Once a hashtag is followed, the Instagram feed will display the top posts that use the hashtag and the Stories bar will feature the latest Stories. Twitter says the "threads" feature will be available on iOS, Android, and Twitter.com in the coming weeks. Tap on it to follow posts from that hashtag.

by | December 13, 2017 | 05:31

As explained on the Twitter Blog today, creating a thread is a pretty simple process. You can also add more Tweets to your published thread at any time with the new "Add another Tweet" button. Last month, the company officially doubled the maximum length of a tweet from 140 characters to 280 characters. When you're ready to post, you tap the "Tweet all" button at the top to send the stream to Twitter.

by | December 13, 2017 | 03:44

Not even three months later, Microsoft is ready to toss a free preview version of that new language to the public and it's called the Quantum Development Kit . While the bits current computers rely on can represent either a 1 or a 0 at any given time, qubits can represent both a 1 and a 0 simultaneously, which researchers believe should mean an enormous advance in the speed with which computing tasks can be carried out, such that quantum computers could theoretically solve problems in ...

by | December 13, 2017 | 00:25

They're even making a movie out of it now and Ryan Reynolds is doing the voice for Pikachu . Here's the original Japanese trailer for the game , if you're curious. While details about the movie are scant, the plot involves Smith's character searching for his missing father with the help of Detective Pikachu , while a mystery unfurls about Pokemon going rabid and attacking their trainers.