Report: Aetna in talks with Apple to provide Apple watches to millions of customers

A partnership between Apple and Aetna could bring Apple watches to the insurance company’s more than 20 million customers, according to a report. Read more: 4 apps that could save your life in an emergency The two companies held private meetings Thursday and Friday in southern California to discuss options for such a move, CNBC reported,… Continue reading “Report: Aetna in talks with Apple to provide Apple watches to millions of customers”

This yarn makes its own electricity

Batteries not required. Coiled carbon nanotube yarns, created at the University of Texas at Dallas and imaged here with a scanning electron microscope, generate electrical energy when stretched or twisted. University of Texas at Dallas In the future, your workout—or your workout gear, to be precise—might generate enough energy to charge your activity tracker. Researchers from… Continue reading “This yarn makes its own electricity”

Internet searchers reveal people’s favorite Christmas spirit

It’s almost Christmas time, and even the studies are getting festive. Brandy, it turns out, is the most popular Christmas drink – at least in the UK. Christmas brandy, anyone? Credits: Will Shenton. Different people like to do different things for Christmas, but if you ask me, there’s nothing quite like a quiet drink with your… Continue reading “Internet searchers reveal people’s favorite Christmas spirit”

Apple Updates App Guidelines On iOS Game Loot Boxes

Loot boxes in games have been a huge a issue over the last few weeks and now it looks like Apple has taken notice. The tech giant has updated its guidelines for iOS app developers informing them they must disclose item drop rates ahead of purchases. The Apple App Store is home to a plethora of… Continue reading “Apple Updates App Guidelines On iOS Game Loot Boxes”

How To Use New Pokemon Go AR+ Mode

Developer Niantic announced Wednesday that the new Augmented Reality Plus (or AR+) feature would come to “Pokemon Go” in an update later this week. In a blog post on Niantic’s website, the company said the popular pocket monster capturing mobile game’s newest feature would only work on devices running iOS 11, with iPhone 6s being the… Continue reading “How To Use New Pokemon Go AR+ Mode”

Nokia 9 Specs Revealed In FCC Certification

HMD Global is expected to announce a new flagship Nokia Android smartphone in early 2018 and now it seems like its full specs have been revealed. The Nokia 9 has already passed through the China’s 3C and now the FCC, which also published screenshots of the device’s About page. The detailed specs of the Nokia 9… Continue reading “Nokia 9 Specs Revealed In FCC Certification”

EU seeks ‘urgent’ response to bitcoin bonanza

The EU’s top official for the euro single currency on Wednesday pressed European regulators to urgently update financial rules in order to face bitcoin’s dizzying volatility. Crypto-currency bitcoin has soared almost 20-fold since the start of the year and this month saw it move into the mainstream as two major US exchanges began trading futures in… Continue reading “EU seeks ‘urgent’ response to bitcoin bonanza”

Where To Buy iPhone Replacement Battery Kits

Apple recently confirmed that it is intentionally capping the processing power of its older-generation iPhones to preserve their longevity or battery life. However, even when there is this capping, iPhone batteries will still eventually lose their functionality. So when your iPhone starts notifying you about your battery’s health, you might want to consider having a battery… Continue reading “Where To Buy iPhone Replacement Battery Kits”

Whoa, that’s not what we were expecting the Magic Leap headset to look like

The long-awaited augmented reality goggles finally make a public appearance, at least in render form. Magic Leap augmented reality goggles (McBain voice): The goggles, they do something! Magic Leap The Magic Leap augmented reality headset is the sasquatch of the tech world. We’ve all heard lots about it, and it sounds pretty cool, but no one… Continue reading “Whoa, that’s not what we were expecting the Magic Leap headset to look like”

Shazam Update: How To Use Offline Mode On iOS Devices

Shazam, the app that recognizes songs and provides details about music and artists, will now work offline. The app’s offline feature is now available to everyone with its most recent iOS version, 11.6.0. The update was released on Tuesday. Users can download or update the app for free on the App Store. How Offline Mode On… Continue reading “Shazam Update: How To Use Offline Mode On iOS Devices”

North Korean Hackers Hunt Victims on Facebook

A notorious North Korean hacking group is using fake Facebook profiles to hunt for potential victims, the social network has warned. The covert campaign by hackers from the state-sponsored Lazarus Group was revealed on the same day that the U.S. government publicly blamed North Korea for the WannaCry ransomware attacks earlier this year. “Last week, Facebook,… Continue reading “North Korean Hackers Hunt Victims on Facebook”

Hacking Around: What Exactly Is Biohacking?

The do-it-yourself (DIY) movement continues to sweep the world, stepping into fields you would never expect it to. We’ve gotten used to DIY furniture and even gadget tinkering, but now, biology has followed suit and is being practiced in small labs throughout the world. Image via Wikipedia. From making EpiPens on the cheap to creating night… Continue reading “Hacking Around: What Exactly Is Biohacking?”

Vandals take hammer to ancient Australia dinosaur footprint

Vandals have taken a hammer to a 115 million year-old dinosaur footprint at a world renowned site in Australia, with officials Wednesday slamming the “sad and callous” act. The footprint of the medium-sized theropod was found by palaeontologists in 2006 at Flat Rocks in Victoria state — one of only a handful of polar, or ice-age,… Continue reading “Vandals take hammer to ancient Australia dinosaur footprint”

Cell phones aren’t a public health risk, no matter what California says

This “possible carcinogen” isn’t going to give you cancer. Dangerous, but not because it’s going to give you a brain tumor. Deposit Photos The California Department of Public Health recently released guidelines for decreasing one’s exposure to cell phone radiation. This seems, at first, like a reasonable thing to offer. But the problem with a government… Continue reading “Cell phones aren’t a public health risk, no matter what California says”

New Malware Is So Powerful It Can Melt Your Phone

Security researchers have discovered a new form of powerful malware that secretly mines cryptocurrency on a person’s smartphone, which can physically damage the device if it is not detected. Researchers from the Russia-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky investigated the malware, dubbed Loapi, which they found hiding in applications in the Android mobile operating system. The malware works… Continue reading “New Malware Is So Powerful It Can Melt Your Phone”

Top polluter China unveils nationwide carbon market

China, the world’s biggest polluter, unveiled plans on Tuesday for a national carbon market likely to become the largest exchange for emissions credits on Earth. China bears the ignominious title of top greenhouse gas emitter, burning more coal than every other country. The dirty fuel still accounts for roughly 60 percent of its energy consumption. The… Continue reading “Top polluter China unveils nationwide carbon market”

Are Facebook’s Youth-Targeted Ads Illegal?

The ability of social media giant Facebook to deliver a particular message in the form of an article or an ad to a target audience has seen that it has left behind traditional medium like print and broadcasters far behind when it comes to hosting paid content. However, this particular aspect has also brought allegations of… Continue reading “Are Facebook’s Youth-Targeted Ads Illegal?”

On the market: 4-bedroom home with indoor pool in Edison for $1.15M

In this week’s “On the market” property, we feature a home in Edison with more than 4,300 square feet of living space. The home is listed for $1.15 million. According to its Trulia listing, the taxes are estimated at about $24,274. The home features four bedrooms, five full bathrooms and one partial bath. The median sale… Continue reading “On the market: 4-bedroom home with indoor pool in Edison for $1.15M”

YouTube iOS 11 Update: Black Bars, Vertical Videos On Youtube Are No More

YouTube announced Tuesday that its app for iOS will automatically adjust videos to the shape of a user’s screen, eliminating the black bars that typically appear while viewing a video in the app. Typically when watching videos on a mobile device, YouTube would maintain the shape of a video by filling in screen space with black… Continue reading “YouTube iOS 11 Update: Black Bars, Vertical Videos On Youtube Are No More”

Facebook lets people know when their pictures pop up

Facebook on Tuesday added a way for people to know when their pictures are posted anywhere on the leading social network. The notifications will rely on optional new tools that tap into face-recognition capabilities and already suggest friends to “tag” in pictures uploaded to Facebook. Users will now get word when their images pop up at… Continue reading “Facebook lets people know when their pictures pop up”

Romania arrests five suspected members of major ransomware gang

Romanian law authorities have arrested five suspected members of an internet-based ransomware gang responsible for infecting tens of thousands of computers across Europe, the United States and Canada, Europol said on Wednesday. Romanian police nabbed three members — believed to be operating in the country’s east — while two other members were arrested in Bucharest over… Continue reading “Romania arrests five suspected members of major ransomware gang”

How to actually get noticed on social media

Promote your work like a pro. Anyone from starving artists to behemoths like Disney can promote their work on social media. David Nield/Popular Science Social media isn’t just for sharing photos of your breakfast and arguing over Star Wars movies. If you’re starting a new business or launching a side project, these networks can also spread… Continue reading “How to actually get noticed on social media”

E-Commerce Adoption up but Security Concerns Linger

SOUTH African consumers are becoming increasingly comfortable making online purchases but safety and security remain a major factor in the adoption of digital payments and e-commerce. This is according to a new report released today by Visa, which indicated a growing number of shoppers are going online to buy clothes, book flights and hotels and even… Continue reading “E-Commerce Adoption up but Security Concerns Linger”

NORAD And Google Earth Will Both Track Santa On Christmas Eve

It’s almost Christmas Eve, meaning soon Santa Claus will be flying around the globe delivering presents. Though the chubby North Pole gift-giver goes unnoticed and nobody really knows when exactly he’ll arrive, there’s a way to track him through the evening and into Christmas morning. There are several ways to track Santa this year, but until… Continue reading “NORAD And Google Earth Will Both Track Santa On Christmas Eve”

Center to help R&D, tech launch into profits

A new innovation promotion center focusing on civil-military industrial integration is expected to have a major impact in unlocking commercially viable projects in the sector. The center will be officially unveiled in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, during the Qian Xuesen Forum on Jan 21. Its director, Shen Xiankang, said the Aerospace Civil-Military Integration (Shenzhen) Innovation Acceleration Center… Continue reading “Center to help R&D, tech launch into profits”

Apple TV: How To Use AirPay, Screen Mirroring With iOS Devices

AirPlay allows users to watch content from their Apple device on their Apple TV. The feature lets people stream music, videos and other content from their iOS device on to the bigger screen. AirPlay has been around for years, and was especially helpful when Amazon did not have a Prime Video app for the Apple TV.… Continue reading “Apple TV: How To Use AirPay, Screen Mirroring With iOS Devices”

How To Turn Off AMBER Alert Notifications On Android, iOS

AMBER alerts and other emergency notifications rarely come at a convenient time. While the notifications—often loud and unmissable—are important and mark the most urgent of situations, they can also be an unexpected disruption. Because the alerts are received by default, most people think the notifications aren’t optional. However most mobile devices, Android and iOS alike, have… Continue reading “How To Turn Off AMBER Alert Notifications On Android, iOS”

Privacy over popularity + 7 other social media tips for seniors

It’s the holiday season, which means that families will gather, big meals will be eaten and tales will be told around the fireplace — or something like that. Undoubtedly, as you sit around the house the time will come when your aunt or one of your grandparents will ask you about “the Facebook” or some other… Continue reading “Privacy over popularity + 7 other social media tips for seniors”

How To Set Up Twitter Two-Step Long Verification

When Twitter introduced its two-step verification feature, many users weren’t sold on its practicality. Then earlier this year, users complained that the method is just as vulnerable as other security features. This Thursday though, the company may have already sorted out the problem with its two-factor authentication. Twitter’s two-step authentication, which was introduced way back in… Continue reading “How To Set Up Twitter Two-Step Long Verification”

Malaysia’s last female Sumatran rhino gravely ill

The last surviving female Sumatran rhino in Malaysia is seriously ill, a wildlife official said Wednesday, with vets racing to save the critically endangered creature. Iman is one of just two Sumatran rhinos known to still be alive in Malaysia. She lives in a wildlife reserve on Borneo island, where she is part of a captive… Continue reading “Malaysia’s last female Sumatran rhino gravely ill”

Ancient 3700-year-old Babylonian tablet may be earliest evidence of trigonometry

For almost a hundred years, a mysterious clay tablet known as Plimpton 322 has baffled scientists as to its true meaning. Now, a pair of Australian mathematicians claim they’ve cracked the ancient Babylonian tablet which astonishingly might be a sort of trigonometrical table. If this is indeed true, then the Babylonians may have beat the Greeks… Continue reading “Ancient 3700-year-old Babylonian tablet may be earliest evidence of trigonometry”

NASA Solves Mystery of Jupiter’s Powerful Jet Stream

NASA has finally determined what causes the powerful jet stream racing around Jupiter to suddenly reverse every four years. Strange gravity waves climb Jupiter’s stratosphere, where they force the jet stream to flip. Similar activity, scientists believe, could cause weather chaos here on Earth. Using five years of data from NASA’s Infrared Telescope Facility in Hawai’i,… Continue reading “NASA Solves Mystery of Jupiter’s Powerful Jet Stream”

Mysterious Milky Way String Baffles Scientists

A mysterious cosmic twine cuts through the heart of the Milky Way. The string has baffled astronomers since its discovery in 2016. Now, the highest-ever resolution image of the strange strand could finally tell astronomers what is behind our galaxy’s heartstring. Stretching 2.3 light years towards the edge of the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole, Sagittarius… Continue reading “Mysterious Milky Way String Baffles Scientists”

This new Facebook security tool can protect you from scams

Facebook has launched a new feature that could help prevent users from falling for phishing scams. Hackers often send emails pretending to be from reputable companies like Facebook in an effort to steal sensitive information like Social Security numbers, credit card details and account information. But how can you tell if an email from Facebook is… Continue reading “This new Facebook security tool can protect you from scams”

Watch NASA Announce Final Contenders for Robot Missions

On Wednesday afternoon, NASA will be announcing the missions it might pursue as part of its New Frontiers program, which sends relatively cheap robots to explore our solar system. It should be an exciting announcement, since we don’t even know for sure right now what the candidates are—and the whole thing will be livestreamed on NASA’s… Continue reading “Watch NASA Announce Final Contenders for Robot Missions”

NASA To Announce Finalists For Space Exploratory Project Today

NASA is set to announce the finalists for their future unmanned mission as part of the New Frontiers program set to launch in mid-2020’s to explore areas of the solar system of high-interest to us on Dec. 20 at a media teleconference at 2 p.m. EST. There are many questions about NASA’s next big mission. Where… Continue reading “NASA To Announce Finalists For Space Exploratory Project Today”

How To Turn On AirDrop In iOS 11

Apple’s AirDrop feature in iOS 11 makes it easier and faster than ever to share photos and files to other iOS devices and Mac computers. Here are a couple of ways on how to turn on AirDrop in iOS 11 devices. Compatible Devices First off, Apple’s AirDrop works on both Mac computers and iOS devices. MacBooks… Continue reading “How To Turn On AirDrop In iOS 11”

More businesses are trying mobile apps to lure and keep consumers

By Venkatesh Shankar, Professor of Marketing; Director of Research, Center for Retailing Studies, Texas A&M University and Unnati Narang, Ph.D. student in Business Administration (Marketing), Texas A&M University . Using a store’s mobile app can affect in-store purchases. Javier Arres/Shutterstock.com Intense retail competition has led old standbys, such as Sears, to close dozens of stores. Walmart… Continue reading “More businesses are trying mobile apps to lure and keep consumers”

First Image of Giant Black Hole at Galactic Center Soon

An international project will allow humans to see a supermassive black hole for the first time ever. Although we have residual evidence of black holes’ existence, such as measurements of the gravitational pull around the holes, we’ve never been able to see these invisible entities. Thanks to this ongoing project, we soon will. Scientists believe that… Continue reading “First Image of Giant Black Hole at Galactic Center Soon”

Apple ‘Smooths’ Power Demands To Prevent Crashes In Older iPhones

Apple addressed recent concerns that it has been secretly slowing older iPhone models in an effort to force consumers to adopt newer devices, confirming that the older phones have their power demands moderated in order to avoid crashes, TechCrunch reported . The rumor of Apple intentionally degrading or “throttling” the performance of older iPhones has once… Continue reading “Apple ‘Smooths’ Power Demands To Prevent Crashes In Older iPhones”

Sun Nearest Ours Could Be Hiding Planets Like Ours

There could easily be planets lurking around the stars just next door to our sun—and our instruments are finally getting good enough that we can hope to spot them, according to a new paper accepted for publication by The Astronomical Journal. The paper doesn’t actually identify any such planets, instead, it evaluates our astronomical technology to… Continue reading “Sun Nearest Ours Could Be Hiding Planets Like Ours”

YouTube seals deal with top music label amid streaming moves

YouTube said Tuesday that it had sealed a licensing agreement with the world’s largest music label conglomerate Universal as the video behemoth explores creating a new streaming service. YouTube, which is part of Google, said it reached a long-term agreement with the Universal Music Group, months after a deal with competitor Warner Music. A joint statement… Continue reading “YouTube seals deal with top music label amid streaming moves”

Is there such a thing as online privacy? 7 essential reads

By The Conversation. Who’s sharing your secrets? Antonio Guillem/Shutterstock Over the course of 2017, people in the U.S. and around the world became increasingly concerned about how their digital data are transmitted, stored and analyzed. As news broke that every Yahoo email account had been compromised, as well as the financial information of nearly every adult… Continue reading “Is there such a thing as online privacy? 7 essential reads”

Apple Admits Old iPhones Are Deliberately Slow

The question ‘why is my iPhone slow?’ has more than 94 million search results in Google, demonstrating the widespread frustrations of anyone who has ever owned an older iPhone. Now, after years of speculation, Apple has officially revealed that slowing old iPhones is a deliberate “feature.” The issue recently gained attention after a Reddit user investigated… Continue reading “Apple Admits Old iPhones Are Deliberately Slow”

French telecom firm Iliad on expansion odyssey into Ireland

French telecoms entrepreneur Xavier Niel and his firm Iliad have reached a deal to take over Ireland’s leading operator eir, adding to his firm’s expansion plans into Italy. Niel’s personal holding company NJJ and Iliad will each take 31.6 percent stakes in eir, which boasts the nation’s largest fiber optic network, for a total of 640… Continue reading “French telecom firm Iliad on expansion odyssey into Ireland”

Mobike inks deal with LINE Corp

Partnership with major Japanese social media provider to facilitate expansion Chinese bike-sharing top player Mobike Technology Co Ltd on Wednesday announced a strategic partnership with LINE Corp, Japan’s largest mobile social network service provider, to better facilitate its expansion in the Japanese market. Under the partnership, LINE led an undisclosed Series A round of investment in… Continue reading “Mobike inks deal with LINE Corp”

This kangaroo picked a fight with a kid in Australia, and it was all caught on video

kanga Sometimes, marsupials are not so friendly to young ones. RELATED: Video of a kangaroo trying to hop through a closed door has the internet in stitches Watch the video Take this kangaroo, who unleashed an uppercut on an unsuspecting kid. As dad looks on, the young boy faces the animal at the beginning of the… Continue reading “This kangaroo picked a fight with a kid in Australia, and it was all caught on video”

Pulsars Could Have Habitable Planets

Pulsars unleash massive amounts of radiation onto whatever planets might be orbiting in their solar systems, but it is still possible for some of those planets to be habitable and carry alien life, according to researchers. The scientists explained that a planet with a tremendous atmosphere could cushion organisms from the pulsars constant bombardment of X-rays… Continue reading “Pulsars Could Have Habitable Planets”

Samsung Launches Galaxy A8 With Dual Front Camera

Samsung just introduced the latest member of its mid-range Galaxy A series. Despite not being a flagship offering, the all-new Galaxy A8 model is definitely going to turn heads since it is the first smartphone from the South Korea tech giant to sport a dual front camera system. On Tuesday, Samsung Electronics announced the launch of… Continue reading “Samsung Launches Galaxy A8 With Dual Front Camera”

Beijing accelerates development of self-driving vehicles

BEIJING HAS RELEASED a guideline for road tests of self-driving cars, which shows the authorities’ support for technological innovation through systematic innovation. The Beijing News comments: According to the guidelines, independent legal entities registered in China can apply to road test self-driving vehicles as long as the vehicles satisfy the national safety requirements, conduct the road… Continue reading “Beijing accelerates development of self-driving vehicles”

Watch Two Neutron Stars Collide

Astrophysicists have reconstructed the collision of two neutron stars 130 million light years away using gamma-rays, x-rays and radio emissions. The new research reignites the debate on the source of mysterious signals detected earlier this year. So far they have wiped out dark energy theories and revealed the source of Earth’s gold. Hydrodynamical Simulation Earlier this… Continue reading “Watch Two Neutron Stars Collide”

Amazon Music No Longer Lets Users Upload Songs

Amazon quietly announced earlier this week that it is shutting down its Music Storage subscription storage. The company has also confirmed that it plans to stop letting users from playing and downloading songs from the service starting in January 2019. The Amazon Music storage subscription service allowed users to upload their own music from their Mac… Continue reading “Amazon Music No Longer Lets Users Upload Songs”

Selfieccino debutes in London cafe

Latte art has reached new heights in London. The ‘Tea Terrace’ cafe lets customers drink their own portrait. All you need is a photo of yourself and that the image is uploaded to the “Cino” machine. The picture is then scanned and printed onto the froth. This flight attendant discovered the cafe on the internet in… Continue reading “Selfieccino debutes in London cafe”

Facebook Called Out For Sharing WhatsApp Data

It’s happened once and it’s happening again. Facebook has just been ordered to stop the automatic transfer of user data from WhatsApp to its social network platform. This is the third time that Mark Zuckerberg’s company was hit by a formal notice against its data sharing terms with WhatsApp. Early this week, France’s Chair of the… Continue reading “Facebook Called Out For Sharing WhatsApp Data”

Indonesian pangolin faces extinction due to trafficking: study

Pangolins in Indonesia are at risk of extinction because of an illicit trade that sees thousands of the critically endangered animals trafficked each year, a study showed Thursday. More than 35,000 pangolins — docile, ant-eating mammals with a thick armour — were seized by Indonesian authorities between 2010 and 2015, exposing the scale of the illegal… Continue reading “Indonesian pangolin faces extinction due to trafficking: study”

How To Play — And Socialize — On Taylor Swift’s ‘The Swift Life’ App

Superstar Taylor Swift teamed up with developer Glu Mobile and launched her new app this week called “The Swift Life.” The app is a combination of a game, fan forum and social media platform. Members can create personal profiles and collect rewards for prizes like stickers and Taymoji packs, which are Taylor Swift-inspired emoji. It’ll also… Continue reading “How To Play — And Socialize — On Taylor Swift’s ‘The Swift Life’ App”

New App ‘Chispa’ Helps Connect Latino Singles Across The U.S.

According to the U.S. Census, of the 57 million U.S. Hispanics, approximately 13 million are single, unmarried or not in a relationship. A new dating app to match, chat and meet Latino singles is available thanks to Match Group (MTCH) and Univision Communications Inc. (UCI). The two companies have come together to launch Chispa, a free… Continue reading “New App ‘Chispa’ Helps Connect Latino Singles Across The U.S.”

HTC Vive Now Compatible With Facebook Spaces VR

Facebook Spaces, the company’s own virtual reality social hub, now works for the HTC Vive VR headset. Unveiled earlier this year, Facebook Spaces initially only worked for the Oculus Rift. “VR is such a powerful way to feel present with the people you care about when you can’t physically be together. With Facebook Spaces, we’ve always… Continue reading “HTC Vive Now Compatible With Facebook Spaces VR”

iPhone, Apple Watch Carrot Weather App Gets New Update

Grailr LLC is rolling out a new update to its snarky weather app called Carrot Weather. The new version introduces a redesigned widget, new content and a couple of new features for the holiday season. Carrot Weather version 4.4’s highlight is the redesigned Today widget. Once installed, users will see a brand new design for both… Continue reading “iPhone, Apple Watch Carrot Weather App Gets New Update”

Technological Centre Promotes Digital Interaction for Children Friday

The National Technological Centre (CTN) on Friday will promote a meeting for children in Luanda, to learn about different computerised platforms. According to a CTN press delivered on Tuesday to ANGOP, in this second edition of the space called “The children and the digital world”, the children will interact with digital platforms prepared for this age… Continue reading “Technological Centre Promotes Digital Interaction for Children Friday”

Microsoft Sends Big Windows 10 Update To Testers

Windows 10 testers have just received a major software update from Microsoft. The new update with build number 17063 was rolled out by the Redmond tech giant on Tuesday to testers who have set their Windows 10 Technical Preview-running machine to Fast Ring. The latest build arrives a month after Microsoft introduced the Timeline feature and… Continue reading “Microsoft Sends Big Windows 10 Update To Testers”

NASA Identified Unknown Organisms at Space Station

Astronomers at the International Space Station successfully sequenced the genes of three unknown organisms and correctly identified them without sending the samples back to Earth. The work, part of a project known as Genes in Space-3, makes identifying life on foreign planets (through their DNA) and treating sick astronauts aboard the space station closer to reality.… Continue reading “NASA Identified Unknown Organisms at Space Station”

Pinecones could help make buildings more energy efficient

Scientists look to the behavior of cones for heating and cooling systems. Pinecones have natural heating and cooling mechanisms. Pixabay Scientists who invent things often look to nature for inspiration. Their goal is to mimic biological systems in order to create new consumer products, or improve existing ones. The 1941 introduction of Velcro, for example, grew… Continue reading “Pinecones could help make buildings more energy efficient”

Upgraded Apple AirPods Coming In 2018?

Apple’s AirPods wireless headphones for the iPhone have been selling like pancakes and it looks like an upgrade is on the way. An analyst believes that a new and upgraded version of the Apple AirPods is in the works and that it will be released during the second half of 2018. On Tuesday, KGI Securities analyst… Continue reading “Upgraded Apple AirPods Coming In 2018?”

Elbit Systems wins $46m NATO aircraft protection contract

Elbit Systems Ltd. (Nasdaq: ESLT; TASE: ESLT) has been awarded a follow-on $46 million contract to supply additional J-Music DIRCM (Direct Infrared Countermeasures) self-protection systems to NATO for its Airbus A330 Multinational Multi-Role Tanker Transport Fleet (“MMF”) Program. The contract will be performed over a four-year period. As in the case of several previous awards from… Continue reading “Elbit Systems wins $46m NATO aircraft protection contract”

Advanced AR Mode Discovered For ‘Pokémon Go’

“Pokémon Go” already features an augmented reality mode which allows trainers to capture Pokémon that’s digitally projected in real life environments. Now it appears developer Niantic is going to introduce an improved experience to the game and it is called AR Plus. The upcoming new AR Plus feature for “Pokémon Go” was uncovered by PokemonGoHub. The… Continue reading “Advanced AR Mode Discovered For ‘Pokémon Go’”

EU plans to restrict export of ‘dual-use’ spy tech

The European Union is working to adopt new regulation that will introduce tougher export controls for technologies which can be used to spy on citizens. The new rules, which were proposed last year, are up for a plenary vote early next month in the European Parliament, where they are expected to pass. Proponents say the proposal… Continue reading “EU plans to restrict export of ‘dual-use’ spy tech”

How CRISPR gene editing is poised to change everything from medicine to ecosystems

Until recently, gene editing used to be relegated to science fiction novels and movies. The idea of being able to edit our genetic code or the genetics of other creatures was something that was totally out of reach – until CRISPR changed all that. CRISPR-Cas9 is a customizable tool that lets scientists cut and insert small… Continue reading “How CRISPR gene editing is poised to change everything from medicine to ecosystems”

NASA’s New Frontier Mission Will Search For Alien Life Or Reveal The Solar System’s History

NASA might send a spacecraft to collect samples from a comet or it might visit Titan as part of its search for extraterrestrial life in the universe. The space agency held a teleconference on Wednesday to announce the finalists in a contest to design its next New Frontiers program mission, which could launch in 2025. It… Continue reading “NASA’s New Frontier Mission Will Search For Alien Life Or Reveal The Solar System’s History”

NASA Invites Proposals To Study Space Impact On Human Body

Under its Human Research Program, NASA studies the effects of space travel on the human body, and before the space agency plans a crewed mission to Mars, HRP is calling for research proposals that “could enable safer and more effective travel to destinations beyond low-Earth orbit,” NASA said in a statement Tuesday. Astronauts who spend time… Continue reading “NASA Invites Proposals To Study Space Impact On Human Body”

A study gives us another reason to hate tailgaters

Researchers at MIT have found that tailgating is adding to our traffic problem in a big way. Tailgating, or the act of riding someone’s behind while driving, is not only dangerous but the study shows that if eliminated, we could arrive at our destination twice as fast. The team’s work was partially inspired by how flocks… Continue reading “A study gives us another reason to hate tailgaters”

NASA picks finalists to explore comet, Saturn’s moon

NASA on Wednesday announced two finalists for billion-dollar robotic missions — one to explore a comet and another Saturn’s moon Titan — with a launch by the winner planned in the 2020s. “These are tantalizing investigations that seek to answer some of the biggest questions in our solar system today,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for… Continue reading “NASA picks finalists to explore comet, Saturn’s moon”

Photo Shows Astronomers Giant Alien Star’s Strange, Churning Surface

Astronomers took a photo of an enormous star 530 light-years away that shows them what the surface of the sun will look like when it is old. The star π1 Gruis has become inflated with age to make it a red giant, but that’s not the only thing about it that has changed over time. The… Continue reading “Photo Shows Astronomers Giant Alien Star’s Strange, Churning Surface”

Exploding Stars Create Clouds on Earth

Particles from exploding stars can create clouds over Earth, which heat up our planet, scientists have discovered. When charged particles from solar rays and supernovae mingle with aerosols, they make clouds gather in a process never described before. “Finally we have the last piece of the puzzle explaining how particles from space affects climate on Earth.… Continue reading “Exploding Stars Create Clouds on Earth”

10 gift ideas that don’t take up any space

For a clutter-free celebration. Cramped quarters If one of your gift recipients lives in a tiny home or apartment, be aware that your throw pillow set might not be the most appreciated. Geran de Klerk via Unsplash Maybe your brother hates clutter, or your best friend lives in a shoebox-size city apartment. Or maybe your New… Continue reading “10 gift ideas that don’t take up any space”

NASA reveals finalists for next New Frontiers robotic mission: Saturn’s moon Titan or Rosetta spacecraft’s comet

The field for NASA’s next New Frontiers mission is narrowing. Officials announced the two finalists for a new robotic explorer mission — one that would send a spacecraft to bring samples of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko to Earth, and another to explore Saturn’s moon Titan. The two mission concepts, CAESAR and Dragonfly, detailed in a NASA briefing… Continue reading “NASA reveals finalists for next New Frontiers robotic mission: Saturn’s moon Titan or Rosetta spacecraft’s comet”

New York City isn’t ready for the catastrophic floods in its future

We’re running out of time to figure this out. The Manhattan waterfront. Flickr user Glenn Wedin New York City was not built to withstand an onslaught of floodwater. Much of the city is protected only by sand dunes, vegetation, or low walls. New York’s flood zones are packed with more than 400,000 residents and $129 billion… Continue reading “New York City isn’t ready for the catastrophic floods in its future”

Didi sets sights on lucrative web finance sector

Competition in China’s booming mobile payment market is set to intensify, after Didi Chuxing, the country’s largest ride-hailing company, acquired a much-coveted license to enter the internet finance sector. Didi has agreed to acquire third-party payment-services provider 19Pay for 300 million yuan ($45.4 million), according to a filing by Shenzhen-listed GoHigh Data Networks Technology Co, the… Continue reading “Didi sets sights on lucrative web finance sector”

EU court says Uber is taxi service, can be regulated

The European Union’s top court ruled on Wednesday that Uber is an ordinary transport service and not just a ride-hailing app, meaning that countries can regulate it. “The service provided by Uber connecting individuals with non-professional drivers is covered by services in the field of transport,” the European Court of Justice said in a case brought… Continue reading “EU court says Uber is taxi service, can be regulated”

Our film and video history is threatened by the rise of streaming video

There isn’t much not to like about streaming video. Subscribe to Netflix or Amazon Prime, and you can choose from thousands of film and TV titles with the press of a button. No VHS tapes to get chewed up by a tape player, no DVDs to clutter the living room or collect dust and scratches. Whole… Continue reading “Our film and video history is threatened by the rise of streaming video”

Survey: Streaming TV gaining ground, but growing pains exist

The rise of internet-based streaming television options continued to eat into the dominance of traditional pay TV companies in 2017. But streaming services like Netflix and Hulu are also facing some of the challenges that have plagued the long-time kings of bringing TV into American living rooms. That’s according to a survey of TV watchers from… Continue reading “Survey: Streaming TV gaining ground, but growing pains exist”

Facebook To Alert Users Of Untagged Photos Uploaded By Others

Facebook can now alert its users when a photo that includes them is uploaded to deter. Facebook says that it’s using facial recognition technology to make this new feature possible. “Today we’re announcing new, optional tools to help people better manage their identity on Facebook using face recognition,” Facebooks said. “Powered by the same technology we’ve… Continue reading “Facebook To Alert Users Of Untagged Photos Uploaded By Others”

Vets caution dog owners about chocolate poisoning spike around Christmas

Dogs are four times more likely to visit the vet due to chocolate poisoning around Christmas time than in any other non-holiday period, according to a new study. The British researchers hope that their findings will raise awareness and help dog owners prepare by being more careful with what sweets they leave unattended around the house.… Continue reading “Vets caution dog owners about chocolate poisoning spike around Christmas”

Air pollution is now the biggest killer in Africa

AIDS and malaria are often in the limelight when international health organizations discuss distressing issues in Africa. The continent is plagued by a far more menacing killer, though. According to a new research, air pollution is responsible for most the premature deaths on the continent. Sub-Saharan dust is the leading cause of air pollution in Africa,… Continue reading “Air pollution is now the biggest killer in Africa”

Dozens of Companies Are Using Facebook to Exclude Older Workers From Job Ads

A few weeks ago, Verizon placed an ad on Facebook to recruit applicants for a unit focused on financial planning and analysis. The ad showed a smiling, millennial-aged woman seated at a computer and promised that new hires could look forward to a rewarding career in which they would be “more than just a number.” Some… Continue reading “Dozens of Companies Are Using Facebook to Exclude Older Workers From Job Ads”

Better ways to foster solar innovation and save jobs

By Edward Barbier, Professor of Economics, Colorado State University and Terry Iverson, Associate Professor of Economics, Colorado State University. Most of the growing number of jobs in the solar industry have more to do with maintaining and installing panels than manufacturing them. only_kim/Shutterstock.com The U.S. solar industry is nervously awaiting President Donald Trump’s decision whether to… Continue reading “Better ways to foster solar innovation and save jobs”

‘Wearable’ computing a growing market: IDC

Sales of “wearable” computing items — from internet-linked watches to step-counting shoes — will nearly double in the next few years, a market forecaster said on Wednesday. International Data Corporation expected the overall wearables market to go from shipping 113.2 million units this year to some 222.3 million in 2021. “Tomorrow’s wearables will become more fully… Continue reading “‘Wearable’ computing a growing market: IDC”

Apple iOS 11.2.5 For iPhone X, Other Devices — What’s New?

Apple is rolling out a new version of its upcoming iOS 11.2.5 update for the iPhone X and other iOS devices. While it’s still too early to tell what this pre-release build comes with, there are hints from the first beta build that suggest it could be addressing previously discovered issues. On Tuesday, Apple seeded the… Continue reading “Apple iOS 11.2.5 For iPhone X, Other Devices — What’s New?”

Law must stipulate what electric cars are allowed on road

ON MONDAY, the local police in Baoding city, North China’s Hebei province, launched a special campaign to regulate the illegal electric cars on road. Thepaper.cn comments: You must have seen such vehicles, they look similar to any other, indeed, the only difference between them and legal cars are the size and power: The illegal cars are… Continue reading “Law must stipulate what electric cars are allowed on road”

Google Hangouts Optimized For iPhone X

Google has updated its Hangouts app to gain support for the unconventional display of the iPhone X. This makes Hangouts the latest app to be updated with iPhone X optimzation following Google Maps, Gmail, Docs, Sheets and Slides. On Tuesday, Google rolled out version 21.0.0 of its social networking app via the iTunes Store. The update… Continue reading “Google Hangouts Optimized For iPhone X”

Why Old iPhones Slow Down

A new analysis of Apple iPhone data shows that iPhones perform worse with newer iOS updates if users do not replace the battery. Although the reason for this is not clear, the head researcher behind the analysis believes it may be a behavior employed by Apple to preserve aging batteries. The new data is part of… Continue reading “Why Old iPhones Slow Down”

Greek yogurt creates a ton of wheyst—but wheyt! There may be a whey forward for all that whey.

Yes whey. Scientists are trying to make Greek yogurt more environmentally sustainable. Deposit Photos In the past decade, Greek yogurt has morphed into one of America’s most popular breakfast and snack items. In fact, from 2007 to 2012, the production of Greek yogurt in New York state nearly tripled, going from 106,000 to 315,000 tons a… Continue reading “Greek yogurt creates a ton of wheyst—but wheyt! There may be a whey forward for all that whey.”

Snake fungal disease could be a global threat, much bigger than we thought

Less than a year after a series of studies brought snake fungal disease into the spotlight, researchers believe the problem might be much bigger than anticipated. Eastern racer (Coluber constrictor) showing signs of fungal skin infection. Obvious external abnormalities are an opaque infected eye, roughened crusty scales on the chin, and several discolored roughened scales on… Continue reading “Snake fungal disease could be a global threat, much bigger than we thought”

Net Neutrality: How Cities Are Getting Around The Trump Administration

A few very large corporations increasingly shape our experience on the internet. We find our way to information through Google. We communicate with friends via Facebook. We buy consumer products through Amazon. We watch movies and other entertainment on Netflix, Amazon, and YouTube. Our access to those sites and the rest of the internet come through… Continue reading “Net Neutrality: How Cities Are Getting Around The Trump Administration”

Hawaii Has A Plan To Save Net Neutrality

A Hawaii lawmaker has an idea for how to save net neutrality: using community-owned high-speed internet by and for the people. Related: FCC Published Fake Comments by Dead Actor Patty Duke, Sean Astin’s Mother, Supporting End of Net Neutrality Last week the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal net neutrality rules that required internet service providers… Continue reading “Hawaii Has A Plan To Save Net Neutrality”

NASA Plans Search for Alien Life on Ceres

Ceres is a strange place and NASA has learned through its Dawn mission that the dwarf planet could be much more habitable than scientists had ever guessed. Now the space agency plans to probe Ceres even further by sending the Dawn spacecraft closer than ever to its mysterious surface. The Dawn mission launched a decade ago… Continue reading “NASA Plans Search for Alien Life on Ceres”

German watchdog finds Facebook data harvesting ‘abusive’

Germany’s competition watchdog said on Tuesday that Facebook was abusing its dominant position to “limitlessly” harvest user data from outside websites and apps, allowing its advertisers to target customers with hyper-specific ads. In a preliminary assessment, the Federal Cartel Office (FCO) said it had focused its probe on the US social media giant’s use of third-party… Continue reading “German watchdog finds Facebook data harvesting ‘abusive’”

With science under siege in 2017, scientists regrouped and fought back: 5 essential reads

By The Conversation. You can’t keep a good scientist down. Vlad Tchompalov on Unsplash, CC BY 2017 may well be remembered as the year of alternative facts and fake news. Truth took a hit, and experts seemed to lose the public’s trust. Scientists felt under siege as the Trump administration purged information from government websites, appointed… Continue reading “With science under siege in 2017, scientists regrouped and fought back: 5 essential reads”

Apple confirms that they slow an iPhone’s performance as it gets older, and yes, it’s what you think

Teens-Back-To-School Shopping Apple has confirmed that its iOs operating system deliberately slows the processor speeds of iPhones as they get older and the batteries deteriorate, prompting anger from some who say Apple is just trying to trick customers into buying new devices. RELATED: On average 39 phones are stolen in Chicago EVERY DAY Some users reported… Continue reading “Apple confirms that they slow an iPhone’s performance as it gets older, and yes, it’s what you think”

Authenticating Spirits – Distilled Spirit Fingerprinting

Just like you, whiskey has its own fingerprints. Image credits: skeeze / Pixabay. All distilled alcoholic spirits made have their own unique signature. The process involved in their creation leaves behind a chemical trace which can be used to identify a number of spirits, just like the identity of a person can be proven from their… Continue reading “Authenticating Spirits – Distilled Spirit Fingerprinting”