Sci-tech


Facebook's 'Free' VPN Is Basically Spyware Facebook's 'Free' VPN Is Basically Spyware
- February 16, 2018

Facebook already captures a massive amount of data about what we like, where we go, who we're with and how we feel. It's a VPN app that prevents other services from tracking user's private browsing and usage data. While the Australian metadata retention laws might be seen as a massive over-reach by government, I wonder how many people will just install this and provide a commercial company that has little interest in anything that isn't profitable with a far richer picture of what we do ... (more...)
Trump Administration Hoping to Privatize International Space Station, Report Claims Trump Administration Hoping to Privatize International Space Station, Report Claims
- February 15, 2018

The budget would set aside only $150 million to encourage private development of the station, and devote the savings to Trump's goal of sending astronauts once again to the moon. Next up for the Russians is the return of three station crew members aboard the Soyuz MS-06/52S spacecraft February 27, bringing outgoing station commander Alexander Misurkin and two NASA astronauts, Mark Vande Hei and Joseph Acaba, back to a landing on the steppe of Kazakhstan to close out a 166-day stay in space. (more...)
Olympics: Ski star Vonn vows to win for late grandfather Olympics: Ski star Vonn vows to win for late grandfather
- February 11, 2018

Pyeongchang's relatively benign downhill and super-G courses will favour skiers with natural ability and punish those trying to make up time with risky maneuvers, former Olympic champion Bode Miller told Reuters this week. "Sometimes I think maybe I can't keep up with the best guys like I was years before, but I still try to believe and to give my best". Being in a hotel room is often times is just extremely hard. (more...)
Microsoft is testing authenticator logins for Windows 10 S users Microsoft is testing authenticator logins for Windows 10 S users
- February 09, 2018

This means you can get notifications or interact with various Web-powered features, without installing any app package on your system. Further, it already reviewed almost 1.5 million candidates through which a "small initial set" of PWAs have been identified that will be indexed for Windows 10 users to test the experience over the coming weeks. (more...)
Four Indian Soldiers Killed in India-controlled Kashmir Four Indian Soldiers Killed in India-controlled Kashmir
- February 07, 2018

Pakistan said it retaliated after Indian forces killed two civilians and wounded several others. More than 14 people have been killed in Pakistani shelling on the LoC and the global border since January 17. Despite a 2003 ceasefire, India and Pakistan regularly trade fire across the so-called Line of Control (LoC), the military demarcation between the Indian and Pakistani controlled parts of Kashmir. (more...)
Amazon Making a Big Change to Please Cheap Phone Buyers Amazon Making a Big Change to Please Cheap Phone Buyers
- February 07, 2018

However, because Amazon doesn't plan to serve up ads any longer, Phonescooper has claimed Amazon will raise the cost of all Prime Exclusive phones by $20 starting 7 February. That was announced in December and since the preloaded apps on Prime Exclusive devices are distributed through Google Play, Amazon has no choice but to abide by the new rules. (more...)
Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Coming in 2018, According to Reports Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Coming in 2018, According to Reports
- February 07, 2018

For most of the series' life, each new installment has been the best-selling game the year it came out. KitGuru Says: Given that Treyarch is at the helm this year, I wouldn't be surprised to see Black Ops 4 . No exact details were given on the new Black Ops game, but it's worth mentioning that Eurogamer has been spot-on with source reports such as these, whether with last year's Call of Duty WWII or the Nintendo Switch's specs and feature set. (more...)
Google removed 700000 bad apps from the Play Store a year ago Google removed 700000 bad apps from the Play Store a year ago
- January 31, 2018

Google Play is far from ideal, but it is now one of the best and safest places to find apps and games with Google having a vested interest in constant vigilance when it comes to distributing apps. Andrew Ahn , the product manager for Google Play, said in a statement that over 99 percent of the malicious apps were rejected before they could be downloaded or installed by users. (more...)
Microsoft Steps In to Correct Errant Intel Patch on Windows Microsoft Steps In to Correct Errant Intel Patch on Windows
- January 30, 2018

Microsoft told ZDNet it's now waiting for Intel to release the fixed firmware version after determining "system stability can in some circumstances cause data loss or corruption ". Microsoft released an update over the weekend that disables a patch to Intel central processing units after reports that the patch caused unexpected reboots and other other problems. (more...)
Padmaavat Protests: Mob Torches Bus In Gurugram, Damages Schoolbus Padmaavat Protests: Mob Torches Bus In Gurugram, Damages Schoolbus
- January 28, 2018

Those inside the school bus at the time of the incident said the protesters were initially dispersed by police but they appeared to regroup and return with stones and bricks, which they used to attack police personnel, a PCR van and the bus. (more...)
Blood moon 2018: Everything you need to know to see it Blood moon 2018: Everything you need to know to see it
- January 25, 2018

From 11:00 a.m. ET, the website will also host a live stream of the non-eclipsed super blue moon rising over the skyline of Rome. (MENAFN - The Conversation), there will be a full moon, a total lunar eclipse, a blue moon and a supermoon - all at the same time. (more...)
Apple Releases Security Update For macOS Sierra And El Capitan Addressing Meltdown Apple Releases Security Update For macOS Sierra And El Capitan Addressing Meltdown
- January 24, 2018

Apple says their new HomePod smart speaker will be available on 9 February 2018 with pre-orders opening this Saturday. Microsoft has consigned numerous Windows versions to the bone orchard given that updates to older devices can bork legacy software. (more...)
Two-door Range Rover SV Coupe confirmed for Geneva reveal Two-door Range Rover SV Coupe confirmed for Geneva reveal
- January 24, 2018

Interestingly, this would be the first production of two-door Range Rover in over a decade's now. "This is a vehicle that will resonate on an emotional level", he promised. John Edwards, Managing Director for Special Vehicle Operations added, " Land Rover created the luxury SUV sector with Range Rover nearly 50 years ago". (more...)
Instagram Stories embrace the GIF Instagram Stories embrace the GIF
- January 24, 2018

When selecting a photo or video to add to a Story, you'll see many GIF stickers to choose from, like amusing faces, a dog with sunglasses, a floating cheeseburger, plus plenty more. You'll now be able to overlay your photos and videos with animated stamps like accessories, sparkles, or word art . I had to un-install and re-install the app to force the new feature to appear. (more...)
Drone rescues teenagers from drowning in 'world first' Drone rescues teenagers from drowning in 'world first'
- January 20, 2018

Lifesavers then sent the drone to drop an inflatable rescue pod, enabling the swimmers to escape the danger and make it safely to shore. Ben Franklin, parliamentary secretary for Northern New South Wales, while also reacting to the incident, said it took the drone 70 seconds to respond, compared to the six minutes it usually takes a lifeguard to rescue swimmers. (more...)
Fox shelved story about Trump and porn star Stormy Daniels Fox shelved story about Trump and porn star Stormy Daniels
- January 20, 2018

Sex with Donald Trump might have been " textbook generic ", but the foreplay was a bit more extravagant, according to a 2009 email exchange between political consultants. Asked whether she had a message for Trump or his wife at the time, Daniels said, "I don't know". The subject of Trump came up when Stormy showed one of the political advisers a list of potential campaign donors whose phone numbers she happened to have - a list which also included Larry Flynt's daughter and ... (more...)
NASA Declares 2017 The Second-Hottest Year On Record NASA Declares 2017 The Second-Hottest Year On Record
- January 19, 2018

The planet went through one of its warmest years on record in 2017, according to analyses from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Thursday. "The record temperature should focus the minds of world leaders, including President Trump, on the scale and urgency of the risks that people, rich and poor, face around the world from climate change", said Bob Ward, policy director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the ... (more...)
Funke Akindele-Bello cast in Hollywood's Funke Akindele-Bello cast in Hollywood's "Avengers: Infinity War"
- January 14, 2018

When the set photos surfaced online, fans were quick to notice that Evans is donning his old Captain America costume from the first " Avengers " film and that the set featured in the images seems to resemble that of the Battle of NY from " The Avengers ". (more...)
Google could be heading for speaker-less future Google could be heading for speaker-less future
- January 12, 2018

Google has declined to comment on the acquisition, including how much might have been paid for Redux . The company now has 178 granted patents and more than 50 patents pending. So far, Redux has only been able to integrate its technologies inside PCs and some infotainment systems for vehicles, but none have made its way to commercially available mobile devices yet. (more...)
Here's Everything Else Revealed in Today's Nintendo Direct Mini Here's Everything Else Revealed in Today's Nintendo Direct Mini
- January 12, 2018

Donkey Kong is coming into the game's world, and with his inclusion comes a fresh piece of story. Players will be able to go to Balloon World by talking to Luigi who can be found on top of a skyscraper in New Donk City, according to GameSpot . (more...)
Cryptocurrencies react to South Korea's bill to ban trading Cryptocurrencies react to South Korea's bill to ban trading
- January 12, 2018

South Korea is an important market to digital currencies with demand as high as 30% depending on the cryptocurrency in question according to CNBC and they trade at a premium to other countries. During the emergency briefing earlier today, Choi, who chairs the Financial Services Commission, said South Korea is seeking to collaborate with China and Japan by "setting up a detailed system of cooperation". (more...)
Secret US spy satellite may be lost in space after SpaceX launch Secret US spy satellite may be lost in space after SpaceX launch
- January 11, 2018

Company president Gwynne Shotwell said the rocket "did everything correctly" and suggestions otherwise are "categorically false", according to the Associated Press. The mission itself was shrouded in secrecy even before it failed to enter a stable orbit. According to the LA Times a spokesperson for Grumman declined to provide an explanation and said, "This is a classified mission". (more...)
Huawei Honor View 10 goes up for sale in India Huawei Honor View 10 goes up for sale in India
- January 09, 2018

Now, the brand has announced that it will bring a new quad camera smartphone soon in the Indian market. From what GizmoChina has reported , it is anticipated that Honor View 10 in the U.S. The device comes with a 5.99-inch Full View FHD display , with a resolution of 2160*1080 p. The View 10 can pick out 13 distinct scenes - snowy, nature, pets, selfies, portrait, text scans et cetera. (more...)
Apple releases new security update to protect Safari against the Spectre attack
- January 09, 2018

Apple has released iOS 11.2.2 for iPhone and iPad. Meltdown was the most urgent and easily patchable of the flaws, but other vulnerabilities have typically required patches at the processor and software level. The update comes with a crucial Spectre fix for Safari, so be sure to update your machines as soon as you can. Google also released mitigations for its many of products, and said a fix for its Chrome browser will be available later this month. (more...)
HTC announces Vive Pro with better specs for enterprise HTC announces Vive Pro with better specs for enterprise
- January 09, 2018

These will be available via a revamped version of the Viveport VR store. HTC may be announcing a new version of its HTC Vive virtual reality headset. "Vive we truly believe is the industry standard when it comes to VR", said Daniel O'Brien, general manager of the HTC Vive. These advancements deliver on VR users' desire for higher resolution, improved audio, greater comfort, wireless freedom and immersive content discovery. (more...)
With Latest Android And Immersive Entertainment, Nokia 6 Launched Today With Latest Android And Immersive Entertainment, Nokia 6 Launched Today
- January 05, 2018

Fingerprint: Embedded into the home button. The most immediately noticeable aspect of the Nokia 6 (2018) is the relocation of its fingerprint sensor to the back. Nokia 8 (2018) doesn't feature an edge-to-edge display , which is quite common on mid-budget and flagship smartphones these days. There's a microSD card slot for storage expansion up to 128GB. (more...)
Microsoft pulls PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds ad which ripped off fan Microsoft pulls PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds ad which ripped off fan
- January 03, 2018

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is of course on this list (though still in Early Access on Xbox One ) as well as ARK: Survival Evolved , which originally came out in Early Access back in 2015 before launching later this year. In other words, PS4 owners should not expect to get " PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds " for a while. Version 1.0 released in December 2017 alongside the Xbox One iteration and Miramar, the new desert map. (more...)
First Supermoon Of 2018 Happens On New Year's Day First Supermoon Of 2018 Happens On New Year's Day
- December 30, 2017

ET. It'll be the first of 2018 and it will be closely followed by another just weeks later. They don't necessarily appear all that different from regular full moons, but this one is special because it's one of three happening in a row - and the super blue moon on January 31 will also coincide with a lunar eclipse . (more...)
Nintendo Presses The Pause Button On 64GB Cartridges Till 2019 Reportedly Nintendo Presses The Pause Button On 64GB Cartridges Till 2019 Reportedly
- December 28, 2017

Nintendo has already informed the developers about the delay in the 64GB Nintendo Switch cartridges. The reason? Those pesky "technical issues" cropped up again, according to WSJ's sources, and Nintendo wants to ensure that product quality is up to snuff. (more...)
Facebook Report Shows Major Spike In Government's User Data Requests Facebook Report Shows Major Spike In Government's User Data Requests
- December 20, 2017

As part of the transparency report , Facebook also showed government requests for account data , content restrictions and internet disruptions. Facebook also revealed that at least 50% of the requests from each of these countries was granted, including 85% for the USA, 90% for the United Kingdom and 74% for France. (more...)
OnePlus 5T Now Available For Pre-Order in Malaysia OnePlus 5T Now Available For Pre-Order in Malaysia
- December 16, 2017

The retail box has Star Wars: The Last Jedi logo printed in the middle, and the right corner, we have the OnePlus logo. The company also made arrangements to sell the newly launched smartphone via OnePlus Experience stores in Bengaluru and Noida. (more...)
Facebook Messenger Gets Snapchat-Like 'World Effects' AR Stickers Facebook Messenger Gets Snapchat-Like 'World Effects' AR Stickers
- December 14, 2017

Now, instead of just sending your loved ones a static image or standard video, you can spice up your messages with 3D objects that can be dropped anywhere in the vicinity of the camera in your device. Initially, world effects will include objects like a floating heart, an arrow, a 3D Robot and an Unicorn. "Pick an effect and then tap to add it to your image". (more...)
Unexpected discovery: Supermassive black hole the most distant ever detected Unexpected discovery: Supermassive black hole the most distant ever detected
- December 08, 2017

Quasars are actually the brightest and most-distant known celestial objects which are crucial to understanding the early universe, said study co-author Bran Venemans of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Germany. "But it's pretty hard to get that kind of a mass that early in the universe". The black hole doesn't match up with existing formation models based on what occurred following the Big Bang. (more...)
Student Victims Of Shooting Near Graham, Washington High School Expected To Survive Student Victims Of Shooting Near Graham, Washington High School Expected To Survive
- December 07, 2017

The incident may be gang-related, and the shooters are not believed to be from the Graham area. The Pierce County sheriff's office said one student was found in the parking lot by the Graham-Kapowsin High School football field and another was found in a locker room. (more...)
Voyager 1 spacecraft fires up its thrusters after almost 40 years Voyager 1 spacecraft fires up its thrusters after almost 40 years
- December 06, 2017

These "attitude control thrusters", as they are called, have been degrading for three years now, expending a greater amount of energy and shortening Voyager 1's mission lifespan. "The mood was one of relief, joy and incredulity after witnessing these well-rested thrusters pick up the baton as if no time had passed at all", said Todd Barber, a JPL propulsion engineer. (more...)

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