Sci-tech


Samsung's Galaxy S8 Launches To Strong Pre-Order Sales
- April 12, 2017

The 5.8-inch Galaxy S8 is available at NT$24,900 (US$813) unlocked, while the 6.2-inch Galaxy S8 Plus is set at NT$27,900. Samsung offers a discount of NT$10,000 to encourage existing Samsung smartphone users to replace their old gadgets with the Galaxy S8 devices, and an additional discount of NT$2,500 by making payments through Samsung Pay . (more...)
Pink Moon 2017: What Time, How to See Full Moon Pink Moon 2017: What Time, How to See Full Moon
- April 12, 2017

Other parts of the world have also given distinct names to each month's full moon. It's also known as the Grass Moon and the Egg Moon. The Pink Moon news comes after Jupiter appeared opposite to where the sun was setting over the weekend, according to Universe Today . (more...)
EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Refuses To Believe Humans Cause Climate Change EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Refuses To Believe Humans Cause Climate Change
- April 08, 2017

As the nation's most powerful democrat, he must draw a line in the sand and refuse to support a budget that reduces EPA funds, they said in a call spread through the social network Facebook . Under the agreement each country has submitted a national strategy to meet its own emission reduction goals. "President Trump and his EPA flouted court orders and EPA's scientific findings that chlorpyrifos puts children, farmworkers, their families and many others at risk", said Patti Goldman, the ... (more...)
At least 2 dead, 1 arrested after truck drives into Stockholm crowd
- April 08, 2017

The IS group also claimed responsibility for a truck attack that killed 86 people in Nice, France, in July 2016 during a Bastille Day festival, as well as another truck attack that killed 12 people at a Christmas market in Berlin. A hijacked beer truck crashed into an upscale department store in central Stockholm on Friday, killing at least two people, according to Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, who called the crash a terror attack. (more...)
Twitter sues US over demand for records on anti-Trump account
- April 08, 2017

But its primary objection, the company said , is that allowing the government to unmask Twitter critics is a violation of the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment right to free speech. As grounds for the summons, CBP cites a law giving it the ability to make such requests as part of investigations pertaining to "the importation of merchandise" and the thereof. (more...)
Twitter creates 'lite' version for data-starved users Twitter creates 'lite' version for data-starved users
- April 07, 2017

Twitter addressed the issues faced by users and potential users in markets with poor connectivity with its introduction of Twitter Lite, which provides access to the social network via a mobile web experience rather than a native application. (more...)
YouTube tweaks ad strategy to curb content stealing
- April 07, 2017

YouTube is facing a significant backlash for displaying ads from partners against video containing racist and otherwise objectionable content. Google apologized for the mistake, and adapted its policies, but some major brands, including Coca-Cola, PepsiCo (which is rich considering its subsequent Kendall Jenner snafu) and Walmart pulled advertising other than targeted search following reports of the ads being displayed against unsavory content by the WSJ . (more...)
Russia probes metro bomber as dead mourned Russia probes metro bomber as dead mourned
- April 07, 2017

A woman reacts as she lays flowers at a symbolic memorial at the Tekhnologichesky Institute subway station in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Tuesday. The Investigative Committee said that forensic experts found Dzhalilov's DNA on the bag with a bomb that was found and de-activated at another subway station in St. (more...)
Microsoft Digital Bookstore is opening on April 11th Microsoft Digital Bookstore is opening on April 11th
- April 07, 2017

The most current release, Build 15063, was the same build that was issued to Windows Insiders on the Fast and Slow rings last week. As we shared in October, we envision the functionality being available across platforms, and we're working to bring to mobile devices in the future. (more...)
Comcast Launches Xfinity Mobile Wireless Service Comcast Launches Xfinity Mobile Wireless Service
- April 07, 2017

While we mainly hear about the four main wireless carriers whenever a new phone is released, there are many more providers out there than just Verizon, AT&T , Sprint , and T-Mobile. The phones that Comcast will link with its Xfinity Mobile will be able to hook up with a nearby Wi-Fi hotspot in a fraction of a second. The Philadelphia-based company will offer service that unlimited data starting at $45 a month for existing TV and internet customers and $65 for internet customers. (more...)
Facebook launches resource to help spot misleading news Facebook launches resource to help spot misleading news
- April 07, 2017

Mosseri said Facebook is attacking this problem by better identifying fake news through the social network's community and third-party fact-checking organizations; making it more hard for people responsible for posting fake news to buy ads on its platform; and updating the technology Facebook uses to detect fake accounts. (more...)
Netflix is looking for a thumbs-up as star ratings fade away Netflix is looking for a thumbs-up as star ratings fade away
- April 06, 2017

The change isn't so much one of functionality as it is of intuitiveness, created to get more people involved and increase accuracy, in turn. At the heart of the problem, according to Netflix, was a misunderstanding of what the stars meant, and so it is making things more clear. (more...)
AOL and Yahoo to merge into new firm called Oath AOL and Yahoo to merge into new firm called Oath
- April 05, 2017

The deal, which included Yahoo's core assets, real estate assets and some intellectual property, was initially pegged at $4.80 billion. Apparently not coming along for the ride at Oath will be current Yahoo Marissa Mayer , according to Recode , which reported that the terms of her exit is still being negotiated. (more...)
Premiere date for Fear The Walking Dead season 3 revealed
- April 04, 2017

I want more battles, more zombies, and and more Negan. Elsewhere in the episode , Negan's former helper, Dwight, tells Rick and his crew that he can help them defeat Negan and the Saviors. It's fun to make predictions, and I'm putting my money on Sasha . Glenn made the decision, Rick. Sasha seems calm and unsteady at the same time . (more...)
A Federal Judge Says It's 'Plausible' Trump's Words Directly Incited Violence A Federal Judge Says It's 'Plausible' Trump's Words Directly Incited Violence
- April 03, 2017

A lawsuit against Donald Trump for inciting violence at one of his 2016 campaign rallies will be going forward . "Get 'em out of here", Trump said, as the disruption unfolded. "It was an order, an instruction, a command.Trump's statement at least implicitly encouraged the use of violence or lawless action". Hale wrote that because violence broke out at an earlier Trump rally and hate group members were in the Louisville crowd, "ordering the removal of an African-American woman was thus ... (more...)
Elon Musk's SpaceX wants to try recycling more of Falcon 9 rocket Elon Musk's SpaceX wants to try recycling more of Falcon 9 rocket
- April 02, 2017

The billionaire entrepreneur predicted a "huge revolution in spaceflight" after his company SpaceX flew a used rocket into space and back - a pioneering feat that marked the culmination of 15 years' work for the former physics and business graduate. (more...)
April Fool's Day comet on April 1 April Fool's Day comet on April 1
- April 02, 2017

Whether a comet will put on a good show for observers is notoriously hard to predict, but 41P has a history of outbursts, and put on quite a display in 1973. "This comet is famous for major outbursts that make it highly variable in brightness", NASA notes. Scientists see this as an opportunity to seek details about the April Fool's Day comet's composition, coma and nucleus. (more...)
French candidate's wife faces charges over parliament jobs French candidate's wife faces charges over parliament jobs
- March 30, 2017

After being questioned by the French financial prosecutor for several hours, Penelope Fillon was arraigned on charges of embezzlement, misappropriation of public funds and aggravated fraud. That he paid his two children, Marie and Charles, when he was a senator, as lawyers for specific tasks, but neither was a qualified lawyer at the time. (more...)
Facebook Just Released Its Biggest Snapchat Competitor Yet Facebook Just Released Its Biggest Snapchat Competitor Yet
- March 30, 2017

Over the months, Facebook also plans to introduce new ways for the Facebook community to create their own frames and effects (no, this one is no inspiration). Instagram, which is also owned by Facebook , first incorporated Stories before Facebook decided it would also start adding Stories . The newly added feature can be found on top of the app. (more...)
Windows 10's Insider program now has more than 10 million users
- March 28, 2017

Three people from IL last week sued Microsoft, claiming that the free Windows 10 upgrade they had installed on their PCs caused "data loss and damage to their computers". With all these complaints, Microsoft has dismissed the claims as without merit. It's been two years since Microsoft began pushing its Windows 10 upgrade to consumers, and complaints about the company herding users towards its latest OS have been thoroughly documented. (more...)
Analyst's Predictions on Sears Holdings Corporation (SHLD), Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (PCRX)
- March 23, 2017

The retailer's overall revenue tumbled 21 per cent to $625.2-million while same-store sales fell 7.1 per cent; those sales which exclude the effects of annual store openings and closings, are considered a key retail measure. Some of Sears' challenges reflect those of the broader retail industry, with traditional stores struggling to compete with online retailers. The money troubles at Sears are no secret - it's lost more than $10 billion since 2011, including $2 billion past year. (more...)
House Intel chairman: Trump's personal communications may have been collected
- March 23, 2017

Congressman Nunes (R-CA) just finished a press conference during which he announced US intelligence agencies captured communications from members of the Trump transition team, and appeared to be running interference for President Donald Trump. (more...)
Coast Guard searching for man who fell off Carnival cruise ship Coast Guard searching for man who fell off Carnival cruise ship
- March 23, 2017

The cruise ship continues to search on scene. The Coast Guard has dispatched an HC-144 Ocean Sentry and has diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton to join the search. (more...)
Google apologises to ad clients for YouTube content fiasco Google apologises to ad clients for YouTube content fiasco
- March 22, 2017

Philipp Schindler , chief business officer at Google , said in a blog post published on Tuesday: "Starting today, we're taking a tougher stance on hateful, offensive and derogatory content ". With these advertisements showing up on hate sites, these brands were indirectly and unknowingly contributing to extremism enticing agencies. Google expects to make further announcements on how it is tackling the problem of ads appearing next to extreme content "in the coming days", he added. (more...)
Intel and Micron's New High-Speed Memory Represents a Huge Opportunity Intel and Micron's New High-Speed Memory Represents a Huge Opportunity
- March 21, 2017

In short, with the new Optane SSD DC P4800X solutions Intel appears to have achieved its goal of creating a robust new technology that combines the attributes of both memory and storage. Last April, Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) demonstrated Optane SSDs operating at 2 Gb/sec speeds. 3D XPoint's latency is still 10 times that of DRAM, but for many applications this is more than offset by the fact that the memory is far denser and cheaper, and (like NAND, but unlike DRAM) retains its data when ... (more...)
SpaceX launches EchoStar XXIII satellite into space SpaceX launches EchoStar XXIII satellite into space
- March 19, 2017

USAF Space and SMC commander programme executive officer lieutenant general Samuel Greaves said: "The competitive award of the GPS III Launch Services contract to SpaceX directly supports SMC's mission of delivering resilient and affordable space capabilities to our nation". (more...)
Microsoft Blocks Windows 7, 8 Updates On Latest Intel And AMD Systems
- March 18, 2017

If you happen to be running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 we have sad news for you . We already knew Microsoft was planning to offer official support exclusively for Windows 10 on the new Intel and AMD CPUs, but it seems the company is planning to go to great lengths to ensure these chips aren't used with older versions of the OS. (more...)
Google's new algorithm can compress JPEGs 35% more than now available methods Google's new algorithm can compress JPEGs 35% more than now available methods
- March 18, 2017

In fact, in experiments comparing compressed images, human raters preferred the Guetzli-produced images over those created by libjpeg , even when the latter's images were a larger file size. Smaller files are achieved by blurring together pixels that are similar, but only just enough to not distort the overall image's structure. You can view Guetzli's repository on GitHub here . (more...)
Galaxy S8 To Get Facial Recognition
- March 17, 2017

Tab S3 owners can upgrade the memory of their devices on their own; a 128 GB micro SD card costs as little as $17. Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is already available for pre-order and will start shipping on March 24. Android-powered smartphones with 6GB of RAM have been creeping into the market over the past year or so, and we will likely be seeing a lot more of them throughout 2017. (more...)
Survey Finds Catastrophic Coral Die-Off on Great Barrier Reef Survey Finds Catastrophic Coral Die-Off on Great Barrier Reef
- March 17, 2017

Researchers led by Terry P. Hughes of James Cook University in Australia conducted a series of aerial and underwater surveys. "How this event unfolds will depend very much on local weather conditions over the next few weeks", said David Wachenfeld , director of reef recovery for the Marine Park Authority. (more...)
Research: Spiders feast on 400-800 million tons of insects every year Research: Spiders feast on 400-800 million tons of insects every year
- March 16, 2017

They say their appetite for prey means they consume approximately the same amount as the weight of meat and fish eaten every year by humans. And more than 90 per cent of spider prey is insects and springtails ( Collembola ). Most of their victims are insects but the largest tropical species occasionally make a meal of vertebrates such as frogs, lizards, fish and small mammals, said experts. (more...)
Samsung plotting 'ultra-premium' foldable smartphone for 2018?
- March 16, 2017

Which means the foldable smartphone might take center stage. Commentators point out that Samsung seemed to be following the same strategy it used with Edge displays. This privilege comes back to the Galaxy X, the foldable smartphone that we hear about for a little while. Though the idea of foldable smartphones is something to look forward to and will surely garner a lot of attention, the constant delay has put the excitement at rest. (more...)
A bunch of classic Disney cartoon NES games are getting HD rereleases A bunch of classic Disney cartoon NES games are getting HD rereleases
- March 16, 2017

Yuri Araujo, a Capcom employee, posted on a Capcom blog about The Disney Afternoon Collection . DuckTales 2 - The sequel to the original game comes jam-packed with more action and an even bigger caper set in new locations like the Bermuda Triangle and Niagara Falls! Well, in TaleSpin you can take to the skies as Baloo as the bear navigates his plane through unusual and unsafe locations in this classic side-scrolling shoot 'em up. (more...)
Doctor Who Series 10 Trailer Released Doctor Who Series 10 Trailer Released
- March 15, 2017

Pearl Mackie will join him as his newest companion, Bill Potts. Elsewhere, in addition to Michelle Gomez's return as Missy, Season 10 will also feature Jekyll & Hyde star Stephanie Hyam in a minor role. "From our brilliant crew and creative team working for the best broadcaster on the planet, to the viewers and fans whose endless creativity, generosity and inclusiveness points to a brighter future ahead", said Capaldi in his exit announcement, as reported by BBC . (more...)
Great Barrier Reef under threat after worst ever 'bleaching' incident Great Barrier Reef under threat after worst ever 'bleaching' incident
- March 12, 2017

Algae is already beginning to overgrow numerous corals. The corals don't have time to recover. Brett Monroe Garner , a conservation photographer and marine biologist documenting the bleaching with Greenpeace, said: 'I've been photographing this area of the reef for several years now and what we're seeing is unprecedented. (more...)