Sci-tech


What does discovery of liquid water on Mars actually mean? What does discovery of liquid water on Mars actually mean?
- July 29, 2018

The detection was made using data collected between May 2012 and December 2015 by an instrument aboard the European Space Agency's Mars Express spacecraft that transmits radar pulses, which penetrate the Martian surface and ice caps. Australian experts have applauded the find, saying the discovery of liquid and frozen water resources is key due to their ability to produce fuel and provide life support for astronauts during deep space missions, allowing lower cost launches and space ... (more...)
Mars Close Approach: Here's what you'll see from Earth Mars Close Approach: Here's what you'll see from Earth
- July 28, 2018

Due to the elliptical orbits taken by Earth and Mars around the sun they will to reach their closest point to each other until 3:50 a.m. EDT on July 31, according to space.com. Viewers in the US will not be able to see the lunar eclipse . Starting Friday night, Mars will be at "opposition", which occurs when the Earth lies directly between Mars and the sun, making the sun and Mars appear in opposite directions as viewed from the Earth. (more...)
See the dark side of the moon See the dark side of the moon
- July 27, 2018

NASA, meanwhile, has called out social media hoaxers claiming that Mars will appear as big as the moon during the eclipse . A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth's shadow moves across the Moon , blocking out light from the sun. (more...)
Depression meanders off Carolina coastline; Beryl continues to weaken Depression meanders off Carolina coastline; Beryl continues to weaken
- July 11, 2018

Tropical Depression Three has strengthened to Tropical Storm Chris off the coast of North Carolina Sunday morning. Further strengthening of the storm is likely, and Chris is expected to become a hurricane by mid-week. An Air Force hurricane hunter aircraft dispatched into the center of the storm found that sustained winds are near 40 mph, and extend up to 60 miles from the center of the storm. (more...)
Upstate NY under hot weather alert for 'prolonged heat wave' Upstate NY under hot weather alert for 'prolonged heat wave'
- July 02, 2018

Temperatures will be a touch cooler in the Midwest, but heat index levels will still hover around 100 degrees from Texas to MI. On Sunday , the sun will rise at 6:01:43 a.m. "Last summer, the longest stretch of 90-degree days was mostly in the four- to five-day range for areas north of the Mason-Dixon Line". Most of July's first week will be hotter than normal. (more...)
Alberto expected to make landfall Monday Alberto expected to make landfall Monday
- May 31, 2018

Subtropical Storm Alberto has made landfall , bringing with it a path of destruction. Heavy rain with a possibility of thunderstorms are expected to begin moving into the area from about 1 p.m.to 7 p.m., Mott said. STORM SURGE: Water levels along the northeast Gulf of Mexico coast are receding, and will continue to do so overnight. Florida, Alabama and MS declare states of emergency ahead of the first named storm of the hurricane season. (more...)
Alberto hurls unsafe surf, heavy rains at US Gulf Coast Alberto hurls unsafe surf, heavy rains at US Gulf Coast
- May 30, 2018

We dealt with some of the outer bands of the storm on Memorial Day and the remnants of Alberto will race to the north, moving into Tennessee and Kentucky heading into tomorrow. Bryant announced the disaster declaration on Twitter , saying that the National Guard would be made available to respond if necessary. Let's talk timing and impacts for the Alberto . (more...)
US Gulf Coast braces for Alberto battering US Gulf Coast braces for Alberto battering
- May 28, 2018

Forecasters recorded the storm's maximum sustained winds to be 45 miles per hour. Moving into Sunday, things look just a tad better with the rain chances. There is a small risk of an isolated tornado when some of the stronger storms move through on Sunday. Florida and MS are under states of emergency ahead Subtropical Storm Alberto hitting the Golf Coast. (more...)
Google shares more info on YouTube Music Premium and YouTube Premium subscriptions Google shares more info on YouTube Music Premium and YouTube Premium subscriptions
- May 18, 2018

After months of delays, it seems Google is finally relaunching YouTube Music next week! YouTube is launching a new music streaming known as YouTube Music next week on May 22nd. It will be rebranded YouTube Premium . Revenue from music streaming services overtook sales of CDs and digital downloads for the first time previous year, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. (more...)
Ubisoft teases new Villa map and hologram-based operator, Alibi Ubisoft teases new Villa map and hologram-based operator, Alibi
- May 17, 2018

Ubisoft say they want to "offer a competitive showdown" with the villa, and there's a diverse set of locations to do battle in. De Luca earned her understanding of Italian firearms through the family business and training on the shooting range. (more...)
Apple and Samsung fight over what made the iPhone 'revolutionary' Apple and Samsung fight over what made the iPhone 'revolutionary'
- May 17, 2018

The legal dispute between the two tech giants dates to 2011 when Apple sued Samsung . Now, Apple lawyer Bill Lee is much determined to find out how Apple can recover back or collect the damage from Samsung . The first of which, is the US Patent No. D618,677 which centers around the black, rectangular, round-cornered front of the iPhone. Apple is obviously arguing for the former, since the design and user interface of the iPhone plays an important part in why consumers bought it. (more...)
Jupiter's moon Europa has enough ingredients to sustain life Jupiter's moon Europa has enough ingredients to sustain life
- May 15, 2018

At the time the blip in the data was unexplained but it is now believed it was a water plume. Europa water plumes are more strongly suspected after scientists presented further evidence Monday for them, raising hopes of probing the jets on Jupiter's moon for signs of life around the second planet from Earth. (more...)
Uber to Stop Forcing Sexual Assault Victims into Arbitration Uber to Stop Forcing Sexual Assault Victims into Arbitration
- May 15, 2018

Uber's ride-hailing service will give its United States passengers and drivers more leeway to pursue claims of sexual misconduct, its latest attempt to reverse its reputation for brushing aside bad behaviour. As with the arbitration change, this will apply to cases now pending and cases moving forward. That includes investigations into the possible use of illegal software to monitor competitors and even disrupt efforts to regulate the ride-sharing service. (more...)
SpaceX launches latest version "block 5" of Falcon 9 rocket
- May 12, 2018

After the March 2017 launch of a previous Falcon 9 rocket, Elon Musk said that , "The most important part of Block 5 will be operating the engines at their full thrust capability, which is about 7 or 8 percent nearly 10 percent more than what they now run at". (more...)
Thunderstorm, squall alert in north India Thunderstorm, squall alert in north India
- May 09, 2018

The government said that all evening schools (second shift that starts in afternoon) will be shut on Tuesday", an official statement said. The India Meteorological Department has issued a five-day weather warning, with light to moderate rainfall in the northern states. (more...)
Would California solar mandate burn home buyers? Would California solar mandate burn home buyers?
- May 09, 2018

The new solar mandate would apply to all houses, condos and apartment buildings up to three stories tall that obtain building permits after January 1, 2020, the report said. Buildings with roofs that are too undersized for standard solar systems are debarred from the projected standards. Andrew McAllister, a state energy commissioner, has pointed out that residential and commercial buildings are estimated to contribute roughly 40 percent of the state's greenhouse gas emissions. (more...)
Opp attacks CM Manohar Lal over foreign visit Opp attacks CM Manohar Lal over foreign visit
- May 09, 2018

The Board demanded that the state authorities should intervene and vacate the illegally occupied places so that it could be used for offering prayers on Friday. "We have prayed on this field for the past 10-12 years", said Wajid Khan, whose police complaint led to the arrests. However, contrary to CM's clarification, Haryana minister Anil Vij had said that offering prayers at public place with the intention of grabbing the land is wrong and will not be allowed. (more...)
WhatsApp gets new feature to open chat window: Here's how it works WhatsApp gets new feature to open chat window: Here's how it works
- May 08, 2018

According to the reports , Instagram integrated the payment service like other apps where users can save details of their debit and credit card and make payment of their purchase directly from Instagram instead of leaving the Instagram app. (more...)
Market opens on higher note despite weakness in Asian stocks Market opens on higher note despite weakness in Asian stocks
- May 05, 2018

Indian shares dropped on Friday tracking global equity markets, while IT and pharma stocks pulled down the indexes, ahead of elections in the key state of Karnataka. Other laggards were Asian Paints, L&T, HUL, Coal India, Infosys, RIL, ITC Ltd, Bharti Airtel, Tata Motors, TCS, Adani Ports, HDFC Bank, Yes Bank and Hero MotoCorp. (more...)
Governor Declares 'Space Day' in California Ahead of Mars Launch Governor Declares 'Space Day' in California Ahead of Mars Launch
- May 05, 2018

You can watch InSight's launch from the Vandenburg Air Force Base live on NASA TV . As NASA's Insight probe begins its trip to Mars on Saturday, the spacecraft is tasked with studying Mars' insides. But the probe's observations could offer insights into the formation and evolution of all rocky planets, including Earth. InSight had originally been scheduled to blast off in March 2016, although NASA suspended its launch preparations when a vacuum leak was found in the craft's prime ... (more...)
Facebook F8 Day 1: Instagram AR is here, VR roadmap revealed Facebook F8 Day 1: Instagram AR is here, VR roadmap revealed
- May 02, 2018

In addition to basic AR functionalities, the Camera Effects Platform is coming to Instagram , in a closed beta for now. So, when a person interacts with your business in Messenger, you can prompt them to open the camera, which will be pre-populated with filters and AR effects that are specific to your brand. (more...)
Facebook now lets parents schedule 'sleep mode' in Messenger Kids app Facebook now lets parents schedule 'sleep mode' in Messenger Kids app
- April 29, 2018

When active, sleep mode prevents kids from sending or receiving messages or video calls and from playing with the creative camera or receiving notifications. Facebook says it regularly talks to child development groups and thousands of parents, both on an ongoing basis and during the original development of the app. (more...)
New iPhone X and iPhone SE Rumors Suggest New Apple Lineup New iPhone X and iPhone SE Rumors Suggest New Apple Lineup
- April 29, 2018

Strangely past reports claim that the SE2 would follow in the footsteps of older iPhone models and ditch the headphone jack entirely. Last week, we ran a survey asking how often you use the News app on an iPhone or iPad to read Apple News (see " How to Read TidBITS in Apple News ", 19 April 2018). (more...)
IOS 11.3.1 rolls out with iPhone display fix IOS 11.3.1 rolls out with iPhone display fix
- April 26, 2018

In comparison, the majority of Android installs (26%) are on Marshmallow, which first debuted back in 2015, followed by Nougat at 23%, which debuted in 2016. The update also patches a spoofing issue that existed in the handling of URLs and could let maliciously crafted text messages to process UI spoofing. (more...)
SpaceX launch of NASA's planet hunting satellite from Cape Canaveral delayed SpaceX launch of NASA's planet hunting satellite from Cape Canaveral delayed
- April 17, 2018

The spacecraft will monitor the brightness of over 200,000 stars in order to see if any get dimmer, which could indicate that they have orbiting planets, according to NASA . TESS data is available to the public here, so you can stay apprised of our search for Earth-like exoplanets. This allows for newly detected planets and their atmospheres to be characterized more easily. (more...)
Deutsche Bank Analysts Give Microsoft (MSFT) a $120.00 Price Target Deutsche Bank Analysts Give Microsoft (MSFT) a $120.00 Price Target
- April 07, 2018

Total volume is the number of shares or deals that point towards the overall activity of a security or market for a given period. Facebook , Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) has risen 8.48% since April 5, 2017 and is uptrending. The company was downgraded on Monday, April 4 by CLSA. Cowen & Co maintained it with "Hold" rating and $54.0 target in Tuesday, January 23 report. On Friday, October 27 the rating was maintained by Citigroup with "Sell". (more...)
Ghost Recon Wildlands Outlines Plans for Next Year's Season of Free Content Ghost Recon Wildlands Outlines Plans for Next Year's Season of Free Content
- April 05, 2018

Each of these updates will have a unique theme, and include new campaign and PvP Ghost War content as well as other tweaks and additions. These major updates will be known as "Special Operations", and Special Operations #1 drops on April 10. (more...)
Multi-angle replays of Falcon 9's liftoff from Cape Canaveral Multi-angle replays of Falcon 9's liftoff from Cape Canaveral
- April 04, 2018

Aside from the inherent benefits of gathering critical data ahead of the April 24 debut of Falcon 9 Block 5 , a rapid reuse version of the booster that SpaceX is not likely to be keen on expending, exploring the limits of Falcon 9's ability to reenter Earth's atmosphere could enable a greater proportion of missions to be recoverable in the future. (more...)
Apple Releases iOS 11.3 With Battery Health Feature, New Animoji and More Apple Releases iOS 11.3 With Battery Health Feature, New Animoji and More
- April 01, 2018

The iOS 11.3 is a major update with a long list of features which Apple has been promising for months. Before you install the iOS 11 .3 update, ensure to connect your compatible Apple device to Wi-Fi. Business Chat is integrated with Maps, Safari and Siri, so users will find an option to chat with businesses via Messages or make a payment through Apple Pay . (more...)
Africa is in the crash zone of falling Chinese space station
- March 28, 2018

He said scientists would wait until two hours before it starts to fall to identify the precise location . "There's still a fair amount of uncertainty". Even with a higher chance than other regions, the likelihood of a piece of debris hitting someone or something is very unlikely. "It's more likely than not that this thing will reenter over an unpopulated area and it may be that no on ever sees it", Abraham said. (more...)
Apple iPhone X's 2018 edition's pricing allegedly leaked Apple iPhone X's 2018 edition's pricing allegedly leaked
- March 24, 2018

The report also added that, due to a weak demand of the iPhone X, Apple took fewer OLED panels from Samsung Display , which resulted in "more bargaining chips" for the latter in negotiations for the manufacturing of 2018 iPhone . According to Lin, Apple has made a deal with Samsung Display that could prevent the cost increases, at least from the panel side. Phone manufacturers tweak screens to their specifications, and Apple has for years calibrated iPhone screens for color ... (more...)
'A Wrinkle in Time:' A weak adaptation of a classic novel 'A Wrinkle in Time:' A weak adaptation of a classic novel
- March 16, 2018

Meg, the young protagonist of A Wrinkle in Time , is preoccupied with her long locks, according to Madeleine L'Engle's 1962 book of the same name. Who ( Mindy Kaling ), Mrs. Whenever Pine was on-screen, he really brought everything into focus. And if not rules of a social and political nature, then YA films are most likely concerned with rules of magic and science fiction, complex spell casting and special powers bound, sometimes unfortunately so, by the source material's narrative needs and ... (more...)
Dolphins plan to release Suh Dolphins plan to release Suh
- March 13, 2018

The Dolphins have already agreed to trade receiver Jarvis Landry to the Browns and appear to be gutting the roster to improve team culture . Suh carried a salary-cap number of $26.1 million for the 2018 season, including a base salary of $16.985 million. (more...)
Super Smash Bros. Coming to Switch in 2018 Super Smash Bros. Coming to Switch in 2018
- March 11, 2018

In its teaser video, two characters from the game Splatoon are seen chasing and shooting each other before the background goes dark and a fiery Smash logo illuminates another pair of characters. Not every silhouette can be made out clearly, but many are fairly easy to identify. Could Nintendo do the same thing here? The game engine behind Undertale is adding support for Nintendo Switch later this summer. (more...)
Man accused of McDormand Oscar theft will be released Man accused of McDormand Oscar theft will be released
- March 09, 2018

Upon not recognising him as one of the winners, he started following the accused before confronting him. Brookman said Bryant , whose social media pages are full of pictures of him on the red carpets of awards shows and Hollywood premieres, goes to the events because he considers himself an amateur journalist and is seeking to be a professional one. (more...)