Sci-tech


Twitter Joins Ever-Growing List of Platforms That Want You to Go Live
- December 15, 2016

Also this summer, Twitter launched a live-video stream of ESPN's Wimbledon coverage. Just start a new tweet, then tap "Live" and begin streaming your video. The fact that Twitter is adding live broadcast feature within its main app also raises some doubts about what the microblogging platform plans to do with the app it acquired a year ago. (more...)
Weather: Snow, sleet could make for messy Monday commute Weather: Snow, sleet could make for messy Monday commute
- December 14, 2016

Enough cold air hangs around to bring a round of snow and freezing rain to areas north of Philly before changing over to all rain. Morris, Sussex, western Passaic and Warren counties are now expected to see 2 to 4 inches of snow. A fan makes his way to Lambeau Field in the snow before an NFL football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday , Dec. (more...)
Virus found in child mummy could rewrite smallpox history Virus found in child mummy could rewrite smallpox history
- December 13, 2016

Until now, it was believed that smallpox is a deadly disease caused by the variola virus that had emerged thousands of years ago. The samples all indicated the viral strain dates back to the years 1588-1645, when humanity was criss-crossing the world in great exploratory trips that incidentally helped spread the disease across the planet, the researchers said. (more...)
FIFA CWC: Antlers Overcome Sundowns, Face Atletico National In Semis FIFA CWC: Antlers Overcome Sundowns, Face Atletico National In Semis
- December 12, 2016

The Oceania champions were in front five minutes into the second half thanks to Dae Wook Kim, but Kashima's Shuhei Akasaki levelled on 67 minutes and Mu Kanazaksi grabbed the victor two minutes from time in Yokohama. Kashima began to take control of the game and went close on a handful of occasions before Kanazaki won it, heading in after Shoma Doi sent back Shuto Yamamoto's cross from the back post. (more...)
5 magnitude natural disaster hits off California
- December 12, 2016

The National Tsunami Center reported via social media there is no danger of a tsunami at this time. There are no reports of any damages and a tsumani warning was not posted. California's deadliest natural disaster was the 1906 San Francisco quake, estimated at 7.8-magitude and responsible for over 3,000 deaths. Speaking to the Associated Press, a Ferndale resident told the news agency the tremor felt like a "big jolt". (more...)
99-Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Feathers Found In Amber 99-Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Feathers Found In Amber
- December 11, 2016

Incredibly, the lead author of the new study , Lida Xing from the China University of Geosciences in Beijing, found the remarkable specimen at a market in Myanmar past year. The tail is covered with feathers, unlike any that have been previously discovered. And when we do find them, the feathers don't always look like feathers. (more...)
Microsoft and Qualcomm Team Up on Tablets Microsoft and Qualcomm Team Up on Tablets
- December 11, 2016

Project Evo should fix that. This time around, however, Microsoft is tackling the issue by bringing x86 emulation to ARM devices. This spec should be well within reach of even low-end systems, offering much greater market reach than the first-generation HMDs can boast. (more...)
Reno school boss praises officers' response Reno school boss praises officers' response
- December 09, 2016

A police officer can be seen approaching the boy with a pistol drawn, still pointed at him. The officer involved in the shooting was placed on administrative leave, KTVN reported . Graphic video of the incident spread on social media on Wednesday. I'll caution that the language is profane and that the video captures both the shooting and the immediate aftermath. (more...)
Amazon opens a self-driving styled convenience store - with no checkouts
- December 08, 2016

Once you walk out of the door, the company charges you from your Amazon account. The 1,800-square-foot store, located at 2131 7th Ave.in Seattle , is in beta testing now so only Amazon employees are able to use it. When your shopping is over, you just walk out of the store. Seriously this is beyond the regular shopping experience with the Amazon Go . Amazon opened its first physical store, Amazon Books, a year ago in Seattle . (more...)
Polar bear numbers to plunge a third as sea ice melts Polar bear numbers to plunge a third as sea ice melts
- December 08, 2016

He's interested in his research in high latitudes and their effect on global climate, and climate change. Arctic ice did grow a bit faster than average, but even with that slightly faster growth , it was still not enough to overcome a warm sea. (more...)
NASA Awards Restore-L Refueling Spacecraft Mission Contract to Space Systems Loral NASA Awards Restore-L Refueling Spacecraft Mission Contract to Space Systems Loral
- December 08, 2016

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has awarded the Restore-L Spacecraft Bus and Support Services contract to Space Systems Loral (SSL), formerly known as Space Systems/Loral, LLC (SS/L). Once it refuels the probe, Restore-L will also demonstrate that it can relocate the satellite. The agency is giving SSL up to five years to make the spacecraft but is aiming to launch in 2020. (more...)
Apple explains unexpected iPhone shutdown
- December 07, 2016

An Apple iPad Mini 4, iPad Air 2 and the new iPad Pro are seen in the demo area after a special event at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on September 9, 2015 in San Francisco, California. It has attracted the attention of the powerful China Consumers Association , a Chinese government watchdog group who has sent two notices to Apple demanding answers about the issue. (more...)
Google hits renewable energy goal in quest to pare pollution Google hits renewable energy goal in quest to pare pollution
- December 07, 2016

The firm requires vast amounts of energy to store all the data from all its search engines and the 400 hours of YouTube videos uploaded every minute. Of the company's renewable energy contracts, 95 percent are with wind power farms with the remaining five percent with solar power plants. (more...)
Buzz Aldrin to stay in New Zealand until lungs clear
- December 07, 2016

Aldrin, his son Andrew and Ms Korp were visiting Antarctica as tourists and left last Tuesday from South Africa. Buzz Aldrin - the second man to walk on the Moon - is recovering nicely today in a New Zealand hospital after an emergency evacuation cut short his record setting Antarctic expedition as the oldest man to the South Pole - which Team Buzz lightheartly noted would make him "insufferable"! Aldrin has been keeping his 975,000 Twitter followers up to speed on his condition and said ... (more...)
'The Last of Us: Part II' announced with a reveal trailer
- December 05, 2016

The Last Of Us developer Naughty Dog also revealed another big game at the event: Uncharted: The Lost Legacy . " The Last Of Us " is an action-adventure survival horror video game that was warmly received by the gaming community and critics alike. (more...)
Stumbling champion Leicester loses 2-1 at Sunderland in EPL Stumbling champion Leicester loses 2-1 at Sunderland in EPL
- December 04, 2016

Substitute Shinji Okazaki pulled a goal back in the 80th for the visitors, who still can not transfer their Champions League form to the Premier League. There was also a growing threat from Jamie Vardy, who went close with two glancing headers. Unfortunately for Sunderland , the critical win came at a cost, with Watmore stretchered off late on with a knee injury after being brought down by Christian Fuchs. (more...)
Sgt. Bergdahl Asked Barack Obama for Pardon Sgt. Bergdahl Asked Barack Obama for Pardon
- December 04, 2016

Bowe Bergdahl asked Obama to pardon him before leaving the White House, according to Fox News . If granted by Obama, it would allow Bergdahl to avert a court-martial trial scheduled for April where he faces charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, the latter of which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison. (more...)
Twitter Has Acquired Keith Coleman's Startup Yes, Inc Twitter Has Acquired Keith Coleman's Startup Yes, Inc
- December 03, 2016

It had to first buy Keith Coleman's startup, Yes Inc ., to do so, however. Before launching Yes, Inc .in 2014, Coleman used to work at Google and lead product management for Gmail . The company has had nobody in the role since January, when longtime Twitter executive Kevin Weil chose to move to Facebook-owned Instagram. Companies including Walt Disney Co and Alphabet Inc were reported to be interested in the company. (more...)
12th Carlsen-Karjakin match ends all square in World Chess Championship 12th Carlsen-Karjakin match ends all square in World Chess Championship
- December 02, 2016

The players squared off for a penalty-style face-off on Wednesday (30 November) after the score was locked 5½ - 5½ after 11 games. Unlike the earlier rounds, which lasted an average of six hours, the rapid play rules mean the players have just 25 minutes each, so each game will be over in an hour. (more...)
Cyber Monday deals are here
- November 30, 2016

Not only that Target is offering the 15 percent off online, but also storewide. Black Friday is starting to lose its power as more and more shoppers are taking to online shopping for their holiday needs and also taking advantage of earlier discounts, according to this year's data. (more...)
Michigan says Donald Trump won state; Jill Stein immediately files for recount Michigan says Donald Trump won state; Jill Stein immediately files for recount
- November 29, 2016

Serious bias - big problem!" President-elect Donald Trump officially beat Democrat Hillary Clinton by a margin of 68.8 percent to 25.6 percent in Coshocton County, according to local election officials. During his presidential campaign, Trump often claimed the election system in the United States was rigged. Not only did he present no evidence to back up those claims - there apparently isn't any. (more...)
Nebraska earns top overall seed in NCAA volleyball tournament Nebraska earns top overall seed in NCAA volleyball tournament
- November 28, 2016

As a #10 national seed, the Bruins would need win both their first and second round matches and UNC to lose either of their first or second round matches in order for UCLA to host the next round. Meanwhile, the Bluejays will head to Lawrence, Kansas to face Northern Iowa on Thursday at 4 PM. Hawaii plays USC on Friday at Minnesota. Kansas State earned the 14th overall seed, meaning the Wildcats will host matches in the first two rounds. (more...)
Hackers Are Sneaking Malware Into Facebook Messenger Pictures Hackers Are Sneaking Malware Into Facebook Messenger Pictures
- November 27, 2016

Ransomware is a very annoying and distructive malware which if downloaded and installed on the victim's computer/laptop or whatever, it encrypts/locks all the files using state of the art encryption algorithms. Locky's move to Messenger has been confirmed online by security researchers and acknowledged by Facebook. But if you have gone past this, the safety ship has sailed and the most you can do now wipe your hard drive to get rid of the Locky ransomware and be more judicious about ... (more...)
Pop singer Selena Gomez gets emotional at AMAs
- November 24, 2016

Stars at the American Music Awards have defended the cast of Hamilton after they delivered a speech to the vice-president elect at the NY musical. "For our genre, I like to keep things exciting and keep making music". And I had to stop. This marked the sixth time that Bieber has taken to the American Music Awards stage. Sting said he owed a debt to American rock and roll, adding "While I may be an Englishman in NY, my musical soul is all American". (more...)
Volkswagen bets on new technology to bounce back from crisis Volkswagen bets on new technology to bounce back from crisis
- November 24, 2016

It expects the operating margin to double from about 2% in 2015 to 4% by 2020 and 6% by 2025, with further improvements aimed for after 2025. Volkswagen Group employs 610,000 people scattered across 31 countries who work under the core brand, as well as subsidiaries like Porsche, Audi , SEAT, Lamborghini and Skoda. (more...)
Facebook developing censorship software for China Facebook developing censorship software for China
- November 24, 2016

Several employees who had been working on the tool left the company over the summer amid concerns that allowing China access to a censorship tool could lead to other countries demanding the same censorship abilities. Facebook said that it has been interested in China for a long time but did not answer if it has created a censorship tool, as reported in the media. (more...)
Microsoft's PC Solitaire is Now Available for iOS and Android Microsoft's PC Solitaire is Now Available for iOS and Android
- November 24, 2016

That will get rid of the in-game ads, along with the addition of double coin amounts for completing daily challenges and in-game boosts. The Premium Edition is free on Android and iOS from now until the end of the year. Clear all the cards from the table using one or three-card draw. Shuffling cards around in single player mode, trying to create rows of alternating colors and descending order - its sure leaves you feeling all nostalgic. (more...)
Brightest Supermoon Since 1948 to Dominate Skies Tonight Brightest Supermoon Since 1948 to Dominate Skies Tonight
- November 23, 2016

But the best time to catch the full moon stood at 9:52 p.m., when it was at its absolute fullest. Not only is the moon closer to earth than normal, this month marked the only completely full supermoon of the year, as NASA officials do not project the moon to be this "super" again until 2034. (more...)
Trump Presidency Is Viewed As A Disaster For Paris Climate Agreement
- November 23, 2016

Yes, the incoming leader of the free world still believes climate change is a hoax, despite basically every scientist begging to differ. But Trump said Tuesday he is now considering his options. Obviously, I joke . But this is done for the benefit of China, because China does not do anything to help climate change. The Paris Agreement set up general climate targets, but the details of the implementation still need to be decided and the process should be completed by 2018, according to ... (more...)
HTC Bolt aka HTC 10 evo unveiled globally HTC Bolt aka HTC 10 evo unveiled globally
- November 22, 2016

No details yet on availability outside of Taiwan, but we expect the HTC 10 evo to go on sale in a few other markets before the end of the year. We're still waiting on a definitive release date for the 10 Evo, but the Bolt will likely be arriving first. (more...)