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Microsoft Takes on PlayStation VR with Mixed Reality Content Microsoft Takes on PlayStation VR with Mixed Reality Content
- March 03, 2017

Microsoft had already announced in 2016 that the company would produce VR headsets that could be paired with the Windows 10 desktops that were running on the Windows Holographic shells. Possibly, but one theory Paul Thurrott floated is that these upcoming mixed reality headsets could be used for VR on Project Scorpio on launch day, then the mixed reality capability will come later via an over-the-air update in 2018. (more...)
National Hockey League trade deadline: Wild meet Coyotes' steep price for Martin Hanzal
- February 28, 2017

Coyotes GM John Chayka told reporters in a conference call Sunday evening that while a trade involving Doan is not imminent, it's not completely out of the question. An unrestricted free agent this summer, Hanzal could prompt the Wild to re-sign him if he performs well down the stretch and could be signed at an affordable rate. (more...)
Immature Rahul Gandhi is trending: Here is why Immature Rahul Gandhi is trending: Here is why
- February 28, 2017

Modi had recently told an election rally that he was working hard for the country and "takes inspiration from donkeys and takes it with full pride", in response to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's "donkeys of Gujarat" comment. He is fighting for the rights of farmers, SCs, STs and poor."In a clarification of sorts issued by Dikshit with a hashtag DontTwistMyWords, she tweeted, "Rahul has the sensitivity and concern of a mature leader". (more...)
Tsonga beats Kyrgios to reach Open 13 final in Marseille
- February 27, 2017

And he carried that momentum into the final, seeing off a player in Pouille who beat Rafael Nadal en route to the US Open quarter-finals past year. Second seed Tsonga lost his way in the second set against Kyrgios but recovered to break once in the decider. (more...)
Supply ship makes safe landing at ISS Supply ship makes safe landing at ISS
- February 24, 2017

But the spacecraft had to abort its mission after the GPS system noticed an "incorrect value" in data measuring the pod's distance to the ISS dock. "At no time was the station or the crew in any danger", Navias said during NASA TV coverage of the planned docking. (more...)
Annual Florida manatee count breaks record for third year in a row
- February 23, 2017

ORLANDO | Florida wildlife officials are encouraged by the results of a recent survey that counted 6,620 manatees in the state. The manatee counts over the past three years underscore the importance of those warm water habitats, said Gil McRae , a biologist who heads up the agency's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute. (more...)
Zuckerberg Wants Facebook To Stand Against Anti-Globalization Movement Zuckerberg Wants Facebook To Stand Against Anti-Globalization Movement
- February 21, 2017

Zuckerberg goes on to lay out what he believes are the central tenets to Facebook's future mission - building supportive, safe, informed, civically-engaged and inclusive communities. Facebook promises it will build better AI technology to fight terrorist propaganda without censoring news about terrorists. "With a broader range of controls, content will only be taken down if it is more objectionable than the most permissive options allowed and Facebook will also block content based on ... (more...)
Spanish king's sister acquitted in fraud case Spanish king's sister acquitted in fraud case
- February 19, 2017

The couple were not called to court for the ruling. Spain's Princess Cristina was cleared on Friday of helping her husband evade taxes after a year-long trial. Urdangarin, a former Olympic handball medallist who was charged with the more serious crimes of embezzlement, influence peddling, forgery and money laundering, could face more than 19 years in prison and a 980,000 euros ($1 million) fine over claims he siphoned millions from public funds. (more...)
Albert released by Dolphins; Tunsil to move to tackle Albert released by Dolphins; Tunsil to move to tackle
- February 18, 2017

Former standout OR cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu was waived Thursday by the Miami Dolphins, six months after his season ended prematurely due to a knee injury suffered in training camp. The cuts today cleared $19.7 million in cap space. In protecting Goff, he is not so much an experiment as it would be to draft and develop a rookie - especially when the Rams do not have a first round pick.Robinson, meanwhile, is the most penalized player in the National Football League over the last couple years. (more...)
After 300 Beached Whales Died, Rescuers Raced To Save Hundreds More
- February 16, 2017

What's most unnerving about the whole situation is that no one has been able to explain it, and it's not just happening in New Zealand - hundreds of whales have been running themselves aground all over the globe for years. Farewell Spit has been described as a whale trap. "Hopefully that makes them a lot less buoyant and less likely to drift off". No one knows exactly why mass beachings occur , but scientists speculate that some cetaceans' means of communication, echolocation, may not ... (more...)
Granddad the Lungfish, About 100 Years Old, Euthanized by Aquarium Granddad the Lungfish, About 100 Years Old, Euthanized by Aquarium
- February 09, 2017

According to the aquarium , Granddad was estimated to be more than 90 years old and believed to be the oldest living fish in captivity. He has been the star attraction of the Chicago-based aquarium since 1933 when he was brought all the way from the Sydney Aquarium in Australia. (more...)
Sen. Reed To Vote 'No' On EPA Nominee
- February 09, 2017

With oil-and-gas-errand-boy Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt soon to be - nearly assuredly - sworn in as head of the embattled EPA, it is clear that the EPA will soon be gutted from within. "Families in MI and Pennsylvania grappling with unsafe drinking water, communities from California to Florida dealing with damage to our climate, and parents looking for ways to clean up the air their kids breathe all deserve the facts behind whose interests Pruitt really serves". (more...)
Mobius Final Fantasy download available now on Steam
- February 08, 2017

The game was a costly one but, it has been revealed that Final Fantasy XV broke even within the first day of being released . As for now it's great to see that there are game engines out there that have the potential of bringing even more realism to upcoming or even today's games. (more...)
Saks Owner Hudson's Bay Makes Takeover Approach to Macy's
- February 04, 2017

The talks between the companies are in the early stages and could lead to something other than an acquisition, according to the Journal , such as a deal for Macy's real estate, which could be valued at roughly $14 billion. The Canadian retailer was acquired in 2008 by NRDC Equity Partners, headed by Richard Baker. Since the story broke, Macy's stock has climbed 5.17%. (more...)
Facebook Revenue Jumps Again
- February 02, 2017

The results show that one of the big trends in consumer internet use hasn't stopped: Facebook's share of revenue from mobiles rose to an astonishing 84 per cent from 80 per cent a year earlier, according to figures out Wednesday evening in the US. (more...)
Ban Ki-moon vows not to run for presidency in South Korea
- February 02, 2017

There have been massive protests against Park, who will turn 65 on Thursday (February 2), recently with thousands taking to the streets demanding her ouster. His clean image and global profile were dealt a blow with the indictment of his brother Ban Ki Sang and a nephew in the United States, in a bribery scheme involving a Vietnamese development project. (more...)
Trump to order Joint Chiefs to draft ISIS strategy, restructure security council
- February 01, 2017

He also restricted members of his administration from becoming lobbyists for five years after they leave government, and banning them from lobbying foreign governments. But President Trump's objective of destroying ISIS and other jihadi groups that sow terror in the region and beyond - however desirable - is also fantastically otherworldly. (more...)
Mark Zuckerberg denies plans for running for president Mark Zuckerberg denies plans for running for president
- January 28, 2017

Last week, Zuckerberg's lawyer Keoni Shultz told CNBC, "It is common in Hawaii to have small parcels of land within the boundaries of a larger tract, and for the title to these smaller parcels to have become broken or clouded over time". Donald Trump is not the only person now causing controversy over a wall, with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg provoking protests over one he built in Hawaii. (more...)
Euderus set: Evil wasp named after Ancient Egyptian god of violence
- January 27, 2017

Shocked scientist have discovered how the wasp parasitises another type of insect, slowly eating its way through the luckless creature's body before saving its most horrendous behaviour to fly wild. He could tell that they were made by gall wasp - or Basettia pallida - which is a parasite that puts eggs in plants. Set trapped his good-hearted brother Osiris inside a crypt, chopping him up into small pieces and scattering them over the ancient world. (more...)
We are seeing weakness everywhere but in North America — HALLIBURTON
- January 26, 2017

The stock has been active on the tape, now trading at $56.45, up from yesterday's close by 2.01%. In the past year or so, on back of improving crude prices, the energy stocks have gained subtle momentum. More notable recent Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL ) news were published by: Reuters.com which released: " Halliburton posts first operating profit in North America in a year" on January 23, 2017, also Valuewalk.com with their article: "McDonald's Corporation, Halliburton Company ... (more...)
A Wolf-Sized Otter Hunted in the Shallow Waters of Ancient China A Wolf-Sized Otter Hunted in the Shallow Waters of Ancient China
- January 25, 2017

A group of researchers has recently discovered a new race of otters that were the size of a wolf . The scientists hope that further studies of the otters will yield more answers as to how they lived their life. Only a few ancient species are known, identified from isolated bits of teeth found in Thailand. "But in our fossil otter, it is more likely a mollusk eater, and its powerful skull and jaws may be created to crack tough shells of clams", he said. (more...)
Falcons ride all-time great offense into Super Bowl Falcons ride all-time great offense into Super Bowl
- January 24, 2017

The Packers offense did not score until they were down 31-0, which seemed like an impossible task going into the game because Aaron Rodgers has been playing out of his mind. Also, the defense missed three chances for takeaways. He admitted to still feeling pain in recent weeks. The Packers were able to add a final touchdown, but the game was never in doubt and eventually the teams started pulling starters. (more...)
2016 was Earth's warmest year for third straight year
- January 22, 2017

Dehloran, Iran hit 127 F (53 C) on July 22, a new national record. "The record is due to a combination of the (natural) strong 2015-2016 El Niño (warming of the tropical Pacific Ocean surface) and the strong global warming trend that has continued from 1970 to the present", James Hansen, former director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies , told CNN. (more...)
The Last Time The Earth Was This Warm Was 125000 Years Ago
- January 20, 2017

Land and ocean global temperatures in 2013 from both NASA and NOAA. The reality of Climate Change has become painfully apparent in recent years, thanks to extended droughts in places like California , diminishing water tables around the world, rising tides, and coastal storms of increasing intensity and frequency. (more...)
Sen. Scott should recuse himself on DeVos confirmation Sen. Scott should recuse himself on DeVos confirmation
- January 18, 2017

DeVos in 2005, at a campaign event for her husband, Dick DeVos, who unsuccessfully ran for Governor of MI against Jennifer Granholm.Wikimedia CommonsFlorida Governor Rick Scott is a well-known fan of giving taxpayer dollars intended for public education to private schools that have no accountability in terms of both student achievement as well as what they do with said money. (more...)
Auction planned for Donald Trump's childhood home in Jamaica Estates Auction planned for Donald Trump's childhood home in Jamaica Estates
- January 18, 2017

The deadline for sealed bids on the five-bedroom Tudor home at 85-15 Wareham Place, the address listed on Trump's birth certificate, is 4 p.m. on Tuesday. "Its worth is up to the bidder to tell us". "While residential property is typically valued through the review of market comparables, there is no other property like this - the childhood home of a USA president-elect - and especially not in New York City", she said. (more...)
SpaceX aims for January 8 return to flight with Falcon rocket
- January 17, 2017

The satellites deployed on Saturday are part of the Iridium NEXT constellation network, providing new and better communications services such as allowing air-traffic controllers to monitor planes flying over oceans anywhere in the world. Musk, who's also the CEO of Tesla Motors, founded the company 15 years ago with the express goal of sending humans to Mars. "The company is in a financially strong position and is well positioned for future growth", with $1 billion in cash and no debt, ... (more...)
HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play Launched with Sense Companion
- January 13, 2017

The 5.7-inch HTC U Ultra is a high-end model with a secondary screen . Starting with the HTC U Ultra , this is the larger phone of the two. The display on the HTC U Ultra is made of different material depending on the model, the 64GB model comes with Gorilla Glass 5 and the 128GB model comes with a Sapphire Glass display . (more...)
China CPI Rises 2.1% In December
- January 12, 2017

THE Fiji Bureau of Statistics (FBoS) says the average annual rate of inflation for the 12 months to December 2016 was 3.9 per cent, while the month-on-comparable-month inflation rate also stood at 3.9 per cent. The index increased 1.6 percent m/m in December, compared to 1.5 percent in November. A gauge of the factory gate prices for industrial products, PPI has now risen for four straight months after years of deflation. (more...)
Nissan Leaf Still Not Getting Any Closer, New Details Reveal
- January 07, 2017

The system builds the AI's knowledge of what to do in unusual situations such as police waving people through traffic lights - something which would go against the car's hard-wired logic - and, according to Nissan, will speed up the advent of fully autonomous cars by increasing their decision-making repertoire. (more...)