Sci-tech


Aric Almirola wins Xfinity Series race at Talladega Aric Almirola wins Xfinity Series race at Talladega
- May 09, 2017

He's followed by Martin Truex Jr ., Chase Elliott , Joey Logano and Brad Keselowksi. Jones should be able to give Logano some trouble this afternoon. "Especially coming here where I don't have a lot of experience on superspeedways in general". We learned a lot of stuff in the offseason and hopefully we can apply it. (more...)
What to Know About the Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower What to Know About the Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower
- May 06, 2017

The Aquarid meteor shower will peak early Saturday morning . Because of the stars' positioning in the sky (and thanks to longer nights as the Southern Hemisphere moves toward the June Solstice ), stargazers near the equator will see the most spectacular show. (more...)
Amusement as Robert Mugabe is caught NAPPING in public again Amusement as Robert Mugabe is caught NAPPING in public again
- May 06, 2017

Fragile states are also said to suffer from a natural resource curse, and this is something Mugabe boasted about. After South Africa, I want to know which country has that high level of developments that we see in Zimbabwe. The presence of President Mugabe does not in any way benefit the country in these global forums. Reports by the statistical service show that 48 percent of the population is educated with over 40 percent of graduates unemployed or under-employed. (more...)
Some Galaxy S8 owners in South Korea are encountering red-tinted screens Some Galaxy S8 owners in South Korea are encountering red-tinted screens
- May 03, 2017

The fingerprint scanner has been placed at the back, near the camera, which can be slightly uncomfortable to reach to. Kuo has a pretty decent track record when it comes to predictions about Apple products, which are often correct so we have to take his word on the Galaxy Note 8. (more...)
Titans select Corey Davis, Adoree' Jackson in first round Titans select Corey Davis, Adoree' Jackson in first round
- May 03, 2017

The offense crumbled after Green severely pulled a hamstring. Some people have compared the speedy playmaker Jackson to another former Titans first-round draft pick - Pacman Jones. Assuming his evaluation at the medical rechecks a couple weeks ago went as expected, his ankle should not be an issue for the draft as the presumed ligament tightening surgery has reliable results with little chance for setback or re-injury. (more...)
China's Didi raises over US$5.5 billion in record tech funding China's Didi raises over US$5.5 billion in record tech funding
- April 30, 2017

Uber China, a regional subsidiary of the ride-hailing service, merged with Didi in a deal worth $35 billion last August. The new valuation of more than US$50 billion would make Didi China's second-most valuable privately owned firm. According to sources, part of the latest capital investment would be used for worldwide expansion. Cheng and President Jean Liu hope that adopting driverless technology will help overcome such hurdles in the future. (more...)
Cassini Spacecraft Successfully Dives Between Saturn and Its Rings
- April 28, 2017

The final mission , according to NASA , involves a "daring" series of dives (22 in total) between Saturn and its icy rings, and ends with Cassini plunging into Saturn's atmosphere in its final orbit in September. Scientists also hope to have more data regarding Saturn's atmosphere and its interior structure. They're aiming to make 22 ring dives in all - before the mission concludes (hence the " grand finale " moniker). (more...)
Call of Duty: WWII Zombies Mode Confirmed by Sledgehammer Once Again Call of Duty: WWII Zombies Mode Confirmed by Sledgehammer Once Again
- April 27, 2017

WWII players will enlist in an unforgettable journey of brotherhood across the European theater in a mission vital to the success of the Allied powers. PT/1 p.m. ET, the game's reveal trailer will give us our first real look at what the upcoming title is all about. This will make WWII the latest Call of Duty game that will be including a zombies mode, and the second main game from Sledgehammer to do so. (more...)
Google targets 'fake news,' offensive content Google targets 'fake news,' offensive content
- April 26, 2017

Ensuring that fake news doesn't surface in search requires "more structural" changes to the way search works, the company was quoted as saying Tuesday. Additionally, Google is applying the same new parameters for its "auto-complete" function, which finishes search questions based on popularity. Although only a small fraction of Google's search results were being polluted with falsehoods, it was still happening frequently enough to threaten the integrity of a search engine that ... (more...)
Last adventure ahead for NASA's Cassini spacecraft at Saturn Last adventure ahead for NASA's Cassini spacecraft at Saturn
- April 23, 2017

Why end the mission? NASA took this decision in order to protect and preserve Saturn's moons, especially the potentially habitable Enceladus, for future exploration. Look closely to the left of Earth; that pinprick of light is the Moon. The maneuver is a prelude to Cassini's final, fatal plunge into Saturn , now set for September 15. (more...)
Nintendo to release SNES Classic later this year Nintendo to release SNES Classic later this year
- April 20, 2017

The NES Classic Edition was a commercial failure. Nintendo may soon follow up its popular NES Classic with another nostalgic mini-gaming console: SNES Classic. It's something I genuinely hope will happen, especially given that the Super Nintendo wasn't officially released here in South Africa. Nintendo will release a mini version of the Super Nintendo during the 2017 holiday season, according to Eurogamer on Wednesday. (more...)
Google said to be planning ad-blocking filter for Chrome browser Google said to be planning ad-blocking filter for Chrome browser
- April 20, 2017

If you're sick of bad ads on websites then Google's Chrome browser is apparently set to help you out with a report from the Wall Street Journal saying that Google is looking into building an ad-blocker into the browser. As a result, advertising on Google's search engine and some of the other ads it powers are allowed to pass through Adblock Plus's filters. Google already pays to be part of an "Acceptable Ads" program offered by software company Eyeo GmbH, for example, which develops ... (more...)
Russia blocks UN Security Council condemnation of Syria attack Russia blocks UN Security Council condemnation of Syria attack
- April 17, 2017

Asked how he was so confident that these positions would not escalate into a conflict between the two countries, Mr. Mattis said: "Well, I'm confident the Russians will act in their own best interests, and there's nothing in their best interests to say they want this situation to go out of control". (more...)
All in the family: dinosaur cousin's look is quite a surprise All in the family: dinosaur cousin's look is quite a surprise
- April 14, 2017

All specimens of Teleocrater are from a rock unit called the Manda Beds, in the Ruhuhu Basin of southern Tanzania , Africa. "It's providing a new window into what the earliest stages of the evolution of birds and dinosaurs were like", Kenneth Angielczyk , an Associate Curator and palaeobiologist at the Field Museum , told Gizmodo. (more...)
Amazon Just Made Alexa Easier to Use Amazon Just Made Alexa Easier to Use
- April 08, 2017

Firstly, all new Fire TV Sticks will include Alexa and the price will remain at £39.99. "Not only are we shipping a new Fire TV Stick - a faster and more powerful successor to our fastest-selling United Kingdom device ever -we're also rolling Alexa out to every single Fire TV device in the UK". (more...)
Bayern injuries a major concern ahead of Dortmund clash Bayern injuries a major concern ahead of Dortmund clash
- April 07, 2017

Kramaric's long-range strike midway through the first half proved enough for Hoffenheim to break their duck against the below-par champions at the 18th attempt. The hosts had goalkeeper Oliver Baumann to thank in the second half, after he pulled off a string of saves from Lewandowski and substitute Franck Ribery. (more...)
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) Just Got Bluetooth Certified Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) Just Got Bluetooth Certified
- April 05, 2017

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S8 and S8 edge smartphones last week, and one feature that caught the attention was Samsung's virtual assistant; Bixby to take on the likes of Google Now and Apple's Siri. So, Samsung chose to implement this feature in both models this year. But for those of you rocking a Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge with Android Nougat, you can even get your hands on some of them right now. (more...)
Sindhu gets it right against Carolina, wins maiden India Open Sindhu gets it right against Carolina, wins maiden India Open
- April 03, 2017

She stood up to the challenge, and reeled off 4 points, conceding only one, to clinch the first game 21-19. "At 19-19 it could was anybody's game but I won the points after that". The Marin has been brilliant in the competition , justifying her top seed in the India Open. "From there she lead 11-6 and I tried, but she maintained the lead and finished it off", Sindhu said. (more...)
You can now play Pac-Man on Google Maps
- April 01, 2017

Give it a try and check out some tweets below. Once the change happens, you can collect power pellets and run from ghosts up and down any street you want. But once you get going, it's fairly easy to play. Either way, Ms Pac-Man is controlled by swiping on the touchscreen. Given that today is Friday, the temptation to procrastinate is stronger than usual, but Google Maps has seen to it that productivity is nearly certain to take a nosedive. (more...)
Uber to ditch a major European country next month Uber to ditch a major European country next month
- March 30, 2017

But following complaints from taxi driver unions and politicians, the service will shut down on April 18. Uber has been active in Denmark for three years now, and its app has been downloaded by an estimated 300,000 people in the country. (more...)
Windows update will bring 3-D, game tools and less clutter Windows update will bring 3-D, game tools and less clutter
- March 30, 2017

All attention will now shift to Microsoft's second major update to Windows 10, due later this year. However, it has been reported that Microsoft is delaying the release of the Surface Phone as, allegedly, the technology that will make the device a mobile laptop is not ready yet. (more...)
Get Your Phones Ready for the New Facebook Update Get Your Phones Ready for the New Facebook Update
- March 30, 2017

Facebook has been trying to pack in all the popular features on social media on its apps, so users will spend more time on its app rather than go to other social media apps like Snapchat. As for Facebook Stories , well, you know what this is. The company plans to regularly refresh the creative effects in the camera to give you fun new effects to explore. (more...)
SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Poised for 1st Reflight Thursday
- March 30, 2017

A different Falcon 9 rocket blew up just before a routine engine test, destroying its satellite payload and badly damaging one of the company's launch pads in Florida. Spaceflight Now reports that a "flight-proven" Falcon 9 rocket will be fired up during a 2.5-hour launch window which starts at 6 p.m. EDT on Thursday. (more...)
Drogheda asked to just switch off for 'Earth Hour'
- March 26, 2017

Millions of people across the world are showing their respect and love for this Earth Hour 2017 by switching off the lights from 8:30 PM for one hour. Global warming and climate change have dominated the scientific discourse in the past more than one decade. In South Africa, the focus would be on renewable energy while in China, the WWF was working with businesses to encourage a shift towards more sustainable lifestyles. (more...)
Dustin Johnson has no problem in opening match Dustin Johnson has no problem in opening match
- March 24, 2017

I know it's something that he wants to do but she [Dening] comes first", said Martin. "Emotionally, it's been wearing on me for a while". "So I just need some time away with her to make sure that everything goes well because this has been very, very tough for me", he explained. (more...)
Android O dev preview released: what's new?
- March 24, 2017

When the factory images are made available, you'll be able to find them here . Google says an Android O "deep dive" will be forthcoming at Google I/O in May and will explain the update in more detail. Using wireless headphones, however, can be a crapshoot. It also brings in Wi-Fi aware through which apps and devices can communicate with each other without an Internet point in between. (more...)
Uber's First Autonomous Driving Progress Report Is In Uber's First Autonomous Driving Progress Report Is In
- March 18, 2017

To be fair, Uber has introduced many new testing routes for its autonomous fleet during recent weeks and is still at a very early stage in its development relative to more established players, which could be the reason why the most recent numbers don't look so flattering. (more...)
Blue Origin Wants to Land Rockets on a Floating Platform, Too Blue Origin Wants to Land Rockets on a Floating Platform, Too
- March 09, 2017

Industry associates are looking at an intense competition between two billionaires. Blue Origin has effectively launched and landed its rocket, The New Shepard, five times in less than a year. This lowers the price of launches, Bezos said according to Satellite Today. The satellite launch industry is hard to break into, given the high costs, big stakes, and well-established competition, so the contract is a huge win for Blue Origin - a relative new kid on the block. (more...)
IPhone 8 rumors: USB-C replacement for Lightning jack, curved screen speculated
- March 03, 2017

But all is not lost. Kuo notes that instead of outright replacing Lightning with USB-C, Apple would be upgrading its next generation iPhone lineup - the iPhone 7s , iPhone 7s Plus, and OLED-equipped iPhone 8- with next-generation internal components boasting fast charging capabilities. (more...)
Snapchat owner's stock leaps 41% on USA stock market debut Snapchat owner's stock leaps 41% on USA stock market debut
- March 03, 2017

Snapchat had 158 million daily users in the most recent quarter, compared to Facebook's 1.23 billion daily users. And though Snap has yet to make a profit - the company lost $515 million previous year, many analysts say one of the biggest worries investors have about the deal is the fear of missing out. (more...)