Tech/Science


BBC News – Great Britain

Climate change: Trump keeps world waiting on Paris deal

The US president says he will announce this week if he will pull out of the Paris agreement.

Posted on 28 May 2017 @ 3:47 am

Terrorists’ moral judgment probed in psychology test

Researchers say their study identifies “cognitive factors” that might lie behind brutal acts.

Posted on 26 May 2017 @ 6:27 pm

Britain’s great explorations now online

The Royal Geographical Society is releasing films of its scientific explorations from the early 20th Century.

Posted on 26 May 2017 @ 12:16 pm

Can fish skin help treat burns?

Doctors in Brazil are experimenting with a new treatment for burns by using fish skin.

Posted on 26 May 2017 @ 4:08 am

Juno peers below Jupiter’s clouds

Scientists say the Solar System’s biggest planet is showing itself to be far more complex than anyone thought.

Posted on 25 May 2017 @ 6:09 pm

New Zealand space launch is first from a private site

The first ever launch from New Zealand is a step towards making it cheaper to get cargo into space.

Posted on 25 May 2017 @ 8:41 am

Endangered turtle set free in Florida

Antibiotics and vitamins helped the injured loggerhead sea turtle back to health in Marathon, in the Florida Keys.

Posted on 24 May 2017 @ 5:33 pm


Science News – United States

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CNet – United States

‘The Simpsons’ pokes fun at Trump with ‘125 Days’ video – CNET

The ghost of former president Richard Nixon haunts Donald Trump and suggests burning any tapes in this new parody video from “The Simpsons.”

Posted on 28 May 2017 @ 1:27 am

British Airways cancels flights after major computer outage – CNET

The airline scotches all flights out of Heathrow and Gatwick on Saturday, due to a “major IT system failure.”

Posted on 28 May 2017 @ 1:09 am

Google to US: Too expensive to provide wage data in gender suit – CNET

The tech giant says it’s “burdensome” to meet Labor Department demands in a trial involving salary and gender at Google, says a report.

Posted on 28 May 2017 @ 1:06 am

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s mother killed in boating mishap – CNET

Kalanick’s father was injured as well, when the couple’s boat struck a rock.

Posted on 28 May 2017 @ 12:16 am

A rare event that stopped an ancient war comes to the US soon – CNET

When a total solar eclipse surprised soldiers in ancient times, it brought an end to years of war. Now the same rare experience is coming to the US.

Posted on 27 May 2017 @ 10:23 pm

Before you install the Amazon Video app on Android, read this – CNET

It’s dangerous to go alone outside Google’s vetted app store, but it’s the price you pay for free software.

Posted on 27 May 2017 @ 6:15 pm

Here’s your first look at the Mercedes-AMG hypercar’s powertrain – Roadshow

If you’ve wanted a Formula 1 car for the road, this is about as close as you’re going to get.

Posted on 27 May 2017 @ 6:09 pm

Computer World – United States

Tech VCs, at Churchill Club, predict an edgy future

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Innovation drives the tech industry, but nothing happens without investors. That’s why the Churchill Club’s annual Top Tech Trends event here in Silicon Valley always sells out — to find out where the folks with money are placing their bets.

Every year, a panel of leading venture capitalists delivers 10 predictions and defends the trends they think will have a big impact in the next five years. Panelists (and audience members) vote up or down each one — and offer critiques based on the merits or whether a prediction is so obvious it’s not really a prediction.

This is the 19th year the Trends event has taken place and this year included a diverse set of predictions involving food production, anti-plague remedies, artificial intelligence, new forms of education, a new type of investing, big advances in voice technology and the expectation that Amazon.com will be hit with a major anti-trust lawsuit.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 @ 11:01 am

Get ready for the coming business travel crisis

While corporate IT departments are focusing on a new wave of data security threats, including WannaCry, an even bigger threat looms and nobody is addressing it.

I’m talking about the rules around laptops, tablets and smartphones during business travel.

The new risk of air travel data exposure is coming in two forms. First is a laptop ban. The other is a policy of smartphone data extraction.

The looming laptop ban

The likelihood of a catastrophic, draconian laptop ban is higher than you think — and the security risks, graver. Let’s first dig into where this threat is coming from.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 @ 10:40 am

IDG Contributor Network: News from Epicor’s annual user conference

Epicor’s annual user conference in Nashville this year was a good chance to spend time with the company, its partners and its customers. I have some big thoughts about Epicor and its existential issues, but I’ll leave that post for a little later. For now, here’s a roundup of what we saw at the show.

Show demographics

Thirty-two countries were represented at the show, with some 3,300 attendees. There was a good mix of customers, media/analysts, partners (although more on that in a later post) and, of course, Epicor’s employees. The event venue, the Gaylord Opry, was a little strange and, in my mind at least, was a bit of a reflection of the company, its customers and its struggles. But again, more on that later.

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Posted on 26 May 2017 @ 7:45 pm

The Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool has been updated for WannaCry

Microsoft offers a number of free anti-malware tools. Windows 10 and 8.1 users have Windows Defender. Windows 7 users can chose between the full-featured Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) or the limited Windows Defender. But all Windows users have access to the Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) even though they may not be aware of it.

MSRT is part of the monthly patch Tuesday bug fixes. Windows Update downloads a new version of MSRT and runs a scan with it as part of its normal processing. The last patch Tuesday was May 9th and Microsoft dutifully issued a new version of MSRT.

I mention this because on May 23rd someone contacted me to ask why MSRT had just been updated. He had seen a new version appear in Windows Update on a 32 bit Windows 7 machine that had been dutifully updated on the 9th.

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Posted on 26 May 2017 @ 7:07 pm

23% off iRobot Roomba 650 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner – Deal Alert

If you want a thorough, everyday clean, maybe you should consider using robots. The Roomba 650 Vacuuming Robot provides a thorough clean at the push of a button. The patented, 3-Stage Cleaning System easily picks up dust, pet hair and large debris like cereal and works on all floor types, adjusting itself and re-charging itself as needed to make sure the job is done correctly every time you need it — preset Roomba to clean when it’s convenient for you. Roomba is just 3.6 inch tall, and is specifically designed to fit under most furniture, beds and kickboards. The 650 model is a #1 best seller on Amazon, where its typical list price of $374 is reduced right now to $286.99. See this deal on Amazon.

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Posted on 26 May 2017 @ 1:53 pm

Why Apple’s App Store is good business for your enterprise

New information from Sensor Tower confirms that whether you’re developing apps for consumers, or if app development for others is your business, Apple’s App Store is a good place to do business.

Millionaire class

The data shows that at least 69 iOS developers managed to make their first million-dollars in app revenue last year, and that’s just on the U.S. App Store. In fact, despite a smaller relative market share in comparison with Android, the store created almost twice as many millionaires in 2016.

“In all, 66 publishers met or surpassed this benchmark figure on Apple’s store in 2016, which was 1.7 times more than the 39 that managed the same degree of success on Google’s platform,” Sensor Tower said.

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Posted on 26 May 2017 @ 12:10 pm

King Chrome: Microsoft’s browsers sidelined on its own OS

Enterprises may say they are committed to Microsoft’s browsers, that they continue to define the venerable Internet Explorer (IE) as their employees’ standard. But reality is different, an analyst argued Thursday.

“Microsoft retains a very strong relationship with [enterprise] IT,” said David Michael Smith, of Gartner, in an interview. “Most enterprises still have a ‘standard’ browser, and most of the time, that’s something from Microsoft. These days it’s IE11. But we’ve found that people actually use Chrome more than IE.”

Smith, who was wrapping up a rewrite and update of a 2015 research report on browsers in the enterprise, was adamant that, as Gartner at the time forecast, Chrome is the kingpin. “It’s the most-used browser in enterprise” he said.

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Posted on 26 May 2017 @ 10:15 am


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