Tech/Science


BBC News – Great Britain

High risk of ‘unprecedented’ winter downpours – Met Office

A new analysis suggests there’s a greater chance of the heavy rain that led to extensive flooding in 2014.

Posted on 24 July 2017 @ 9:05 am

Electricity shake-up could save consumers ‘up to £40bn’

New rules will encourage UK consumers to generate and store their own power, ministers say.

Posted on 24 July 2017 @ 6:13 am

How the body responds to stress

We analysed how the body responds to stress – by making presenter Jordan Dunbar do a comedy performance.

Posted on 23 July 2017 @ 11:16 pm

World’s first floating wind farm emerges off coast of Scotland

The revolutionary technology allows wind power to be harvested in waters too deep for current turbines.

Posted on 23 July 2017 @ 7:31 pm

Fukushima disaster: Robot finds possible melted nuclear fuel

An underwater robot spotted the lava-like rocks inside a reactor of Japan’s destroyed nuclear plant.

Posted on 23 July 2017 @ 8:07 am

The rather rude sounds of an elephant seal

Male elephant seals recognise the rhythm of one another’s voices, researchers say.

Posted on 23 July 2017 @ 6:40 am

Norfolk Broads python discovery mystery

A 12ft-long python found on the Norfolk Broads has still not been found.

Posted on 22 July 2017 @ 8:49 am


Science News – United States

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CNet – United States

Zuckerberg fires up the Zuckergrill live on Facebook – CNET

Talk about multitasking — the Facebook CEO talks affordable internet and cancer research while cooking up a storm.

Posted on 24 July 2017 @ 11:45 am

Telegram now sends disappearing messages, just like Snapchat – CNET

Sorry Snap, looks like someone else is stealing your ideas.

Posted on 24 July 2017 @ 10:46 am

Comic-Con 2017: You can rule the show — without a badge – CNET

No convention center pass? No problem.

Posted on 24 July 2017 @ 1:20 am

Apple sued by State Farm over alleged iPhone fire – CNET

Commentary: The insurer and one of its customers jointly sue Apple, claiming a battery defect led to a fire at her home.

Posted on 23 July 2017 @ 11:06 pm

The Rock: My Siri movie will dominate your Monday – CNET

Commentary: Dwayne Johnson says he’s teamed with Apple to make “RockXSiri,” and it’ll be the “coolest, craziest, dopest” movie. Ever.

Posted on 23 July 2017 @ 10:31 pm

Comic-Con 2017: New ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ trailer is the ultimate Marvel buddy movie – CNET

Cast and crew delight fans at Comic-Con with new footage of Thor and Hulk in action, with Cate Blanchett as the evil Hela and Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster. Plus highlights from Marvel panel at San Diego Comic-Con.

Posted on 23 July 2017 @ 9:56 pm

Comic-Con: ‘Thor,’ ‘Black Panther’ blew us away at the Marvel panel (and Wasp!) – CNET

All the latest news on “Ant-Man,” “Captain Marvel,” Thor, Hulk, “Black Panther,” “Avengers: Infinity War” and more came at us fast at the San Diego Comic-Con 2017 Marvel panel.

Posted on 23 July 2017 @ 9:54 pm

Computer World – United States

Windows 10 is making too many PCs obsolete

Microsoft released its latest Windows 10 update earlier this year. The name, Creators Update,makes it sound bigger than it is; it’s really a minor step forward. But about 10 million Windows 10 customers have to face up to an unpleasant surprise: Their machines can’t update to Creators Update.

That’s how many poor sad sacks bought a Windows 8.x laptop in 2013 or 2014 with an Intel Clover Trail processor. Any of them who have tried to update their PC with the March 2017 Creators Update, version 1703, had no success and were presented with this message: “Windows 10 is no longer supported on this PC.” Boy, that must have been fun!

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Posted on 24 July 2017 @ 11:00 am

CPU architecture after Moore’s Law: What’s next?

When considering the future of CPU architecture, some industry watchers predict excitement, and some predict boredom. But no one predicts a return to the old days, when speed doubled at least every other year.

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(Insider Story)

Posted on 24 July 2017 @ 10:00 am

Parlez-vous workflow?

IT consultant pilot fish is working for a multinational chemical company, and that translates into some of his internal customers being in Paris — an ocean away.

“In order to extend our shared workday, since there was a lot of back-and-forth with requirements, I ended up taking the 5 a.m. train into the office,” says fish. “They seemed to appreciate my availability.

“But come lunchtime, they were gone. No waiting 10 minutes for results. And I learned not to expect them back in under two hours — they tended to take long lunches.

“And come 6 p.m. their time — 1 p.m. my time — their day was over. Not 6:01, not 6:10, but 6 p.m. exactly.

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Posted on 24 July 2017 @ 10:00 am

Why ‘experiental’ marketing will be a massive IT challenge

In the 1989 comedy Back the Future, Part 2, Marty McFly travels into the high-tech, space-age future of 2015 where he encounters, among other dazzling wonders, a shark hologram advertising Jaws 10.

That kind of advertising is called experiential marketing, where consumers are deeply immersed in a brand in a way that’s novel, emotional and memorable.

Advertising on the web, TV, radio, print publications, billboards and elsewhere is here to stay. But it’s being supplemented and boosted by the rise of experiential marketing with the aid of powerful newly ubiquitous technology. Unlike more traditional forms of advertising, it appears at first as if experiential marketing doesn’t scale.

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Posted on 22 July 2017 @ 10:28 am

If you’re going to lose a laptop, better it be a Chromebook

I lost my laptop computer yesterday. I was on a long bus ride that became even longer due to traffic. I was a bit off to begin with, having gotten up earlier than usual for the trip. By the time I got off the bus, my brain was mush.

I was sitting by the window. The Chromebook that I had been using to do some writing was next to me, propped up between my seat and the wall of the bus. The Chromebook was very small (an Asus Flip with a 10.1 inch screen), tucked away in a black sleeve, virtually hidden against the wall.

The good news is that whoever found it will not be able to access any of the files on the machine. Unlike Windows and Mac laptops, there is no easy hack around the required password to access a Chromebook. As additional protection, the files stored on the computer are encrypted automatically by the operating system. The only thing the thief who stole the Chromebook can do with it is reset it to a virgin state.

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Posted on 21 July 2017 @ 4:00 pm

16 essential iOS typing tips for iPad and iPhone

How much time do you spend typing on your iPad or iPhone? I imagine you spend quite a lot of your time doing just that—so here are 16 tips I’ve picked up along the way that show you how to type in iOS.

Quick currency

When you want to type another currency symbol, just press and hold the dollar key and you’ll see a bunch of alternatives you can select.

Secret keys

That press and hold tip works on any character on your keyboard. Try it. In many cases, you’ll see that when you do this, you’ll yield a host of useful characters that don’t appear on screen.

CAPITALIZE

Everyone should know that when you double-tap the Shift key you automatically enable Caps Lock.

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Posted on 21 July 2017 @ 2:03 pm

Where are the fixes to the botched Outlook security patches?

On June 13—five and a half weeks ago—Microsoft released a series of buggy patches for Outlook. We know they’re buggy because Microsoft acknowledged seven bugs (including one primarily caused by bugs in Windows patches) in those four original June 13 security patches. As of this morning, we still don’t have fixes for those seven bugs.

Here are the known buggy original security patches:

  • KB 3191898 – Security update for Outlook 2007, released June 13, 2017
  • KB 3203467 – Security update for Outlook 2010, released June 13
  • KB 3191938 – Security update for Outlook 2013, June 13
  • KB 3191932 – Security update for Outlook 2016, June 13

If you have Automatic Update turned on, you were treated not only to those patches, but to all of these three later, interim fixes for the bugs in the security patches. Don’t get too excited about them. In fact, they didn’t fix the bugs:

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Posted on 21 July 2017 @ 12:39 pm


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