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

South African child ‘virtually cured’ of HIV

The nine-year-old has no active HIV in the body after catching the infection at birth.

Posted on 24 July 2017 @ 8:32 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


Science News – United States

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CNet – United States

2018 Ford Mustang GT hits 60 mph in under 4 seconds – Roadshow

More power, a 10-speed auto and Drag Strip mode equal the quickest Mustang GT to date.

Posted on 24 July 2017 @ 7:48 pm

Meet ‘The Defenders’ in every photo from the new series – CNET

Here’s all the photos we could find that give us a glimpse of what’s to come in the first season of “The Defenders” on Netflix.

Posted on 24 July 2017 @ 7:47 pm

Toyota’s East Coast hydrogen shortage is hurting Mirai sales – Roadshow

If you live in the Northeast and want a hydrogen-powered Mirai, you’ll have to wait a while.

Posted on 24 July 2017 @ 7:47 pm

This is not fake news: Snopes.com in danger of shutting down – CNET

Amid a legal battle between its owners, Snopes.com asks for donations to stay in business.

Posted on 24 July 2017 @ 7:41 pm

Faraday Future FF 91 electric supercar spotted in the wild – Roadshow

Looks like Faraday Future is out on the road despite some recent setbacks.

Posted on 24 July 2017 @ 7:34 pm

Microsoft could erase Paint from future versions of Windows – CNET

It’s been around as long as Windows itself.

Posted on 24 July 2017 @ 7:28 pm

Mac ‘Fruitfly’ malware variant still lurking in the wild – CNET

The Mac malware, originally discovered back in January, creates a “backdoor” that allows the controller of the malware to take over an entire computer.

Posted on 24 July 2017 @ 7:26 pm

Computer World – United States

The PC business: Decline continues in Q2

Personal computer shipments declined between 3% and 4% in the June quarter from the same period last year, a pair of research firms said after releasing their latest diagnoses of the industry’s health and well-being.

According to IDC, PC makers shipped a total of 60.5 million systems in the year’s second quarter, a downturn of 3.3%. That was somewhat better than the firm’s earlier forecast of a 4% decline for the period.

Rival Gartner, which also calculates shipments — but uses different criteria for what is, and what is not, a personal computer — pegged the year-over-year drop at 4.3% for the June quarter, adding that manufacturers shipped 61.1 million PCs in the three-month span.

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Posted on 24 July 2017 @ 6:58 pm

Update: How to get the macOS ‘High Sierra’ public beta

Apple on Monday released the fourth public beta of macOS High Sierra, the desktop operating system slated for a fall debut. The release comes less than a month after the first public beta arrived June 29.

The beta lets anyone with a Mac — including workers with their BYOD MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros, and IT admins responsible for supporting Apple’s OS — try out the upgrade, test application compatibility and explore its new features and functionality.

If the past is any predictor, as many as 3 million Mac owners worldwide — the number estimated to have downloaded and installed last year’s public beta of macOS Sierra — will give High Sierra a go before Apple taps it as done later this year.

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Posted on 24 July 2017 @ 5:39 pm

70% Anker Quick Charge 3.0 63W 5-Port USB Wall Charger – Deal Alert

This premium wall-charger from Anker features 5 ports that pump out 63W of power — enough for the whole family to simultaneously charge multiple devices at the highest speed possible. Right now it’s discounted 70% to just $27 on Amazon, where it averages 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 500 customers. Right now when you buy this item you’ll also activate a 10% discount on other select Anker products including their power bank and bluetooth speaker. See this deal on Amazon.

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Posted on 24 July 2017 @ 1:33 pm

Why Microsoft is adding an AI co-processor to HoloLens 2

I strapped on a pair of virtual reality (VR) goggles and looked around the room. There were three PageWide printers sitting off in the corner, so I reached out and pressed a lever to open the paper tray. A voice off in the distance, like a ghost in the fog, told me to try lifting the copier lid as well.

I was at HP in Palo Alto, California, and the demo was meant to show me how their multi-function printers work. Interestingly, VR and augmented reality (AR) today do not take advantage of artificial intelligence (AI) as much as you might think. I wasn’t able to ask a question and have a bot respond. The VR looked ultra-realistic, but it was all self-contained within a structured environment. The demo was more like a 3D-rendered slideshow with some interactions. But in the future, AI will play a much bigger role.

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Posted on 24 July 2017 @ 1:06 pm

43% off Pecham Vertical Stand for PS4 with Cooling Fan and Dual Controller Charging – Deal Alert

Keep your PS4 or PS4 Slim compact, organized and functioning properly with this vertical stand from Pecham. It features an integrated cooling fan, dual controller changing and a USB hub for powering & charging your phone or other devices as needed. Pecham’s stand currently averages 4.6 out of 5 stars from over 185 people on Amazon (82% rate the full 5 stars: read reviews here), where its list price of $29.99 has been reduced 43% to just $16.99. See this deal now on Amazon

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Posted on 24 July 2017 @ 1:03 pm

Problems with Surface Pro 4/Surface Book firmware update

We have no way of knowing why Microsoft released the driver updates last Friday or what they’re supposed to accomplish. What we do know is that the last set of patches came just 10 days earlier, on July 11, when Microsoft added support for the new Surface Pro Type Cover and Signature Type Cover.

With two dozen major firmware and driver updates pushed onto the Surface Pro 4 since its release in October 2015, and a new Surface Pro 2017 currently on offer, it’s noteworthy that Microsoft is still trying to get the SP4 and SB drivers right.

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Posted on 24 July 2017 @ 1:00 pm

10+ iOS 11 iPad Pro productivity tips

With iOS 11, Apple’s iPad Pro has become an even more effective productivity tool, setting it apart from other tablets with its combination of portability and computational ability.

For the purposes of this short report, I’ve assumed you use the most productive iPad Pro configuration, which includes a Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil.

Take a Note

Apple Pencil gains a great new ability: When your iPad is locked, just tap the screen with your Apple Pencil to automatically open a Note. Now that you are in Notes, you can draw, write and more. Notes will also let you scan documents, as we’ll explain here. One more thing: Apple Pencil’s (already good) latency has been reduced to just 20 milliseconds.

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Posted on 24 July 2017 @ 12:59 pm


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