Tech/Science


BBC News – Great Britain

Albatrosses hit by fishing and climate

The spectacular albatrosses featured in the BBC’s Blue Planet series have seen a big slump in numbers.

Posted on 20 November 2017 @ 7:10 pm

Bizarre shape of interstellar asteroid

An asteroid that visited our Solar System from interstellar space is one of the most elongated celestial bodies known to science.

Posted on 20 November 2017 @ 6:53 pm

European memory champion reveals winning trick

Simon Reinhard mastered the Method of Loci to become a European memory champion.

Posted on 20 November 2017 @ 11:25 am

Antarctic glacier’s rough belly exposed

The melting glacier contributing most to sea-level rise currently may be more resilient than previously recognised.

Posted on 20 November 2017 @ 11:11 am

Bosnia’s silent killer: The coal industry

The Balkan country has the world’s second highest death rate caused by air pollution.

Posted on 19 November 2017 @ 12:17 am

Floods: How can you save your life when disaster strikes?

Floods have been a deadly staple of 2017. But how can you protect yourself against the natural disaster?

Posted on 19 November 2017 @ 12:12 am

The world’s biggest lithium battery farm

The plant in the US state of California stores enough energy to power 20,000 homes for four hours.

Posted on 18 November 2017 @ 7:59 am


Science News – United States

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CNet – United States

FCC chief said to reveal net neutrality repeal plan Tuesday – CNET

New plan for dismantling Obama-era regulations could be unveiled Tuesday, according to a report.

Posted on 21 November 2017 @ 1:35 am

AT&T-Time Warner in jeopardy as DOJ blocks deal – CNET

The Department of Justice cites antitrust concerns.

Posted on 21 November 2017 @ 1:21 am

FanDuel CEO, co-founder Eccles leaves fantasy sports site – CNET

Shake-up comes five months after failed merger with rival DraftKings.

Posted on 21 November 2017 @ 1:05 am

Tech Turkeys 2017: The lowest points in tech this year – CNET

A list of the low points and most embarrassing moments in tech this year.

Posted on 20 November 2017 @ 11:59 pm

NASA: Mars’ strange streaks might not be water after all – CNET

New research suggests another possible origin for mysterious, recurring streaks in the Martian landscape.

Posted on 20 November 2017 @ 11:48 pm

Black Friday smart home deals to help you connect the halls – CNET

It’s not just TVs — Black Friday is a great time to score a bargain on smart home gadgets, too. Here are all of the deals we’re tracking.

Posted on 20 November 2017 @ 11:46 pm

The best Black Friday MacBook and iPad deals – CNET

For Black Friday 2017, these are the best deals on MacBooks, iMacs and other Apple computers.

Posted on 20 November 2017 @ 11:10 pm

Computer World – United States

Mingis on Tech: Coding for Alexa

Alexa, the helpful assistant best known as the voice of Amazon Echo and Echo Dot devices, offers a range of “skills” right out of the box. It can perform a variety of tasks such as looking up information, setting a timer, playing music, activating smart home devices and more.

But what happens if there’s a certain skill you want that Alexa doesn’t do?

You can do what Sharon Machlis did and code your own.

Machlis, IDG’s director of editorial analytics and data, explained to Computerworld Executive Editor Ken Mingis why you might want to develop your own skill and detailed some of the things to keep in mind if you decide to do so. 

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Posted on 20 November 2017 @ 8:30 pm

Symphony targets collaboration users outside financial services

Symphony has been called a ‘Bloomberg-killer’ since its launch in 2014 because it offers a cheaper alternative to the chat function in the popular data terminals long considered a mainstay for traders.

The secure messaging and collaboration platform started out as an in-house chat tool at Goldman Sachs, providing secure communications between employees and allowing them to easily share sensitive documents. Symphony is now valued at over $1 billion, according to reports, and has 235,000 subscribers, with users that range from traders and portfolio managers to salespeople and risk managers.

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Posted on 20 November 2017 @ 7:03 pm

10 great gifts for Apple iPhone users

What better for a slow news day than a quick and easy guide to some of the best iPhone-related accessories you can get for the Apple user in your life this season?  

A Bluetooth speaker: JBL Flip 4

If you want a Bluetooth speaker system that’s high on audio quality and connection stability, take a look at this relatively affordable system from JBL. Not only is it highly portable, but it’s waterproof enough to be thrown into three feet of water for up to half an hour and still work fine. (The manufacturer’s claim.) You can even purchase two of these systems and twin them together as stereo speakers.

There’s also a built-in mic so you can use it as a speaker phone or even to ask Siri questions, such as: “Why is HomePod delayed?” It picked up four stars from sister site, TechHive.

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Posted on 20 November 2017 @ 3:22 pm

Today, Eufy Genie Speaker With Alexa is Just $19.99 – Deal Alert

Posted on 20 November 2017 @ 2:50 pm

Sometimes saying sorry really ISN’T the thing to do

Flashback to the days of text-based email, when this company has a 32K limit on how big an email message can be — and that’s usually fine, says a pilot fish working there.

“But then someone sent a message to everyone in the corporation — there were a few thousand of us — and it crashed every email client in the organization,” fish says.

“There were so many addressees that when you tried to read it, the program halted at the 32K point, so we couldn’t even see what the earth-shattering message was.

“I pulled the offending message into a word processor and scrolled to the bottom. The message was in German, so I forwarded it to a friend in another company who speaks the language. He translated it as a notice that a tiny server in Germany, with about eight users, was going down for maintenance that night.

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Posted on 20 November 2017 @ 11:00 am

Speech recognition grows up and goes mobile

For three decades this was speech recognition: You would talk to your computer, typically using a head-mounted microphone and either the unpublicized speech-recognition app in Microsoft Windows or a version of Dragon NaturallySpeaking, from Nuance Communications. If you enunciated carefully, words would appear on the screen or commands would be executed.

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(Insider Story)

Posted on 20 November 2017 @ 11:00 am

The 14 best Firefox add-ons of 2017

Firefox isn’t the most popular browser in the world — that honor now goes to Google Chrome — but it still has an ardent following. And after slipping in recent years, it has been on something of a rebound this year. On top of that, Mozilla made a big deal about the release of the latest version – Firefox Quantum – which the company says is twice as fast as the browser was earlier this year. (It’s available for download if you haven’t tried it yet, and want to.)

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Posted on 19 November 2017 @ 2:08 pm


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