Tech/Science


BBC News – Great Britain

The winners of 2017’s Insight Astronomy Photographer award

Judges has to choose between 3,800 entries from all over the world.

Posted on 24 September 2017 @ 12:59 pm

How killer flies have the fastest vision of any animal

Some flies see six times faster than us, catching prey in mid-air in less than a second.

Posted on 24 September 2017 @ 7:14 am

‘I fell from the top of the jungle to save an eagle’

Alexander Blanco’s conservation work is helping to save the world’s most powerful eagle.

Posted on 23 September 2017 @ 11:21 pm

Big Antarctic iceberg edges out to sea

The near-6,000 sq km block of ice known as A-68 looks finally to be on the move.

Posted on 22 September 2017 @ 4:04 pm

New antibody attacks 99% of HIV strains

It will enter clinical trials to prevent and treat the infection next year.

Posted on 21 September 2017 @ 11:45 pm

Neanderthal brains ‘grew more slowly’

A new study shows that Neanderthal brains developed more slowly than ours.

Posted on 21 September 2017 @ 11:44 pm

Birds ‘churring’ is a sign isles’ shipwreck rats dying out

The call of storm petrels are recorded for the first time on islands where rats came ashore from shipwrecks.

Posted on 21 September 2017 @ 11:17 pm


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CNet – United States

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ spaceship flies over New York – CNET

The USS Discovery takes off for real in Manhattan the night before the show’s premiere. Well, sort of.

Posted on 24 September 2017 @ 3:03 pm

CNET UK podcast 528: Analysing Apple and Uber’s London ban – CNET

Are Apple’s iPhones worth the money and is London right to ban Uber from operating? The CNET UK podcast discusses all the biggest tech stories.

Posted on 24 September 2017 @ 2:40 pm

Going once, going twice: An Apple-1 and a Steve Jobs autograph – CNET

Tech nostalgia is driving auction bidders to scramble for vintage computers and memorabilia.

Posted on 24 September 2017 @ 12:00 pm

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ fights for more than Trekkies’ hearts – CNET

Following Star Trek’s legacy, the new show reminds us about the power of inclusion and diversity at a time when Americans seem more divided than ever.

Posted on 24 September 2017 @ 12:00 pm

5 things we just learned from the iPhone 8 teardown – CNET

Would you believe the iPhone 8 has a smaller battery? Here’s what else iFixit discovered.

Posted on 23 September 2017 @ 9:39 pm

We smashed the iPhone 8 – CNET

We subjected a brand new iPhone 8 to three drop tests to find out how fast it would break.

Posted on 23 September 2017 @ 9:01 pm

Big for a reason: Behold the Klipsch Forte III speakers – CNET

The Audiophiliac checks out Klipsch’s brawny new horn-loaded speakers.

Posted on 23 September 2017 @ 8:59 pm

Computer World – United States

Microsoft stumps for Windows 10 1703 to get enterprises on the right release train

Just weeks before it releases the next upgrade to Windows 10, Microsoft is trumpeting last spring’s version, claiming that the latter is “the most performant and reliable” ever.

The drum beating for Windows 10 Creators Update, aka 1703 in Microsoft’s yymm format, comes less than four weeks before the slated Oct. 17 launch of its successor, titled “Fall Creators Update” and numbered 1709.

On reliability, Microsoft asserted that 1703 is much more stable than its mid-2016 predecessor, known as both “Anniversary Update” and 1607. “Our close collaboration with our ecosystem partners has resulted in a 39% total reduction in operating system and driver stability issues between the Anniversary Update and Creators Update,” John Cable, director of program management in the Windows Servicing and Delivery group, contended in a post to a company blog Friday.

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Posted on 24 September 2017 @ 1:26 pm

Let’s put to rest any doubt Apple can’t innovate

Wall Street, Wall Street. Doesn’t the world have enough to worry about?

You can stop worrying about Apple. If you didn’t know it before the company’s Sept. 12 hardware announcements, you should know now that Apple was not a one-man band before Steve Jobs died in 2011. It may have lost a little of Jobs’ showmanship, but Apple’s powerhouse design teams are still hard at work – and doing just fine, thank you.

To wit: The Apple design team significantly boosted pixels per inch (the specification that determines whether a display is marketed as a Retina display), resolution and screen area on the iPhone X compared to the iPhone 8 Plus. At the same time, Apple made the iPhone X’s overall size almost 18% smaller than the 8 Plus. You don’t make that kind of technological advance in opposing directions if you’re just banging one out for the bottom line.

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Posted on 24 September 2017 @ 11:55 am

The latest iPhones show why A.I. is the new electricity

Apple has now rolled out its shiny new iPhones.

On Sept. 12, Apple executives predictably pronounced the latest phones “revolutionary.” But the real revolution is happening under the surface and behind the scenes.

The new iPhones come with cutting-edge brand-new features. For example, Apple touted Face ID for faster login, Portrait Lighting to make faces brighter in photos, and Animoji, which are avatars that change facial expression when the user does.

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Face ID setup.

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Posted on 23 September 2017 @ 10:31 am

10+ ARKit apps you’ll want to use today

If you’ve upgraded to iOS 11 you may want to take time to explore some of the more interesting ARKit apps I’ve come across.

Stephanie Llamas, VP, Research and Strategy at SuperData Research says the mobile AR market will grow from $1.01b in 2017 to $18.69 by 2020, but while games account for 82 percent of revenue today, they will account for just 18 percent by 2020. I’ve not included too many games in this collection, (though I am still playing The Machines).

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Posted on 22 September 2017 @ 11:44 am

Can Amazon truly become a mobile payment power?

Posted on 22 September 2017 @ 11:21 am

Pragmatic programming, redefined

Flashback a few decades to when this programmer pilot fish is on the team developing a large, complex turnkey business system running on PDP-8 minicomputers.

“I had a pair of two-year degrees from a local technical college, but two of my co-workers who were hired at the same time as I was had masters degrees in computer science,” says fish.

“Needless to say, my hands-on degree program that included mainframe assembler classes prepared me for this near-bare-metal programming environment much better than the advanced, theoretical classes prepared these two co-workers.”

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Posted on 22 September 2017 @ 10:00 am

Google’s HTC move borrows from Apple’s playbook

Google’s $1.1 billion acquisition of HTC’s smartphone engineering arm is not a direct assault against its chief rival, Apple. But it is a recognition of Apple’s successful strategy.

It is also an acknowledgement that an ecosystem dominated by hardware manufacturers and telecom providers – each with a set of priorities and plans that doesn’t dovetail with Google’s – results in a myriad of devices that run the gamut of quality.

With that in mind, Google’s buyout of HTC’s engineering IP will enable it to create a pure Android play by marrying hardware and software in a move that could eventually reduce fragmentation in the Android ecosystem.

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Posted on 21 September 2017 @ 9:59 pm


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