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BBC News – Great Britain

SpaceX set to launch ‘used rocket’

California’s SpaceX company expects to make a piece of history later when it re-flies a Falcon rocket.

Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 5:40 pm

James Webb telescope: Hubble successor set for yet more tests

The spectacular James Webb Space Telescope is bound next for the giant Apollo testing chamber.

Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 4:26 pm

Food trade drains global water sources at ‘alarming’ rates

The global food trade is depleting water sources quicker than they can naturally be refilled in many places.

Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 1:52 am

Cyclone Debbie: Experts fear damage to Great Barrier Reef

The Australian state of Queensland is assessing the extent of the damage caused by the major storm.

Posted on 29 March 2017 @ 11:04 am

Elephants in dramatic muddy escape

Eleven Asian elephants manage to drag themselves clear of a muddy hole in Cambodia.

Posted on 29 March 2017 @ 10:23 am

New population of rare tigers found in eastern Thailand

Camera traps caught images of the critically endangered Indochinese tigers in eastern Thailand.

Posted on 28 March 2017 @ 5:45 pm

Menstrual cycle recreated ‘in a dish’

Scientists have made a mini working replica of the female reproductive tract to experiment on.

Posted on 28 March 2017 @ 4:46 pm


Science News – United States

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CNet – United States

Google delays wider Android Wear 2.0 rollout because of bug – CNET

The search giant’s software for wearables is already on its way to some devices, but others will have to wait.

Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 7:17 pm

Streaming makes most of the US music industry’s money now – CNET

For first time, more than half of US record sales came from streaming on services like Spotify, Apple Music or YouTube in 2016.

Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 7:11 pm

Microsoft PR legend Pam Edstrom dies at 71 – CNET

Pam Edstrom spent three decades guiding communications for the tech giant. She died after battling lung cancer.

Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 7:10 pm

Lyft’s Mono product video takes a wacky route – CNET

It may be an early April Fools’ Day joke, but Lyft says the ride-hailing wearable actually works.

Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 6:58 pm

Control a smart lock with your voice: Good idea or bad idea? – CNET

You can now control your August Smart Lock with Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant. Is it safe?

Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 6:54 pm

Ustwo’s Sway app wants to put meditation in your motion – CNET

The studio that brought you Monument Valley offers a new meditation method based as much on your movements as your mind.

Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 6:52 pm

‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ trailer delivers emotional punch – CNET

Ape leader Caesar isn’t just a stock bad guy. He has a history and a family, as the new “War for the Planet of the Apes” preview reminds us.

Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 6:44 pm

Computer World – United States

Senator: Russia used ‘thousands’ of internet trolls during U.S. election

The Russian government used “thousands” of internet trolls and bots to spread fake news, in addition to hacking into political campaigns leading up to the 2016 U.S. election, according to one lawmaker.

Disinformation spread on social media was designed to raise doubts about the U.S. election and the campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, said Senator Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat.

“This Russian propaganda on steroids was designed to poison the national conversation in America,” Warner said Thursday during a Senate hearing on Russian election hacking. The Russian government used “thousands of paid internet trolls” and bots to spread disinformation on social media.

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Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 8:13 pm

Privacy activist wants to unveil lawmakers’ browser histories

Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 8:13 pm

Ford hires 400 mobile connectivity engineers

Ford plans to double its mobile connectivity engineering team by hiring 400 software developers and hardware engineers.

Three-quarters of the new engineers will be part of a Canadian research-and-development center aimed at building out connected vehicle technology that will eventually let vehicles talk to each other — and the infrastructure around them.

Ford is investing about $375 million to establish its new Ottawa Research and Engineering Centre. It is Ford’s first Canadian R&D facility focused on connectivity research and advanced technology.

The global connected car market will reach $131 billion by 2019, with an annual growth rate of 30% per year, according to Transparency Market Research.

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Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 7:26 pm

Verizon to launch wireless Cat M1 network nationwide to juice IoT

Verizon on Friday will launch a nationwide wireless network designed to help developers, businesses, utilities and municipalities deploy secure internet-of-things devices at lower cost.

The Verizon 4G LTE Category M1 (Cat M1) network will span 2.4 million square miles and will be the first of its kind, the company said.

Many IoT technologies have been slow to catch on, but Verizon’s Cat M1 and similar networks will be game changers for IoT deployments, said Steve Hilton, an IoT analyst at Machnation.

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Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 7:17 pm

Google patches Chrome bug from fizzled Pwn2Own hack

Google yesterday updated Chrome to patch several vulnerabilities, including a bug in the browser’s JavaScript engine that a Chinese team tried to exploit at a recent hacking contest.

The update to version 57.0.2987.133 contained fixes for five vulnerabilities, one marked “Critical” — the most serious rating in Google’s system — and the others tagged “High.”

Of the four vulnerabilities ranked High, one was attributed to “Team Sniper,” one of five groups from Chinese company Tencent Security that participated in this year’s edition of Pwn2Own, one of the world’s best-known hacking contests. Pwn2Own ran March 15-17 alongside the CanSecWest conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 7:03 pm

IDG Contributor Network: Xero hits the epic one million customers mark

I’ve been watching Xero since it launched a decade ago.

Actually, I’ve been watching Xero even longer than that — I’ve used the product since soon after it launched, but co-founder and CEO Rod Drury has been talking about the small business accounting space since long before that. I’ve been a long-time fan, albeit one with some questions. While I’ve been impressed by their execution, their product and their pace, I’ve sometimes questioned their seemingly (at least in the past) maniacal focus on the U.S. market.

But constructive criticism aside, the fact that Xero announced this week that it has surpassed one million subscribers globally is an incredible milestone. And this isn’t some vaporous number that includes free trials and complimentary accounts — this is one million paying users across the globe. The company has doubled subscriber numbers in the past two years and added almost 300,000 customers in the past year alone. Xero is understandably proud of the milestone: 

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Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 6:56 pm

4 ways for IT managers to keep their staff happy

Everyone knows that happy employees are better employees — but what, exactly, is the key to employee happiness?

That’s a question that recruiting company Robert Half explored in the new report, The Secrets of the Happiest Companies and Employees. After surveying more than 12,000 professionals across North America from a range of industries including technology, it found that when you have happier employees, they’re more engaged, more loyal, creative and productive than employees who aren’t as satisfied.

While that’s not all that ground-breaking, honing in on the technology industry did provide some interesting insights. For example, tech professionals:

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Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 6:36 pm


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