Science


Apple added to self -driving test permit list
- April 15, 2017

Didn't Apple scrap its Project Titan (the one it never acknowledged until it said it was not going to make any self-driving cars) and start focusing only on the software part of autonomous driving technology? "The permit covers three vehicles, all 2015 Lexus RX450h, and six drivers, " the DMV said in a statement yesterday. (more...)
United Has Changed Its Policy for Overbooking Flights and Removing Passengers
- April 15, 2017

The memo states that agents should start "at a lower compensation and increase, if necessary", and call up passengers who may have non-stop alternatives that could get them to their destinations faster. United will use the incident as a turning point to "craft friendly policies and redouble efforts to win back the trust of everyone", says Milton. (more...)
President Trump's former campaign manager expected to register as foreign agent
- April 15, 2017

Manafort received formal guidance recently from the authorities and he is taking appropriate steps in response to the guidance", Maloni said, according to CNN . The other firm, Mercury LLC, said it also will register soon, after the fact. Manafort stepped down on August 19 after allegedly receiving $12.7 million in off-the-book payments from Ukraine's former President Viktor Yanukovych-an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin. (more...)
Saturn's icy moon Enceladus capable of feeding life
- April 15, 2017

The chemical elements found on Enceladus, when combined on earth, suggest life is around. We know Europa and the moons around Jupiter existed 4 billion years ago so that is a lot more time for life to have emerged and start taking advantage of these energy sources. (more...)
Thousands of evacuated Syrians stuck as transfer stalls
- April 15, 2017

The government-run Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported that dozens of civilians, including women and children, were killed and that the blast was caused by a vehicle bomb carried out by "terrorists" in the area. Encircled by insurgents, people from the pro-government Shi'ite towns of Kefraya and al-Foua are being taken to regime-held areas while those in rebel-held Zabadani and Madaya, under siege from pro-Assad forces, are being bussed to the insurgents' northwestern stronghold in Idlib ... (more...)
NK stages massive military parade on founder's birthday
- April 15, 2017

China is seeking Russia's help to cool surging tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions, the country's foreign minister has told his Moscow counterpart, after Beijing warned of possible conflict over North Korea. "The most powerful and cutting-edge striking and defense means in our own style lined up to put an end to military supremacy claimed by imperialists", it reported. (more...)
Samsung Galaxy S8 launch
- April 15, 2017

Samsung's announcement that revamped Note 7s will go back on sale, however, surprised some with the timing-just days before it launches its new S8 smartphone on Wednesday in the United States, its first new premium phone since the debacle past year. (more...)
Apple said to near road tests of self-driving vehicle software
- April 15, 2017

The permit will cover three vehicles - all 2015 Lexus RX 450h hybrid SUVs - and six individual drivers, a spokesman for the department said . The fiercely competitive and lucrative self-driving auto market now sees Apple joining the race. (more...)
Stoltenberg: NATO Is Bedrock Of Security For Both Europe And North America
- April 15, 2017

Regarding the U.S. airstrike on al-Shayrat air base in Syria, Trump said "we did the right thing, and it was very, very successfully done". This has built for a long period of time. "Now it's no longer obsolete". Last week , he ordered airstrikes against the Syrian military, even though he promised during the campaign to keep the United States out of conflicts in the Middle East. (more...)
Former Patriots Player Aaron Hernandez Found Not Guilty in Double Murder Trial
- April 15, 2017

The entire Boston Police Department expresses our sincerest condolences to the families of the two victims, Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado , whose lives were lost in a senseless act of violence. Aaron Hernandez stands at the defense table Thursday. As for what won the case, Sullivan said: "A dearth of evidence that connected Mr. Hernandez to these shootings". (more...)
Saturn's Moon 'Enceladus' Can Host Alien Life — NASA Announcement Saturn's Moon 'Enceladus' Can Host Alien Life — NASA Announcement
- April 15, 2017

They described their findings in the journal Science . "This is the closest we've come, so far, to identifying a place with some of the ingredients needed for a habitable environment", said Thomas Zurbuchen, an associate administrator with NASA. (more...)
Asian markets lower, rattled by rising tensions in Koreas Asian markets lower, rattled by rising tensions in Koreas
- April 15, 2017

South Korea yesterday announced it would lease several military spy satellites from a foreign country and improve its striking capabilities to destroy key military facilities across the border. Trump also said his administration will not label China a currency manipulator in the Treasury Department's semi-annual report on currency practices of major trading partners which is due out on Friday, backing away from a campaign promise. (more...)
Samsung plans to sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7s
- April 15, 2017

Two global recalls later, Samsung finally pulled the plug on the Galaxy Note 7, permanently taking it off the market. Samsung said that it will be considering releasing the Galaxy Note 7 as a refurbished unit or as a rental phone where applicable, depending on consultations that the company will seek with carriers and regulators. (more...)
The Galaxy S8's voice assistant won't support voice commands at launch
- April 15, 2017

According to a source cited by the Wall Street Journal , Samsung's new Bixby artificial intelligence assistant isn't ready for its English-language launch. You can even pair Google's Assistant with the Bixby button. Samsung first announced Bixby in mid-March, very much focusing on the user being able to "call upon" Bixby to assist them in navigating the Galaxy S8. (more...)
Titanfall 2 Soon To Have New Titan And Maps Titanfall 2 Soon To Have New Titan And Maps
- April 15, 2017

Purchasable Prime Titan versions of Ronin and Tone are also scheduled for release in the near future. Although the die-hard fans of Titanfall 2 have been treated quite well by Respawn Entertainment since the game's release past year, the first-person shooter hasn't necessarily performed as well financially as its publisher Electronic Arts has wanted. (more...)
Nintendo's New 'Zelda' for Switch Is Doing Better Than the Switch Itself
- April 15, 2017

With Nintendo's production history, a Switch Mini wouldn't surprise me one bit. That means the Wild game for Switch actually sold more than 100 percent as an attach rate with the system. Both of these consoles, however, were released in the holiday season, the traditional release window for consoles. Nintendo said that was because some users bought both a limited edition of the game and another version. (more...)
Video reveals face recognition flaw in Galaxy S8
- April 15, 2017

Bixby - Samsung's voice agent - marks a further step into services for the world's biggest smartphone maker, enabling users to shop, search for photos and get information about nearby places with AI-powered image recognition technology. Now the Samsung Galaxy S8 is powerful and can outperform some basic laptops and desktops today. Moreover, S8 Mini will have 5.3 inch display and 4 GB of RAM. (more...)
US immigration crackdown heats up for border crossers and tech US immigration crackdown heats up for border crossers and tech
- April 15, 2017

As the Post pointed out, it will be hard for the Trump administration to get Congress to approve of the massive spending hikes that will be necessary to meet its deportation task force goals. The memo also describes CBP's struggle to hire additional agents, laying out the funding needs of the agency to recruit enough personnel to even cover the current shortfall in staffing before the additional 5,000 agents Trump has called for . (more...)
Samsung's Bixby Not Ready for English-Language Launch
- April 15, 2017

According to Samsung, "Key features of Bixby, including Vision, Home and Reminder, will be available with the global launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8 on April 21". It did not explain why Bixby voice support in the United States has been delayed, but Axios noted that in a series of media demos, the assistant "failed to work properly". (more...)
Best bet for life could be one of Saturn's moons
- April 15, 2017

The gas could be a chemical energy source of life, scientists involved with the mission said. "Confirmation that the chemical energy for life exists within the ocean of a small moon of Saturn is an important milestone in our search for habitable worlds beyond Earth", says Linda Spilker , a Cassini project scientist. (more...)

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