Science


Freeland praises Tillerson's work on Arctic Council climate change statement
- May 12, 2017

Bill Erasmus of the worldwide Arctic Athabaskan Council, which represents indigenous Athabascan governments in the US and Canada, said climate change and economic stability were the most important issues in the region. Trump has dismissed the science backing climate change and proposed to open the American Arctic to oil and gas drilling. "The Arctic Council ministerial will not be the venue for that". (more...)
Newly-found distant 'warm Neptune' has primitive atmosphere Newly-found distant 'warm Neptune' has primitive atmosphere
- May 12, 2017

A group of worldwide scientists have found a Neptune-like planet located 437 light years away from the Earth and orbits a start roughly twice as old as the sun. Measuring the abundance of atmospheric water allowed them to determine the planet's metallicity - that is the proportion of elements in the atmosphere heavier than hydrogen and helium. (more...)
Waymo, Uber dispute referred to US attorney for investigation Waymo, Uber dispute referred to US attorney for investigation
- May 12, 2017

A judge asked federal prosecutors to investigate Uber Technologies Inc. and one of its engineers for potential theft of trade secrets from Google, heightening the stakes of a legal battle between Uber and Google parent Alphabet Inc. As a result, the scope and details of the injunction - and how drastically it would curb Uber's program - are unclear. In a contentious hearing last week, Levandowski refused to answer questions during his deposition, taking the fifth amendment. (more...)
Ambition to meet reality as China gathers world for Silk Road summit
- May 12, 2017

The work is part of a sprawling Chinese initiative to build a "new Silk Road" of ports, railways and roads to expand trade in a vast arc of countries across Asia, Africa and Europe. Since Turkey is located on a strategic route close to where the Silk Road ends, the country is considered a hub through which Chinese goods will be delivered to Europe. (more...)
Snapchat's growth stalls in Facebook's shadow; stock plunges Snapchat's growth stalls in Facebook's shadow; stock plunges
- May 12, 2017

The company's shares fell almost 25% to $17.39 in the wake of the first quarterly earnings report since Snap's highly-publicized initial public offering in March, according to Reuters . The company's shares fell more than 20% in after-hours trading in NY. Both applications mimic Snapchat , allowing users to post a string of photos and videos that disappear after 24 hours. (more...)
Judge approves $1.2B emissions settlement for 3-liter Volkswagens Judge approves $1.2B emissions settlement for 3-liter Volkswagens
- May 12, 2017

The 3-liter deal, which was given initial approval in February, offers a mix of buybacks for older models and the prospect of an emissions modification for the rest. In total, VW will pay about almost $24bn to buy back cars and compensate owners in the USA and Canada, after admitting it installed software to cheat emissions tests in a decade-long conspiracy. (more...)
Trump defiant after shock Comey sacking
- May 12, 2017

The deputy attorney general objected to statements by White House aides citing Mr. Rosenstein's critical assessment of Mr.Comey's job performance to justify the firing. Very smart guy. The Democrats like him. Democrats accused the Republican president of firing Comey to try to undermine the FBI's probe into Russia's alleged efforts to meddle in the 2016 election and possible collusion with members of the Trump campaign, and demanded an independent investigation. (more...)
Someone built a fully functional Cortana hologram and it's awesome
- May 12, 2017

One Halo fan has taken Microsoft's Cortana to the next level by constructing a concept appliance that turns the digital assistant into a hologram. HP and Intel are both working on connected-home devices that run on Microsoft's Cortana platform. (more...)
Conservative group takes credit for anti-net neutrality comments Conservative group takes credit for anti-net neutrality comments
- May 12, 2017

In a freakish twist, the FCC announced that its comment system was overloaded after the Oliver rant, but the agency cited the cause as " multiple distributed denial-of-service attacks (DDos)". But a sizable portion of those comments are fake, and are repeating the same manufactured response again and again. "A denial-of-service attack against the FCC's website can prevent the public from being able to contribute to this process and have their voices heard", the letter reads . (more...)
Cellino and Barnes has filed to dissolve Cellino and Barnes has filed to dissolve
- May 12, 2017

The current - and seemingly coming-to-an-end - incarnation of Cellino & Barnes can trace its roots back to 1958, when Cellino's father, Ross Sr., founded Cellino & Likoudis. Neither Cellino nor Barnes responded to a request for comment. Their catchy "Cellino & Barnes" jingle - urging victims to "Don't Wait, Call 8" (1-800-888-8888) - has been a longtime television staple with multiple commercials repeatedly airing. (more...)
Harman Kardon's Cortana-powered smart speaker 'Invoke' revealed, arrives this coming fall Harman Kardon's Cortana-powered smart speaker 'Invoke' revealed, arrives this coming fall
- May 12, 2017

Harman Kardon says its " beautifully designed speaker " provides detailed 360-degree sound projection. The new Harman Kardon Invoke makes this ever more the possible. "We're excited to work with Microsoft to develop a premium speaker that will deliver an exceptional experience to every customer using 360-degree Harman Kardon sound and the intelligence of Cortana". (more...)
Google's Fuchsia OS runs on a little bit of Magenta Google's Fuchsia OS runs on a little bit of Magenta
- May 12, 2017

Though we are still in the early speculation phase, it is possible that Fuchsia could be the beginning of a new software standard for Google-made products. As discussed briefly yesterday, Fuchsia is the codename for the OS, while Armadillo is essentially the 1.0 name, not unlike Google's dessert names for Android releases. (more...)
Call of Duty: Black Ops III Zombies Chronicles Gets New Gameplay Trailer Call of Duty: Black Ops III Zombies Chronicles Gets New Gameplay Trailer
- May 12, 2017

Any unopened Supply Drop bundles that remain after events have ended will now stay in the Black Market. Check out the official patch notes down below. This new DLC for Black Ops 3 , titled " Zombies Chronicles ", is the fifth one for the title and has been the subject of much rumor and speculation over the past few weeks. (more...)
10-year lifespan gain for some HIV patients 10-year lifespan gain for some HIV patients
- May 12, 2017

However, those HIV patients are the exception, not the rule, they added: most continue to have a lower life expectancy than the general population. It also prevents onward spread of the disease . "But continued success is dependent on people knowing they have HIV , so that they can start treatment". While this is below the average life expectancy of around 80 in the United Kingdom, the study's authors said they hoped their findings would "decrease stigmatisation of people living with ... (more...)
'Payday 2' Heads To VR Later This Year 'Payday 2' Heads To VR Later This Year
- May 12, 2017

The trailer below shows some of this in action, including cover, lean mechanics, reviving players, and more, as well as using weapons with the Vive controllers. In the meantime, however, Starbreeze is already hard at work on bringing it to another medium - virtual reality. Furthermore, if you've unlocked any sort of content for the game, or purchased any downloadable content, that will be included as well, so you don't have to worry about making up all that progress to get the goods. (more...)
WATCH Vivegam teaser: Thala Ajith's spy thriller looks enticing and promising WATCH Vivegam teaser: Thala Ajith's spy thriller looks enticing and promising
- May 12, 2017

Ajith will be seen as Inter poll officer for this movie the combination has got together for the 3rd time and teaser is so stunning. But take away these changes and the rest remains the same as Vivegam teaser lands - Thala's ability to own the screen, his whistle-a-minute dialogues and memorable action sequences. (more...)
Windows 10 installed base hits 500 million
- May 12, 2017

Today at Build 2017 Conference, Microsoft has just announced that Windows 10 now powers 400 Million Devices. The milestone counts devices, not individual users, because some users may have multiple PCs running Windows 10, which Microsoft can not easily track. (more...)
Hate Crime Hoax Spree Continues, This Time Hitting A Small College Hate Crime Hoax Spree Continues, This Time Hitting A Small College
- May 12, 2017

Anderson said in an interview with Minnesota Public Radio that the fabricated letter aside, there are nine different investigations still ongoing concerning students receiving racist letters. "I don't care. There is nothing more that I can do". Police told the Star Tribune that Wells declined to file a criminal case, leading authorities to drop their investigation. (more...)
Xiaomi brings Mi Home to India, First store in Bengaluru open today Xiaomi brings Mi Home to India, First store in Bengaluru open today
- May 12, 2017

The new Xiaomi Mi Home Store is located at Phoenix Market City Mall, Whitefield, IT hub of Bengaluru. The offline mobile store gets started from 20th of this month. Xiaomi plans to open 100 more Mi Stores in metro cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Chennai within the next two years. Calling it an "internet+" and "new retail" approach, Xiaomi is hoping to leverage the convenience of offline shopping and the retail experience. (more...)
Microsoft Teams\' Developers Can Now Publish Their Apps Microsoft Teams\' Developers Can Now Publish Their Apps
- May 11, 2017

At its Build 2017 developer conference today, Microsoft announced that all developers can now publish Microsoft Teams apps to the Office Store . Microsoft now has "over 100 million monthly commercial active users" of Office 365 applications, Koenigsbauer noted. (more...)