Science


Geminid meteor shower lights up night sky over China Geminid meteor shower lights up night sky over China
- December 15, 2017

The Geminid meteor shower can produce up to 50 meteors per hour at its peak. "The thin, waning crescent moon won't spoil the show". You need not worry: anyone who didn't yet make a wish upon a shooting star can do so right now thanks to a plethora of Geminid photos from around the globe. (more...)
IMac Pro Now Available, Highest Spec Costs Over $13K IMac Pro Now Available, Highest Spec Costs Over $13K
- December 15, 2017

While the Surface line appealed to artists who needed a combination of portability and power, Apple's new machine is meant to function as a workstation with incredible power for the most intense video rendering and research simulation tasks. (more...)
Vivo smartphones will be first to feature in-display fingerprint sensor Vivo smartphones will be first to feature in-display fingerprint sensor
- December 15, 2017

The company announced that it is going into full production with what it described as "top five original equipment manufacturers (OEM)". A lot of people speculated that Samsung is going to be that brand because it faced a lot of heat previous year for the awkward placement of fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus . (more...)
Alphabet's moonshot factory Google X sells wireless internet technology to Andhra Pradesh Alphabet's moonshot factory Google X sells wireless internet technology to Andhra Pradesh
- December 15, 2017

The team is working with AP State FiberNet , which is a telecom company in the Andhra Pradesh state in India, where over 5 million people live right now. Those links will be used as the high-bandwidth backbone for the network to connect the rural area. The positive tests resulted in the agreement to take the relationship forward. (more...)
Samsung Galaxy S9 will be unveiled at Mobile World Congress, New Report Samsung Galaxy S9 will be unveiled at Mobile World Congress, New Report
- December 15, 2017

The Galaxy S9 is, of course, the smaller of the two (147.6 x 68.7 x 8.4mm) and looks very similar on the whole to the Galaxy S8 . It's worth pointing out though that the South Korea giant may have opted to make the successor a little bit smaller. (more...)
Snap releases Lens Studio, a tool for creating your own AR effects Snap releases Lens Studio, a tool for creating your own AR effects
- December 15, 2017

In a blog post about the launch, a spokesman for Snap said: 'With the launch of Lens Studio , we're excited to make Lenses more accessible to creators, and experiences within Snapchat more personal and diverse. Separately, the company partnered with seven ad agencies and will let them build face filters, which advertisers will then be able to place inside Snapchat for a price. (more...)
Scientists to investigate if cigar-shaped asteroid could be an alien spacecraft Scientists to investigate if cigar-shaped asteroid could be an alien spacecraft
- December 15, 2017

Called 'Oumuamua , it appears to be a metal-rich asteroid that comes from another star system. Based on how frequently astronomers think material is ejected from forming solar systems, they believe that fields of asteroid-like objects exist around the galaxy in interstellar space. (more...)
Facebook to test pre-video ads in monetization update Facebook to test pre-video ads in monetization update
- December 15, 2017

Going forward, the company won't be allowing mid-roll ad breaks for videos shorter than three minutes, and the ads won't show up until after the first minute of the video has been watched . Facebook's decision to stop this is being said to affect around 300 publishers. Meanwhile, Facebook is investing more money in video. People are silhouetted as they pose with laptops in front of a screen projected with a Facebook logo, in this picture illustration taken in Zenica October 29, 2014. (more...)
Samsung may launch its own smart speaker by Q2 of next year
- December 15, 2017

The report did not include any further details, but theoretically, you will be able to talk to your Samsung speaker to turn on lights, set the temperature in your home and more. Apple will use Siri for HomePod. Bixby also improves over time to recognise your personal preferences and style of speaking. The WSJ now says Samsung sees the full release of Bixby voice support available for the Galaxy S8 as 'unlikely before the second half of July'. (more...)
Huawei Enjoy 7S full specs leaked by a reliable source Huawei Enjoy 7S full specs leaked by a reliable source
- December 15, 2017

We can't be certain as to whether the Honor 9 Lite will make way to Malaysian shores after its launch next week, but it will likely remain as a China exclusive device for a couple of months. The phone would also feature a microSD card slot to expand the phone's memory. The smartphone comes with a 16MP and 2MP camera sensors with depth recognition and Phase Detection AutoFocus (PDAF). (more...)
Google Assistant Comes to Tablets, Android 5.0 Lollipop Devices Google Assistant Comes to Tablets, Android 5.0 Lollipop Devices
- December 14, 2017

This is fantastic news for people with older devices, of which there are a lot - over 26% of Android users still use Lollipop. However, it's only rolling out to tablet users with the language set to English in the US. It will also be available in Spanish but in the United States and Mexico, besides Spain of course. Users will be able to use Google Assistant , when they get the update and opt-in. (more...)
Apple Acquires Shazam For $400 Million Apple Acquires Shazam For $400 Million
- December 14, 2017

The acquisition makes ideal sense when you consider Shazam's talents, and Apple's focus on where to take technology next. According to reports , the deal is worth US$400 million. "We are thrilled that Shazam and its talented team will be joining Apple". While Spotify is expected to be shut out from Shazam referrals in the near future, it's important to note that Shazam is far from the only player in the audio recognition game. (more...)
Free trial flies in for Injustice 2 Free trial flies in for Injustice 2
- December 14, 2017

Injustice 2 is NetherRealm at its very best. Injustice 2 will have a free trial that you can download on PS4 and Xbox One starting on December 14th. The players can also try certain DLC characters in single-player too. The game will be discounted at some retailers if you want to buy it for Christmas. (more...)
Apple's Long-Awaited iMac Pro Finally Goes on Sale in Two Days
- December 14, 2017

Apple said the iMac Pro will go on sale on Thursday. "With new features like 360-degree VR editing and motion graphics, advanced color grading and HDR support, Final Cut Pro gives video editors the tools to create stunning, next-generation content...." Apple hasn't made the iMac Pro available for pickup just yet so customers who are interested in purchasing one will have to place an order online. (more...)
Why is the Google Pixel Launcher showing 1-5 installs? Why is the Google Pixel Launcher showing 1-5 installs?
- December 14, 2017

The app is now available to download from Google Play Store. A number of Android smartphones arrive with exclusive apps available in Google Play. As pointed out by Android Police , the install figures for the Google Pixel apps, available on both the first and second generation Pixel and Pixel XL, now show as "1-5" in the Google Play Store. (more...)
Grand master: Meet the shark believed to be about 512 years old Grand master: Meet the shark believed to be about 512 years old
- December 14, 2017

The ice-filled water of the Arctic region houses the giant Greenland shark which might be the oldest surviving vertebrate in the globe as of now. Using radiocarbon dating, scientists analyzed the eye lenses of 28 Greenland sharks , finding the oldest sample to be 392 years old. (more...)
Space capsule with three astronauts returns safely to Earth Space capsule with three astronauts returns safely to Earth
- December 14, 2017

Several experiments had scientists look at microgravity's impact on human health and disease, including the effects on antibiotic resistance of E. coli. Bresnik has now spent a total of 150 days in space on two flights, while Ryazanskiy has 306 days in space on two flights and Nespoli has logged 313 days in space on his three flights. (more...)
Jaguar F-PACE Gets 5-Star Safety Rating from Euro NCAP Jaguar F-PACE Gets 5-Star Safety Rating from Euro NCAP
- December 14, 2017

The Euro NCAP is an organization that provides customers with important information about the safety of the cars that they want to purchase. Should safety be of utmost importance, you'll want to buy a five-star vehicle and the Yaris is one of them. (more...)
Bing AI features add Reddit posts, multiple perspectives to search results Bing AI features add Reddit posts, multiple perspectives to search results
- December 14, 2017

Improved image search that lets you perform tasks such as searching for a dress, which gets you similar ones with links to buy them-and lets you then crop the original dress image down to the necklace being worn with it, for necklace-related results. (more...)
Will Smith & Joel Edgerton's Bright releases final Netflix trailer Will Smith & Joel Edgerton's Bright releases final Netflix trailer
- December 14, 2017

For updates on Bright: The Album , go here . In " Bright ", Smith plays an LAPD cop who has been assigned an Orc ( Joel Edgerton ) as his new partner. Scripted by Max Landis ( American Ultra ) and directed by David Ayer ( Fury ), the action-thriller takes place in an alternate present day in which humans live alongside magic folk like elves and orcs. (more...)

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