Science


SpaceX to launch 'world's most powerful rocket' with Tesla on board SpaceX to launch 'world's most powerful rocket' with Tesla on board
- January 08, 2018

We do know that aerospace and defense company Northrop Grumman procured Zuma's launch atop a Falcon 9 for the USA government - but we don't know which agency will operate the satellite, or if its mission is civilian or military. The company aims to top that total this year, flying from three launch pads - at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Kennedy Space Center and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. (more...)
SpaceX successfully sends secret 'Zuma' satellite to space SpaceX successfully sends secret 'Zuma' satellite to space
- January 08, 2018

Pacific. The rocket will be launching from Cape Canaveral in Florida. The blaze allowed the rocket to safely cut back through the Earth's atmosphere and land on a pad at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station . The first stage aced that landing, a little less than 8 minutes after taking off. "Everybody involved with the mission is pretty tight-lipped about it", Space.com reported past year. (more...)
All iPhones vulnerable to hacking due to Intel bug, reveals report
- January 07, 2018

The weakness could allow hackers or computer viruses to tunnel right down to a computer's chip, from where it has much greater access to sensitive information such as credit card data and other valuable figures. "Intel continues to believe that the performance impact of these updates is highly workload-dependent and, for the average computer user, should not be significant and will be mitigated over time", the company said in a statement . (more...)
FCC chair pulled out of trade show after death threats FCC chair pulled out of trade show after death threats
- January 07, 2018

Pai, who has attended CES every year for the past five years, was slated to appear alongside Maureen Ohlhausen, the acting chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, for a panel discussion on Tuesday. Three other FCC commissioners, including the two other Republican members, are still expected to attend. But I can tell you why Ajit Pai cancelled his appearance at CES: he's a coward . (more...)
HP takes wraps off its newest Chromebooks ahead of CES 2018 HP takes wraps off its newest Chromebooks ahead of CES 2018
- January 07, 2018

Unfortunately, the Chromebook 11 has a awful resolution for a modern laptop - its 11.6-inch display only has a 1366 x 768 resolution, like its predecessor, the Chromebook 11 C771 , which was launched last August and aimed at students. The report says these will also include Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2x2) for better connectivity. HP Chromebook 14 GS and Chromebook 11 G6 are touted to be durable. (more...)
President Trump Hopes North-South Korea Talks Will Go President Trump Hopes North-South Korea Talks Will Go "Beyond The Olympics"
- January 06, 2018

But that hardly explains President Trump's intemperate response. "(Kim) knows I'm not messing around. not even a little, not even one percent. We can only hope that Trump's advisers will talk him back from this latest outburst. Cheong Seong-chang, a senior fellow at the Sejong Institute think tank, said the scope of the talks would be limited as South Korea can not unilaterally pursue engagement with the regime. (more...)
Who's affected by computer chip security flaw Who's affected by computer chip security flaw
- January 06, 2018

Meltdown and the Spectre bounds check bypass are exploitable after boot, though branch target injection vulnerability requires 10-30 minutes for initialization on a system with 64 GB RAM, which is anticipated to scale "roughly linearly" with increases in host RAM size. (more...)
Burnout Paradise HD Remaster to reportedly release in Japan in March Burnout Paradise HD Remaster to reportedly release in Japan in March
- January 06, 2018

It all started with a Brazilian retailer listing the game for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in mid-December. Typically, most games don't have multiplatform releases in Japan, and will normally come out on PS Vita and PS4. Now in 2018, it looks like Burnout might be making a comeback, with Burnout Paradise reportedly set for a HD re-release. If you've a lingering fondness for Burnout , there's good news: Burnout Paradise is getting a HD remaster courtesy of EA. (more...)
Apple says all Macs and iOS devices affected by chip flaws
- January 06, 2018

As with many security flaws, it's most likely to be exploited by loading a malicious app on to your Mac or iOS device so only use a trusted source such as the App Store. Gaps in the chips' security have recently been exposed, and there are fears hackers could breach them - although this hasn't happened yet. "Not only is the attack surface the biggest we've seen, with so many devices at risk globally, the exposure window is also huge as it is reliant on people voluntarily patching their ... (more...)
Mark Zuckerberg Says Facebook to Look Into Cryptocurrency Mark Zuckerberg Says Facebook to Look Into Cryptocurrency
- January 06, 2018

Today feels a lot like that first year. After initially dismissing concerns about the influence of so-called fake news on Facebook, especially during the 2016 presidential campaign, Zuckerberg released a 6,000-word "community letter" in February, explaining how Facebook would attempt to prevent harmful uses of its platform and focus on building relationships between people. (more...)
AT&T Speeds Up 5G Wireless Roll-Out To Mobile Phone Users AT&T Speeds Up 5G Wireless Roll-Out To Mobile Phone Users
- January 06, 2018

AT&T is hoping to speed up the timetable. Telecoms company AT&T said it aims to become the first U.S. carrier to provide fifth-generation (5G) mobile service to customers in 2018, heating up the competition between it and rivals T-Mobile and Verizon . (more...)
Running Out Of Mobile Data? Best Prepaid Plans Under Rs 500 Running Out Of Mobile Data? Best Prepaid Plans Under Rs 500
- January 06, 2018

The Rs 509 tariff plan now offers 1GB data per day for 91 days, which is up from the previous 84 days. Reliance Jio has introduced new prepaid recharge offers as part of the "Happy New Year 2018" offer. Vodafone Rs 509 plan too stays at its current 84GB data for 84 days. With the recharge of Rs. 448, users get 1.5GB data per day for 84 days, bringing the total to 126GB. (more...)
United passenger smears feces in plane's bathrooms, gets flight grounded United passenger smears feces in plane's bathrooms, gets flight grounded
- January 06, 2018

United Airlines spokesman Charlie Hobart says 245 passengers were aboard the flight, which is set to depart Anchorage on Friday. The "passenger [was] smearing feces everywhere", Ted Stevens International Airport Police in the city of Anchorage said, according to local CBS station KTVA . (more...)
Intel CEO: We believe we have the right fixes for security exploit Intel CEO: We believe we have the right fixes for security exploit
- January 06, 2018

Intel stock, as of today, is trading at roughly the same price as Krzanich sold stock at, so he did not yield any significant gain from selling before the vulnerability was announced. This is especially true since other Intel stockholders had a nightmare on Wednesday, with more than $11 billion in shareholder value wiped out . October 30, 2017: Krzanich again changes the terms of his Rule 10b5-1 trading plan. (more...)
LG's new robots to serve passengers at airports and malls LG's new robots to serve passengers at airports and malls
- January 05, 2018

Unsurprisingly, LG is tying the robots up with its brand new ThinQ brand, giving it an AI spin. After their successful implementation of their Airbots at Incheon Airport, South Korea, the company is set to bring their trio of robots at CES this year. (more...)
The iPhone battery issue - how does it affect local iPhone owners? The iPhone battery issue - how does it affect local iPhone owners?
- January 05, 2018

As South Africa does not have any Apple stores‚ the eventual cost of replacement batteries for South African owners of iPhone 6‚ 6 Plus‚ 6s‚ 6s Plus‚ 7 and 7 Plus would include labour and middle man charges‚ said weFix chief operating officer Grant Webster. (more...)
How to check if Apple is reducing the performance of your iPhone How to check if Apple is reducing the performance of your iPhone
- January 05, 2018

Now if you've noticed your iPhone lagging behind in terms of performance but can't be too sure, there are some ways to check for it. The app I'm using here is the free Lirum Device Info Lite , which provides a lot of information about your iPhone's internal activity. (more...)
New measurement confirms: The ozone is coming back New measurement confirms: The ozone is coming back
- January 05, 2018

To determine how ozone and other chemicals have changed year to year, scientists used data from JPL's Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS) aboard the Aura satellite , which has been making measurements continuously around the globe since mid-2004. (more...)
Alaskan 'Sunrise' Girl DNA Helps Show How Humans Populated Americas Alaskan 'Sunrise' Girl DNA Helps Show How Humans Populated Americas
- January 05, 2018

A new study finds the first genetic evidence that all Native Americans are descended from a single, previously unknown, population, which scientists have named the Ancient Bergingians. He says the genetic analysis and other evidence confirmed the infant whose genome was analyzed was descended from a group that had separated from other East Asian peoples about 35,000 years ago. (more...)
After Enjoying in Beaches Disha marries Actor Tiger Shroff After Enjoying in Beaches Disha marries Actor Tiger Shroff
- January 05, 2018

Baaghi 2 which was initially slated to release on April 27, will mark Tiger's first film with his girlfriend Disha. Directed by Ahmed Khan, the film is all set to hit theatres on March 30. They were seen exchanging garlands and it looked like a marriage ceremony. The film gives Bollywood a fresh pairing with the coming together of Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani. (more...)

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