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USA spy satellite appears lost after SpaceX launch

USA spy satellite appears lost after SpaceX launch A spokesman for Northrop Grumman Corp., which built the satellite valued to be worth more than $1 billion, told the Journal: "This is a classified mission". "Falcon Heavy has been rolled out to launchpad LC-39A for a static fire later this week, to be followed shortly thereafter by its maiden flight". Even more so, the US Strategic Command added an entry to its Space-Track catalogue of artificia... [Full Article...]

Qualcomm partnership may bring Google Assistant to your next video conference

Qualcomm partnership may bring Google Assistant to your next video conference By introducing the collaboration with the Google Assistant on Google Home in addition to our previous collaboration with Amazon , we're hoping to offer a more connected smart home ecosystem for families. No date for this roll out has been set yet, but TiVo promises that more information is coming soon, so we'll keep an ear to the ground for that. Echo Show now costs $229.99 and has a 7-in... [Full Article...]

Facebook's upcoming 'Portal' video chat device will reportedly cost a ridiculous $499

Facebook's upcoming 'Portal' video chat device will reportedly cost a ridiculous $499 Or, at least, there will probably be soon. Reports about the video chat device came out a year ago, but more details - like the name "Portal" - have now been revealed . Facebook is now planning to price Portal at $499 but could decide to lower the price to further spur consumer adoption. That steep price could drop to spur adoption, as CEO Mark Zuckerberg cares less about profits and has told e... [Full Article...]

New Google Headset, Camera Aim to Spread VR Beyond Gaming

New Google Headset, Camera Aim to Spread VR Beyond Gaming The standalone VR headset doesn't feature headphones, but has a 3.5mm headphone jack for you to pair your own. This makes the device the first standalone VR headset to use Google's Daydream platform. What makes the Mirage Camera with Daydream different from both regular cameras and VR cameras is that it isn't a 360-degree camera. The cameras shoot with a 180-degree FOV. [Full Article...]

Activision Taps Amazon's Twitch to Televise New Esports League

Activision Taps Amazon's Twitch to Televise New Esports League Fans can watch the games live by buying tickets for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday matches. Home team skins, which are the more colorful variation, will be available for purchase ahead of the Overwatch League . Missing from the deal is China, home to the biggest e-sports viewing audience, and Mr Harding-Rolls predicted there would be a separate announcement about media partnerships in... [Full Article...]

Processor Security Issue: Intel Says Processors Working As Designed

Processor Security Issue: Intel Says Processors Working As Designed The company says that it has already released " updates for the majority of processor products introduced within the past five years" in the form of firmware updates and software patches . The company will release an update to its Safari web browser in coming days to defend against another form of the security flaw known as Spectre. Intel says it has already issued numerous updates ... [Full Article...]

John Young, Nasa astronaut who walked on the moon, dies aged 87

John Young, Nasa astronaut who walked on the moon, dies aged 87 The retired USA astronaut Scott Kelly said he was saddened by the loss and called Young in a tweet "the astronauts' astronaut, a true legend". Young was in Nasa's second astronaut class, chosen in 1962, along with the likes of Neil Armstrong, Pete Conrad and James Lovell. [Full Article...]

Bandai Namco releases game's system requirements, new leak reveals character DLC

Bandai Namco releases game's system requirements, new leak reveals character DLC Dragon Ball FighterZ uses a 2.5D animation art style, meaning that, while characters are rendered in a 3D environment, they feature the traditional and iconic Dragon Ball anime art style. "With the powers of both a deity and a Saiyan thanks to his new found body, Goku Black is able to achieve the Super Saiyan Rose form to further carry out his mission". [Full Article...]

Male infertility among many side effects linked to ibuprofen

Male infertility among many side effects linked to ibuprofen Ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug sold without a prescription for short-term treatment of pain, inflammation from injuries, and fever. This study should give pause for thought to sportsmen using them routinely for exercise-induced aches and pains'. 'The authors speculate that this could have health implications for such men, given the known links between the disruption of suc... [Full Article...]

New Xbox One Update Adds Do Not Disturb Feature and More

New Xbox One Update Adds Do Not Disturb Feature and More Easily see which Achievements you are closest to, and quickly launch the game to obtain them. It's a minor update, meaning that while it does have new features, it's not the major update that will coincide with the next feature update for Windows 10. [Full Article...]

France Probes Apple Over Allegations Of 'planned Obsolescence' In IPhone

France Probes Apple Over Allegations Of 'planned Obsolescence' In IPhone To avoid its sudden shutdown, the corporation has made changes to the IOS operating system that slow down the performance of certain resource-scarce functions. It has admitted slowing its flagship iPhones phones down, but says this was meant to extend their battery life. "We apologize", Apple said in a message to customers on its website on December 28. [Full Article...]

Mark Zuckerberg says his personal challenge for 2018 is running Facebook properly

Mark Zuckerberg says his personal challenge for 2018 is running Facebook properly Now the company and its CEO are feeling remorseful, but it will take far more than a year of reflection for Facebook to find a way to course-correct. "We won't prevent all mistakes or abuse", Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post on Thursday morning, announcing his annual personal challenge . [Full Article...]

Sennheiser unveils $3000 glass-covered headphones for hardcore audiophiles

Sennheiser unveils $3000 glass-covered headphones for hardcore audiophiles These are different from the usual open-back audiophile headphones as they can still insulate from external noise without an open-backed design. These are crafted with a unique glass transducer cover which is meant to minimise resonances while still delivering exceptional sound that is realistic and transparent. [Full Article...]

Link Is Trying To Make Smart Homes Less Annoying

Link Is Trying To Make Smart Homes Less Annoying Its One-Tap feature allows consumers to easily control multiple devices and bundle multiple actions into scenarios. It's not just for folks with D-Link based systems, either, including 3rd party compatibility with most other Smart Home technologies including Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant. [Full Article...]

Climate Change Could Turn Great Barrier Reef Turtles All Female

Climate Change Could Turn Great Barrier Reef Turtles All Female ESCAPE: Discovering Maui's mountains and underwater world story, Kara Murphy - Ho'okipa Honu.Green Sea Turtles . Rising temperatures don't just threaten the reef's turtle population, but the UNESCO site itself. He believed that knowing the current as well as future adult sea turtle sex ratios would "be incredibly valuable" in bolstering preservation efforts for the species. [Full Article...]

Bixby Coming to Samsung's Family Hub Fridge, 2018 Smart TVs

Bixby Coming to Samsung's Family Hub Fridge, 2018 Smart TVs The company just announced at CES that Bixby will be integrated into all of its new US smart TVs in 2018. However, the new version brings the full capabilities of Samsung's voice assistant. During Samsung's CES 2018 conference, Samsung's Alanna Cotton, Vice President and General Manager Mobile Computing and Wearables said, "We've been leading the wearables journey for four years". [Full Article...]

Samsung Details its Upcoming Galaxy On7 Prime Smartphone on Amazon

Samsung Details its Upcoming Galaxy On7 Prime Smartphone on Amazon However, subtle changes are visible on the back panel. It is 8mm thin and has a metal unibody design. Samsung will be launching the Galaxy On7 Prime smartphone in the country as an Amazon India exclusive. There will be a microSD card slot for storage expansion up to 256GB. The device is expected to come with connectivity features such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, 4G LTE, a micro USB 2.0 port and... [Full Article...]

Facebook is shutting down its standalone personal assistant "M"

Facebook is shutting down its standalone personal assistant When someone asked M a question, the software's AI produced a response. Of course, ith everyone betting hard on artificial intelligence, neural networks, smart context-aware services, and chatbots, it's childish to think that Facebook is out of the AI game - that's hardly the case. [Full Article...]

Disappearance of Gbikes: Google Bikes Continue To Go Missing

Disappearance of Gbikes: Google Bikes Continue To Go Missing Apart from all the incredible stuff they do at Google's headquarters, around 30 employees have been specially hired by the tech-giant to try and stop its friendly neighbourhood from stealing its employees' bicycles. Locals admitted that they "rent" a Google bike whenever they need one. According to a resident, entire families jack the free bikes, from grandma and grandpa to their grandsons and g... [Full Article...]

AT&T reportedly dumps plans to sell smartphones from Huawei

AT&T reportedly dumps plans to sell smartphones from Huawei A deal with AT&T would've helped Huawei get its phones in front of many new consumers. Since most phones are purchased through carriers, it's nearly impossible for a manufacturer to gain serious market share without support from AT&T or Verizon, the two largest United States wireless networks. [Full Article...]


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