News: Tech & Science

Facebook is trying to make the Poke happen again

Tuesday  06:20,   12 december 2017
TechCrunch

Facebook's "Poke" feature has never really gone away, but now the social network is giving it a more prominent placement.A number of people recently noticed the return of the Poke on Facebook's mobile[...]

New standard sets baseline for HDR on PC displays

Tuesday  06:20,   12 december 2017
Engadget UK

As video enthusiasts will tell you, just saying a display is capable of high dynamic range doesn't say much -- you need to know how well it handles HDR. And that's crucial for PC monitors, where the accuracy and intensity of the picture can[...]

Some HP laptops are hiding a deactivated keylogger

Monday  20:05,   11 december 2017
TechCrunch

Researcher Michael Myng found a deactivated keylogger in a piece of software found on over 460 HP laptop models. A full list of affected laptops is here. The keylogger is deactivated by default but could represent a privacy concern if an attacker[...]

NASA's high altitude ER-2 scans California's wildfires

Monday  20:05,   11 december 2017
Engadget UK

For the second time this year, swaths of California are burning out of control thanks to unseasonably warm and dry temperatures. The ER-2 has been scanning the blazes with a couple of interesting instruments that have flown, or will fly[...]

A 6-year-old boy is making $11 million a year on YouTube reviewing toys

Monday  16:41,   11 december 2017
Tech Insider

The 6-year-old Ryan of YouTube's Ryan ToysReview made $11 million ($AUD14.6m) in revenue this year from his YouTube account, according to Forbes.A family-run YouTube channel, Ryan ToysReview generated around $11 million ($AUD14.6m) in pretax[...]

Don't Buy Anyone an Echo

Monday  15:51,   11 december 2017
Gizmodo

Three years ago, we said the Echo was “the most innovative device Amazon’s made in years.” That’s still true. But you shouldn’t buy one. You shouldn’t buy one for your family. You definitely should not buy one for your friends. In fact, ignore any[...]

Bitcoin Futures Start With a Bang as 26% Rally Triggers Halts

Monday  13:45,   11 december 2017
Bloomberg

Bitcoin has landed on Wall Street with a bang. Futures on the world’s most popular cryptocurrency surged as much as 26 percent in their debut session on Cboe Global Markets Inc.’s exchange, triggering two temporary trading halts designed to calm the [...]

Apple, India wrangle over import tax on mobile parts: sources

Monday  13:45,   11 december 2017
Reuters

<p>Apple Inc (AAPL.O) has asked India to defer a planned increase in import taxes on mobile phone parts so it can expand its iPhone manufacturing in the country, but the government is unlikely to accede, people familiar with the matter[...]

Google reveals all the Android Wear watches getting Oreo

Monday  13:45,   11 december 2017
Engadget UK

Google left us in the dark for a bit as to which Android Wear smartwatches are getting Oreo.&nbsp;The list is mainly made up of smartwatches from fashion brands, such as Louis Vuitton, while older Android Wear devices and the Asus ZenWatch 3[...]

Fired Indian Technology Workers Turn to Chatbots for Counseling

Monday  09:51,   11 december 2017
Bloomberg

The upheaval in India’s $154 billion tech outsourcing industry has prompted thousands of Indians to seek solace in online therapy services. (Bloomberg) -- For months Lovkesh Joshi was quietly terrified of losing his job as a manager at a top [...]

For the future of self-driving technology, look to ... bats?

Monday  09:51,   11 december 2017
PRI

Figuring out how bats use their biological sonar to move through swarms could someday help us engineer safer self-driving cars , for example, or improve other sonar and radar devices. But to get there, Kloepper says scientists need to better[...]

2 Bizarre Ancient Galaxies Found in a Colossal Sea of Dark Matter

Monday  06:05,   11 december 2017
MSN

Two enormous galaxies seen merging in the distant universe have astronomers rethinking the leading theory of how galaxies form.&nbsp;When the universe was in its infancy, the very first galaxies were tiny "dwarf galaxies" that clumped together[...]

The backpack of the future has magnetic straps to catch your AirPods

Sunday  19:21,   10 december 2017
The Verge

Backpacks are great at carrying stuff around, but even the nicest bags are still just canvas and leather sacks that we wear on our backs.&nbsp;But there’s no product that crowdfunding won’t try to make “smart,” which brings us to Visvo. It’s a[...]

An Apple analyst is saying that next year's iPhones will reportedly use bigger, newly designed batteries

Sunday  19:21,   10 december 2017
Tech Insider

<p>Famed KGI Securities analyst and Apple watcher Ming-Chi Kuo recently sent a note to investors (which we first saw via AppleInsider) in which he says he believes next year's OLED iPhones will use newly optimised, "L-shaped"[...]

An Apple analyst is saying that next year's iPhones will reportedly use bigger, newly designed batteries

Sunday  19:21,   10 december 2017
Tech Insider

<p>Famed KGI Securities analyst and Apple watcher Ming-Chi Kuo recently sent a note to investors (which we first saw via AppleInsider) in which he says he believes next year's OLED iPhones will use newly optimised, "L-shaped"[...]