News: Tech & Science

Microsoft co-founder’s space venture plans to create three new rockets, including a spaceplane

Tuesday  06:31,   21 august 2018
theverge

All three will launch from the company’s massive airplaneStratolaunch, created by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, has been developing a giant dual-fuselage plane to launch rockets into orbit. The vehicle is meant to act like a flying launchpad;[...]
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Reports of Homo erectus' laziness are 'moronic'

Tuesday  06:30,   21 august 2018
popsci

If you’re into ancient anthropology, you’ve probably seen a headline or two (or twelve) touting a new discovery about our long extinct human relative, Homo erectus. According to a recent study, some outlets claimed, laziness may have contributed to[...]

Huawei Busted Apparently Using Professional Camera In Smartphone Ad Thanks To Instagram Screwup

Tuesday  05:58,   21 august 2018
gizmodo.com.au

Huawei shows us why we shouldn’t expect truth in advertising. Huawei still hasn’t made it big in the United States, but it’s a giant in the worldwide market. Over the weekend, the Chinese electronics manufacturer released a new ad for its Nova 3[...]

After decades of work, scientists found direct evidence of ice on the Moon

Tuesday  05:50,   21 august 2018
qz

The idea that there was ice on the Moon tantalized astronomers for years, even before NASA’s Apollo mission to send astronauts to the lunar surface began. When the NASA spacecraft Clementine brought sent back data that hinted at the possibility[...]

Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution owes more to his garden than the Galápagos

Tuesday  05:06,   21 august 2018
popsci

When naturalist Charles Darwin first set foot in the Galápagos, an archipelago of volcanic islands in the eastern Pacific Ocean, he was just moments away from a revelation so significant it would change the way we look at life on Earth[...]

JBL’s Android TV soundbar will sell for $400 in October

Tuesday  04:35,   21 august 2018
theverge

JBL’s Link Bar is one of the more interesting Android devices to be announced this year.That puts it on the pricier end of smart speakers and soundbars, but if you’re investing in Google’s ecosystem, the combination might just make sense. A soundbar [...]

Sony releases PS4 DualShock controller in four bright new colors

Tuesday  04:35,   21 august 2018
cnet

These controllers are likely to grab any gamer's attention.Sony announced the new controllers on Twitter and people are already picking their[...]

Apple is reportedly reviving two of its forgotten products

Tuesday  04:32,   21 august 2018
qz

Apple appears to be dipping back into its greatest hits collection. Bloomberg reported on August 20 that Apple will revive its Mac Mini desktop computer, and release a redesigned version of its MacBook Air laptop later this year. Apple’s[...]

What really killed the dinosaurs? Not asteroids, according to this Princeton scientist

Tuesday  04:32,   21 august 2018
techly.com.au

The last of the non-avian dinosaurs disappeared from our fragile planet around 65 million years ago. And an asteroid did it, right? Actually no – at least, not according to Professor Gerta Keller. Actually no – at least, not according to[...]

Meet Ophelia, the three-year-old with an IQ of 171

Tuesday  02:51,   21 august 2018
techly.com.au

Ophelia Morgan-Dew is a three-year-old who likes to play, jump into puddles and hang out with her buddies at Mensa. Yep. This adorable little girl is already a member of the largest high IQ society in the world, thanks to her astonishing IQ [...]

Elon Musk’s plan to own investors betting against Tesla is backfiring

Monday  12:32,   20 august 2018
vox

Investors shorting Tesla’s stock have made $1.2 billion since Musk’s privatization tweet. If Elon Musk’s plan in announcing he was thinking of taking Tesla private was to get revenge against short sellers, it’s not exactly working out. Investors[...]

Apple removes 25,000 ‘illegal’ apps from App Store in China

Monday  12:32,   20 august 2018
theverge

Apple has reportedly pulled more than 25,000 apps from its App Store in China that were deemed to fall foul of Chinese regulations. “Apple itself has set up the rules on how to allow apps onto its store, but it didn’t follow that, resulting [...]

Schools are using AI to track what students write on their computers

Monday  09:06,   20 august 2018
qz

Over 50 million k-12 students will go back to school in the US this month. Under the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), any US school that receives federal funding is required to have an internet-safety policy. As school-issued[...]

5 ways Samsung's new Bixby speaker can beat Alexa, HomePod and Google Home

Monday  09:06,   20 august 2018
cnet

Commentary: If Samsung follows this blueprint, the Galaxy Home will have a fighting chance versus Amazon, Google and Apple.Samsung didn't provide many details about the speaker at its event, leaving the meat and potatoes -- like pricing and when you [...]

Amazon appears to have discontinued the Kindle Voyage

Monday  08:30,   20 august 2018
theverge

Amazon removed the device from its storefront at the end of July.The Voyage was originally released in 2014 and featured some additional perks above the basic Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite: it was thinner and lighter, a glass screen, haptic buttons[...]