News: Tech & Science

Sony explains why Android updates take so long

Monday  08:30,   20 august 2018
engadget

If you're like many smartphone owners using non-stock versions of Android, you're probably twiddling your thumbs waiting for your device maker to release an upgrade to Android 9 Pie. It's not as simple as grafting some custom code[...]
News / Tech & Science

Alcatel 1C review: an $89 smartphone with (some) flagship features

Monday  07:12,   20 august 2018
msn

With its tall 18:9 display and fingerprint scanner, the Alcatel 1C from TCL offers a few features normally reserved for pricier handsets, all for under $100.As manufacturers continue to push the envelope in the premium end of the market, the[...]

Tech surveillance laws proposed by Australian Government 'aggressive', critics say

Monday  06:55,   20 august 2018
abc.net.au

Proposed laws that could compel technology companies to assist Australian spy and law enforcement agencies are worrying security experts.If passed, the assistance and access bill would introduce expansive new powers to help law enforcement officers[...]

How To Use Your Phone When The Screen Is Cracked

Monday  05:31,   20 august 2018
lifehacker.com.au

You drop your phone and the screen shatters. Ugh. While you've probably been smart about putting your critical data on the cloud — right? — there might be some things you still want to extract from your smartphone before you take it in for[...]

Human skull sparks DNA hunt to identify dozens of unmarked remains in remote Australia

Monday  03:05,   20 august 2018
abc.net.au

The discovery of a human skull on a crumbling riverbank has led scientists on a quest to identify one of the largest recoveries of human remains from unmarked grave sites in Australia. Now scientists are using the latest DNA technology to try to[...]

Bronze age treasure worth hundreds of thousands of pounds is discovered by a metal detectorist walking through a field in Norfolk

Monday  02:51,   20 august 2018
dailymail.co.uk

David Lovett, a 64-year-old from Smallburgh, unearthed the precious haul of ancient goods when walking through the field in Barton Turf, Norfolk. Among the discovered axe heads, chisels, knives and spears is well as a ring for a lock of hair that[...]

Google rolls back Android Messages to old design and removes dark mode

Monday  02:51,   20 august 2018
theverge

<p>On Thursday, it looked as though Google was starting to roll out a redesigned version of its vital Android Messages app.</p>The update featured some visual changes like getting rid of the blue bar at the top and switching over to the[...]

OnePlus 6T will launch with T-Mobile, its first US carrier partner

Sunday  13:30,   19 august 2018
cnet

Don't worry, there's still a global version that will launch at the same time in October.Load[...]

The latest in a new generation of giant telescopes broke ground this week

Sunday  13:05,   19 august 2018
qz

Space is hot. Thanks to new rockets built by the private sector and the remarkable discovery of evidence of water on Mars, space flight and exploration are receiving more attention now than they have in decades. Soon, it won’t just be Earth’s[...]

Google rolls back Android Messages to old design and removes dark mode

Sunday  09:30,   19 august 2018
theverge

<p>On Thursday, it looked as though Google was starting to roll out a redesigned version of its vital Android Messages app.</p>Oh well. It looked good. Hopefully it returns[...]

How Will NASA Know If Opportunity Is OK After The Martian Dust Storm?

Sunday  06:05,   19 august 2018
gizmodo.com.au

Nearly all of Mars has been under the assault of a planet-wide dust storm since June. The nerve-wracking question. Is the Opportunity rover OK?The 15-year-old rover has been incommunicado since June 10, according to a NASA release, as the dust storm [...]

A $1 billion telescope that will take pictures 10 times sharper than Hubble's is now officially under construction

Sunday  02:31,   19 august 2018
businessinsider.com.au

Construction crews have broken ground on the Giant Magellan Telescope in Chile. When complete, the telescope will have a light-collecting area about 80 feet in diameter - nearly the area of a basketball court.So it goes with the Giant Magellan[...]

World's Oldest Cheese, Found In Ancient Tomb, Was Also Very Dangerous

Sunday  01:55,   19 august 2018
gizmodo.com.au

Humans have been producing and consuming cheese for a very long time, as the recent discovery of 3200-year-old cheese in an ancient Egyptian tomb attests. Delicious though this cheese may have been, it was also a potential source of disease. New[...]

How Google’s location-tracking issue affects you

Saturday  15:30,   18 august 2018
engadget

Watching Twitter and Facebook commit reputational suicide over the past 20 months has been as painful as it has been entertaining -- entertaining in the sense that all anyone had to do was let the companies be themselves.&nbsp;Load[...]

NASA finally figured out what this ‘foreign object’ on Mars actually is

Saturday  15:30,   18 august 2018
bgr

Despite what so many people would love to believe, NASA hasn't discovered any evidence of past or present intelligent life on Mars.&nbsp;The thin fragment was suspicious enough to warrant its own name, with NASA’s Curiosity rover team[...]