News: Tech & Science

One day we'll stop using Facebook. What happens next?

Tuesday  04:56,   21 november 2017
ABC News

Many of us wonder how we ever lived without Facebook — and how we might escape. If Facebook has become one network to rule them all, then the future looks like a splintered, fractured mess, writes Seamus ByrneAnd by "them", we really mean Facebook.[...]

Dandelion fluff makes a surprisingly effective parachute

Tuesday  04:35,   21 november 2017
Popular Science

The physics of dandelion dispersal could inspire windborne microdrones. The fluffy bristles on a dandelion seed act like a tiny parachute. The fluffy bristles on a dandelion seed act like a tiny[...]

Six Years After Fukushima, Robots Finally Find Reactors’ Melted Uranium Fuel

Tuesday  01:05,   21 november 2017
The New York Times

The Japanese government and companies used radiation-hardened machines to search for the fuel that escaped the plant’s ruined reactors.FUKUSHIMA DAIICHI NUCLEAR POWER PLANT, Japan — Four engineers hunched before a bank of monitors, one holding what[...]

Supersonic train could link Sydney and Brisbane in ‘less than an hour’

Tuesday  00:36,   21 november 2017

Travelling from Sydney to Brisbane may soon be faster on the ground than in the air if a futuristic hyperloop transport system comes to fruition. A plan to build a hyperloop to link the two capitals could see passengers travelling at supersonic[...]

You can now hail Uber rides for friends who don't have accounts

Monday  19:35,   20 november 2017

If you use Uber often enough, you've probably had those moments where you wanted to hail a ride for someone else, such as a friend heading home from the bar. It isn't always easy to arrange a guest trip, however, which is why Uber has just[...]

Volvo Cars to supply Uber with up to 24,000 self-driving cars

Monday  19:10,   20 november 2017

<p>Uber plans to buy up to 24,000 self-driving cars from Volvo, marking the transition of the U.S. firm from an app used to summon a taxi to the owner and operator of a fleet of cars.</p>The non-binding framework deal could offer San[...]

IBM could be set for gains after long slump - Barron's

Monday  14:16,   20 november 2017

International Business Machines Corp (IBM.N) could be the next blue-chip company with a rising valuation, according to a report in financial publication Barron's.Some analysts expect IBM to return to growth this quarter, Barron's said in its[...]

iCloud on the web: a quick and complete guide

Monday  14:16,   20 november 2017

For years Google has had the edge over Apple as far as web-based apps go - think Gmail, Google Maps, Google Drive, and all the rest - but recently Apple has finally got around to upgrading its iCloud portal to look like something you wouldn't be [...]

5 security mistakes you're probably making

Monday  10:52,   20 november 2017

Cyber-security is something you take for granted, until someone hacks your account, steals your bank info, and spreads compromising pictures of you all over the Internet.&nbsp;&nbsp;Most people know about virus protection. They avoid weird[...]

Razer Phone review: an absolute beast of a smartphone

Monday  10:52,   20 november 2017

Built for Gamers, but you don't have to be a gamer to want itHow exactly has Razer built a phone for gamers? Well, for a start it has an amazing screen with technology not seen in a phone before, brilliant speakers, and a design which makes it[...]

I tried out Google’s translating headphones. Here’s what I found.

Monday  10:52,   20 november 2017
The Washington Post

Google’s Pixel Buds won’t put translators out of business, but they're better than a phrase book.The most important thing you should know about Pixel Buds is that their full features only work with Google’s newest smartphone, the Pixel 2. While[...]

Earthbound Antimatter Mystery Deepens After Scientists Rule Out Pulsar Source

Monday  10:52,   20 november 2017

The Earth is constantly showered by high-energy particles from a variety of cosmic sources. Physicist Victor Hess used a balloon to provide the first evidence of the extraterrestrial nature of cosmic rays in 1912. Since then, scientists have[...]

Alan Finkel pushes for more energy storage to keep bills down and maintain reliability

Monday  10:51,   20 november 2017

Power bills will go up and energy supply will be less reliable unless Australia develops better storage systems, according to Chief Scientist Alan Finkel.&nbsp;A new report from Dr Finkel's office and the Australian Council of Learned Academics[...]

Authorities serve Apple a warrant for Texas shooter’s iPhone

Monday  06:51,   20 november 2017

The news has echoes of a recent spat between Apple and the FBI over a mass shooting in San Bernadino, California, in late 2015. Two weeks ago today, 26 people were killed by a gunman at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Two phones [...]

Phoning E.T.: Message Sent to Nearby Planet That Could Host Life

Monday  06:51,   20 november 2017

If there are any intelligent aliens in the GJ 273 system, they can expect to hear from us about a dozen years from now. Last month, scientists and artists beamed a message to GJ 273, a red dwarf also known as Luyten's star that lies 12.36[...]