News: Tech & Science

Amazon said to consider purchase of movie theater chain

Thursday  20:31,   16 august 2018
cnet

The e-tailer is vying to buy Landmark Theatres, a chain owned by Mark Cuban, Bloomberg reports.The internet retail giant is competing against other suitors to acquire Landmark Theatres from a group backed by billionaire Mark Cuban, Bloomberg[...]
News / Tech & Science

Google Firebase adds in-app messaging, JIRA integration, new reports and more

Thursday  20:31,   16 august 2018
techcrunch

Firebase is now Google's default platform for app developers, and over the course of the last four years since it was acquired, the service has greatly expanded its feature set and integrations with Google services.The highlight of this release[...]

After Alex Jones timeout, Twitter CEO mulls deeper changes

Thursday  16:32,   16 august 2018
msn

A day after Twitter gave right-wing conspiratorialist Alex Jones a weeklong timeout, CEO Jack Dorsey is mulling deeper changes to the social media service that might limit the spread of fake news, misinformation and hate speech.Twitter joined other [...]

9 innovative kitchen gadgets that will make your life (and cooking) better

Thursday  16:31,   16 august 2018
t3

Kitchens stopped being places of drudgery and tedium around the time that dishwashers went mainstream and Heston Blumenthal invented the microwave. The big kitchen brands, alongside some newer challengers, have really pushed the envelope of [...]

Earth's Ingredients May Be Similar to Distant Planets

Thursday  16:31,   16 august 2018
newsweek

The findings could have implications for how planets form and the search for Earth-like worlds.Using some of the world’s most powerful telescopes, scientists measured the compositions of 18 different planetary systems and compared them to our own.[...]

The Alexa-Cortana crossover is now available to the public

Thursday  10:51,   16 august 2018
engadget

More people will be able to access the Alexa-Cortana collaboration their companies unveiled last year, now that the team-up is available as a public preview. Since this rollout is still just a preview, you won't be able to access some of[...]

Fitbit may give the Charge 3 a touchscreen but not GPS

Thursday  06:51,   16 august 2018
engadget

A new leak has revealed info about the upcoming Fitbit Charge 3 — namely, that the fitness watch is finally getting a full touchscreen. Android Authority's intel didn't include suggested prices for either edition, though both its[...]

NASA is running a 3D printing competition to design homes on Mars

Thursday  06:30,   16 august 2018
qz

NASA has set its sights on building homes on Mars. 18 teams were tasked with designing a virtual model of a 3D-printed house on Mars. They were encouraged to use recycled material and “indigenous resources” (basically Martian rocks) in an[...]

A bunch of Tweetbot features no longer work in preparation for the Twitter API change

Thursday  06:11,   16 august 2018
theverge

Twitter is planning to roll out changes to its API tomorrow, and it’s already having effects on Tweetbot. None of these changes fundamentally ruin Tweetbot, but they certainly make the app less useful. When Tweetbot 3 launched on the Mac in [...]

Motorola’s latest phone looks exactly like an iPhone X with a Huawei paint job

Thursday  06:06,   16 august 2018
theverge

Motorola has made a new iPhone X clone called the P30 that comes in an iridescent twilight color reminiscent of Huawei’s P20, as spotted by PhoneArena. The Motorola P30 could possibly be the same Motorola One Power we’ve already seen in[...]

Earth's Undetected 'Mini-Moons' Could Make For Exciting New Astronomy

Thursday  04:50,   16 august 2018
gizmodo.com.au

Every once in a while, our planet captures a “mini-moon”, a tiny asteroid that hangs out in our orbit for a bit before venturing back into the depths of space. New research suggests these small, temporary natural satellites carry tremendous[...]

Mystery Russian satellite raises US alarm

Thursday  04:07,   16 august 2018
bbc

Official says "there is no way to verify" what object is and whether or not it may pose a danger."We don't know for certain what it is and there is no way to verify it," said assistant secretary Yleem Poblete at a conference in Switzerland [...]

Excavation Begins On A Truly Giant New Telescope

Thursday  03:51,   16 august 2018
gizmodo.com.au

The bigger a telescope’s mirrors, the better resolution it has. Excavation has just begun on a new telescope that will be truly enormous, called the Giant Magellan Telescope. The GMT will be be big — 24.5m in diameter, high up in the Chilean desert. [...]

Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Games Go Hi-Tech With The First Indigenous Game Jam

Thursday  03:26,   16 august 2018
gizmodo.com.au

Using the kulap seed (also known as the matchbox bean or QLD Bean), Kulap is a game that has been played forever on the Torres Strait Islands. Now, Kulap is being used to teach kids how to code. This is a first for an Aboriginal or Torres Strait[...]

I would play the Nintendo Switch way more than I do if it had these 3 features

Thursday  02:26,   16 august 2018
businessinsider.com.au

The Nintendo Switch is an incredible game console. But I wish I could justify playing it more often. Some of my favourite games over the last year have been on the Switch: I played through the entirety of "The Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the [...]