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Nexus 6 Announced: Flagship Android L Smartphone

4 years ago /

Continuing the evolution of Android, Google today announced its next flagship Nexus smartphone. The Nexus 6 handset will be welcomed by developers looking for the ‘base’ Android L experience, and customers looking for a ‘clean’ experience of Google’s mobile operating system. Putting aside a physical launch, the Nexus 6 was announced online, along with...

Facebook Creates 'Safety Check' Tool For Disasters

4 years ago /

Facebook Inc. is launching a tool that lets users notify friends and family that they are safe during or after natural disasters. The tool, called "Safety Check," will be available worldwide to the social network's 1.32 billion users on computers and mobile devices. This includes the basic "feature" phones many people...

 

Where The Dead Become Gems - Swiss Company Turns People’s Ashes Into Diamonds

4 years ago /

A Swiss company, Algordanza, wants to change the way people mourn by transforming the remains of their loved ones into gems. The company is memorializing people by compressing and super-heating your loved one’s cremated ashes and turn them into a man-made diamond that can be worn and cherished. The man-made jewel is meant to...

Google To Install Shark Proof Undersea Cable Linking US And Brazil

4 years ago /

Google has given the go ahead for a 6,560 mile (10,557km) undersea cable to link the US and Brazil. The fibre-optic cable will have the capacity to move an incredible 64 terabits of data every second, equivalent to 85,000 feature films and a measure of bandwidth unthinkable before the 21st Century. Brazil...

Samsung Develops 60GHz WiFi, Downloads 1GB Of Data In 3 Seconds

4 years ago /

Samsung has revealed new technology making Wi-Fi speeds five-times faster for devices than the current norm. Samsung Electronics has developed new Wi-Fi technology that allows devices to transfer data up to five-times faster than the current maximum. The company revealed the new technology in a statement over the weekend, which stated that...

Japan Court Orders Google To Delete Data

4 years ago /

A Japanese court has ordered Google to delete search results linking the claimant to a crime he did not commit, the latest in a series of rulings around the world on what search engines should tell users.  The Tokyo District Court this week placed a provisional order that Google delete about...

Researchers Just Discovered The Brightest Dead Star Ever Found

4 years ago /

Astronomers using NASA’s NuSTAR telescope array have found something beautiful about 12 million light-years from our planet Earth: The brightest dead star, or pulsar, ever found. It’s only called a dead star because it’s the leftovers from a supernova — this thing is still very much alive, pumping out around...

 

13 Year Old Boy Hacks Into School Computer System To Get Answers For His Homework

4 years ago /

Most 13-year-olds resort to farcical excuses to avoid handing in homework. Why not hack your school's online system and take the answers directly? And if it's going to take months of filling your piggy-bank to buy the newest Xbox game, why not hack an online store and lower the price to...

World's First 3D-Printed Electric Car Takes Just 2 Days To Print

4 years ago /

In the future, when your car breaks down or you want an upgrade, you’ll be able to print a new one in less than two days. An Arizona-based car manufacturer has created the world’s first fully functional, 3D-printed electric car, and its made using just 49 parts. The Strati, which is Italian...

2 Americans, 1 German Win Chemistry Nobel

4 years ago /

Americans Eric Betzig and William Moerner and German scientist Stefan Hell have won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for “the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy.” The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences says the work of the three scientists “has brought optical microscopy into the nanodimension.”...

Physics Nobel Prize Goes To Scientists Who Perfected LED Light

4 years ago /

Two scientists in Japan and one at the University of California at Santa Barbara were awarded this year's Nobel Prize in physics for helping create the LED light. The awarding committee said the trio's work is in keeping with the spirit of Alfred Nobel, the founder of the prize, because LED...

Facebook App To Allow Users To Send Cash

4 years ago /

Facebook is set to allow friends to send each other money using its Messenger smartphone app, it has been revealed. The feature - which is yet to be activated - was discovered by Stanford computer science student Andrew Aude with the help of app exploration developer tool Cycript. The option lets users...

EU Clears Facebook's $19 Bn Buyout Of WhatsApp

4 years ago /

European Union regulators on Friday cleared the buyout of the WhatsApp mobile messaging service by Facebook, despite opposition by telecom companies afraid of the growing power of US technology giants. In a statement explaining its approval of the $19-billon (15-billion-euro) deal, the European Commission, the EU's executive arm, said Facebook and...

Israel: What Wine Did King David Drink?

4 years ago /

A scientist in Israel is on a mission to find out what kind of wine was drunk in Biblical times. The project - which is part-funded by the government - also aims to re-launch its production. Several barrels of wine are already standing next to Elyashiv Drori's laboratory at Ariel University...

Twitter Invests $10 millionTo Understand How People Use Social Networks

4 years ago /

From organising protests in oppressed countries to sharing viral videos and jokes: People use Twitter to share pretty much everything. And now the Californian company has given $10 million to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to study exactly how the public uses Twitter to achieve different shared goals. It is hoped...

Watch That Shows Your Death Date Invented

4 years ago /

If you could know when you were going to die would you want to know? Now with ‘the death watch’ you have a chance to satisfy your curiosity. A gadget, that was created by a Swedish inventor, Fredrik Colting, calculates a person’s life expectancy based on the personal data of its...

Nigeria's GSM Subscribers Hit 130 Million

4 years ago /

The Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr Eugene Juwah has said Nigeria's Global System for Mobile (GSM) communication subscriber figures have hit the 130 million mark. Represented by the agency's Director, Public Affairs, Tony Ojobo, at the NCC Special Day at the on-going Abuja International Trade Fair, Juwah said...

Microsoft skips Windows 9 in bid to win back consumers with new version 10 That Will Run On Phones

4 years ago /

Microsoft has decided to jump straight to version 10 of its Windows software in a bid to convince consumers the software is different from current versions. The firm announced the latest version of its Windows operating system, called Windows 10, at an event in San Francisco. The firm admitted the software was...

Apple Responds To Complaints Of Bent iPhones

4 years ago /

Social media channels have overflowed this week with commentary on whether Apple‘s new iPhone 6 Plus bends under pressure, particularly in a pants pocket. Turns out actual complaints to the company, at least so far, are much less prevalent. “With normal use a bend in iPhone is extremely rare and through our first six days...

Apple Apologises For iOS 8 Update Bug

4 years ago /

Apple has apologised after an update to its mobile operating system left some owners of its new iPhones unable to make or receive calls. Users who had installed iOS 8.0.1 on the iPhone 6 models also complained it had caused problems for the handsets’ Touch ID fingerprint facility. The update had been...


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