American Technology News for 10 Jan 2017
The deal between the French space agency CNES and Indian space agency ISRO covers work on launch technology, including how to streamline mission costs. SpaceNews.com
At MIT, U.S. Secretary of State highlights peril of climate change, economic promise of clean energy.
Humanity has existed for a couple hundred thousand years, or so scientists believe, with civilization thought to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 5,000 to 6,000 years old. For the entire time,... we've looked up at the Moon and wondered where exactly it came from and why it's been hanging around for so darn long. Theories have come and gone, but there hasn't been any definitive proof to ultimately quiet the debate. That proof might come when China and other nations head back to the moon to perform various tests, but in the meantime there's a new potential explanation for the Moon's existence, and it's based on an idea that was once largely dismissed. In a new paper published in Nature Geoscience, a trio of researchers have revived an old theory that the Moon is actually the product of many...
Instagram is emulating its parent company Facebook by reportedly experimenting with inserting video ads in between Stories -- the sharing feature it copied from Snapchat in August. The post Instagram... follows Facebook by reportedly testing mid-roll video ads for Stories appeared first on Digital Trends.
Wikileaks sparked an online firestorm on Friday when they tweeted that they were considering making an "online database" of Twitter's verified users-- those accounts that have a little blue and white... check mark next to their names. The controversial tweet mentioned that personal information, like "family/job/financial/housing relationships" could be part of the proposed database. It has subsequently been deleted. Wikileaks has since seemed to walk back the idea in response to a slew of outraged tweets and press. (Some were concerned about "doxxing," which is a term that means to publish personal information online.) "As we stated the idea is to look at the network of *relationships* that influence -- not to publish addresses," the organization wrote on Twitter hours later. That tweet...
There’s a project on Kickstarter that I thought was pretty neat called Moonlite. It uses your iPhone flashlight to project stories onto the wall or ceiling. The projections come in the form of a... ViewMaster-like reel of images. The words from the story appear on your screen, and each time you click the reel, the app turns the page with new words. It’s a clever marriage of the physical to an app, and I definitely applaud anything that helps parents tell bedtime stories to kids. A lot of folks seem to agree as the project has already raised $294,842, more than 14 times the original goal of $20,000. There’re 53 hours to go in the campaign as of this writing. The video below tells more about the project, and you can
A beer designed specifically for shower use aims to keep its cool in hot conditions by downsizing the bottle.
The question is more complicated than it seems. Neutrinos are elementary particles first discovered six decades ago. Over the years, scientists have learned several surprising things about them. But... they have yet to answer what might sound like a basic question: How much do neutrinos weigh? The answer could be key to understanding the nature of the strange particles and of our universe. To understand why figuring out the mass of neutrinos is such a challenge, first you must understand that there's more than one way to picture a neutrino. Neutrinos come in three flavors: electron, muon and tau. When a neutrino hits a neutrino detector, a muon, electron or tau particle is produced. When you catch a neutrino accompanied by an electron, you call it an electron neutrino, and so on. Knowing...
We are living at a time of unlimited potential. Never before have we experienced such a rapid growth in the number of young entrepreneurs who've begun working for themselves. From app developers, to... freelance writers, business consultants, creative producers, and startup founders, there's no shortage of people willing...
News Using the pump, the medical team can administer and accurately control the flow rate and the amount of food delivered ... Contributed Author: Vygon Group Topics: Surgical
We already know LG is abandoning its modular effort for the upcoming G6, but today the company delivered another interesting nugget: It'll sport a 5.7-inch Quad HD+ panel with an 18:9 aspect ratio.... Yes, that's really a 2:1 screen (math!), which means...
On Tuesday, the Department of Defense published video of fighter jets releasing a swarm of Perdrix drones during a military exercise in October. The entire operation likely cost millions of dollars,... but hilariously resembles a couple of giant metal birds pooping a flock of screaming, tiny birds mid-flight.
The United Arab Emirates announced Tuesday plans to invest 600 billion dirhams ($163 billion) in projects to generate almost half the country's power needs from renewables.
Elon Musk spoke to Y Combinator’s Sam Altman in a sit-down interview last year where he discussed, among other things, his apprehensions about the possible implications of developing advanced AI.... But when the interview was over and the camera was still rolling, Altman asked Musk for recommendations about good video games to play. Musk’s immediate response was…
Last month, a year after a Ukrainian power plant was hacked, another power station suffered an outage. But that's just the beginning of what researchers say is a massive hacking campaign with global... implications.
Ransomware operators are diversifying their cyber-extortion toolkit and expanding their range of targets.
On Wednesday, Norway will become the first country in the world to start shutting down its national FM radio network in favor of digital radio. Norwegians have had years to prepare, but the move is... still catching many off guard.
There's one app that wants to take up space on your home screen and free up space in your schedule by actually getting you to get things done. Meet Time, a new app that gamifies productivity, turning... recreation into achievement. The post This AI-powered app will help you get stuff done — and on time, too appeared first on Digital Trends.
Ethiopia says it will launch a civilian satellite into orbit in three to five years to better predict weather conditions and for remote sensing activities inside the country.
Monopoly's iconic tokens have more or less endured since the first version of the game, but that could all change as fans now vote from more than 50 tokens to be included in the next edition. The post... A new version of Monopoly could see Scottie dog replaced by an emoji appeared first on Digital Trends.
Scientists are embarking on the noblest of data-gathering missions, delivering us laypeople the animal information we all sorely wanted but were too timid to ask about.
You might think that since Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook, he would be good at using the site. Well, he's not. His posts are awful, and there is literally no way to escape them.
A new report from Asia indicates that Apple may use steel in an iPhone again this year. The iPhone 8, which is already expected to feature a "glass sandwich" design, will apparently have a stainless... steel chassis. Apple's iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s were the last iPhones to have a glass and steel design. Since then, Apple has used an aluminum unibody design for the iPhone, with glass being found only on the front of the phone. With the iPhone 8, Apple is tipped to bring wireless charging to the iPhone, a feature that requires the use of glass on the back of that handset so that radio waves can pass through. According to Digitimes, Apple has placed orders for stainless steel iPhone parts with Jabil, bypassing its usual supplier Foxconn. Jabil and Foxconn both made stainless steel chassis for...
There are many examples of artificial intelligence being used today to enhance and improve our lives, but these are some of the most potent applications of A.I.
For a company as prone to secrecy as Apple, Tim Cook over the past few months has been uncharacteristically effusive when discussing Augmented Reality. This past October, for example, Cook during an... earnings conference call enthusiastically said that Apple was "high on" the technology. One month earlier, Cook said that Augmented Reality is more intriguing than Virtual Reality because it allows people to talk to each other and see other information while remaining present in a conversation. While Apple's plans in the AR space remain murky, there are growing reports that the company is planning to release a pair of Augmented Reality equipped glasses by 2018, if not sooner . Most recently, Robert Scoble posted a note on Facebook claiming that Apple will release a pair of Augmented Reality...