Global Technology News for 18 Jun 2019
Where there's meteoric smoke, there's cloud cover.
Tech stocks – and software ones in particular – have had a big year, with Microsoft's stock price jumping 30% in 2019.
As NASA and other organizations begin to lay the groundwork for crewed missions to places other than an orbiting space station or even the Moon, they're beginning to better understand the potential... challenges such missions will pose. Keeping a crew alive and well for a long-haul space mission is going to be hard, but one of the less-talked-about technological hurdles standing between mankind and deep space exploration actually has to do with navigation. Later this month, NASA will launch a mission to test a tool that could come in handy when we're finally ready to see humans travel to other worlds. At present, all spacecraft rely on commands from Earth to understand their position in relation to other objects like planets. The systems work, but they're certainly not ideal, especially for...
AMD's Travis Kirsch says there's no reason to buy an Intel CPU anymore.
Last week, Nintendo announced a slew of new games coming to the Nintendo Switch that pretty much all sounded amazing. Unfortunately, there's one thing that they all have in common: they won't be... released for a long, long time. If you want the best game currently available for the Switch, you're in lunch because it's on sale right now and it's back down to its lowest price. That's right, head over to Amazon and you can pick up a copy of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for just $49.94! Here are the bullet points from the product page: New fighters, like Inkling from the Splatoon series and Ridley from the Metroid series, make their Super Smash Bros. series debut alongside every Super Smash Bros. fighter in the series…EVER! Fast combat , new items, new attacks, new defensive options, and more...
Apple appears to be in the process of decoupling the iPhone from the watchOS update process on the Apple Watch. In the second beta of watchOS 6, the Apple Watch has gained its own over-the-air... software update mechanism under Settings > General > Software Update. As on the iPhone, the mechanism checks for any available watchOS update and, if prompted, downloads the update directly to the Apple Watch. As noted by Jeremy Horwitz, however, users still must review and accept the watchOS terms and conditions using an iPhone. Hopefully this is a temporary step that Apple removes before watchOS 6 is publicly released in September. Sure seems like the stage is being set for direct-to-Apple Watch software updates in watchOS 6, though it hasn't been fully freed quite yet from the need to...
As Facebook unveiled its cryptocurrency project today, European officials quickly called for scrutiny of the plan, raising concerns over whether the project was sufficiently regulated. According to... comments reported by Bloomberg, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Facebook's cryptocurrency, called Libra, must not "become a sovereign currency." Must not "become a sovereign currency" "It can't and it must not happen," he told Europe 1 radio. Le Maire reportedly called for G7 banking officials to issue a report on Facebook's plan next month. A German member of the European Parliament expressed similar concerns, according to Bloomberg, saying Facebook was at risk of becoming a "shadow bank" and that companies "must not be allowed...
The digital currency, called Libra, is scheduled to launch in 2020 with partners including PayPal, Uber, Spotify, Visa and Mastercard.
We've been a little harsh on MIUI since Xiaomi launched in the UK in 2018. There's a lot going on in the software skin that the company layers over Android,
Docker has realized that Microsoft's new Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 has made Windows much more attractive both to Docker and its container developers for both Windows and Linux platforms.
Publishers behind the biggest apps in the App Store are earning considerably more from Apple's virtual storefront than from Google Play, Sensor Tower estimates suggest, with iOS apps bringing in 64%... more revenue than Android counterparts.
Microsoft is adding more 'AI' features to PowerPoint to help customers design and rehearse their PowerPoint presentations.
If this fundamental symmetry of the universe doesn't hold, it could break open new physics.
Simone Giertz hacked her Model 3 into a ride she calls the "Truckla," and it does donuts.
After releasing two mobile games in both 2016 and 2017, Nintendo's release schedule for iOS and Android slowed to a crawl, as Dragalia Lost was the only Nintendo Mobile title to release in 2018. Six... months into 2019, we still have not seen a new mobile game from Nintendo, but that's going to change very soon, as the Japanese video game company announced this week that Dr. Mario World is coming to mobile devices on July 10th. Nintendo originally unveiled Dr. Mario World back in January of this year, showing off how it has combined the classic gameplay of the Dr. Mario series with a familiar twist. If you've ever played Candy Crush Saga, you pretty much know what you're getting from Dr. Mario World, as it follows virtually the same formula. Dr. Mario World is a puzzle game with over 200...
Not even two years into its existence, orbital fuel supply startup Orbit Fab has chalked up a big win - successfully supplying the International Space Station with water, a first for any private... company. It’s a big deal because providing water to the ISS involved a multi-day refueling process, done in microgravity, using processes and […]
Philip Arps, a Christchurch businessman, sent the video to 30 people, the judge said.
Following news from earlier this month that FedEx was dumping Amazon from its air cargo service, Amazon this morning announced the expansion of its own air delivery network, Amazon Air. The retailer... says it’s leasing an additional fifteen Boeing 737-800 cargo aircraft from partner GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS). These will join the five Boeing […]
Google’s launch of Stadia was a big deal for the game streaming market. It put the focus back on the nascent technology and, in a way, confirmed that it was the direction that the big companies... wanted to take gamers towards. But when Google launched the Stadia Founder’s Edition, it decided that you could only get the Stadia controller once …
Nintendo announced today that Dr. Mario World will launch for iOS and Android on July 10th. The game was first announced in January, with Nintendo touting that “action puzzle” game would be... released globally during the summer of 2019. more… The post Dr. Mario World launching on iOS and Android next month, free with in-app purchases appeared first on 9to5Mac.
The Nintendo Switch would have been one of the most difficult to consoles to hack had it not been for a hardware exploit that not even Nintendo nor NVIDIA could patch via software. Thanks to that, the... convertible handheld console has become the target of much alternative software, not least of which is a port of the still unreleased Android …
The full House is unlikely to make major changes in NASA funding when it takes up an appropriations bill this week, but members will seek changes for two other agencies involved in space issues.... SpaceNews.com
Facebook on Tuesday is widely expected to release a white paper that explains how its upcoming Bitcoin rival, tentatively called Libra, will work. Libra won't actually be available for users until... next year, at which point it will likely support a variety of online transactions -- some of them over Facebook's own apps. However, if you're a fan of crypto and want to use digital money instead of real money to pay for stuff, your best bet might be to avoid Libra (or whatever Facebook ends up calling it) like the plague. Facebook already knows so much about you that the last thing you need to give the company is access to how you spend your money online. Admittedly, Facebook might have an idea of what you buy already, but with Libra, it'll actually keep track of everything. In fact, it will...
This move comes after a series of high-profile EV fires from Tesla and NIO.