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Global Technology News for 12 Feb 2019

IBM's AI loses to a humanBig Blue is now moving its Project Debate technology on to commercial uses.
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Security experts warn hackersSecurity company Trend Micro has revealed a method hackers are using to bypass the macOS security feature Gatekeeper in order to deploy EXE files containing malware onto their victim’s computer. The... discovery was made while analyzing Little Snitch, a firewall application that is readily accessible as a torrent. The researchers believe that hackers are still studying the malware and ways …
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NASA spacecraft takes a dip toPutting the brakes on MAVEN will enable better communication between the new rover and Earth.
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The worst Mars mission everMankind will be headed for Mars sooner or later, but planning an executing the first manned mission to another planet is obviously a complex and expensive endeavor. Mars One was one of the first and... most ambitious attempts at getting a manned Mars mission off the ground. It was also terribly mismanaged, shortsighted, and possibly even fraudulent in nature. It is also now dead. Mars One -- which is broken into a confusing mishmash of a non-profit foundation and a for-profit company -- gathered tens of millions of dollars from investors who saw promise in the company's goal of creating a permanent Mars settlement. Needless to say, things didn't work out. Reports of the company's collapse, which were picked up by Reddit and spotted by Engadget, appear to suggest that the entire organization...
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Motorola's Moto G7 line aimsA new phone doesn't need to cost you several hundred dollars.
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How Google Tracks Hackers

Motherboard - 12 Feb 2019 16:11
How Google Tracks HackersThis week, CYBER speaks to Shane Huntley, the Director of Google's Threat Analysis Group (TAG), essentially Google's hacker hunting team.
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New SpaceX Raptor engine beats2019 has been shaping up to be an interesting year for SpaceX and its founder, Elon Musk. After completing work on the miniaturized version of the Starship (Starship Alpha or "Starship hopper") over... the holidays, SpaceX moved ahead with the test-firing of its new Raptor engine in late January/early February. In accordance with Musk's vision, these engines will give the Starship the necessary thrust to reach the Moon and Mars.
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Mars 'barchan dunes' seen inA gorgeous image showing sand dunes on Mars was released this week by NASA.
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Apple Cloud Gaming and Augmented Reality

The Mac Observer - 12 Feb 2019 15:31
Apple Cloud Gaming andRumors point to Apple creating a gaming subscription service. This Medium post suggest it might be something called “cloud gaming” where you don’t download anything. Sounds perfect for a thin... client like Apple Glasses, although gaming is more of a VR thing. Speaking of AR though, there’s a new executive for that. Between, Apple, Sony, and many other large tech companies (or startups comprised of people from these companies), we're bound to soon have a reality with fast and reliable cloud gaming.
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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR Review

Photography Blog - 12 Feb 2019 15:30
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/5.6EThe Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR is the world's lightest 500mm full-frame camera lens. Nearly 40% shorter and over 50% lighter than the Nikkor 500mm f/4, the new Nikkor 500mm f/5.6E PF ED... VR uses Phase Fresnel optical technology to help drastically reduce its overall size and weight, resulting in a 500m lens that remarkably is similar in size to a standard 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom. Read our in-depth Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR review complete with full-size sample images now...
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Key Apple supplier might'veWhen Apple uncharacteristically warned investors that its holiday-quarter earnings would miss its earlier guidance by a substantial margin, we weren't very surprised. Something that did surprise us,... however, was how quick industry watchers were to accept Apple executives' explanation that troubles in the China market were the root cause of slower than expected iPhone sales. We have no doubt that China played a role, but there are other factors at play here. The biggest problem with Apple's latest iPhones isn't China, it's Apple's latest iPhones. After completely reimagining the iPhone in 2017 when Apple released its tenth-anniversary iPhone X, the company followed it up with what may be the most boring new iPhone lineup in the phone's 11-year history. For the first time since the iPhone...
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A peek at living room decorPeople around the world paint their walls different colors, buy plants to spruce up their interiors and engage in a variety of other beautifying techniques to personalize their homes, which inspired a... team of researchers to study about 50,000 living rooms across the globe.
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X-ray photoelectronFor the first time scientists measured the vibrational structure of hydrogen and helium atoms by X-rays. The results disprove the misconception that it's impossible to obtain X-ray photoelectron... spectroscopy (XPS) spectra of hydrogen and helium, the two lightest elements of the Periodic Table. This was thought to be the case due to low probabilities of electron ejection from these elements induced by X-rays.
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Scientists build the smallestOptical frequency combs are laser sources whose spectrum consists of a series of discrete, equally spaced frequency lines that can be used for precise measurements. In the last two decades, they have... become a major tool for applications such as precise distance measurement, spectroscopy, and telecommunications.
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Questions in quantumElectronics rely on the movement of negatively-charged electrons. Physicists strive to understand the forces that push these particles into motion, with the goal of harnessing their power in new... technologies. Quantum computers, for instance, employ a fleet of precisely controlled electrons to take on goliath computational tasks. Recently, researchers at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) demonstrated how microwaves cut in on the movements of electrons. The findings may contribute to future quantum computing technology.
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Grab an unlocked SamsungBundle these two great devices together and save. As part of its daily deals, Amazon has the unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 9 bundled with a free Galaxy Tab A. The deal applies to the 128GB capacity... model as well as the 512GB version with prices at $999.99 and $1,049.99, respectively. You'd pay those prices for the phone alone and the tablet purchased separately would be almost $330. This is an unlocked Galaxy Note 9, meaning you'll be able to take your current SIM card and stick it in to use without any issues. The high storage options allow you to keep your movies, music, and more stored on the phone to take full advantage of the massive 6.4-inch display. In our review of the Galaxy Note 9, we complemented its camera, battery life and beautiful display. The included 10.5-inch Samsung...
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Earth as we know it is thanksResearchers have completed new simulations that look at how planets are believed to form. The new computer simulations show that the climate and solid surface of the Earth may be due in part to a... massive star in the birth environment of the Sun. Simulations show that without the radioactive elements that star threw into the early solar system, the …
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GPU Turbo on the Honor 8X canYour Honor 8X comes with a GPU Boost feature, which improves gaming performance when you need to run more demanding games like PUBG Mobile at higher settings. But how does it work and how do you use... it? We're glad you asked. Products used in this guide Amazon: Honor 8X ($250) Amazon: Spigen Rugged Armor ($11) Amazon: MOGA Hero Power ($28) How to activate GPU Turbo on the Honor 8X Previous Huawei and Honor phones picked up GPU Turbo functionality in a software update, but the Honor 8X ships with the feature as standard. As such, there's nothing you actually need to do in order to activate GPU Turbo, as the feature is an always-on enhancement that kicks in automatically. Essentially, to use GPU Turbo you just have to play a game that demands it. Something like PUBG Mobile or Fortnite at...
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Google still thinks people areGoogle has filed new patents related to modular smartphone designs and technology, several years after it discontinued Project Ara, indicating it is still interested in creating phones that are easily... modified by the owner. The post Google still thinks people are interested in modular smartphones appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Gmail is finally getting theWe've come a long way, when it comes to the evolution of personal computers, but if you've started using a PC before the iPhone came out, then you've probably been trained to navigate laptops and... desktops with the help of mouse (or trackpad) and take advantage by all the features associated with their buttons. "Right-clicking" is a gesture that many people are more than familiar with, and many apps take advantage of the extra menu that can be associated with the secondary mouse click. Gmail, sadly, wasn't one of them until Monday, when Google announced some important updates for the right-click menu of the popular email app. As it is right now, right-clicking on an email can only get you three additional options, including Archive, Mark as unread, and Delete. While useful, that's nearly...
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NASA minimizes threat of JWSTAs NASA marks the latest milestone in the ongoing testing of the James Webb Space Telescope, agency officials are downplaying any additional delay to the troubled mission caused by the recent... government shutdown. SpaceNews.com
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AT&T is continuing the trickle of information about its upcoming WarnerMedia streaming service, and this time it's more specific about the kind of content you'll get. TBS and TNT President Kevin... Reilly told guests at a Television Critics Associ...
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These new renders of Xiaomi'sAhead of the press conference it has scheduled for February 24, one day before Mobile World Congress 2019 kicks off, Xiaomi has shared some deeper insight into what the company has been experimenting... with around flexible displays and foldable smartphones. Insights that include how the China-based company is apparently still working through some of the technical challenges inherent in the double-folding smartphone with its three different form factors that the company has in the works, with Dutch blog LetsGoDigital reporting that Xiaomi is considering the possibility of calling it either the Xiaomi Dual Flex or the Xiaomi MIX Flex. Based on a video from Xiaomi you can see above which shows how the foldable phone's design will actually work -- with two sides that can be collapsed under the...
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You Can Now Buy the HouseIf you have ever, for some ungodly reason, desired to live in Jeff Bezos's old house--well you can do that now, for the low, low price of just under $1.5 million.
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The Hawaii-based James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT) has discovered a stellar flare 10 billion times more powerful than the Sun's solar flares...
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