News : Technology

Google X’s ambitious Loon and Wing projects graduate into independent companies

Thursday  15:56,   12 july 2018

Loon and Wing, two of Google X’s moonshot projects, “graduated” yesterday to become full companies under the Alphabet banner. Loon was an ambitious Google X project to establish a network of balloons in the stratosphere to relay internet[...]

NASA wants to train the James Webb Space Telescope on gas giants before searching for habitable worlds

Thursday  15:56,   12 july 2018

When NASA finally sends its mega-powerful James Webb Space Telescope it will be the end of a long and troubled road, but it will also be the beginning of an extremely exciting time for astronomers. But as NASA explains in a new blog post,[...]

Chrome has a new way to keep Spectre hackers at bay

Thursday  15:56,   12 july 2018

Too bad it means Chrome needs even more memory.Since Google first released it publicly in 2008, Chrome has divided work among multiple computing processes. That approach helps keep one tab's work from interfering with what's happening in another.[...]

YouTube gives creators a way to flag stolen videos

Thursday  15:36,   12 july 2018

YouTube keeps a watch over the millions of videos on its service, making sure that they don't violate copyright or community standards. The company removed 8.3 million videos for community guidelines violations in the last quarter of 2017. It[...]

Sony announces its Xperia XA2 Plus, a phone to ‘entertain’

Thursday  12:20,   12 july 2018

Lots of companies seem to think their phones are the best for content consumption, and that’s a fine way to market a device. What does Sony consider specs worthy of entertainment, and how do we feel about them? Primarily, the phone features [...]

Longest total lunar eclipse of the century to turn the Moon red this month

Thursday  12:20,   12 july 2018

<p>The century is relatively young yet, but the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st centenary is set to go down on July 27. In fact, it's probably the longest such event between now and 2123, according to NASA's catalog of such[...]

Druckmann Says Ellie Will Have an NPC Companion, But Who?

Wednesday  23:15,   11 july 2018

Ellie will be the protagonist of “The Last of Us Part II,” but she won’t be going it entirely alone, according to director Neil Druckmann. In an interview with Buzzfeed found via VideoGamer, Druckmann was asked about what makes Ellie such a[...]

Sonic's New Game Makes Racing Much More Cooperative

Wednesday  20:16,   11 july 2018

Nearly six years since he last sat behind the wheel, Sega's iconic hedgehog returns to the driver's seat in a brand-new kart racer, Team Sonic Racing. Developed by Sumo Digital, the same studio behind the acclaimed Sonic &amp; All-Stars[...]

Pokémon Go leak shows off new Pokémon, including one we’ve all been waiting for

Wednesday  20:16,   11 july 2018

Pokémon Go data miners have discovered several legendaries, as well as one elusive Johto PokémonThe list of Pokémon discovered by Chrales, whose gained renown both on Reddit’s The Silph Road and the game’s data-mining communities, doesn’t run long,[...]

Behold the Haunting Beauty of a Distant Star Cluster

Wednesday  18:12,   11 july 2018

A new image of star cluster RCW 38, an area strewn with young, hot, massive stars, is providing an unprecedented glimpse into a tumultuous region of space located 5,500 light-years from Earth. This exquisite view of RCW 38 was made possible by[...]

Israel's First Moon Mission Is Planned and a SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Will Take It

Wednesday  17:36,   11 july 2018

<p>A group of private Israeli companies <g class="gr_ gr_17 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar multiReplace" data-gr-id="17" id="17">are</g> joining the race to return to the moon, after[...]

Facebook is using Messenger and WhatsApp to spot sketchy accounts and fake news

Wednesday  17:26,   11 july 2018

<p>WhatsApp in a blog post said it’s launching a new feature that will starting labeling messages in the app that have been forwarded along to a user instead of composed fresh. “This extra context,” the post notes, “will help make one-on-one and[...]

HTC’s blockchain-powered Exodus smartphone is a risky bet that needs to pay off

Wednesday  16:23,   11 july 2018

In May, HTC first announced that it was working on a blockchain-powered smartphone called the Exodus. The news came as one of the company’s more intriguing projects after a poor start to the year. Last year, HTC shipped over 2 million products in[...]

Instagram adds the questions sticker, a new way to poll your friends

Wednesday  16:01,   11 july 2018

In October, Instagram added a polling feature to its ephemeral stories.&nbsp;Instagram says it’s “a way to start conversations during moments when you don’t necessarily have a photo or video to share.” In other words, it’s a way to ensure that[...]

How many humans can Earth support?

Wednesday  15:25,   11 july 2018

Humans are the most populous large mammal on Earth today, and probably in all of geological history. This World Population Day, humans number in the vicinity of 7.5 to 7.6 billion individuals. Can the Earth support this many people indefinitely?[...]