Thursday, 18 October 2018
Latest news
Home » Sci-tech


Apple confirms deal to buy music discovery app Shazam


The acquisition cost Apple a hefty $400 million price tag. Downloaded over a billion times since its launch in 1999, the London-based company peaked at more than 100 million active monthly users. Apple has been working on the Shazam deal for about for last five months. As such, the app uses music recognition technology, while also appealing to a larger market by advertising it as an app that is capable of augmented reality that can be integrated and utilized in ecommerce. Read More »

Three astronauts return to Earth from space station


The capsule landed in the snow-covered and windswept steppe in Kazakhstan's central Karaganda region. During his time aboard the orbital complex, Bresnik ventured outside the space station for three spacewalks . The crew are expected to undock the spacecraft from the ISS in roughly two hours and set out on the trip home after completing 139 days in space. Currently, there are three crew members in ISS- Commander of the crew Alexander Miskurin and two American astronauts, Joe Acaba and ... Read More »

Injustice™2 Announces Free Trial for PlayStation®4 and Xbox One Players


Interactive Entertainment announced that a free trial for the game will start tomorrow and run through December 18, giving players nearly a week to download the game and play it on the PlayStation 4. The trial will also contain the Multiverse mode, where trial players can get their hands on select DLC characters. Play Injustice 2 along with all the characters for free, this weekend. Read More »

Apple iMac Pro Now Available in Malaysia, From RM20,999

Standard photos and videos can also be added to VR projects and 360-degree video can be shared directly to YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo. Back at WWDC 2017 in June , Apple teased us with the iMac Pro, its most powerful desktop yet. Unique colour wheels feature built-in controls to adjust hue, saturation and brightness. Final Cut Pro users will now be able to edit full-resolution 8K video on a Mac. Read More »

Fiat Punto scores first-ever zero-star Euro NCAP safety rating


When put through the current, more stringent Euro NCAP test, the Punto stars. Several all-new cars got full five-star ratings, including the Hyundai Kona , Kia Stinger , BMW 6 Series GT and Jaguar F-Pace, while re-testing of some recently-facelifted versions of older models revealed some sub-par results - including a zero-star score. Read More »

Crytek Sues Star Citizen Developer Over Copyright Infringement


In a way, Crytek is kind of shooting themselves in the foot by saying that Cloud Imperium Games is no longer using CryEngine exclusively for the development of Star Citizen due to it being a new engine, while also simultaneously saying that CryEngine is being used to make Star Citizen and Squadron 42 . Read More »

Attorneys General Urge FCC To Delay Net Neutrality Repeal


The net neutrality regulations, which were passed during the Obama administration, require internet service providers such as Comcast (CMCSA) and Verizon (VZ) to treat all websites and content equally. Mr. Pai's proposal is "like letting the bullies develop their own playground rules", said Senator Ed Markey , a Massachusetts Democrat. Those steps include setting up a statewide internet speed test for consumers to use, having state government will do business with telecom companies ... Read More »

Governors, Including Dayton, Urge Congress To Fund Children's Health Program


Democratic Congressman John Garamendi said 9 million USA children are under CHIP and added Republicans are unwilling to fund CHIP unless there's a cut somewhere else. "They'll be the ones leading parts of the economy and we oughta be investing in them now", said Wietecha. Mark Wietecha, president and CEO of the Children's Hospital Association says this can't wait any longer. Read More »

How mutton soup did in killer wife and paramour in Hyderabad


The woman, M Swathi, 27, along with her paramour Rajesh , a physiotherapist, had murdered her husband M Sudhakar Reddy , 32, of Nagarkurnool almost two weeks ago and dumped the body in a forest. They were shocked when he told the hospital staff that he is vegetarian. A wife killed her husband then disfigured her boyfriend with acid after he agreed to have plastic surgery and steal her dead partner's identity, Indian police say. Read More »

Blue Origin Named Its Space Flight Dummy 'Mannequin Skywalker'

The uncrewed, straight-up, straight-down trip was conducted at Blue Origin's testing ground in West Texas. Blue Origin's " Mannequin Skywalker " has rocketed nearly all the way to space, just in time for the new Star Wars movie. The rocket touched down on a landing site. Admittedly, it was only a sub-orbital flight, but even that is an accomplishment when you consider the type of capsule and what it's going to be used for. Read More »

Apple Doubles Down on Proximity Sensing Tech with #390M Finisar Investment


Apple and Finisar envision the plant becoming the "VCSEL capital of the United States". Apple's not the only company interested in VCSEL technology either. Finisar , a leading manufacturer of optical communications components rose to prominence in Apple's supply chain in 2017. President Trump has been pushing Apple to move its iPhone production to the USA, and this new Advanced Manufacturing Fund seems to be part of a response to more US-based manufacturing. Read More »

Manushi Chhillar was India's top trending personality of 2017 on Google


It was followed by searches around Indian Premier League, highlighting India's never-ending love for Cricket, and searches on Live Cricket Score, making the keyword the third-most trending search query this year. In terms of TV shows, the most searched for, in order, were Stranger Things , 13 Reasons Why , Big Brother Brasil , Game of Thrones , and Iron Fist . Read More »

SpaceX Rocket Launch Has Been Postponed To Friday


SpaceX announced the latest delay in a tweet which said: "Now targeting December 13 for launch of CRS-13 from SLC-40 to allow for additional time for pre-launch ground systems checks". Monday said the company is now targeting Wednesday to launch its cargo Re supply mission for NASA, also known as CRS-13, in order to allow more time for ground checks. Read More »

Giant Penguin? Fossils Show They Were as Tall as Humans


The paleontologists who discovered the fossilized remains dubbed it " Kumimanu biceae " which means "monster bird" in the Maori language. What spelled the end is unclear, but the big birds may have struggled to compete with marine mammals for food, or may have become the meal of choice for the new predators. Read More »

Overwatch's "Winter Wonderland" event begins today


If you need anything else at all to do with Overwatch , including how to master every Hero in the game, as well as how to dominate in every game mode, head on over to our Overwatch guides hub . That enters you for a chance to win, and if you ReTweet every day, you win the grand prize of a Razer Grandmaster Gaming Bundle, which includes a Razer Blade Pro 4K Laptop and more Overwatch-related gear. Read More »

NASA's Juno Orbiter Explores Depths of Jupiter's Great Red Spot


The Great Red Spot, a huge storm of crimson clouds bigger than the Earth, has been raging on Jupiter's surface for centuries. It first passed over the Great Red Spot this past summer. "Juno found that the Great Red Spot's roots go 50 to 100 times deeper than Earth's oceans and are warmer at the base than they are at the top", added Juno co-investigator Professor Andy Ingersoll, from Caltech. Read More »

Heads up! See Geminids meteor shower this week


The Geminid meteor shower will be especially spectacular during the night of December 13 and early morning of December 14, as the Dubai Astronomy Group has predicted at least 120 meteors to be visible in a single hour. The attractive Geminid meteor shower will light up the sky with shooting lights - just in time for Christmas. 3200 Phaeton has characteristics of a comet and has been reclassified as "rock" comet. Read More »

Synaptics is bringing under-screen fingerprint sensors to phones


Synaptics' solution solves this problem as they provide optical fingerprint sensors that deliver one-touch high-resolution scanning through full cover glass. But of course, there is not telling if the Galaxy S9 will truly come out with 512GB, at least until Samsung makes the necessary reveal next year. Read More »

Now You Can Follow Hashtags on Instagram #sidtech


You'll see both top posts and recent stories from the hashtag in your feed, and you can unfollow anytime, the same way you would any user. When you find one you like, open it and then hit Follow. Twitter says the "threads" feature will be available on iOS, Android, and in the coming weeks. The social media platform announced Tuesday that it is introducing the ability to follow hashtags. Read More »

Newborn Pacific Island Offers NASA Insights Into Water On Mars


The island of Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha'apai grew out of the Hunga volcano , a 1.3 kilometre-high mountain nearly completely submerged in the southwest of the Pacific Ocean, in 2015. Not only that, Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai can provide a valuable insight into the geography of Mars. When the dust settled in January 2015, an entirely new island had formed which had a 120-metre high hill and was so large it was visible from space. Read More »

Facebook Will Pay Taxes Locally


Social Media giant Facebook will change its tax structure meaning instead of recording all advertising revenue through its worldwide headquarters in Dublin, Ireland it will be recorded by tis local companies in those countries. Facebook's announcement is an "important change that is a step in the right direction", the Italian Treasury said in a statement . The European Commission has taken a hard stance against what is considers to be unfair tax practices, and last week the commission ... Read More »

Bezel-less Nokia 6 (2018) coming next year, images leaked


As you can see in the images, the design of the smartphone remains the same as the original Nokia 6 , but the front will be slightly changed due to the 18:9 display which covers the major portion of the front. In the absence of a front area to accommodate the fingerprint reader, the Finnish company also moved the sensor to the back of the handset. There's also mention of 32GB of internal storage, on-screen touch navigation buttons and Dual-Sight aka Bothie feature for the handset's camera. Read More »

Apple Is Buying Shazam For An Undisclosed Sum

Speaking about the deal , Apple said: 'Since the launch of the App Store, Shazam has consistently ranked as one of the most popular apps for iOS. While Shazam has been popular with customers, it struggled turning its clever music service into a business that justified its valuation. Siri can already tell you what song is playing, but you have to ask first. Read More »

Best meteor shower of the year starts Wednesday night


An nearly absent moon will ensure that the meteors, widely regarded as the most impressive of the year, stand out brightly as they streak across the sky. The greatest intensity of a meteor shower will be at the night from 13 to 14 December. All of the meteors you see may not belong to the Geminid shower - some might be sporadic background meteors. Read More »

Google introduces 3 new photography apps: All you should know


Are these apps particularly useful by themselves? While that may sound like word salad to some, Google is working on what it calls " appsperiments ", which are photography experiences built using experimental technology. It takes a video you shot, picks out the best images, and turns them into a comic book complete with six different visual effects. Users tap the screen to start a mock photoshoot. Read More »

PUBG Female Character Models Will Have Their Camel Toes Removed


Those that have been anticipating the battle royale shooter may be wondering just how much hard drive space they need to reserve to play the game, and as it turns out, its file size is rather small. Over the past weekend, the developers gave players the option to test the new Miramar desert map and its assortment of weapons on separate test servers, but after a few days, they were shut down in order to prioritize the transition for the game's inevitable launch. Read More »