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Baidu launches version 2.0 of its Apollo self-driving moonshot

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We are very proud to have the opportunity to partner Baidu to expand in ASEAN. Baidu's Apollo is an open platform which enables data collection (specifically from Chinese roads), resource sharing and a test/emulation platform , alongside Baidu's extensive range of on-vehicle hardware. Read More »

Astronaut John Young dies at 87

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The veteran USA astronaut holds the record of the first person to fly into space six times. Retired U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly said he was saddened by the loss and called Young in a tweet "the astronauts' astronaut, a true legend". "NASA and the world have lost a pioneer", Lightfoot said. ABC News last interviewed Young in 2003, after the Space Shuttle Columbia accident that killed seven people. Read More »

Sugarland inked to play State Fair Grandstand

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Joining Sugarland are openers Frankie Ballard and Lindsay Eli. Tickets will go on sale to the public Friday, January 12 at 10 a.m. Prices are $59, $75 and $99. Bush continued in the release. Since the band began in 2002, it has sold almost 10 million albums domestically and earned seven No. 1 singles, according to the release. Read More »

Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro (2018) budget smartphone launched with Android Nougat

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While people thought that this meant they would get this feature in the public build of Oreo, Samsung has confirmed that the upcoming Oreo update does not bring the Galaxy S8 Dolby Atmos feature. It is shipped with Android 7.0 Nougat pre-installed. It offers several software features such as Samsung Cloud, Dual Messaging Account, Convenient Wi-Fi Switch, etc. Read More »

Xbox One Gets 'Do Not Disturb' Feature

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Mini Game Hubs will soon be available right in the Guide. Other features in the current preview update include improvements to the Xbox Guide which will show closest achievable Achievements and a Mini Games Hub for quick info and highlights about the game being played. Read More »

Oldest ever supernova record found in almost 5000-year-old rock carving

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A supernova is a massive stellar explosion that takes place during the death of certain stars. The site where the stone was found dated back to around 2100 BC. Remnants of another supernova (not HB9), about a thousand years old. Till date, scientists have discovered only three naked-eye supernovae in the Milky Way; although they have witnessed several others in distant galaxies through telescopes. Read More »

Stars Above: Lunar eclipse coming this month

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As with the second moon in January, this is known as a blue moon too. Red supermoon coinciding with a total lunar eclipse . Of course, it's best to get as far from light pollution as possible to catch the best view. This year's blue moon is particularly special because it also coincides with a time when the moon will be exceptionally close to the earth, making it a "super blue moon ". Read More »

Sony unveils 4K OLED TVs with HDR

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Now dubbed "Acoustic Surface", this A8F series appears to pack the upgraded version of Crystal Sound that LG Display is showing off , with support for 3.1 channels of audio instead of the A1E's 2.1. There are no new startling new technologies, but the X900 series and the OLED line have both revved from model E to model F (the X900F and the A8F Bravia respective) and offer mild improvements, at least in the case of the former. Read More »

Meryl Streep: I Want Oprah to Run for President

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In 1964, I was a little girl sitting on the linoleum floor of my mother's house in Milwaukee , watching Anne Bancroft present the Oscar for best actor at the 36th Academy Awards. This isn't the first time that Weight Watchers has been a beneficiary of Winfrey's clout. She recently sold part of her stake in OWN but renewed her contract to remain CEO through 2025. Read More »

Garmin's latest Forerunner 645 Music smartwatch can store up to 500 songs

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The watch's music capabilities are somewhat basic. Once you load the playlist, you simply need to pair the watch with a compatible set of Bluetooth headphones to start enjoying your music. Music aside, it's still a jam-packed fitness watch. Aside from music playback, the Forerunner 645 will house a built-in Global Positioning System and heart-rate sensor, both of which are relatively standard fare within the fitness tracker market. Read More »

Vivo to soon launch a phone with under-display fingerprint sensor

Furthermore, the smartphone that might be the first to use it is the X20 Plus that we speculated last week. While this is expected to make headlines, it won't be the first time for Vivo . "With our efforts in extensive consumer research and long-term R&D investment, Vivo is well positioned to pioneer the development of fingerprint scanning technology". Read More »

Wi-Fi routers with 6Gbps speeds are now a reality

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Back in early 2017, Qualcomm announced its 802.11ax chipsets , offering better Wi-Fi performance under heavy load with multiple simultaneous users. While the promise of consumer retail devices with the new 802.11ax chipsets in 2018 sounds exciting, mass adoption of the new standard isn't expected to take place until product certification begins next year, and even then, it will take a few months before certified products start arriving. Read More »

Android Pay and Google Wallet merged into Google Pay

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He said the products being brought together include Android Pay (Google's mobile payments and loyalty platform) and Google Wallet (its peer-to-peer payments app). Google Pay should make payments hassle-free in the West, although it looks like Google probably won't be bringing it to India anytime soon. Google rebrands yet another service. Read More »

Korea talks may set the tone

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President Donald Trump says he hopes the newly arranged talks between North and South Korea will go "beyond the Olympics" and promised the United States will take part "at the appropriate time". To reduce the risk of upsetting Pyongyang, South Korea and the United States agreed Thursday to put off joint military drills until after the Winter Paralympics in March. Read More »

Most sea turtles now female in north Great Barrier Reef, researchers say

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Warmer ocean temperatures are leading to the nearly total feminisation of Green Turtle populations in the northern Great Barrier Reef, with more than 99 per cent of eggs producing females. "While we can hope there might be some cooler years to produce a few more males, overall we can expect the temperatures to increase", he said. Here, multiple generations of turtles could be studied, providing a window into the past and the future. Read More »

Celgene Readies Deal to Buy Impact Biomedicines for as Much as $7B

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Impact Bio's founders previously sold fedratinib to France's Sanofi (SNY), which gave up development of the treatment in 2013 due to serious side effects. The deal comes at a time when confidence in Celgene has dipped on the back of a failed clinical programme in Crohn's disease once tipped to be a potential blockbuster, and downgraded sales estimates for its haematological cancer drugs. Read More »

Facebook's M virtual assistant is being shut down on January 19

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Facebook has chose to kill of its short-lived smart chatbot, dubbed M, which was available inside the ultra popular Messenger service but never actually got out of beta. "We're taking these useful insights to power other AI projects at Facebook", a statement provided to VentureBeat read. "We continue to be very pleased with the performance of M suggestions in Messenger, powered by our learnings from this experiment", a spokesperson told The Verge . Read More »

Porn requests in parliament peak after election

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There has been however a reduction in these attempts following the so called Westminster "Witch-hunt" which named multitudes of members of parliament in a " dirty dossier " released by the parliamentary staff. MPs were also away from parliament from the end of July to early September because of summer recess. Meanwhile, a former senior officer denied that a popular parliamentary bar is a "den of iniquity". Read More »

Angela Merkel begins new negotiations for fourth term

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Merkel was denied an overall majority in last year's election when the far-right Alternative for Germany party won 12.6 per cent of the vote, becoming the third-largest party in the German parliament. As negotiations with the SPD got underway, the chancellor acknowledged that there was a long road ahead, but she said she was "optimistic" that the parties could reach an agreement. Read More »

Link unloads an array of fast routers and surveillance cameras at CES

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D-Link hasn't announced a price yet - but expect it to be expensive - with the DIR-2680 launching sometime in Q2 2018. D-Link's tri-band mesh W-Fi system uses two devices to cover up to 6,000 square feet. There are two new options for the company's Covr mesh network system, a dual-band set sold in a $249.99 three pack, which will be available sometime in Q1 2018, an a tri-band two pack for $319.99 set to release sometime in Q2. Read More »

Nintendo Switch Passes Wii U Lifetime Sales in Japan

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That's according to Nintendo, which said it has sold 4.8 million Switch units in the US since its March release, surpassing the previously fastest-selling console, the Nintendo Wii. Nintendo had a fantastic year in 2017 with games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild , Super Mario Odyssey , Super Mario Kart 8 Deluxe , Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers, and many more. Read More »

The bargain-tastic Nokia 6 just got even better

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Price of the Nokia 6 in India is Rs 14,999. The mid-budget smartphone features a 5.5-inch Full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The company was among the better OEMs when it came to updates a year ago. Perhaps the only real disappointment is the decision to stick with micro-USB, but for a phone primarily intended for emerging markets that can be forgiven, I suppose.Edit: the new Nokia 6 has USB Type-C not MicroUSB. Read More »

Curiosity finds unusual, tiny Mars feature: trace fossils possible

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If they are trace fossils then it will be the direct evidence of the existence of life on the Mars in the past which will be the biggest discovery in the history of mankind. In the original post, the team of scientists suggested that these might be crystals or maybe minerals filling in cracks in the rocks where crystals melted away. Read More »

Apple Watch brings remote control to Whirlpool appliances

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It provides an easy way for folks to check on the progress of their laundry or see how much longer a dish needs to bake without having to go to the appliance itself. And, like nearly every other company at CES , Whirlpool is announcing integration with Google Assistant to be able to control connected appliances through voice command. Read More »

Security flaws put virtually all phones, computers at risk

Daniel Gruss, a researcher from Graz University of Technology who helped identify the flaw, said it may be hard to execute an attack, but billions of devices were impacted. The tech giant says computers powered with hardware by AMD, Intel's biggest competitor, are also affected. In a statement to CNBC , AMD explained the difference in architecture between Intel and AMD chipset puts AMD at "zero risks". Read More »

HTC announces Vive Pro and Vive Wireless Adaptor

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As is customary for the event, videogame announcements will be few and far between as a lot of the focus is on hardware and that's no exception when it comes to HTC Vive . This piece of equipment will operat in the interference-free 60Ghz band, says HTC, and will be up to "the most discerning quality bar for home users and business VR customers", so says Frank Soqui, General Manager Virtual Reality Group at Intel Corporation. Read More »

Nvidia launches beta streaming service that brings high-performance games to underpowered laptops

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This new beta announcement came with no update on prospective pricing for the service, but when it was initially announced previous year, Nvidia mooted a starting price tag of $25 for 20 hours of gameplay. Open the Nvidia GeForce Now app and sign in with your Nvidia account. That commercial service continues to exist, where a monthly subscription allows the user to stream the performance of a GeForce GTX 1080 for select games. Read More »

Amazon Alexa Hitting Smartwatches, Headphones, And Other Wearables This Year

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It will be shown off during this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES ), and it is expected to put special emphasis on the Alexa integration that it has achieved in its research and manufacturing. The strategy is created to put Amazon's service, which generates revenue for the company, in as many places as possible to sell more products. It's designed specifically for manufacturers who need "a lightweight method to build on-the-go products that access Alexa by pairing via Bluetooth to the ... Read More »

Acer Unveils World's Thinnest Laptop

It is powered by a 7th generation Core i7 processor paired with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage . " Acer's Swift 7 delivers on the performance expectation then ups the ante with built-in 4G LTE in an ultra-thin, stunning design". The Nitro 5 will launch sometime in April. From service-oriented technologies to the Internet of Things to gaming and virtual reality, Acer's 7,000+ employees are dedicated to the research, design, marketing, sale, and support of products and solutions that ... Read More »

Chinese Startup Unveils 'Car of Future' at CES 2018

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While other concept electric cars have been promoted at prices of $100,000 or more, the new Byton will face competition from the Tesla Model 3 and offerings from major automakers. Instead, the vehicle will take care of all of their needs with a simply hand gesture or voice command. There's an eight-inch tablet in the steering wheel and a 49 by 9.8 inch Shared Experience Display allowing for navigation, communication with others, or entertainment. Read More »

Samsung Family Hub Fridge With Bixby Unveiled At CES 2018

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It will let users control the lights, tweak the temperature or monitor a security camera - all form the refrigerator. The company behind the Galaxy Note 8 also talked up this year's arrival of its digital assistant Bixby to its smart TVs and Family Hub refrigerators. Read More »

Intel's next-gen NUC features Radeon RX Vega M graphics

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Because Intel doesn't use AMD's Infinity Fabric technology, which allows AMD to mesh its modular die architectures together, Intel developed its own Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge (EMIB) to connect the CPU with the high-bandwidth memory ( HBM2 ) AMD uses with its GPUs. Read More »

Nvidia partners with Uber, Volkswagen and Baidu on driverless cars

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Xavier has been a massive undertaking for Nvidia, which had 2,000 engineers working on a project that cost the company $2 billion in research and development. The new software offers another safety-boosting feature: By using the car's internal and external sensors, Drive IX-based virtual assistants would be able to tell whether the driver is looking the other way when a pedestrian steps off the curb. Read More »