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First full-scale demonstration of hyperloop technology

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Today, in the desert outside Las Vegas, a start-up called Hyperloop One performed the world’s first full-scale test of hyperloop technology, and demonstrated that their propulsion system really works. According to reports, the motor inside their short test track was able to successfully accelerate a cart from 0 to 96 km/h (60 mph) in 1 second, generating a force of ... Read More »

Micron starts mass producing GDDR5X memory ahead of schedule

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IDAHO: Micron is a step or two ahead of where it thought it would be at this point. Back in February, Micron said it was on track to start mass producing GDDR5X memory chips by this summer, but was able to kick things up a notch early than expected. “Today, I am happy to announce that GDDR5X, the fastest discrete ... Read More »

Move over, LG G5, Motorola’s next Moto X may go modular

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SEOUL: There’s allegedly more to that newly leaked all-metal Moto X 2016 design than we first thought, and it’s good news for anyone who wants a more modular Android phone. Going along with previously outed photos of the Motorola-made smartphone is an explanation as to what those 16 pins on the back of the device could be: connectors for swappable ... Read More »

New $600 Nvidia GTX card announced, faster than Titan X

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CALIFORNIA: Chipmaker announces the GTX 1080, which replaces the company’s previous top-of-the-line cared with more performance. Tonight during a special event, Nvidia announced the GTX 1080 card, which is faster than the Titan X, the company’s previous top-of-the-line card. It launches this month and will start at $600. The card boasts “irresponsible amounts of performance,” Jen-Hsun Huang joked when announcing ... Read More »

Official: Microsoft’s ‘Get Windows 10’ nagware to vanish from PCs in July

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CALIFORNIA: Microsoft’s “Get Windows 10” nagware will be killed off in July, the tech giant has told us. The software has been worming its way into Windows PCs via Windows Update since last year using aggressive malware-like techniques and frequent pop-up reminders. It quietly downloads and installs Windows 10 automatically for you, and then cheerfully offers to switch your PC ... Read More »

Facebook loses first round of court battle over ‘unlawful’ storing of users’ biometric data

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CALIFORNIA: As the world’s biggest social network, Facebook already holds masses of data about hundreds of millions of people across the world – but privacy advocates are growing increasingly worried about what the company does with this information. A group of American Facebook users are now taking the social network to task, suing it over allegations that it harvests information ... Read More »

Google Trips 0.0.27 APK download released for android, makes travelling easier

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TEXAS: Google had released the new Google Trips app for testers a few days ago, and an update for the app has already arrived today. The new Google Trips 0.0.27 APK download has been released without a changelog, but we expect bug fixes and performance improvements inside. But what really does the Google Trips app do Remember TripIt? Well, Google ... Read More »

Furture 2016, 2017 Intel processors benchmarks leaked

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CALIFORNIA: Over the course of 2016 and 2017, Intel will introduce two new architectures for the desktop platform – Broadwell-E and Kaby Lake. Broadwell-E will succeed the venerable Haswell-E as a drop-in replacement for the X99 platform. On the other side, Kaby Lake is Intel’s third (and last?) processor architecture that uses 14nm FinFET process. First to launch will be ... Read More »

Robots can now perform soft tissue surgery by itself

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WASHINGTON:  U.S. doctors have shown for the first time that soft tissue surgery can now be performed entirely by a robot, putting surgery one step closer into the realm of intelligent machines. The so-called Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot (STAR) succeeded in suturing and reconnecting bowel segments in living pigs, a procedure known as intestinal anastomosis, and all the animals survived ... Read More »

WhatsApp app will be installed on Windows 10 PCs and Mac OS X

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CALIFORNIA: When it was released in February 2009, WhatsApp was first available for iOS. Android and other mobile platforms followed. In 2014, it was purchased by Facebook and in only two years, the total number of active users had increased from 600 million to 1 billion. Many new features have been added during that time and more are expected to ... Read More »

Facebook pays $10,000 to 10-year-old Instagram hacker

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HELSINKI: Social media giant Facebook has paid a $10,000 reward to a 10-year-old Finnish boy for finding a glitch in its picture sharing app Instagram. Jani, whose last name was not released for privacy reasons, is the youngest ever recipient of Facebook’s “bug bounty”, paid to users who find bugs or weaknesses in its platforms. “I wanted to see if ... Read More »

Apple hires Google X founder and former Nest technology VP for health projects

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Apple has hired Yoky Matsuoka, a cofounder of Google’s experimental Google X division and former vice president of Technology at Nest, to work on some of its health initiatives. Fortune reports that Matsuoka is working under Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams on the company’s health initiatives, which include HealthKit, ResearchKit, and the recently announced CareKit. Matsuoka has worked on multiple ... Read More »

Microsoft E3 2016 plans revealed to the public

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CALIFORNIA: With Microsoft having a very strong-looking lineup this year, they’ve already released the Microsoft E3 2016 plans that they’ll be using to work the video game conference when it begins in the middle of June this summer. Microsoft has had various announcements in the past few months that have bubbled up a large amount of hype among gamers, ranging ... Read More »

Facebook CEO urges Brazilians to decry WhatsApp block

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CALIFORNIA: Facebook’s Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg called on Brazilians to demand his company’s WhatsApp messaging service never be blocked again after an appeals court on Tuesday overturned the application’s second suspension in five months. In a post in English on his Facebook page, the U.S. billionaire and Facebook founder urged Brazilians to gather outside Congress in the capital Brasilia at ... Read More »

Latin America Eyes Volcanoes to Fire Up Clean Development

MEXICO: Mexico and Costa Rica aim to build on their position as Latin America’s leading producers of geothermal power to help meet the challenges they face of curbing planet-warming emissions and making their energy supplies secure. Latin America relies on hydropower for 55 percent of its total electricity generation, and the burning of fossil fuels for around 40 percent, according ... Read More »

Samsung’s next VR headset won’t need a smartphone: Report

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SEOUL: The company is creating a design for a standalone VR headset that doesn’t rely on a smartphone, like more-costly units from Oculus and HTC. Samsung is developing an advanced, stand-alone VR headset that won’t require a user to link it to a compatible smartphone, which is necessary with the company’s basic $100 Gear VR consumer headset. The upcoming stand-alone ... Read More »

Facebook content restriction in India dips, but still second highest in the world

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NEW DELHI: Facebook blocked a total of 14,971 content pieces in India in the second half of 2015, the social networking site disclosed in its twice-annual transparency report on Thursday. Though the number of blocked items in India has reduced a bit from the earlier 5,115, the country still has the second highest blocked content in the world. “We restricted ... Read More »

Better battery capacity gives BMW i3 110 km range boost

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BERLIN: BMW has updated the i3 to keep up with the growing crowd of electric cars and range extender hybrids on the market. Thanks to improvements in battery technology, the model lineup has grown to include a 33 kWh battery version offering 58 percent more range than the current car. The BMW i3’s home charger has been given a boost ... Read More »

Meizu MX6 now rumored to go official in the second half of 2016

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BEIJING: According to a Weibo post from @KJuma, Meizu has delayed the launch of its MX6 smartphone. The smartphone was earlier expected to be made official this month, but it now appears that the smartphone will only show up in the second half of this year. The MX6 is rumored to include a 1080p resolution display and could be powered ... Read More »

Astronomers Find Tailless Comet, First of its Kind                   

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CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA—Astronomers have found a first-of-its-kind tailless comet whose composition may offer clues into long-standing questions about the solar system’s formation and evolution, according to research published Friday in the journal Science Advances. The so-called “Manx” comet, named after a breed of cats without tails, was made of rocky materials that are normally found near Earth. Most comets are ... Read More »