News: Tech & Science

Apple CEO: iPhone owners will be able to disable 'power management'

Thursday  11:16,   18 january 2018

About a month ago, Apple explained that slower performance of older iPhones is intentional, implemented as a "power management" plan through an iOS update. While it was ostensibly intended to prevent phones from crashing in[...]

World's largest underwater cave network discovered in Mexico

Thursday  11:15,   18 january 2018

A diving team in Mexico has discovered what is believed to be the world’s biggest flooded cave - a find that promises to throw new light on the ancient Mayan civilisation. The Gran Acuifero Maya (GAM) project pinpointed the 347kms cave after years[...]

These companies claim blockchain could help fight climate change

Thursday  10:15,   18 january 2018
Popular Science

Is it a breakthrough, or just a buzzword? Climate wonks say blockchain has a key role to play in the clean-energy economy. But, while hackers wreak havoc on the climate, blockchain, the bleeding-edge technology behind Bitcoin, could one day [...]

Google’s Project Fi has a new unlimited data plan, but it’s not as cheap as it seems

Thursday  10:08,   18 january 2018

Google's Project Fi has built a reputation for being the simplest mobile carrier out there. But the latest trend in cell plans is unlimited data, and from that perspective, Google’s system has always been expensive. No wireless plan you [...]

Google will make page speed a factor in mobile search ranking starting in July

Thursday  09:51,   18 january 2018

Google today announced a significant change in how it ranks websites for mobile searches: it will now take page speed into consideration as one of its signals, the company says. Though speed will become more of a factor in determining the[...]

YouTube implements stricter requirements for partners

Thursday  09:51,   18 january 2018

YouTube has been under fire for months over inappropriate content masquerading as kid-friendly videos and popular creators acting out of line. To start with, Google will now manually vet videos and ensure they meet its ad-friendly[...]

Skyscraper-sized asteroid nearing Earth

Thursday  09:51,   18 january 2018

It's longer than the world's tallest building.The 2002 AJ129 asteroid measures around 1.1km wide, making it longer than the height of Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai, the world's tallest[...]

How NAB and Westpac infiltrated Amazon's Alexa launch in Australia

Thursday  06:21,   18 january 2018
Business Insider Australia

"Alexa. How much do I have in my savings account?" For NAB and Westpac customers, this is a question which will get an answer from Amazon's Alexa, the digital assistant launched in Australia today. Both banks worked with Amazon for[...]

Nine existential risks that have the potential to bring an end to humanity

Thursday  05:09,   18 january 2018
Business Insider Australia

Human extinction is something that most people probably try not to dwell too much on, but a team at Cambridge University are devoting their lives to studying the matter. Academics, lawyers, scholars, and philosophers at the university's Centre for[...]

Australian Scientists Just Discovered The Royal Family Aren't The Only Fossils In Buckingham Palace

Thursday  05:09,   18 january 2018
Gizmodo Australia

Turns out building blocks of Buckingham Palace (and a whole bunch of other buildings around the world) are made of Jurassic period microbes. Oolitic limestone is almost completely made of millimetre-sized spheres of carbonate called[...]

Delays and safety concerns mar NASA’s plans to fly astronauts on commercial spacecraft

Thursday  03:35,   18 january 2018
The Verge

NASA’s ambitious initiative to fly astronauts on commercial spacecraft continues to suffer from schedule delays, as well as questions regarding the program’s safety — and Congress isn’t happy about it. Experts think that’s a generous[...]

Ancient Egyptian Mummies from 4,000 Years Ago Shared a Mommy, DNA from Teeth Reveals

Thursday  02:02,   18 january 2018

The discovery raises important questions about the misunderstood role of women in ancient Egyptian culture.Two millennia-old Egyptian mummies long believed to be brothers are actually half siblings, according to a new paper published in[...]

Extreme Weather Ranked As The Biggest Threat in 2018

Wednesday  23:31,   17 january 2018

For the second year in a row, weather trumps weapons when it comes to greatest risks.The risk of extreme weather ending human existence is topped only by the risk posed weapons of mass destruction. A global survey released by the[...]

8 features that make the Note 8 worth the extra cash

Wednesday  20:28,   17 january 2018

The Note 8 vs the Galaxy S8 vs the restThat's a little more than you'll fork out for either the Galaxy S8 or the Galaxy S8 Plus, so why would you bother shelling out the extra cash? We've got 8 reasons for you – to match the device's name – so[...]

Mitsubishi's mirrorless car cameras can spot distant traffic

Wednesday  20:28,   17 january 2018

It can tell the difference between people, cars and bikes, too.The technology uses the brand's proprietary AI to give drivers advanced warning of upcoming obstacles, and is expected to help prevent accidents, especially when changing lanes. The[...]