News: Tech & Science

Alan Finkel pushes for more energy storage to keep bills down and maintain reliability

Monday  10:51,   20 november 2017

Power bills will go up and energy supply will be less reliable unless Australia develops better storage systems, according to Chief Scientist Alan Finkel. A new report from Dr Finkel's office and the Australian Council of Learned Academics[...]

Authorities serve Apple a warrant for Texas shooter’s iPhone

Monday  06:51,   20 november 2017

The news has echoes of a recent spat between Apple and the FBI over a mass shooting in San Bernadino, California, in late 2015. Two weeks ago today, 26 people were killed by a gunman at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Two phones [...]

Phoning E.T.: Message Sent to Nearby Planet That Could Host Life

Monday  06:51,   20 november 2017

If there are any intelligent aliens in the GJ 273 system, they can expect to hear from us about a dozen years from now. Last month, scientists and artists beamed a message to GJ 273, a red dwarf also known as Luyten's star that lies 12.36[...]

These robots don't want your job. They want your love.

Monday  03:37,   20 november 2017
The Washington Post

The robots are coming for a hug. Say hello to Jibo and Kuri.As a tech columnist, I’ve tested all sorts of helpful robots: the kind that vacuum floors, deliver packages or even make martinis. But two arriving in homes now break new ground. They want [...]

Comment: Are Children's Smartwatches Safe?

Monday  03:37,   20 november 2017
Lifehacker Australia

There are lots of great benefits to using a smartwatch or fitness band. They can encourage activity, deliver data to you in a convenient and unobtrusive way and they can let you take your music with you without carrying a phone. But they can also[...]

All the Exoplanets We’ve Discovered in One Chart

Monday  02:36,   20 november 2017
Popular Mechanics

Breaking the planets down by size and temperature helps us learn a little bit more about what’s out there.Every day, it seems like there’s a new exoplanet out there - and often, claims of habitability. But it’s easy to get lost in the mess of[...]

Driverless, electric future just round the corner for urban cars

Sunday  15:06,   19 november 2017

A driverless, electric car is only a swipe away in the cities of the future, where pollution clampdowns and rapid advances in technology will transform the way we travel, despite lagging infrastructure. As more and more countries announce a[...]

Google Lens comes to Assistant on Pixel phones

Sunday  10:24,   19 november 2017

Point your camera at the world and get answers.The feature isn't widely available yet -- it may take some time before you see it. There's also no word on availability for other devices. It's safe to say this will make Lens more convenient, though,[...]

Pentagon left public intelligence gathering data on exposed server

Sunday  10:23,   19 november 2017

It was widely available material, but it still raises concerns.A large part of the data includes content that you'd expect the military to scrape, such as news articles and social network posts relating to ISIS as well as politics from hotbeds like[...]

Apple's iMac Pro may have hands-free Siri voice control

Sunday  09:20,   19 november 2017

It includes a version of the A10 chip from the iPhone 7.It's possible that the A10 chip is always running, which would represent a break from the custom T1 chip driving the Touch Bar in some recent MacBook Pro models. That would line up with leaks[...]

NASA launches next-generation weather satellite

Sunday  06:52,   19 november 2017

NASA on Saturday launched a next-generation satellite into space designed to monitor weather around the world and help improve forecasts. The satellite, called the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1), is a joint venture between the US[...]

Archaeologists painstakingly reassemble ancient Roman temple

Sunday  05:20,   19 november 2017

Crews of archaeologists have painstakingly disassembled and then reassembled a Roman temple in the heart of London’s financial district.A cult where men got together and worshipped a God who killed a bull in a[...]

Thousands of scientists issue bleak 'second notice' to humanity

Sunday  02:36,   19 november 2017
The Washington Post

In 1992, scientists warned humanity about a host of impending ecological disasters. A quarter-century later, most of them have gotten worse.In late 1992, 1,700 scientists from around the world issued a dire “warning to humanity.” They said humans[...]

Garmin fitness watches can now pay for things

Saturday  23:23,   18 november 2017

Garmin Pay competes with on-wrist payments platforms like Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Android Pay and Fitbit Pay, but it only works on one watch so far.To use it, you'll need to have a Garmin Vivoactive 3 smartwatch. But you'll also need to have a[...]

This phone carrier is building its own smart speaker

Saturday  23:23,   18 november 2017

Republic Wireless' smart speaker appears to take a calls-first mantra.On Friday, wireless carrier Republic Wireless indicated it's taking the opposite approach, saying it plans to enter the space with a speaker that appears to be all about phone [...]