News: Tech & Science

Uranus smells like rotten eggs, scientists find

Tuesday  23:31,   24 april 2018
ABC News

Scientists solve a "longstanding mystery", detecting hydrogen sulphide gas — which smells like rotten eggs — swirling in Uranus's cloud tops.They discovered hydrogen sulphide gas — also known as rotten egg gas — swirling in the[...]

Apple, Ireland strike deal on 13-billion-euro tax payment

Tuesday  19:53,   24 april 2018
AFP

Ireland's government on Tuesday said it was signing a deal with Apple for the US tech giant to pay 13 billion euros ($16 billion) in back taxes as ordered by the European Commission. The formal signature is expected later on Tuesday and the[...]

Cambridge University Researcher Lays Out Links With Facebook

Tuesday  19:31,   24 april 2018
Bloomberg

Kogan, the researcher who shared Facebook Inc. user data with Cambridge Analytica, said that a supply of anonymized user information he received from the social network came with no contract and no obligation to destroy it. "It was just ‘here’s an[...]

Spotify brings on-demand listening to its free mobile app

Tuesday  19:31,   24 april 2018
Engadget

It's based around personal playlists.That music should consume less of your precious bandwidth, too. Spotify now has a low data mode that cuts usage by as much as 75 percent, which could make all the difference if you're on a slower connection[...]

Music streaming revenues surge and investors like the beat

Tuesday  19:06,   24 april 2018
Reuters

Figures released in IFPI’s Global Music Report 2018 show total recording music revenues for 2017 rose to $17.3 billion, up 8.1 percent from the previous year. Improving finances have led to a tentative re-evaluation of the music industry by stock[...]

This Could Be Darkest Planet Ever Discovered

Tuesday  15:34,   24 april 2018
Newsweek

It absorbs some 99 percent of light hitting its surface.Scientists from Keele University in Newcastle, UK, explored the gas giant's incredible light-absorbing prowess in a research paper uploaded to the academic preprint server,[...]

Samsung patent suggests video chatting with AR Emoji

Tuesday  12:07,   24 april 2018
The Verge

When Samsung rolled out its creepy AR Emoji, many assumed it was just the company’s answer to Apple’s Animoji. But Samsung was granted a patent last week that could indicate a whole other reason it rolled out the AR Emoji: to combat bandwidth issues [...]

Adobe Premiere makes it easier to edit Insta360 Pro footage

Tuesday  12:07,   24 april 2018
Engadget

Insta360's more affordable 8K VR camera was made available for pre-orders in 2017, with a major software update in December of that same year that kicked the high-end 360-degree camera's image processing up a notch. The camera got a [...]

Corals build 'cloud umbrellas' to help keep cool under blazing sun, study says

Tuesday  11:15,   24 april 2018
ABC News

Australian researchers find corals build "cloud umbrellas" to help keep cool and their decline could have wider implications for climate and agricultural production.A team of scientists from Griffith University, Southern Cross University[...]

Facebook Data Move Means Australians Miss Out Stronger Data Protection

Tuesday  04:50,   24 april 2018
Lifehacker Australia

Next month, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect in the European Union. Facebook's company structure, like that of many companies, is designed to help the company minimise their taxes. That's not a new thing and[...]

In major find, DNA turns out to be knotted like an old pair of laces

Tuesday  04:31,   24 april 2018
Brisbane Times

When you think of DNA, you probably think of long strands that wrap around each other in that iconic double helix. But in a major find by Australian scientists, announced on Monday, that view has been proven wrong.© Garvan Institute / Supplied We've [...]

Nasa Can't Explain Images of Strange Ice Circles in Arctic Sea

Tuesday  00:11,   24 april 2018
Newsweek

There's no clear explanation for these mysterious ice holes.NASA’s Operation IceBridge mission scientist John Sonntag captured the images on April 14, marking in his field log, “I don’t recall seeing this sort of thing elsewhere,” NASA[...]

Samsung Developing Mid-Range Galaxy S9 Variant

Monday  15:31,   23 april 2018
International Business Times

South Korean tech giant Samsung is reportedly launching a new mid-range version of the Galaxy S9 flagship phone.Korea Herald learned from a Samsung official over the weekend that the tech giant is planning to release another variant of the Galaxy S[...]

Meizu's new phones don't have notches

Monday  10:56,   23 april 2018
The Verge

Chinese company Meizu has unveiled its new range of smartphones, the 15 series, and it seems to be taking a stand against current trends in phone design. You won’t find notches or even tall screens here — just large, intact rectangles. It’s[...]

Nasa Can't Explain Images of Strange Ice Circles in Arctic Sea

Monday  10:56,   23 april 2018
Newsweek

There's no clear explanation for these mysterious ice holes.NASA’s Operation IceBridge mission scientist John Sonntag captured the images on April 14, marking in his field log, “I don’t recall seeing this sort of thing elsewhere,” NASA[...]