News: Tech & Science

Nintendo cracks down on retro downloads

Tuesday  08:05,   14 august 2018
bbc

Three sites offering retro games have gone offline following legal action.All three offered a wide variety of old games in an unauthorised[...]
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The fastest-sinking city in the world

Tuesday  07:50,   14 august 2018
bbc

With frequent floods, sinking markets and engulfed homes, by 2050 parts of Jakarta will be underwater.It sits on swampy land, the Java Sea lapping against it, and 13 rivers running through it. So it shouldn't be a surprise that flooding is frequent[...]

This tool lets you bequeath your Google account to a trusted person when you die — here's how to set it up

Tuesday  07:18,   14 august 2018
businessinsider.com.au

If you've ever worried about what would befall your Gmail, photos, documents, YouTube videos, and other digital data in the event of a terrible accident or your own death, you're not alone.It's a little dark to think about, but the good news [...]

‘Child of Krakatoa’ volcano flings lava bombs hundreds of feet during mesmerizing eruption

Tuesday  06:56,   14 august 2018
washingtonpost

Don't let the scale fool you -- these lava bombs are the size of cars.The Anak Krakatau volcano in Indonesia is shooting boulders out of its crater-like fireworks. The “lava bombs” (yep, that’s a real thing) hurled into the sky on Saturday were[...]

Authorities are monitoring people who use free wifi at Sydney’s most famous beaches

Tuesday  06:31,   14 august 2018
stockhead.com.au

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New tech surveillance laws more a 'side gate' than 'back door' into Australian phones

Tuesday  06:12,   14 august 2018
msn

New laws will be unveiled today aimed at helping the nation's spy agencies and police monitor and prevent criminal activity through phones and the internet. The Federal Government reckons the current legislation is seriously out of date — it was [...]

Sony’s charging nearly $7,900 for a music player with a gold-plated volume knob

Tuesday  04:51,   14 august 2018
theverge

If you really want to treat yourself (and your ears), this is the player for you.For that money, the DMP-Z1 digital music player supports all hi-res music formats, includes an “audiophile-grade” headphone amp and even a gold-plated volume dial “to[...]

What the rumors say about Google’s upcoming Pixel 3

Tuesday  04:51,   14 august 2018
techcrunch

Now that the Note 9’s all good and official, it’s time to move onto the next major smartphone.&nbsp;Even so, we’ve already seen a handful of credible links, including a full unboxing last week, so we’re starting to develop a pretty good picture[...]

YouTube is paying its stars again, report says

Tuesday  04:51,   14 august 2018
cnet

This time, YouTube pays for praise.In a statement, YouTube said it has "no new initiative in[...]

200-million year old Pterosaur 'built for flying'

Tuesday  04:51,   14 august 2018
msn

Scientists have unveiled a previously unknown species of giant pterosaur, the first creatures with a backbone to fly under their own power. Neither dino nor bird, pterosaurs -- more commonly known as pterodactyls -- emerged during the late Triassic[...]

Radioactive sheep found in Australia bolster claims that Israel conducted illegal nuclear weapon test over the Indian Ocean four decades ago

Tuesday  04:51,   14 august 2018
dailymail.co.uk

The findings, published in a new study for Science and Global Security , shed intriguing new light on the mysterious Vela Incident, as it is known, of September 22, 1979. At 12.53am GMT on the date, the US satellite Vela 6911 detected the 'double[...]

Spotify Is Now Letting Some Aussies Skip Annoying Ads Even If They Don't Pay Up

Tuesday  04:06,   14 august 2018
gizmodo.com.au

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Samsung might be rushing out its first foldable Galaxy phone for all the wrong reasons

Monday  20:22,   13 august 2018
bgr

Samsung’s most exciting smartphone ever, a handset that folds in half has been in the works for at least a couple of years. But, the handset has been featured in all sorts of rumor since 2016, with Samsung postponing the rumored launch over and[...]

DeepMind AI matches health experts at spotting eye diseases

Monday  20:22,   13 august 2018
engadget

DeepMind has successfully developed a system that can analyze retinal scans and spot symptoms of sight-threatening eye diseases. Today, the AI division -- owned by Google's parent company Alphabet -- published "early results" of a research project[...]

The Science Behind Why the Earth Isn't Flat

Monday  20:22,   13 august 2018
mentalfloss

Let's review why and how we've known for at least 2300 years that the Earth is round.It didn't matter that astronauts like John Glenn and Neil Armstrong had been to space and verified that the Earth is round; Hughes didn't believe them.[...]