News: Tech & Science

Oculus tweaks VR audio to seem closer and more realistic

Wednesday  11:07,   20 september 2017

Audio can be just as important as visuals if you want to make true-to-life VR experiences. Check it out in action in this sample[...]

Google’s AI chief thinks reports of the AI apocalypse are greatly exaggerated

Wednesday  11:07,   20 september 2017

John Giannandrea from Google had many great things to say about artificial intelligence at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. John Giannandrea from Google had many great things to say about artificial intelligence at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. In[...]

Google’s Pixel 2 will come in new ‘kinda blue’ color

Wednesday  11:07,   20 september 2017
The Verge

On the heels of a number of other Google leaks that Droid Life published this afternoon, we now have a clear look at the forthcoming Pixel 2. The follow-up to last year’s Google Pixel (the smaller of the two Google phones), which is being announced [...]

Scientists have found another “Octopus City” along the Australian coast

Wednesday  09:36,   20 september 2017

The Octopus uprising is underway. Scientists have discovered another octopus city in the Jervis Bay on the coastline of eastern Australia. Scientists have discovered another octopus city in the Jervis Bay on the coastline of eastern[...]

YouTube opens up Twitch-style subscriptions to more creators

Wednesday  07:06,   20 september 2017
The Verge

YouTube is expanding Sponsorships, its relatively new service that lets viewers pay creators a monthly subscription fee in exchange for exclusive perks. YouTube says Sponsorships will replace the rarely used paid channels feature the[...]

Twitter now displays popular articles from your timeline

Wednesday  07:06,   20 september 2017

Twitter keeps looking for ways to improve its service to better meet the needs of its diverse and, er, passionate audience. Just a few months earlier, the company also added a new inbox that separates out direct messages from people you[...]

Apple Music's Android app adds voice search and social features

Wednesday  07:06,   20 september 2017

Apple announced that it would bring your friends' listening habits to Apple Music at WWDC this past summer. iOS users who use the streaming music service will be able to start using the feature after updating to iOS 11. Now,[...]

No, the World Is Not Going to End This Weekend

Wednesday  04:26,   20 september 2017

There are a lot of reasons Caltech physicist Randall Smith didn’t recently announce that a rogue planet named Nibiru is going to destroy Earth this weekend — not the least being that “Randall Smith” of Caltech doesn’t exist. That’s the same reason[...]

Neil deGrasse Tyson warns it may be “too late” to deal with climate change

Wednesday  04:10,   20 september 2017

American astrophysicist and science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson has warned that climate change has become so advanced that it may be “too late” to properly deal with it. Tyson was interviewed by CNN’s Fareed Zakaria on Sunday about Hurricanes[...]

Mock Mars Crew Emerges from Dome in Hawaii After 8 Months of Isolation

Wednesday  04:10,   20 september 2017

After spending eight months simulating life on Mars on the slopes of the Mauna Loa volcano, six "astronauts" emerged from their Hawaiian habitat on Sunday (Sept. 17) to return to civilization. This concluded the fifth mock Mars mission of [...]

The Asteroid Belt May Be a 'Treasure Trove' of Planetary Building Blocks

Tuesday  19:06,   19 september 2017

The asteroid belt may have started out empty, later becoming a "cosmic refugee camp" taking on leftovers of planetary formation from across the solar system, a new study finds. The main asteroid belt, located between the orbits of Mars and [...]

Startup Pi out to slice the charging cord

Tuesday  19:02,   19 september 2017
Relaxnews (AFP)

Silicon Valley youngster Pi on Monday claimed it had developed the world's first wireless charger that does away with cords or mats to charge devices.  Pi chargers, about the size of a small table vase, operate on standard[...]

Self-powered patch monitors glucose levels during exercise

Tuesday  18:53,   19 september 2017

The bandage-like wearable could prevent hypoglycaemia during workouts.It's a significant develop because glucose tracking traditionally relies on invasive measures, such as pricking a finger to draw blood or sensors under the skin, which then[...]

River Deposits Point To Complex Water Systems On Mars

Tuesday  17:54,   19 september 2017
International Business Times

River deposits on Mars point to a complex flowing water system similar to Earth.The deposits were seen through satellite images mainly because of a process called "topographic inversion." This is where the deposits from the river systems that flowed [...]

Here's how dogs actually see the world

Tuesday  13:57,   19 september 2017
Business Insider Australia

How do dogs see the world? Dogs see differently than humans. The reason lies within the eye. In the eye are light receptors called cones and rods. Cones help us distinguish different colours, while rods help us see in dim light. The number of cones[...]