News: Tech & Science

Before Tesla And SpaceX, Elon Musk Worked In Video Games

Saturday  10:27,   17 february 2018
Gizmodo Australia

Before Elon Musk was shooting his own Tesla roadster into space, he was doing other cool stuff. Like? Making video games, that's what.As YouTuber Scott Manley points out (via NeoGAF), Musk has a "forgotten" career in video games. During the[...]

Google Pixel 2 users report warming phones and shortened battery life

Saturday  09:23,   17 february 2018
Engadget

If you've noticed your Pixel 2 running warm lately or found its battery life to suddenly be shortened, you're not alone.As 9to5Google points out, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL users are reporting on Reddit and Google's Pixel User Community that[...]

We're Getting A DNA Emoji, But It's Twisted The Wrong Way

Saturday  02:21,   17 february 2018
Gizmodo Australia

This month the Unicode Consortium, the strange and little-known organisation that decides which new emoji appear in our lives, announced some good news for science. Among the 157 new emoji being added to the emoji keyboard in 2018 is a DNA double[...]

Man Says Switch Helped Him Find A Tumour In His Hand

Saturday  02:21,   17 february 2018
Gizmodo Australia

Thanks to the Nintendo Switch, a man was able to detect a tumour in his hand. Chris is a 28-year old programmer living in Sydney, Australia. He was planning on getting a Switch as soon as it was announced: He's owned every Nintendo console since the [...]

Comment: Telstra reverts to boring mode, until the 5G spark arrives

Saturday  00:45,   17 february 2018
The Age

Despite its stated ambitions to be a world-class tech company, Telstra's future is definitely in phone and internet connections.It's clear that Telstra has a very long way to go before it can join those ranks, at least on this[...]

Comment: Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster will eventually crash in space -- and scientists think they know where and by when

Friday  23:57,   16 february 2018
Business Insider Australia

SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk, recently launched the world's largest operational rocket on February 6. Falcon Heavy's launch sent Musk's personal 2008 red Tesla Roadster on a voyage toward Mars orbit with a "Starman" dummy in[...]

Facebook loses Belgian privacy case, faces fine up to $125 million

Friday  19:53,   16 february 2018
Reuters

A Belgian court threatened Facebook with a fine of up to 100 million euros ($125 million) if it continued to break privacy laws by tracking people on third party websites. In a case brought by Belgium's privacy watchdog, the court also ruled on[...]

Physics Creates New Form Of Light

Friday  19:52,   16 february 2018
Newsweek

"It's very uncharted territory," the researchers say.In results published in Science, researchers suggest that this new light could be used to perform highly complex, incredibly fast quantum[...]

Supermassive Black Holes Grow Faster In Larger Galaxies

Friday  18:12,   16 february 2018
International Business Times

The rate of growth of the biggest supermassive black holes in the universe is much faster than the rate at which new stars are born in the massive galaxies that host them.When it came to growth, it was thought that supermassive black holes that lie[...]

HomePod damages wooden furniture; Apple suggests choosing a different surface

Friday  14:02,   16 february 2018
Relaxnews (AFP)

Apple's smart speaker, the HomePod has been receiving negative reviews for damaging wooden surfaces and the company suggests "placing it on a different surface."  The HomePod was first announced in June 2017 and was[...]

Origins of Earth's Weird 'Pulsating Auroras' Nailed Down

Friday  13:52,   16 february 2018
MSN

The origins of intense flickering displays of light high up in Earth's atmosphere are now revealed after a decades-long hunt.Similar auroras may take place high above Jupiter and Saturn, according to the scientists behind the new[...]

Microsoft’s latest app moves photos from phones to PCs over WiFi

Friday  11:11,   16 february 2018
Engadget

Microsoft Garage makes all kinds of mobile apps for iOS and Android. Some, like the Hub keyboard for iPhone, are experiments; others, like the News Pro app, are a bit more long-term. According to Microsoft, when its Photos app was[...]

Twitch launches public and private chat rooms for streamers

Friday  11:11,   16 february 2018
The Verge

Amazon-owned streaming giant Twitch today announced the launch of a chat room feature that will exist outside the standard Twitch chat that lives on the righthand side of live streams. Twitch first announced the feature back at its annual[...]

Tinder update to give women control of conversation

Friday  06:57,   16 february 2018
USA TODAY

Dating app plans to add option allowing women to initiate conversations.During an interview with Marketwatch, Match Group CEO Mandy Ginsburg said it plans to add a "women-talk-first setting" to Tinder, where any time a woman is matched by swiping[...]

A new iOS bug can crash iPhones and disable access to iMessages

Friday  06:56,   16 february 2018
The Verge

Apple had a shockingly bad week of software problems just before the end of 2017, and it looks like 2018 isn’t starting so well either. A new bug has been discovered in iOS 11 that lets people send a specific character that will crash an iPhone and [...]