News: Tech & Science

Solar race car built by Australian National University students unveiled

Tuesday  13:57,   19 september 2017
MSN

The Australian National University (ANU) has unveiled its entrant for the 2017 solar car race from Darwin to Adelaide. ANU's 'Super Charge' is the scrappy underdog in the World Solar Challenge, racing against cars injected with cash from[...]

Facebook: We don’t always 'get things right the first time'

Tuesday  11:50,   19 september 2017
CNET

The social network’s head of design talks about people misusing its products. He also fields questions about Snapchat Stories and Alexa.On Monday, Luke Woods, Facebook's head of design, acknowledged some of the company's[...]

August’s redesigned smart lock boasts better battery life and security

Tuesday  11:50,   19 september 2017
The Verge

In a major refresh of its smart home products, August has released two new versions of its smart lock, including a cheaper redesigned model and a professional edition of its doorbell camera. The third generation of the August Smart Lock has [...]

Apple slowly lets its 'TV' streaming app expand beyond the US

Tuesday  11:50,   19 september 2017
Engadget

Apple's 'TV' app has begun showing up outside the US, signaling the start of the rollout it promised during its latest iPhone event. According to MacRumors and 9to5Mac, the app has already appeared for some users in Australia[...]

What Hurricanes Can Dredge Up: Coffins, Canoes and Creatures

Tuesday  10:53,   19 september 2017
The New York Times

The floods that came with Harvey and Irma brought some interesting and mysterious things to the surface.After Hurricanes Harvey and Irma battered Texas, the Caribbean and Florida, some memorable characters, stories of tragedy and moments of grace[...]

Samsung’s Bixby button is structural bloatware

Tuesday  10:53,   19 september 2017
The Verge

It’s hard to argue that Samsung hasn’t had a terrific year so far. In 2017, the world’s most prolific smartphone maker delivered a critically acclaimed new flagship in the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, and it followed that up with a record-breaking Note 8[...]

CCleaner hack affects 2.27 million computers — here's what to do

Tuesday  10:53,   19 september 2017
CNET

Your device may have CCleaner malware. Here's what you need to know.What does the malware[...]

Apple’s Venmo-like money transfers will arrive after iOS 11

Tuesday  10:53,   19 september 2017
Engadget

A new payment service from Apple is set to launch sometime this fall through iOS 11 and watchOS 4 updates. Once it's available, users can tap the App Store icon in the Messages app and then select Apple Pay from the app options. After[...]

Watch this robot band rock out to 'Automatica' before destroying their instruments

Tuesday  05:05,   19 september 2017
International Business Times

A new video released by New Zealand-based artist Nigel Stanford shows a band of robots playing a variety of musical instruments in a track called Automatica. The track begins with two industrial robots playing a bass guitar. Soon, other robots join[...]

Biggest and smallest creatures at top risk of extinction: study

Tuesday  05:05,   19 september 2017
AFP

Animals on both the large and small side of the spectrum face the most risk of extinction For big creatures -- including whale sharks, Atlantic sturgeon, Somali ostriches, Chinese giant salamanders and Komodo dragons -- people are the top[...]

Mysterious sea monsters that wash ashore are rarely mysterious (and never monsters)

Monday  18:51,   18 september 2017
Popular Science

The real weirdos never even make it to land.  The real weirdos never even make it to[...]

Giant, Scorching-Hot Alien Planet Is Darker Than Asphalt

Monday  18:01,   18 september 2017
MSN

Exoplanets come in pretty much all colors, including pitch black.  The huge, blistering-hot alien world WASP-12b has a reflectance, or albedo, of just 0.064 at most, a new study[...]

A Chip That Saves Optic Data As Sound Waves

Monday  17:42,   18 september 2017
International Business Times

Researchers from University of Sydney have created a microchip that converts data from photons into acoustics and then back to the optical domain, and it could change the way computers work.A new microchip developed by researchers from the[...]

Boston Startups Are Teaching Boats to Drive Themselves

Monday  17:32,   18 september 2017
Bloomberg

A small industry of startups trying to teach boats to drive themselves is emerging along the harbor.In a slightly apologetic tone, Marino acknowledged the experience wasn’t as harrowing as barreling down a highway in an SUV that no one is steering.[...]

Six apps to add blockbuster special effects to your smartphone videos

Monday  15:02,   18 september 2017
Popular Science

Andaction!  The clue's in this app's name: Action Movie FX can overlay explosions and monsters with such aplomb that it's previously earned an Apple award. From natural disasters to wandering spaceships, it offers a ton of[...]