Science


You could live longer if you had a dog You could live longer if you had a dog
- November 18, 2017

A dog can decrease the risk of death by 33 percent and the risk of cardiovascular-related death by 36 percent for people who live alone versus singles without a pet. Dr Mike Knapton, associate medical director at the British Heart Foundation, said: "Owning a dog is associated with reduced mortality and risk of having heart disease ". (more...)
Apple HomePod's release delayed until 2018 Apple HomePod's release delayed until 2018
- November 18, 2017

Remember Apple's smart speaker it was planning to release called HomePod? A December HomePod ship date was already a significantly longer gap than most Apple products have between announcement and shipping, and that gap is widening even further. (more...)
Amazon launches Alexa in Canada with Echo devices, Prime Music Amazon launches Alexa in Canada with Echo devices, Prime Music
- November 16, 2017

Alexa in Canada , according to Amazon , delivers an "all-new experience", with a new English voice with Canadian accent (eh!), including local knowledge and skills. Echo Plus - The recently-introduced sequel to the original Echo features all the Alexa features, plus ZigBee wireless smart home connections. Now customers can pre-order their Amazon Echo devices from Amazon Canada whose shipping will begin on December 5th. (more...)
Newly discovered Earth-sized planet found orbiting quiet, nearby star Newly discovered Earth-sized planet found orbiting quiet, nearby star
- November 16, 2017

It was created from images forming part of the Digitized Sky Survey 2. "Small stars like Ross 128 emit most of their light in the infrared, so infrared HARPS promise much more discoveries", he added. Abel Méndez, the director of the Planetary Habitability Laboratory at Arecibo, nicknamed them "the Weird!" Scientists have discovered an Earth-like exoplanet around the star Ross 128, which can be found (marked with a red circle) in the constellation Virgo. (more...)
Google Assistant to now broadcast messages for you Google Assistant to now broadcast messages for you
- November 15, 2017

Beginning on Tuesday, people will be able to broadcast their voice through Google Assistant on their smartphones or voice-activated Google Assistant-enabled speakers such as Google Home . The new feature, which Google announced today in a blog post , seems mostly designed for families (which makes sense). This will transmit the message to the user on their Google Home . (more...)
GameStop Hits Pause On Its PowerPass Game Rental System GameStop Hits Pause On Its PowerPass Game Rental System
- November 15, 2017

Technically, the PowerPass program had already kicked off by the time GameStop made the decision to temporarily shut it down. The plan wasn't fully scraped, per those sources, as they were supposed to store the materials in the back room, indicating they would be put to use in the future. (more...)
Microsoft Black Friday deals: Xbox One S available for lowest price yet Microsoft Black Friday deals: Xbox One S available for lowest price yet
- November 14, 2017

If you purchase a Surface Laptop ( either i5 256GB or i7 ) then Microsoft is bundling the Harman Kardon Invoke Cortana speaker free of charge. X Box One X is of course Microsoft's latest top of the line console offering which delivers 4K gaming, an Ultra-HD Blu ray player among other things. (more...)
Venus-Jupiter conjunction: How and where to watch the planetary event Venus-Jupiter conjunction: How and where to watch the planetary event
- November 13, 2017

However, while it might look like worlds are about to collide, Venus and Jupiter will in reality be hundreds of millions of miles apart. The planets will appear in conjunction in the south-east, just above the horizon, and may appear to look like one bright star. (more...)
Nintendo Switch is finally getting video apps, starting with Hulu Nintendo Switch is finally getting video apps, starting with Hulu
- November 10, 2017

Where it gets hard, is that Hulu itself requires a US-registered IP address and subscription to actually make use of. With the Switch being a portable HD screen, streaming services would definitely be a welcome addition. This streaming service is still a great option for Switch users, however, with Hulu's entire streaming library and the option to add Live TV available for those using the app. (more...)
Video shows Florida police officer punch woman in face at football game
- November 07, 2017

A videotaped altercation showing a University of Miami football fan slapping an officer who then appears to punch the fan in the head at a game has sparked an investigation, officials said Sunday. It remains unclear what led to the woman being removed, or whether or not she was arrested. A South Florida woman has been arrested on charges of suffocating her 4-year-old daughter with a pillow and then putting her body in a dumpster . (more...)
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Enterprise Edition, here are the details Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Enterprise Edition, here are the details
- November 04, 2017

E-FOTA enables IT admins to comprehensively manage a fleet of devices through centralized OS and software version control and scheduled updates. While the Galaxy S8 gets the update, we can expect the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to get updated very soon. (more...)
Razer Launches Phone for Gamers With Huge Bezels and No Headphone Jack Razer Launches Phone for Gamers With Huge Bezels and No Headphone Jack
- November 04, 2017

The Razer Phone has a price tag of around $700 (~₹45,000). It's the first phone to feature a display with a 120Hz refresh rate . The noteworthy feature here is the UltraMotion technology that delivers a variable refresh rate that's twice what you see on most other smartphones. (more...)
Galaxy S8 Beta Program Leaks, Oreo Update Round The Corner? Galaxy S8 Beta Program Leaks, Oreo Update Round The Corner?
- November 03, 2017

In the United Kingdom, the beta update will only be available for unlocked devices while in the USA, unlocked devices and those on Sprint or T-Mobile are supported. In a press release, the company announced the launch of what it's calling Samsung Experience 9.0 Beta. Samsung makes TVs, regular flagships, OLED displays, appliances, and much more - it has plenty of legroom to continue trying to make enterprised-focused phones because even if those attempts fail, its whole business won't ... (more...)
OnePlus will keep the headphone jack 'for the time being' OnePlus will keep the headphone jack 'for the time being'
- November 03, 2017

Further elaborating the decision, Lau pointed out that about 80 percent of users use "in-jack headphones". The smartphone will keep the headphone jack, which many other manufacturers have abandoned . While OnePlus only released one flagship per year ... As for why the OnePlus 5T will have a headphone jack, the OnePlus CEO says a primary reason is the audio quality. (more...)
Far Cry 5 Friends for Hire Trailer and Co-Op Details
- November 01, 2017

During the Paris Games Week, Ubisoft revealed a co-op trailer for Far Cry 5 . You can play through the entire campaign in co-op. The trailer showed the fact that they build Far Cry 5 with co-op in mind. At the end of the trailer, we get some shots showing real gameplay of what you can actually expect in the game. Voice chat communication will be included along with the ability to share health packs and ammo. (more...)
Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Q1 Earnings Beat As Azure Sales Surge 90%
- October 27, 2017

The stock is up just 2 percent in after-hours trading now. At the same time, as new data centers come online and become more efficient, Microsoft has been making progress in increasing the profitability of these services, with commercial cloud gross margin widening to 57 percent. (more...)
Nintendo's Animal Crossing mobile game arrives next month Nintendo's Animal Crossing mobile game arrives next month
- October 27, 2017

BHFF (Best Human Friends Forever): Not all of your friends in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will have fur or feathers. In a mechanic that's reminiscent of the cat collecting hit, Neko Atsume , it's your job to fill this camp with furniture and items that'll make it pleasant and draw in animals to come and visit you there. (more...)
New wave of hacker attacks covered from four countries New wave of hacker attacks covered from four countries
- October 26, 2017

The evil code then uses the legit open-source Mimikatz tool to extract file server login credentials out of the computer's memory - as used by the NotPetya ransomware in June - and uses those details, along with some hardcoded password guesses, to worm its way through SMB shares on the network. (more...)
Verizon reports wireless and wireline revenues down in third quarter Verizon reports wireless and wireline revenues down in third quarter
- October 22, 2017

First Financial Corp decreased its stake in First Financial Corporation (THFF) by 2.77% based on its latest 2017Q2 regulatory filing with the SEC. (NYSE:VZ) rating on Wednesday, September 30. Investment Management Of Virginia Llc sold 120,078 shares as the company's stock rose 26.87% with the market. (NYSE:VZ). 52,383 were reported by Central Fincl Bank &. (more...)
Orionids meteor shower set to peak over the weekend Orionids meteor shower set to peak over the weekend
- October 21, 2017

Image copyright Luis Argerich/NASA Image caption This streak from the Orionids was taken from the Mercedes Observatory, Buenos Aires, Argentina. It's actually been going on for most of October, and will continue through to the start of November, but the optimum time to witness something spectacular is from midnight tonight and before dawn tomorrow morning (pre 7am). (more...)
Pokemon Go Halloween Event 2017 Pokemon Go Halloween Event 2017
- October 21, 2017

Witch-Hat Pikachu can also be found and captured in the wild during the Halloween event. In addition to being the flawless Halloween costume for Pikachu, the witch's hat is supposed to be an allusion to Mimikyu, an off-kilter version of Pikachu introduced in Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon . (more...)
Xbox Wants Japanese Exclusives, Japanese Devs Doubt Microsoft's Support Xbox Wants Japanese Exclusives, Japanese Devs Doubt Microsoft's Support
- October 19, 2017

Other little tweaks include the option for a light or dark overall theme, faster navigation through tabs via stick, D-pad or bumpers, and you can now attach a USB webcam for streaming (although you'll still need a headset if you want anyone to hear you). (more...)
School to ditch Confederate namesake, renamed after Obama School to ditch Confederate namesake, renamed after Obama
- October 19, 2017

President Barack Obama speaks at Goalkeepers 2017, at Jazz at Lincoln Center on September 20, 2017 in New York City. A predominantly black school in MS named after Confederate president Jefferson Davis is ditching its name and replacing it with Barack Obama's. (more...)
GM to be the first to test self-driving cars in NYC GM to be the first to test self-driving cars in NYC
- October 18, 2017

If GM gets the green light, it would be the first to test "level 4" autonomous cars in the Big Apple. In a statement, Cruise Automation's CEO Kyle Vogt said the NYC trials will "accelerate the timeline to deploying self-driving cars at scale". (more...)
Garmin Speak is a Mini Alexa-Equipped Car Accessory, Priced at $149
- October 18, 2017

Ask Speak for directions with your voice; simply say "Alexa, ask Garmin to take me to the nearest gas station", for instance. Garmin on Tuesday introduced the Garmin Speak , an Amazon Alexa-enabled device that sits above your car's dashboard. (more...)