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Qualcomm's new X24 LTE modem features 2Gbps peak download speeds Qualcomm's new X24 LTE modem features 2Gbps peak download speeds
- February 14, 2018

Another leg of the strategy is to create more integrated RF silicon, because otherwise smartphones will run into power consumption and size challenges. Qualcomm's mobile modems still lead the pack but the huge chipmaker is facing ever-increasing competition from other players such as Intel; both make modems for the iPhone X and Qualcomm lodged a legal complaint about Apple infringing its patents - the latest in a series of legal disputes between the two companies. (more...)
THQ Nordic Just Bought Koch Media THQ Nordic Just Bought Koch Media
- February 14, 2018

The purchase was announced through an official press release from THQ Nordic. In addition, Deep Silver will be responsible for publishing the upcoming Shenmue III for both PS4 and PC. Wingefors believes that the combined talents under the wing of THQ Nordic will provide a strong foundation for cash flow and profitability. THQ Nordic has stated that although it won't be interfering with any of the in-development projects that are now slated, it will be closely monitoring and delegating ... (more...)
Elon Musk Explains Why the Falcon Heavy Center Core Crashed Elon Musk Explains Why the Falcon Heavy Center Core Crashed
- February 14, 2018

The side boosters used in the Falcon Heavy launch were previously flown and recovered. While SpaceX was able to recover two of the three first stage boosters, the center core failed to land on the drone ship. It has many private-sector uses, including communications satellites. "Also includes a Hot Wheels toy model Roadster on the car's dash with a mini-Starman inside, a data storage device placed inside the auto contains a copy of Isaac Asimov's 'Foundation , ' A plaque on the ... (more...)
Chrome will start marking HTTP sites as 'not secure' Chrome will start marking HTTP sites as 'not secure'
- February 12, 2018

The move comes after Google began downranking HTTP sites back in 2015. Starting July, Google's Chrome browser will start labeling any site and any web page still using HTTP as "not secure". According to Google, 68 percent of Chrome traffic on both Android and Windows is already protected, and that number to jumps to 78 percent on Chrome OS and Mac. (more...)
NASA's New Horizons satellite snaps farthest image ever made from Earth NASA's New Horizons satellite snaps farthest image ever made from Earth
- February 11, 2018

FILE - This image made available by NASA on Friday, July 24, 2015 shows a combination of images captured by the New Horizons spacecraft with enhanced colors to show differences in the composition and texture of Pluto's surface. During its voyage to the outer reaches of the solar system, the spacecraft usually stays in hibernation mode to conserve energy. The spacecraft became the first to fly over Pluto in 2015, and the first to explore the Kuiper Belt . (more...)
Future of robotics vision is a praying mantis (wearing tiny red glasses) Future of robotics vision is a praying mantis (wearing tiny red glasses)
- February 10, 2018

Slight differences in the images of what they see are relayed to the brain and processed into a single image and the subtle variations in the two original views help the brain pinpoint the location of the object in three dimensions, the scientists wrote in the study. (more...)
Small Asteroid To Pass By Earth Friday Small Asteroid To Pass By Earth Friday
- February 10, 2018

The size of the asteroid 2018 CB is estimated to be between 50 and 130 feet (15 and 40 meters). The pint-sized asteroid is expected to pass by our planet at a distance of around 39,000 miles. It measures from 0.3 miles to 0.75 miles across. "Although 2018 CB is quite small, it might well be larger than the asteroid that entered the atmosphere over Chelyabinsk, Russia, nearly exactly five years ago, in 2013", said NASA's Paul Chodas. (more...)
Florida Man's Apple AirPod Started Smoking, Blew Up, He Says Florida Man's Apple AirPod Started Smoking, Blew Up, He Says
- February 10, 2018

He left the AirPod on a piece of workout equipment to get help. The AirPods exploded, but the left was left intact while the right was blown apart and charred. Thankful that he removed the earbuds in time, Colon is now anxious about what could happen to other AirPod owners. This isn't the first case of a popular product bursting into flames. (more...)
Ever heard of Ever heard of "Cheddar Man?" Here's a look at him, reconstructed
- February 09, 2018

But new research shows that the skin pigment of the world's earliest known Brit was, in fact, dark brown. The pair work together on Neanderthal reconstruction projects for other museums, and report that the project took about 3 months to carry off, Alfons Kennis shared , adding that the project was a challenge for them, given the completely different facial features: "It's really nice to make a more graceful man, not a heavy-browed Neanderthal". (more...)
Our Ancestors, Elon Musk, And The First Car In Space Our Ancestors, Elon Musk, And The First Car In Space
- February 09, 2018

That final burn appears to have happened overnight, above California. In the driver's seat of SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's red Tesla Roadster , meanwhile, a mannequin named "Starman" hurtled away from Earth at almost 7 miles a second - certainly a speed record of some kind for a auto. (more...)
My Nintendo Gold Points can soon be spent on the Switch eShop My Nintendo Gold Points can soon be spent on the Switch eShop
- February 09, 2018

Today, however, the gaming giant announced an overhaul of its Nintendo rewards program. Way back in March 2016, Nintendo launched a new loyalty program called My Nintendo , which replaced outgoing loyalty program Club Nintendo. Eligible games will offer gamers a 5% return on purchases. While this seems to be the direction of speculation, Nintendo hasn't definitively set the value of a single Gold Coin. (more...)
Google brings back Nest into the fold, teams up with hardware team Google brings back Nest into the fold, teams up with hardware team
- February 08, 2018

John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, an Amazon subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool's board of directors. Four years ago, Google acquired smart home company Nest . If the current trend will continue, IoT is seen to generate a sub-economy that prod consumer spending by up to $1 trillion over the next two years. It's quite obvious that Google will want a key role on IoT's growth with its own brand of AI technology. (more...)
Pence says United States to announce new, tough sanctions on North Korea Pence says United States to announce new, tough sanctions on North Korea
- February 08, 2018

It was in this context that the Center for the National Interest gathered global policy specialists, military experts, and journalists to discuss the situation and consider the questions that would matter moving forward: Will there be North Korean provocations, or even bolder actions, during the games? Hundreds of North Koreans have arrived in South Korea ahead of the Opening Ceremony on Friday. (more...)
Tesla targets 2500 Model 3s a week while posting largest quarterly loss Tesla targets 2500 Model 3s a week while posting largest quarterly loss
- February 08, 2018

Yet even that, and an accompanying warning that spending on Tesla's electric auto production would rise this year, could not knock the company's fortunes for long. A "Starman" at the wheel. Tesla's energy business saw an increase in sales of its Powerwall storage battery, Tesla said. Tesla is up roughly 3% in trading Wednesday ahead of its fourth-quarter earnings report . (more...)
Xiaomi Redmi 5 set for Valentine's Day launch, Check features, specifications Xiaomi Redmi 5 set for Valentine's Day launch, Check features, specifications
- February 06, 2018

Though the company hasn't made any official announcement yet, several recent leaks hint share details on design and specifications. The two came along in China back in December past year and it would make sense to release the pair here as well. (more...)
Spotify experiments with Pandora-like playlists app Spotify experiments with Pandora-like playlists app
- February 03, 2018

Like Spotify it's free, but only if you're cool with ads interrupting your music experience. The app, called Stations , is an "experiment" according to company that is all about playlists and Spotify stations. " Spotify for Artists ", is a mobile app launched to help artists gather data and improve their presence on Spotify . The app appears to be a streamlined, though somewhat watered-down version of Pandora . (more...)
Russian spy chief visited United States - Russian embassy Russian spy chief visited United States - Russian embassy
- February 03, 2018

The official said Pompeo did not meet with the head of the GRU, the Russian military intelligence agency behind efforts to meddle in the 2016 USA election. Indeed, there is a very long history of U.S. attempts to cooperate with Russian intelligence services, said Andrew Weiss, a vice president of studies at the Carnegie Endowment who oversees research into Russia and Eurasia. (more...)
Replay of the launch of GovSat 1 aboard a Falcon 9 rocket Replay of the launch of GovSat 1 aboard a Falcon 9 rocket
- February 02, 2018

However, in an astonishing scientific feat, billionaire tech mogul Elon Musk said it had been discovered offshore not long after the launch. With GovSat-1 now in orbit, SpaceX can focus on next week's debut of its new, mammoth Falcon Heavy rocket. (more...)
EBay to replace PayPal as primary payment method EBay to replace PayPal as primary payment method
- February 02, 2018

Wall Street was looking for earnings of 52 cents per share on revenue of $3.63 billion. The company has reportedly added 8.7 million active customers in the past year. Over time, eBay expects to have a team of several hundred business, product, and risk specialists driving its payment capabilities. The company said P2P payments volume increased 50 percent to $27 billion, and represented approximately 20 percent of TPV. (more...)
PUBG Xbox One Update Nerfs Vehicles PUBG Xbox One Update Nerfs Vehicles
- February 01, 2018

Fans will also be able to find more loot dotted around the map, which should balance things up. In an attempt to make the map a better experience for players, there have been a number of changes to force players to fight at closer distances, instead of being constantly shot out in the open all the time. (more...)
Facebook Says It Will Push More Local News Stories Facebook Says It Will Push More Local News Stories
- February 01, 2018

We identify local publishers as those whose links are clicked on by readers in a tight geographic area. In the third quarter, Facebook grew its ad sales by 47 percent to about $10 billion compared to the same period past year. "We're making a series of updates to show more high quality, trusted news". Another key concern of investors recently has been costs. Earlier this month, the company announced that it would de-emphasize commercial content in order to show more content from ... (more...)
DOJ, SEC probe Apple over slowing of older iPhones DOJ, SEC probe Apple over slowing of older iPhones
- February 01, 2018

CEO Tim Cook said the new update is "going to give people the visibility of the health of their battery so it's very, very transparent". There are conflicting speculations about the mobile phone dubbed as the iPhone SE 2 . So the device looks just adorable and affordable enough to make people go insane after it. It offers handy design and looks compact which makes it even more familiar. (more...)
KNWA Today: NASA Scientists Look Forward To Lunar Eclipse KNWA Today: NASA Scientists Look Forward To Lunar Eclipse
- January 31, 2018

The best weather for moon spotting will be in the south and central parts of the country. If you miss this one, the next blue moon total lunar eclipse will happen on December 31, 2028, though it won't be quite as large since the moon will not be at its closest point to Earth. (more...)
Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition arriving February 9th Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition arriving February 9th
- January 30, 2018

All the while, you'll play as the core Final Fantasy 15 cast re-imagined as "cute and cool characters". Final Fantasy 15 Pocket Edition will feature an art style much more in line with cartoons as opposed to the realism featured in the console games. (more...)
Monster Hunter World Has A Date Monster Hunter World Has A Date
- January 30, 2018

Capcom's stock (9697) traded up nearly 5% in Japan on today's news of massive Monster Hunter: World sales. That being said, you can put both sets on hunters of both genders, and they'll also change your character's voice. Moreover, the PlayStation 4 Pro is obtaining an exclusive hardware bundle modeled after the game. There's no exact launch date for the quest just yet. (more...)