News: Tech & Science

'Pokemon Go' is making major changes to raids

Wednesday  20:01,   22 november 2017
Engadget

Niantic has announced big changes to Pokemon Go raids, designed to even the playing field for trainers at all levels -- and pleasing Magikarp fans in the process. First up, there's a big jump in the quality of rewards for raid[...]

How the Kindle was designed through 10 years and 15 generations

Wednesday  20:00,   22 november 2017
TechCrunch

The Kindle has become one of the most ubiquitous pieces of specialty electronics in the world since it launched ten years ago today, but the device has changed so much since its debut that one can hardly believe the oldest and newest models are[...]

Lyft wins permit to test self-driving cars in California

Wednesday  20:00,   22 november 2017
Reuters

U.S. ride-hailing firm Lyft has secured a permit to test autonomous vehicles in California, taking it one step further in the race with several other companies to bring self-driving cars to the masses. Lyft's permit, reflected on the California[...]

YouTube is back on Amazon’s Echo Show

Wednesday  16:22,   22 november 2017
The Verge

YouTube has returned to the Amazon Echo Show nearly two months after a Google and Amazon dispute saw the internet search giant pull support for its popular video service from Amazon’s hardware, according to a report from VoiceBot.ai. Along[...]

Weird Cyanide Ice Clouds Explained on Saturn’s Moon

Wednesday  10:50,   22 november 2017
Newsweek

The clouds triggered a four-year cold snap—talk about "winter is coming.""This effect is so far unique in the solar system and is only possible because of Titan's exotic atmospheric chemistry," lead author Nick Teanby, a planetary[...]

NASA: Mars' strange streaks might not be water after all

Wednesday  10:50,   22 november 2017
CNET

New research suggests another possible origin for mysterious, recurring streaks in the Martian landscape."Recurring slope lineae" (RSL) are dark streaks, first discovered in 2011, that appear seasonally on parts of the Mars landscape. In 2015,[...]

Apple scientists disclose self-driving car research

Wednesday  09:36,   22 november 2017
Reuters

Research by Apple Inc computer scientists on how self-driving cars can better spot cyclists and pedestrians while using fewer sensors has been posted online.The paper by Yin Zhou and Oncel Tuzel, submitted on Nov. 17 to independent online journal[...]

New Hole in Sun's Atmosphere Lets Particles Spew Out

Wednesday  06:36,   22 november 2017
MSN

A large, dark "hole" has opened up in the sun's atmosphere, allowing solar winds to rush out into space.NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this ultraviolet image of the coronal hole on Nov. 8, with the space agency releasing[...]

Uber Concealed Cyberattack That Exposed 57 Million People’s Data

Wednesday  06:35,   22 november 2017
Bloomberg

Hackers stole the personal data of 57 million customers and drivers from Uber Technologies Inc., a massive breach that the company concealed for more than a year. This week, the ride-hailing company ousted Joe Sullivan, chief security officer, and[...]

MIT's DIY muon detector sniffs out cosmic particles

Wednesday  06:35,   22 november 2017
Engadget

And it only costs $100 to build.The device was originally intended as a miniature add-on to IceCube, the enormous particle detector buried deep in the South Pole, to help scientists sift out muons in their hunt for neutrinos, but the research team[...]

Google collects Android users’ locations even when location services are disabled

Wednesday  04:21,   22 november 2017
Quartz

Many people realize that smartphones track their locations. But what if you actively turn off location services, haven’t used any apps, and haven’t even inserted…Even if you take all of those precautions, phones running Android software gather data[...]

OnePlus 5T Hits Retail In Europe, India & North America

Tuesday  21:21,   21 november 2017
Know Your Mobile

The OnePlus 5T can now be purchased from retail outlets across the world.In the US, the phone is priced at $500 for the 64GB model and $560 for the 128GB. In Canada it's $660 CAD and $730 CAD respectively. In the UK; £450 and £500. Europe; €500 [...]

AI spots art fakes by examining a single brushstroke

Tuesday  21:21,   21 november 2017
Engadget

Attempts at art forgeries run from the laughable (remember Monkey Jesus?) to the exquisite (this ambiguous Baroque masterpiece nearly cost a gallery €120 million last year), and traditionally the art world has had to rely on expert knowledge and[...]

Cryptocurrency startup Tether claims it was robbed of $31 million in tokens

Tuesday  15:22,   21 november 2017
MSN

Tether noted in a now-removed post on its site that nearly $31 million worth of tokens were stolen from the treasury in which it stored its dollar-pegged cryptocurrency. The company said that it won’t redeem any of the stolen tokens, and[...]

GE launches $50 hub to connect its Bluetooth smart lights to Alexa and Google Assistant

Tuesday  13:50,   21 november 2017
The Verge

The C-Reach hub is a useful addition to the product line that starts to make it a lot more capable — if also a lot more expensive. The strength of C by GE bulbs has always been that they’re really easy to get started with, since they rely on[...]