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Rosetta Mission: 'Looking Good' For Comet Landing Bid

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European Space Agency officials say all looks good ahead of this week's historic bid to land on a comet. Esa's Rosetta satellite will despatch its piggybacked Philae probe to the surface of the "ice mountain" known as 67P on Wednesday. Controllers report both mothership and descent robot to be in excellent shape. The...

Microsoft Unveils First Lumia Smartphone Without Nokia Name

3 years ago /

Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) said it would roll out its Lumia 535 smartphone this month with an affordable price tag in its key markets, dropping the Nokia name just months after buying the Finnish company's handset business. Loaded with its latest Windows Phone 8.1 operating system, the Lumia 535 and Lumia 535...

 

US and China Reach Breakthrough In Tech Trade Talks

3 years ago /

China and the United States have reached a breakthrough in talks on eliminating duties on information technology products, a deal that could pave the way for the first major tariff-cutting agreement at the World Trade Organisation in 17 years. The breakthrough would allow the “swift conclusion” on talks to expand the...

 

Leather Wallet Charges Smartphones Using Concealed USB Port And Power Pack

3 years ago /

The days of discovering your smartphone is about to run out of battery at the most inconvenient times may be over thanks to a wallet that doubles up as a phone charger.  The Mighty Power Wallet resembles a typical leather wallet, but it conceals a battery and micro USB port that...

Apple Devices Under Malware Attack

3 years ago /

Apple devices are at risk of a virus described by researchers as ‘the biggest scale’ malware they have ever seen. Dubbed WireLurker, the malware targets both Mac computers as well as phones and tablets running iOS when connected using a USB cable. After it has infected the Mac, when a mobile device...

Apple's Gold Smartwatch Could Cost Up To $5,000

3 years ago /

Rumours have been swirling that Apple's gold smartwatch could cost as much as $5,000 (£3,150), according to senior company sources quoted by a French website. The Cupertino firm is due to launch the new product line in spring next year, but details over how much each device will cost have been...

Soaring Increase In Govt. Requests For Facebook User Details

3 years ago /

Facebook reported a nearly one-quarter increase in the number of government requests for user data over the last year. Government requests for user information rose by 24% between the second half of 2013 and the first half of 2014, while the number of government requests for content restriction rose by 19%,...

Intel Funds 13 Year Old Indian Entrepreneur

3 years ago /

When Shubham Banerjee asked his dad how blind people read, his dad absently told him to go ahead and ‘Google it’. A year later, the now 13-year-old boy has come a long way and is now the founder of Palo Alto startup Braigo Labs, which aims at becoming the first...

New Trojan Stealing Online Banking Details, Warns C.E.R.T-In

3 years ago /

Cyber-security sleuths have alerted online banking customers in the country against the malicious activity of a deadly Trojan which steals classified data and passwords of a vulnerable user. "It has been reported that variants of a new banking Trojan dubbed as 'Dyreza' are spreading. The malware mainly targets the customers of...

 

Astronomers Capture First Ever Data Of An Exploding Fireball From A Nova Star

3 years ago /

A team of astronomers have captured the first images of a thermonuclear fireball from a nova star, allowing them to track the explosion as it expanded. The nova was detected last year in the constellation Delphinus by the Chara Array infrared telescope in the US. Researchers from 17 institutions around the world,...

Apple Sold 39 Million iPhones, 12 Million iPads In The Last Three Months

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During the three-month period ended September 27, Apple sold more than 39 million total iPhones and 12 million iPads, helping the tech giant record year-over-year increases for revenue and profit. Overall, Apple posted revenue of $42.1 billion (up from $37.5 billion) and a net profit of $8.5 billion (up from...

Twitter Introduces New Way To Listen To Audio

3 years ago /

Twitter has created a new way for users to play audio inside tweets, announcing Thursday that they have teamed up with Soundcloud to bring a full catalogue of music and other recordings to Twitter. Embedding audio inside tweets is nothing new, but this freshly developed audio card allows a user to...

Nexus 6 Announced: Flagship Android L Smartphone

3 years ago /

Continuing the evolution of Android, Google today announced its next flagship Nexus smartphone. The Nexus 6 handset will be welcomed by developers looking for the ‘base’ Android L experience, and customers looking for a ‘clean’ experience of Google’s mobile operating system. Putting aside a physical launch, the Nexus 6 was announced online, along with...

Facebook Creates 'Safety Check' Tool For Disasters

3 years ago /

Facebook Inc. is launching a tool that lets users notify friends and family that they are safe during or after natural disasters. The tool, called "Safety Check," will be available worldwide to the social network's 1.32 billion users on computers and mobile devices. This includes the basic "feature" phones many people...

 

Where The Dead Become Gems - Swiss Company Turns People’s Ashes Into Diamonds

3 years ago /

A Swiss company, Algordanza, wants to change the way people mourn by transforming the remains of their loved ones into gems. The company is memorializing people by compressing and super-heating your loved one’s cremated ashes and turn them into a man-made diamond that can be worn and cherished. The man-made jewel is meant to...

Google To Install Shark Proof Undersea Cable Linking US And Brazil

3 years ago /

Google has given the go ahead for a 6,560 mile (10,557km) undersea cable to link the US and Brazil. The fibre-optic cable will have the capacity to move an incredible 64 terabits of data every second, equivalent to 85,000 feature films and a measure of bandwidth unthinkable before the 21st Century. Brazil...

Samsung Develops 60GHz WiFi, Downloads 1GB Of Data In 3 Seconds

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Samsung has revealed new technology making Wi-Fi speeds five-times faster for devices than the current norm. Samsung Electronics has developed new Wi-Fi technology that allows devices to transfer data up to five-times faster than the current maximum. The company revealed the new technology in a statement over the weekend, which stated that...

Japan Court Orders Google To Delete Data

3 years ago /

A Japanese court has ordered Google to delete search results linking the claimant to a crime he did not commit, the latest in a series of rulings around the world on what search engines should tell users.  The Tokyo District Court this week placed a provisional order that Google delete about...

Researchers Just Discovered The Brightest Dead Star Ever Found

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Astronomers using NASA’s NuSTAR telescope array have found something beautiful about 12 million light-years from our planet Earth: The brightest dead star, or pulsar, ever found. It’s only called a dead star because it’s the leftovers from a supernova — this thing is still very much alive, pumping out around...

 

13 Year Old Boy Hacks Into School Computer System To Get Answers For His Homework

3 years ago /

Most 13-year-olds resort to farcical excuses to avoid handing in homework. Why not hack your school's online system and take the answers directly? And if it's going to take months of filling your piggy-bank to buy the newest Xbox game, why not hack an online store and lower the price to...