News: Technology

Building Huge Structures in Space: 'Archinaut' Takes Another Step

Wednesday  18:56,   16 august 2017
MSN

<p>A 3D printer built by the California-based company churned out multiple polymer-alloy objects</p>A 3D printer built by the California-based company churned out multiple polymer-alloy objects — the largest of which was a 33.5-inch-long[...]

Fiat Chrysler joins BMW-Intel self-driving car alliance

Wednesday  14:56,   16 august 2017
Reuters

Fiat Chrysler will join an alliance led by BMW to develop self-driving cars, intensifying a race by carmakers and technology companies to develop "robotaxis" which can be called up via smartphone and paid for by the minute. The market for[...]

Google Home Preview Program is now available to everyone

Wednesday  14:41,   16 august 2017
Engadget

If you like being on the bleeding edge and aren't afraid of a few bugs, the Google Home Preview Program is now available to anyone who wants to sign up, as 9 to 5 Google noticed recently. If you'd rather not be an AI assistant guinea pig, fear[...]

Your Facebook News Feed is about to get a fresh redesign

Wednesday  14:37,   16 august 2017
The Daily Dot

Facebook is freshening up the look of its News Feed with several minor tweaks that add up to a cleaner, more modern user interface.&nbsp;The company announced the changes in a blog post Monday, admitting it needed to make its platform appear[...]

Seven genius smartphone photo hacks

Wednesday  14:36,   16 august 2017
USA TODAY

It should be easier than ever to take gorgeous, frame-worthy photos right from your smartphone, right?&nbsp;If that’s the case though, why do so many of the nearly 20,000 photos I’ve shot on my own iPhone over the past few years — mostly suck?[...]

Google's Pixel 2 may also borrow HTC's squeeze controls

Wednesday  14:36,   16 august 2017
Engadget

It's been widely rumoured that HTC and LG will be handling manufacturing duties for Google's Pixel 2 and the next Pixel XL respectively.&nbsp;Yes, that feature came off as little more than a gimmick on HTC's handset, but we'll stop short [...]

Intel's second 10-nanometer chip architecture is Ice Lake

Wednesday  12:20,   16 august 2017
Engadget

Intel still hasn't shipped its first 10-nanometer processors, but that isn't stopping it from teasing the next batch.&nbsp;The company's codename page has revealed Ice Lake, a series of chips built on a "10 nm+" (read: iterated 10nm)[...]

Sling TV now lets you watch with Chrome on Windows and Mac

Wednesday  12:20,   16 august 2017
The Verge

Sling TV is today rolling out desktop streaming of its live TV service.&nbsp;Cloud DVR support isn’t yet included, but the company says that customers can eventually expect to see both that and the new, simpler grid guide added to the desktop[...]

Facebook’s new Camera features might breathe new life into Stories

Wednesday  12:18,   16 august 2017
MSN

Along with the many other changes Facebook is rolling out today, it’s also updating its Camera application on iOS and Android — one can only presume in an attempt to draw more attention to it, along with its not-terribly-loved Stories[...]

The Commodore 64, the bestselling computer of all time, turns 35

Wednesday  07:20,   16 august 2017
Relaxnews (AFP)

August 1982 will be remembered as the month the Commodore 64, the legendary spearhead of the home computer revolution, was launched.&nbsp;Unveiled a few months earlier at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Commodore 64 went on to be [...]

NASA Mission To Venus Will Explore Weird Atmosphere

Wednesday  07:20,   16 august 2017
International Business Times

NASA is sending a nanosatellite to Venus because that planet’s atmosphere is playing with light in a mysterious way and they want to figure out what’s going on.Scientists are trying to understand the how the atmosphere interacts with ultraviolet[...]

Smart new artificial intelligence is learning to cut Netflix and YouTube buffering by 30%

Wednesday  07:20,   16 august 2017
International Business Times

Developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the AI also improves quality by 25%.The system constantly works out how best to play video so that buffering is prevented and drops in quality happen as infrequently as possible. The developers [...]

Web firm fights US government over protester data in fresh clash on data

Wednesday  07:19,   16 august 2017
AFP

A web hosting firm is fighting a demand by US prosecutors for data on visitors to a site organizing a protest during the inauguration of President Donald Trump in a fresh clash over digital privacy rights. The firm DreamHost said it was challenging[...]

Qualcomm's new depth-sensing camera is surprisingly effective

Tuesday  19:36,   15 august 2017
Engadget

The IR-based system could be the next dual camera.Of the three new modules, the most intriguing is the premium computer vision kit. That option is capable of active depth sensing, using an infrared illuminator, IR camera and a 16-megapixel (or[...]

During Eclipses, Astronomers Try to Reveal the Secrets of the Solar Wind

Tuesday  19:06,   15 august 2017
MSN

Solar activity refers to the number of CMEs exploding on the sun's surface, along with bright explosions of light called solar flares. Solar activity increases and decreases on an 11-year cycle, and that cycle is also reflected in the number of [...]