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News: Tech & Science

Facebook purges 251 accounts to thwart deception

Friday  08:42,   12 october 2018
msn

Facebook on Thursday said it shut down 251 accounts for breaking rules against spam and coordinated deceit, some of it by ad farms pretending to be forums for political debate. The move came as the leading social network strives to prevent the... >>>

Radio Signals From Other Side of Universe Discovered

Thursday  21:15,   11 october 2018
newsweek

Fast radio bursts were recorded during a survey of the sky that began January 2017.FRBs last just a few milliseconds and appear to be coming from a source beyond the Milky Way. They are picked up by radio telescopes—but are normally only found by... >>>

Chinese Scientists Create Mice With Same-sex Parents

Thursday  21:12,   11 october 2018
newsweek

The research could one day be used to help human same-sex couples reproduce.According to a paper published in the journal Cell Stem Cell, the team also created mice with two dads, but these offspring only survived for a couple of days. The idea... >>>

The Nokia 3.1 Plus is a big upgrade to a budget Nokia phone

Thursday  21:12,   11 october 2018
msn

The Nokia 3.1 was a decent value option when it was released by HMD Global back in July, but it was missing some key features like a fingerprint sensor. Now, HMD Global is back with a revamped version called the Nokia 3.1 Plus, and it addresses >>>

Apple Music teams up with Genius to add lyrics to its service

Thursday  21:12,   11 october 2018
engadget

Apple Music has teamed up with Genius, a well-known compendium of song lyrics and musical knowledge, to provide lyrics for thousands of streamable songs on the service. So long as you log into your account, you'll be able to play songs in full... >>>

Snapchat thinks being more like TV will save it

Thursday  17:00,   11 october 2018
qz

Snapchat is still trying to make mobile TV happen. The smartphone app, which began releasing five-minute reality, news, and lifestyle shows last year, launched its first slate of scripted original series today (Oct. 10). It’s rolling out about... >>>

Emergency landing for astronauts as rocket fails

Thursday  17:00,   11 october 2018
news.sky

A US and Russian astronaut have made an emergency landing following a rocket failure on a mission to the International Space Station.  Shortly after lift-off, the Soyuz rocket was reported to have suffered significant engine failures - an... >>>

Razer launches a mobile gaming controller with its new phone

Thursday  17:00,   11 october 2018
engadget

Razer has launched a couple of accessories to go with its new phone, and as you can guess, they were created with gaming in mind. First, there's the Razer Raiju Mobile controller, which has a phone mount like other accessories in the same... >>>

Google rolls out G Suite security threat alerts

Thursday  16:55,   11 october 2018
engadget

Holding so much of your data means that Google needs to take your security very, very seriously, especially for corporate customers. That's why the company is making the Alert Center for G Suite available to all, letting users better deal with... >>>

AI means your children will talk to your lightbulbs, Amazon says

Thursday  11:35,   11 october 2018
cnet

Machine learning might be a novelty for you, but the next generation will grow up with it.The vice president of Amazon's machine learning efforts has a 3-year-old daughter. With Amazon's Echo smart speakers, powered by Amazon's Alexa voice control... >>>

Twitter updates level the playing field for emoji character counts

Thursday  11:05,   11 october 2018
engadget

Twitter announced today on its developer forum that all emojis will count evenly toward the platform's maximum 280 character limit. Before this update, various modifiers such as gender and skin tone caused certain emojis to use up more... >>>

Google ends its Reply smart notification experiment for Android

Thursday  11:00,   11 october 2018
engadget

Google's experiment with smart notification responses is winding down although this won't be the last you hear of it. If you're using Android Pie, you should see some of Reply's notification features inside the apps you use. It wouldn't >>>

Apple buys part of chipmaker Dialog for $300 million

Thursday  10:55,   11 october 2018
msn

300 employees go to Apple; $300 million more will go to future purchasesAs TechCrunch notes, this is Apple’s biggest acquisition ever when it comes to headcount. While Apple isn’t acquiring Dialog outright, the 300 engineers make up 16 percent of... >>>

Sony is finally letting PlayStation users change their PSN names

Thursday  07:35,   11 october 2018
msn

It’s been years in the making, but Sony is finally letting PlayStation users change their PSN IDs. The feature is simple: it will finally make it possible for you to fix the mistakes of a colorful youth by choosing PSN IDs like... >>>

Facebook employee who called company's culture 'intolerant' is reportedly leaving

Thursday  07:35,   11 october 2018
cnet

"I'm not leaving because 'it's time for something new,'" he says in a memo seen by Business Insider.Brian Amerige's "We Have a Problem With Political Diversity" sparked a firestorm of controversy at the company when he posted it to... >>>