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Facebook Gives Preview Of Futuristic Brain-to-text Program

April 21, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Gives Preview Of Futuristic Brain-to-text Program

Facebook Inc has provided a peek inside a secretive unit headed by a former chief of the Pentagon’s research arm, disclosing that the social media company is studying ways for people to communicate by thought and touch. Facebook launched the research shop, called Building 8, last year to conduct long-term work that might lead to hardware products. In charge of the unit is Regina Dugan, who led a similar group at Alphabet Inc’s Google and was previously director of the U.S. Defense Department’s... 

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Did NASA Find Oceans Outside Of Earth?

April 21, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Did NASA Find Oceans Outside Of Earth?

NASA will unveil new discoveries this week that involve alien oceans in Earth’s solar system, space agency officials announced today (April 10).  On Thursday, April 13, NASA will hold a press conference that will “discuss new results about ocean worlds in our solar system,” according to a press release from the agency. The discovery will involve findings from the Hubble Space Telescope and NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, which is orbiting Saturn.  “These new... 

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Baidu Wants In On Automonous Vehicles, Plans Launch In July

April 20, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Baidu Wants In On Automonous Vehicles, Plans Launch In July

Baidu Inc has announced plans to launch its self-driving car technology for restricted environment in July before gradually introducing fully autonomous driving capabilities on highways and open city roads by 2020. The project is named Apollo after the lunar landing program, the Chinese search giant said, adding it would work with partners who provide vehicles, sensors and other components for the new technology. As part of its push into artificial intelligence (AI), the company in January named... 

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Astronomers Begin To Understand The Mystery Behind Merging Black Holes

April 20, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Begin To Understand The Mystery Behind Merging Black Holes

Last year, scientists announced that they had finally observed gravitational waves, the elusive and long sought-after ripples in the fabric of spacetime that were first posited by Albert Einstein. The waves came from a catastrophic event — the collision of two black holes located about 1.3 billion light years away from Earth — and the released energy undulated across the universe, much like ripples in a pond. The detection by the upgraded Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (Advanced... 

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New York City May Force Tipping Feature To Be Added To Uber Service

April 19, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
New York City May Force Tipping Feature To Be Added To Uber Service

Ride-services company Uber Technologies Inc may be forced to provide riders a way to tip their drivers, despite its longstanding resistance, if a plan by New York City’s taxi regulator is implemented. The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission has announced intentions to propose a rule no later than July that would require all for-hire vehicles to allow passengers to tip drivers using the same method they use to pay for the ride. In Uber’s case, this would involve adding a tipping... 

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Mozilla To End Firefox’s Aurora Preview Track

April 19, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Mozilla To End Firefox’s Aurora Preview Track

Mozilla has announced it will discontinue one of Firefox’s preview tracks that have allowed users to test early versions of the browser before wider deployment. Companies running Firefox, and testing the browser using the “Aurora” track, will be automatically migrated to the “Beta” channel today. “It became clear that Aurora was not meeting our expectations as a first stabilization channel,” wrote Dave Camp, director of engineering for Firefox; Sylvestre... 

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Can A S.E.T.I. Lottery System Find Alien Life?

April 19, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Can A S.E.T.I. Lottery System Find Alien Life?

While we haven’t yet found any evidence for alien life, there are a group of dedicated radio scientists who listen to the skies, hoping to find some evidence of intelligence outside of Earth. The cost of this search isn’t easy to justify — which is why a new paper suggests using a combination lottery and savings bond to keep funding flowing. Jacob Haqq-Misra, a research scientist at the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science, suggests that people could purchase a lottery bond that would... 

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Netflix Expansion Talks Include Indonesian Telecom Giant

April 18, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Netflix Expansion Talks Include Indonesian Telecom Giant

U.S. video streaming service provider Netflix is engaged in negotiations with Indonesia’s top telecom firm PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk (Telkom) to offer its service in the country, a spokesman at the Indonesian company said. The U.S. company has made an aggressive push globally, but faced problems such as tough local competition and regulatory hurdles in several major Asian markets. In Indonesia, a country of 250 million people, Netflix ran afoul of the film censorship board last year... 

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Ant Financial Sweetens Bid For MoneyGram

April 18, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Ant Financial Sweetens Bid For MoneyGram

China’s Ant Financial has increased its bid for MoneyGram International Inc by over a third, beating a competitor’s offer to gain approval from the U.S. electronic payment firm’s board, although it still faces regulatory hurdles. Ant’s plans to expand globally with the acquisition of one of the biggest firms in remittances hit a major snag last month when U.S.-based Euronet Worldwide Inc made an unsolicited offer and openly lobbied U.S lawmakers, saying Ant’s proposal... 

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Astronomers Begin Campaign To Photograph A Black Hole

April 18, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Begin Campaign To Photograph A Black Hole

The campaign to capture the first-ever image of a black hole has begun. From today (April 5) through April 14, astronomers will use a system of radio telescopes around the world to peer at the gigantic black hole at the center of the Milky Way, a behemoth called Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*) that’s 4 million times more massive than the sun. The researchers hope to photograph Sgr A*’s event horizon — the “point of no return” beyond which nothing, not even light, can escape. (The... 

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Apple Receives Go-Ahead To Test Automous Vehicles In California

April 17, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Apple Receives Go-Ahead To Test Automous Vehicles In California

Apple Inc has been granted a permit to test autonomous vehicles in California, increasing the likelihood that it is working on self-driving car technology in a crowded arena of companies hoping to offer those cars to the masses. The permit allows it to conduct test drives in three vehicles with six drivers, the state Department of Motor Vehicles said on Friday. The vehicles are all 2015 Lexus RX450h, according to the DMV. Although it has never openly acknowledged it is looking into building an... 

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With The Pitfalls Samsung Still Very Profitable

April 17, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
With The Pitfalls Samsung Still Very Profitable

Samsung is better than Apple at making money. Sure, it might not have margins as good as the fruity cargo cult, it might not make as much cash, but it appears to be unstoppable. How many companies can have the majority of the press against them, produce a phone which caught fire, has its Vice Chairman and several executives locked up for corruption, and still make a pile of dosh which eclipses the sun? Samsung Electronics is reporting record earnings thanks mostly to its chip division and the quarters... 

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Self-driving Safety To Improve With New Laser Sensors By Luminar

April 14, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Self-driving Safety To Improve With New Laser Sensors By Luminar

Luminar, a Silicon Valley start-up, is gearing up to begin production of its laser-based sensor for self-driving cars, a key component that would improve vehicle safety, the company said on Thursday. Founded in 2012 by two photonics experts, Luminar has kept a low profile in the race between automakers, startups and major technology companies to roll out self-driving cars for the masses. Luminar is ramping up a manufacturing facility in Orlando, Florida, for its first run of 10,000 Lidar sensors... 

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Did Astronomers Spot Planet 9 Candidates?

April 14, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Did Astronomers Spot Planet 9 Candidates?

Citizen scientists have flagged four objects for follow-up study in the hunt for the hypothetical Planet Nine. The four unknown objects were spotted in images of the southern sky captured recently by the SkyMapper telescope at Siding Spring Observatory in Australia. More than 60,000 people from around the world scoured these photos, making about 5 million classifications, said researchers with the Australian National University (ANU), which organized the citizen-science project. Astronomers will... 

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Hacked Dallas Emergency Sirens Add Extra Encryption

April 13, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Hacked Dallas Emergency Sirens Add Extra Encryption

Dallas city officials have put in place additional encryption and other security measures to the outdoor warning sirens hacked last week. The hack also prompted the city to evaluate critical systems for potential vulnerabilities, City Manager T.C. Broadnax said in a statement late Monday. City officials are reviewing security for financial systems, a flood warning system, police-fire dispatch and the 911/311 system. Broadnax told reporters separately on Monday that the hack came over a radio frequency... 

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