10 Tech News Roundup #5

Here are 10 tech news that I found interesting.

Google Cloud adds support for more powerful Nvidia GPUs – Google Cloud Platform announced support for some powerful Nvidia GPUs on Google Compute Engine today. Techcrunch

Why video games cost so much to make – Video game publishers are notoriously secretive about the budgets behind their games, but when a number does slip out, it can be shocking. Techspot

Apple Watch Series 3 reviews are in, see what the experts think – Apple’s smartwatch took a big step forward last week with the introduction of LTE connectivity on the new Apple Watch Series 3. Techspot

Apple will bring back iPhone’s 3D Touch multitasking gesture in future iOS 11 update – Apple executive Craig Federighi has apparently confirmed that a popular 3D Touch gesture for the iPhone that was removed in iOS 11.0 will be returning in an upcoming software update. The Verge

Netflix adds HDR support for iPhone X and iPad Pro – Netflix already streams HDR video on the new Apple TV 4K, so it only makes sense for the company to add support for Apple’s HDR-ready iOS devices as well. The Verge

Intel shows off 10-nm Cannon Lake wafer and talks process tech – Intel does fine work as a silicon designer, but its manufacturing technology is probably what truly sets the company apart from its competitors. TechReport

Google acquires part of HTC’s smartphone business for $1.1 billion – Google and HTC have officialized a deal under which a portion of HTC employees, many of whom were already working with Google developing Pixel phones, will join Google. Techspot

13 hidden features in iOS 11 – You don’t need to buy an iPhone 8 (or an iPhone X for that matter) to get that shiny, new-iPhone feeling.Mashable

Apple’s iOS 11 gives the iPad the boost it desperately needed – Every new version of iOS in the last decade has always put the iPhone first. Mashable

The Ionic is a smartwatch only diehard Fitbit fans would love – If the Ionic smartwatch is the best Fitbit can do, the company might be doomed, and the Apple Watch has nothing to worry about. Mashable

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10 Tech News Roundup #4

Here are 10 tech news that I found interesting.

The wireless chargers at Starbucks will get updated to support iPhone X and 8 – Yes, you should be able to charge your new iPhone X or iPhone 8 at Starbucks. Techcrunch

DARPA Pledges Another $300 Million for Post-Moore’s Readiness – Yesterday, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) launched a giant funding effort to ensure the United States can sustain the pace of electronic innovation vital to both a flourishing economy and a secure military. HPCWire

The iPhone X’s Face ID could be a troubling harbinger of what’s to come – The eyes may be the window to the soul, but your face is almost certainly the door to your wallet. Oh, and also the last vestiges of your privacy. Mashable

An Apple executive just revealed tasty new details about Face ID we didn’t know – Apple’s iPhone X is here, and with it comes a new controversial features: Face ID. Mashable

WhatsApp’s unsend feature will soon let users delete shameful messages – Thanks to the numerous messaging apps available today, communicating with each other has never been easier. Techspot

Facebook Messenger Day hits 70M daily users as the app reaches 1.3B monthlies – Facebook has finally revealed how its Snapchat Stories clone is doing, though it’s not seeing the same explosive growth as Instagram or WhatApp’s version Techcrunch

Apple is turning a design quirk into the iPhone X’s defining feature – Draw me an iPhone. The lines may be squiggly, the rounded corners imperfect, but almost everyone you pose this challenge to will present you with the shape of a rectangle containing another rectangle sat atop a circle. The Verge

Ad industry attacks Safari’s effort to protect your privacy – When Safari 11 arrives on iPhones and Macs later this month, Apple’s browser will come with a feature called Intelligent Tracking Prevention that makes it harder for advertisers and publishers to track what you do online. CNET

Singapore public organisation faced state-sponsored cyberattack last year: CSA – SINGAPORE: An unidentified public organisation in Singapore faced a foreign “state-sponsored” cyberattack late last year, according to a report released by the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) on Thursday (Sep 15).
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Singtel launches unlimited data mobile plans – SINGAPORE: Singtel on Friday (Sep 15) launched mobile plans offering unlimited data, two weeks after rivals StarHub and M1 unveiled similar plans catering to data-hungry consumers.
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10 Science News Roundup #4

Here are 10 science news that I find interesting and important to take note.

USA threatened by more frequent flooding – The East Coast of the United States is threatened by more frequent flooding in the future. Science Daily

How openings in Antarctic sea ice affect worldwide climate – In 1974, images acquired from NOAA satellites revealed a puzzling phenomenon: a 250,000 square kilometer opening in the winter sea ice in the Weddell Sea, south of South America. Science Daily

Looking stressed can help keep the peace – Scratching is more than an itch — when it is sparked by stress, it appears to reduce aggression from others and lessen the chance of conflict. Science Daily

The sun’s strongest flare in 11 years might help explain a solar paradox – A series of rapid-fire solar flares is providing the first chance to test a new theory of why the sun releases its biggest outbursts when its activity is ramping down. Science News

Brain chemical lost in Parkinson’s may contribute to its own demise – The brain chemical missing in Parkinson’s disease may have a hand in its own death. Science News

A Monster ‘Fatberg’ The Size of 20 Elephants Is Clogging London’s Sewer Right Now – Those ‘flushable’ wipes sure are a gross problem. Combined with nappies (diapers), condoms, tampons and congealed fat, they can stick together to form a gargantuan ‘fatberg’, like the one currently clogging up a section of London’s sewers. Science Alert

Uncontacted Tribe in The Amazon Reportedly Massacred by Illegal Gold Miners – Prosecutors in Brazil are investigating reports that illegal gold miners allegedly massacred up to 10 members of a remote, uncontacted tribe in the Brazilian Amazon. Science Alert

Lost Spanish Town Emerges From A Reservoir During A Drought – A drought has caused the ruins of a lost Spanish town to emerge out of the waters that usually cover it, revealing the remains of the old town as it stood when it was abandoned decades ago. IFLScience

Scientist Slams Climate Change Deniers In Brilliant Viral Post – The overwhelming consensus on climate change in the scientific community is that it’s real, and it’s man-made. The most commonly-cited figure is that 97.1 percent of scientific studies support the view that climate change is caused by humans. IFLScience

Scientists Just Added a Shocking 20 New Branches to The Tree of Life – Scientists have identified the genomes of close to 8,000 microorganisms from samples taken out in the field – and around a third of them are distinct from any life forms known to science, adding a crazy 20 new branches to our tree of microscopic life. Science Alert

Tech News Roundup #4

Here are 10 tech news that I found interesting.

Equifax data leak could involve 143 million consumers – Data leaks have become so commonplace that it’s incredibly easy to become numb to them, but credit reporting service Equifax announced a doozy today that when all is said and done could involve 143 million consumers. Techcrunch

Why everyone in Silicon Valley is using an app called Droplr – Staying organized and efficient is hard. And no one knows better than the fine people of Silicon Valley (no, not the show). Mashable

Smartwatches leave fitness trackers in the dust in the growing wearable market – Smartwatches finally reign supreme in the wearable world. Mashable

Facebook will spend as much as $1 billion on original TV in the next year – The Wall Street Journal reports that Facebook is going into the next year “willing to spend as much as $1 billion” on original video content, building out the roster of exclusive TV on its revamped video tab Watch. The Verge

My computer can’t work without talking to 21 different countries – Last week I finally installed Little Snitch, a long-running Mac utility that lets you track every connection in and out of your computer. The Verge

Teralytics wants to tap telcos’ big data to help cities get smarter about Uber and Lyft – Big data is an expansive umbrella with startups of all stripes squatting under it. Techcrunch

Razer follows through with a 36-page proposal for PM Lee – here’s what it says – A Twitter exchange between Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong last month led to talks of Razer delivering a proposal for a unified e-payment system in Singapore. Business Insider

First Volta-based Nvidia DGX Systems Ship to Boston-based Healthcare Providers – The Center for Clinical Data Science (CCDS), Boston, is at the confluence of major technology trends driving the healthcare industry: AI-based diagnostics of large volumes of medical images, shared among multiple medical institutions, utilizing GPU-based neural networks. HPCWire

Google Drive to be shut down, replaced by Backup and Sync – Google’s own cloud storage platforms — Google Drive and Google Photos — are on their way out. In a blog post today, Google announced that starting December 11 both popular file sync applications will lose official support. Techspot

Apple to abandon Touch ID on iPhone 8, will instead use passcode or facial recognition – Apple originally intended to embed its Touch ID fingerprint scanner into the display on its upcoming iPhone 8. Techspot

10 Science News Roundup #3

Here are 10 science news that I find interesting and important to take note.

Humans still evolving, large-scale study of genetic data shows – Researchers further find that sets of genetic mutations that predispose people to heart disease, high cholesterol, obesity, and asthma, also appear less often in people who lived longer and whose genes are therefore more likely to be passed down and spread through the population. Science Daily

Substance in coffee delays onset of diabetes in laboratory mice – Some studies suggest that drinking three to four cups of coffee a day can reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, a disease that afflicts nearly 30 million Americans. Science Daily

Cannot sleep due to stress? Here is the cure – In today’s world ever-changing environment, demanding job works and socio-economic factors enforces sleep deprivation in human population. Science Daily

Zika could one day help combat deadly brain cancer – Zika’s damaging neurological effects might someday be enlisted for good — to treat brain cancer. Science News

Tiny quantum storage device fits on a chip – A newfangled data storage device, which takes up less than a millionth the amount of space of its predecessors, could be a key component of futuristic communication systems. Science News

Police Warn Residents In Chicago Of Rise Of “Zombie” Coyotes – The Hanover Park Police Department in Chicago has had to warn residents to be careful of “zombie”-like coyotes due to the creatures becoming more active during the daytime. IFLScience

Check Out These Stunning New Images Of Jupiter – If fears of World War 3 have got you down, don’t fret. We’ve got some glorious new pictures of Jupiter to hopefully take your mind off things. IFLScience

We May Have Finally Discovered The Trigger That Starts Autoimmune Diseases – Scientists have identified a chain reaction that explains why our own bodies can turn against healthy cells, potentially transforming the way we look at autoimmune diseases and the way we treat them. Science Alert

A Student Found an Ancient Canadian Village That’s 10,000 Years Older Than The Pyramids – For hundreds (perhaps thousands) of years, generations of the Heiltsuk Nation – an indigenous group in British Columbia – have passed down the oral histories of where they came from. Science Alert

‘No fire risk’ with new lithium batteries – The devices produced sufficient energy for use in household electronics, but did not catch fire or explode – even when punctured repeatedly with a nail. BBC

Tech News Roundup #3

Here are 10 tech news that I found interesting.

Apple sends out iPhone 8 launch invites – We finally know when Apple will announce the iPhone 8. Mashable

Mark Zuckerberg decries reported end of DACA in heartfelt Facebook post – President Donald Trump’s decision on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is nearing a critical crossroads, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants his stance — along with most of Silicon Valley’s — on the Obama administration policy to be clear. Mashable

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will launch on October 17 – Microsoft today announced that the Fall Creators Update, the next major release of Windows 10, will start rolling out to all users on October 17. Techcrunch

Instagram users warned hacker had access to email addresses and phone numbers – What’s shady, possibly wearing a hoodie, and is currently sitting on the stolen personal information of an untold number of high-profile Instagram users? Mashable

Western Digital adds 400GB microSD card to SanDisk lineup – It was only two years ago that Western Digital launched a record-breaking 200GB microSD card. Techspot

Western Digital is buying flash storage company Tegile Systems – Western Digital on Tuesday announced its second acquisition in as many days, vowing to purchase Tegile Systems for an undisclosed sum. Techspot

IBM Seeks Crowdsourced Computer Cycles for Microbiome Project – Harvesting compute cycles donated by large numbers of volunteers isn’t new. HPCWire

GIGABYTE Leverages Skylake-W I/O to Create A Multi-GPU, Multi-Storage, Multi-I/O Platform – GIGABYTE today announced its latest motherboard based on Intel’s ‘Basin Falls’ architecture and targeted at workstation use cases.HPCWire

Microsoft’s CEO is once again standing up to Trump on immigration – Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella took to LinkedIn on Thursday to stand up for the DREAMers – undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children. Business Insider

Sharp announces an 8K TV now that you’ve upgraded to 4K – Now that you’ve upgraded to a shiny new 4K TV, Sharp has revealed its latest screen to stoke your fear of missing out: a 70-inch Aquos 8K TV. The Verge

10 Science News Roundup #2

How gut bacteria may affect anxiety – Tiny molecules in the brain may help gut bacteria hijack people’s emotions. Science News

Moderate consumption of fats, carbohydrates best for health, international study shows – Research with more than 135,000 people across five continents has shown that a diet which includes a moderate intake of fat and fruits and vegetables, and avoidance of high carbohydrates, is associated with lower risk of death. Science Daily

Electricity consumption in Europe will shift under climate change – Rising temperatures due to greenhouse gas emissions will fundamentally change electricity consumption patterns in Europe. Science Daily

Fire ants survive Houston flooding by creating terrifying rafts made of their bodies – Tropical Storm Harvey is no match for the determined ferocity of fire ants. Mashable

Human influence may prolong ocean cycle that gave birth to Harvey – Last weekend, Hurricane Harvey put an end to a lucky streak: It became the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since 2005. Science Mag

Endangered right whales are dying in record numbers off Canada, raising alarm – The highly endangered North Atlantic right whale is having its worst year in decades. Science Mag

Slow walking pace is good predictor of heart-related deaths – The data analysed was collected between 2006 and 2010 by the UK Biobank from nearly half a million middle-aged people across the UK. Science Daily

Mysterious Toxic Haze Swept Southern England, And No One Knows What It Was – This weekend saw a mysterious chemical cloud sweep the southern coast of England, causing over 150 people to be admitted to hospital with symptoms ranging from coughing, vomiting, irritated eyes and throat. IFLScience

Kenya Imposes World’s Toughest Laws Against Using Or Producing Single-Use Plastic Bags – Using an innocuous plastic bag in Kenya may well be something you come to regret. IFLScience

We Finally Know Why The Caspian Sea Is Evaporating Off The Face of The Planet – Like a puddle under hot sunshine, the world’s largest inland body of water is shrinking in the face of heat – in this case, a scorching climate the modern world has never before seen. Science Alert

10 Tech News Roundup #2

Here are 10 tech news that I found interesting this week.

‘iPhone 8’ Could Start at $999 for 64GB Capacity – Multiple rumors have suggested the upcoming “iPhone 8” could be the most expensive that Apple has ever released, with several analysts calling it a “premium” device costing upwards of $1,000. MacRumors

Facebook faces another moderation scandal over migrant torture videos – Facebook is faced with yet another content-related scandal, after The Times newspaper reported that people traffickers and slave traders are using its platform to broadcast videos of migrants being tortured to try to extort money from their families. Techcrunch

Intel kicks off eighth-gen Core with four cores and eight threads in 15W – Intel is kicking off its eighth generation of Core processors this morning. Techreport

Apple to build Iowa data centre, get US$207.8m in incentives – Apple Inc is building a US$1.375 billion data center project in Waukee near Des Moines, Apple and Iowa officials said on Thursday, with US$207.8 million in incentives approved by the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Channel Newsasia

AccuWeather deflects blame after selling users’ data, even if they opt out – AccuWeather doesn’t know how to issue a reassuring statement. The Verge

The Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid, Vega 64 & Vega 56 Test: 32 Games Benchmarked – The initial performance of AMD’s new Radeon RX Vega 56 may have looked a little lackluster at launch if you were expecting it to exceed the strides made by Nvidia’s year-old GTX 10 series. Techspot

Apple to Debut Apple TV With 4K HDR Support at September Event – Apple will introduce a fifth-generation Apple TV with 4K video support at an event planned for September, reports Bloomberg. MacRumors

China Plans 2019 Exascale Machine To Grow Sea Power – The glory of having the world’s fastest supercomputer, as measured by the Linpack benchmark, has been China’s for four years running, first with the 33-petaflops Tianhe-2 and currently with the 93-petaflops TaihuLight. HPCWire

Google is offering a test for depression – Users in the United States who search for “depression” or “clinical depression” will now be offered a questionnaire to test their depression levels and help determine whether they should seek professional help, Google said in a blog post. CNN

Google Pixel 2 phone to launch on October 5 with Snapdragon 836, leaker claims – Google’s upcoming Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones might launch on Oct. 5. The date comes via often-accurate leaker Evan Blass, who also tweeted that the devices will run on Qualcomm’s yet-unannounced Snapdragon 836 chip. Mashable

10 Science News Roundup #1

Here are 10 science news that I find interesting and important to take note.

Cholesterol-lowering drugs may fight infectious disease – That statin you’ve been taking to lower your risk of heart attack or stroke may one day pull double duty, providing protection against a whole host of infectious diseases, including typhoid fever, chlamydia, and malaria. Science Daily

A new tool could one day improve Lyme disease diagnosis – A new testing method can distinguish between early Lyme disease and a similar tick-borne illness, researchers report. The approach may one day lead to a reliable diagnostic test for Lyme, an illness that can be challenging to identify. Science News

Scientists might have seen an entirely new form of gravitational wave in huge breakthrough – Scientists might have detected an entirely new kind of gravitational wave. Independent

Vitamin B supplements linked to lung cancer in men, finds new study – Men who took high doses of vitamin B for years had a significantly higher chance of getting lung cancer, according to a new study. Independent

Newly discovered particles, and what’s in them – Last month the LHCb experiment, at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC), reported the discovery of a new particle. The Guardian

Study: Caterpillars rely less on microbiome than other animals – A new study has shown that caterpillars have significantly less bacteria and fungi inhabiting their gut than other animals. UPI

Yoga and meditation improve mind-body health and stress resilience – Many people report positive health effects from practicing yoga and meditation, and experience both mental and physical benefits from these practices. Science Daily

How an itch hitches a ride to the brain – Scientists have traced the sensation of itch to a place you can’t scratch. Science News

Civilization Is Breaking Down—Here’s What We Need to Do About It – “I think civilization is fundamentally breaking down today.” These were the opening words of Salim Ismail’s talk at Singularity University’s Global Summit in San Francisco this week. Singularity Hub

Sickle-Cell Patients See Hope in CRISPR – The disease may be among the first to be treated with the novel gene-editing tool. MIT Technology Review

Latest Science Tidbits #3

Understanding antibiotic resistance

Dated: 15 August 2017

Read More: Understanding antibiotic resistance

Original Source (if any): N.A

Reference Material (if any):

  1. Antibiotics Disrupt Coordination between Transcriptional and Phenotypic Stress Responses in Pathogenic Bacteria
Summary:

Researchers from Boston College has uncovered new insights into how bacteria respond to stress by using Streptococcus pneumoniae. Antibiotic is a form of stressor and understanding how bacteria respond is key to figuring out why they become antibiotic resistant.

It turns out when faced with a common threat or stress such as nutrient deprivation, the bacteria mount a highly organized response. However, when faced with antibiotics, the response was highly disorganized, demonstrating that the organism has a hard time with this kind of stressor.

With the use of RNA sequencing and transposon insertion sequencing, the researchers were able to determine that genes rely on collaboration that enables the organism to mount a successful response. When dealing with a new stress, the gene collaboration was nearly ineffective.

This discovery will allow us to stress bad bacteria out and eradicate them.

Author’s Take:

I want to applaud the efforts of these researchers. I for one is very concern with the rising antibiotics resistance.

A tiny fraction of oceans could meet world’s fish demand

Dated: 14 August 2017

Read More: Tiny fraction of oceans could meet world’s fish demand

Original Source (if any): Seafood for Thought

Summary:

A study by scientists from UC Santa Barbara and researchers from Nature Conservancy, UCLA, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found that nearly every costal country has the potential to meet its own domestic seafood needs through aquaculture.

To determine aquaculture’s global potential, the researchers identified areas where the conditions of the oceans are suitable enough to support farm by using parameters such as ocean depth, temperature, and the biological needs of 180 species of finish and bivalve mollusks, such as oysters and mussels. They also ruled out places that would conflict with other use of the oceans such as high shipping zones and marine protected areas, and excluded ocean depths that exceed 200 meters. Not all possible political and social constraints are also considered.

This will allow for the flexibility to think about and doing the best way for conservation, economic development and other uses.

Author’s Take:

I like to eat seafood but I’m also concern about the environmental fallout. Let’s say we over exploit a certain species of fish just to feed the demand. That will be bad for the whole ecosystem. By implementing aquaculture properly and taking advantage of the available space, I believe it is sustainable and more environmentally friendly.

New way of making hair grow by activating stem cells

Dated: 14 August 2017

Read More: New way to activate stem cells to make hair grow

Original Source (if any): UCLA scientists identify a new way to activate stem cells to make hair grow

Summary:

UCLA researchers found a new way to activate stem cells in hair follicle to make hair grow.

What the researchers found was the hair follicle stem cell metabolism is different from other cells in the skin. When these stem cells consume glucose, they process it to produce a metabolite called pyruvate. This pyruvate is either sent to their mitochondria or converted to another metabolite called lactate.

When the researchers observed this, they went to investigate what if the amount of pyruvate sent to the mitochondria is reduced, will it cause the stem cells to produce more lactate, which will then activate the cells and make hair grow faster.

The researchers were able to confirm the increase in lactate production accelerated hair growth in mice model.

Author’s Take:

This is definitely good news for those who are suffering from heavy hair loss.