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Intel deploys Spectre mitigations for newer processors to OEMS and partners Intel deploys Spectre mitigations for newer processors to OEMS and partners
- February 22, 2018

This week, the company has expanded the microcode updates to cover Skylake-X and Skylake-SP processors architectures including Core-X, Xeon Scalable and Xeon D. A number of Coffee Lake chips - including the Coffee Lake H- and S-series parts - have also been patched, Intel's microcode update document indicates. (more...)
How to watch the SpaceX Falcon 9 PAZ mission launch How to watch the SpaceX Falcon 9 PAZ mission launch
- February 22, 2018

The plan entails a deployment of first 800 satellites of the 4,425 that will "provide initial United States and worldwide coverage for broadband services", as written in the FCC application. This is SpaceX's first attempt at a launch following the successful launch of the massive Falcon Heavy rocket. The Ku-band and Ka-band satellites would orbit between 689 miles and 823 miles (1,110 kilometers to 1,325 kilometers) above Earth. (more...)
Twitter says most recent follower purge is about bots, not politics Twitter says most recent follower purge is about bots, not politics
- February 22, 2018

Taylor says Twitter cited its user agreement prohibiting accounts affiliated with groups that promote violence when it suspended his account. Last weekend, 13 Russian nationals and 3 entities were indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller last week for their alleged roles in meddling in the 2016 US presidential election. (more...)
PDP raises alarm over underage voting in Kano PDP raises alarm over underage voting in Kano
- February 22, 2018

He, therefore, called on the Federal Government to ensure that registration officers, who are mostly members of the National Youth Service Corps, were protected at all times. Consequently, it called on the Chairman of the Commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu ‎to carry out a total review of the voters register in Kano, Katsina States and others with similar cases to address the anomaly ahead of the 2019 general elections, describing the current voters register as unacceptable to it. (more...)
New My PlayStation social destination for browsers launches today New My PlayStation social destination for browsers launches today
- February 22, 2018

It's called My PlayStation , and you can check it out starting today. Perhaps most importantly, My PlayStation allows you to manage your friend requests as well as send messages to other users. At the moment of writing, the new service has only been announced through the official Japanese PlayStation Blog , but its features are also available for United States and European Union users in various languages. (more...)
Triple treat for new Volvo XC40 Triple treat for new Volvo XC40
- February 21, 2018

It wasn't immediately clear whether the 1.5-liter direct-injection engine, which will be mated to a manual six-speed transmission and offered next year with an automatic eight-speed, will be offered in the USA right off the bat. Both these engines will come mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. One thing we know for sure is coming for USA customers is Inscription trim, the highest level offered. (more...)
Abrahamson: Lindsey Vonn shows how to win bronze Abrahamson: Lindsey Vonn shows how to win bronze
- February 21, 2018

But after finishing sixth in the Super-G event, the disappointment continued for Vonn on Wednesday as she placed third in the downhill, earning her a bronze medal. Shiffrin sat out Wednesday's downhill so she could be fresh for the combined and will look to make up for what has on the whole been a disappointing Games for American women, where they were the favorites in downhill and slalom. (more...)
Two New iPad Models Revealed In Apple's Regulatory Filings Two New iPad Models Revealed In Apple's Regulatory Filings
- February 21, 2018

Companies are legally required to file devices that use encryption ahead of any release. The devices, listed as tablets running iOS 11 , were registered with serial numbers that don't correspond to any existing iPads. In December, DigiTimes reported Apple planned on introducing a lower priced iPad in 2018. This is hardly unusual; for example, Apple launched the $329, 9.7-inch iPad in March past year. (more...)
Facebook Messenger Makes It Easy To Add People To Ongoing Video Chat Facebook Messenger Makes It Easy To Add People To Ongoing Video Chat
- February 21, 2018

Facebook Messenger introduced group audio and video calls back in 2016. Now, Messenger users can easily go from a one-on-one audio or video call to a group call with the new "add person" + icon. Group calls are an important part of the strategy of social platforms to make users spend more time on the platform. We're excited to share a small new feature that will hopefully have a big impact to make your video and audio chats easier and faster than ever. (more...)
Trump spends weekend changing his story on Russian meddling, after Mueller indictments Trump spends weekend changing his story on Russian meddling, after Mueller indictments
- February 21, 2018

Donald Trump on Tuesday weighed in on CNN and MSNBC covering anti-Trump rallies which were organized by Russian trolls. So why didn't he do something about Russian meddling?' Trump tweeted a day ago. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday that Trump has been "extremely tough on Russian Federation", pointing to a boost in USA military spending, energy exports to eastern Europe, Trump's upholding of Obama-era sanctions against Russian Federation and the US ... (more...)
Nest Cam IQ Google Assistant update makes camera a smart speaker Nest Cam IQ Google Assistant update makes camera a smart speaker
- February 21, 2018

Google Assistant is Google's voice AI that responds to the wake phrases "Hey, Google" or "OK, Google" on the Google Home , Home Mini or Home Max speakers. The Nest Cam IQ indoor security camera has received a significant update, which adds Google Home-like functionality. Alphabet owns Nest and earlier this month integrated the previously standalone unit into Google's hardware group. (more...)
Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 845-powered reference VR headset with room-scale tracking Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 845-powered reference VR headset with room-scale tracking
- February 21, 2018

This comprehensively integrated single-chip solution is created to offer manufacturers a highly efficient way of controlling and managing the truly wireless connection to the earbuds and is available in an ultra-small form factor wafer-level 4mm x 4mm CSP package along with a comprehensive suite of software (Audio Development Kit) to support the development of new generation, highly compact, feature-rich wireless earbuds and hearables. (more...)
Is the new Volvo V60 the coolest family estate on sale? Is the new Volvo V60 the coolest family estate on sale?
- February 21, 2018

Both petrol and diesel engines will be offered, most of which are shared with other models in the Volvo range. The stylish, 2019 V60 seats five, rides on Volvo's Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform, and is available with two plug-in hybrid powertrain options. (more...)
OUT NOW: The MUCH AWAITED Trailer of Baaghi 2! OUT NOW: The MUCH AWAITED Trailer of Baaghi 2!
- February 21, 2018

Right from his debut film Heropanti , followed by Baaghi and Munna Michael, Tiger has been about just action, dance and six-pack abs. And if you are a fan of Disha Patani , Tiger Shroff or toned torsos, the wait is finally over for you. (more...)
'Samurai' Goggia denies Vonn to win downhill gold 'Samurai' Goggia denies Vonn to win downhill gold
- February 21, 2018

It's about me and my skiing and not the others", said the Italian after clinching her first Olympic medal in any discipline. "I wish I could keep going; I had so much fun; I love what I do", she said. American ski racer Lindsey Vonn has the second-fastest time so far in the women's downhill after a solid run. "Of course, I would have loved a gold medal but, honestly, this is wonderful and I'm so proud". (more...)
Apple may buy cobalt direct from mining companies, protecting both parties Apple may buy cobalt direct from mining companies, protecting both parties
- February 21, 2018

According to a report from Bloomberg , it appears that Apple could be looking to source cobalt, a key component needed for lithium-ion batteries, directly from the miners themselves. An Apple spokesman declined to comment. Cobalt is an essential ingredient in lithium-ion batteries for smartphones. Companies from BMW AG and Volkswagen AG to Samsung SDI Co are racing to sign multi-year cobalt contracts deals to ensure they have sufficient supplies of the metal to meet ambitious targets for ... (more...)
Chandrayaan-2 mission cheaper than Hollywood film Interstellar Chandrayaan-2 mission cheaper than Hollywood film Interstellar
- February 21, 2018

The mission cost that was launched in 2013 cost Rs 470 crore whereas the George Clooney-starrer movie's budget was Rs 644 crore ($100 million). "Simplifying the system, miniaturising the complex big system, strict quality control and maximising output from a product, make the missions of Indian space agency cost-effective", said Dr Sivan. (more...)
'Teen Mom's' Jenelle Evans reveals drug use while pregnant with daughter 'Teen Mom's' Jenelle Evans reveals drug use while pregnant with daughter
- February 21, 2018

Evans says that while the checks led to the case being closed, the agency has visited her home, "like 30 times", as a result of web rumors about her parenting. Jenelle Evans' husband David Eason is under fire after homophobic tweets. The outlet also reached out to a source allegedly close to Evans, who claimed producers have assured her she is not going anywhere. (more...)
Sony Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact specs and price leaked Sony Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact specs and price leaked
- February 21, 2018

We already know that Sony will be at MWC 2018 and a recent teaser has confirmed that Sony will have a new phone that they will be unveiling . Sony has tweeted a video that teases an event on 26 February where the new smartphone is expected to get unveiled - yup, the day after the Samsung Galaxy S9 reveal. (more...)
SpaceX has an intriguing launch on Wednesday morning SpaceX has an intriguing launch on Wednesday morning
- February 21, 2018

The Falcon Heavy mission had a pretty precious payload - Musk's Roadster and its dummy passenger named Starman. Mr. Steven is a new net equipped drone ship in the SpaceX fleet, and his job will be catching the rocket fairing after each launch. (more...)
Mueller Charges Russians With Meddling In 2016 Race Mueller Charges Russians With Meddling In 2016 Race
- February 21, 2018

It lays out details about how Russian Federation meddled in the election and what crimes were allegedly committed. He attacked Congressman Adam Schiff , Democrats and the DNC. Facebook's top advertising executive faced backlash Friday after weighing in on what he observed regarding Russian election meddling-namely, that the country's disinformation campaign on the site was not an attempt to sway the 2016 election . (more...)
Figure skating: Wardrobe malfunction affects ice dancers Figure skating: Wardrobe malfunction affects ice dancers
- February 21, 2018

Papadakis was almost in tears as she approached reporters after the routine, which is required of any Olympic competitor after competition. I told myself "you have to keep going". Even a glittering emerald costume couldn't distract viewers from an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction during the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics . Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who already have helped Canada win gold in the figure skating team competition, head into the ice dance free skate at the Pyeongchang ... (more...)
DP World-backed Virgin Hyperloop One to build rapid-transit route in India DP World-backed Virgin Hyperloop One to build rapid-transit route in India
- February 20, 2018

Virgin Hyperloop One has its competitors, but it is the only Hyperloop company so far to build a full-scale test track , pod and shuttle it along at anything close to this velocity, with a 387 km/h (240 mph) effort in December its fastest run so far. (more...)
Snapchat brings GIF stickers and Tabs for Stories Snapchat brings GIF stickers and Tabs for Stories
- February 20, 2018

It made the app very complicated and not at all user friendly. Over the next month or so the app plans to roll out a new feature called tabs, a Snap Inc. You can also resize the image, or if you're really not keen about what you've created, tap and hold down on the sticker and drag it over to the trash to kick it to the curb. (more...)
BMW M4 Convertible Edition 30 Jahre celebrates 30 years of M convertibles BMW M4 Convertible Edition 30 Jahre celebrates 30 years of M convertibles
- February 20, 2018

The BMW M4 Convertible Edition 30 Jahre arrives as a limited run of just 300 M5 Convertibles to celebrate 30 years of M Convertibles. It then evolved into a six-cylinder with the E36 and E46 versions, before a brief flirtation with V8 grunt for the E93 of 2007. (more...)
The Great Red Spot Of Jupiter Is Shrinking The Great Red Spot Of Jupiter Is Shrinking
- February 20, 2018

Jupiter's Great Red Spot imaged by Voyager 2. When Juno flew past GRS, it was three times the size of Earth, but experts say this is shrinking and and is now 1.3 times the size of Earth, but it will be gone within two decades. But when Juno did some close flybys of Jupiter past year, it revealed that Great Red Spot is shrinking and now it is nearly 30 percent bigger than our Earth. (more...)
Satellite launch from California is delayed
- February 20, 2018

Explaining the delay in the launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket , the company tweeted on Sunday: "Team at Vandenberg is taking additional time to perform final checkouts of upgraded fairing". What's In The Falcon 9 Payload? That first stage booster had carried the Taiwanese Formosat-5 satellite to space in August 2017. Also on board are the company's own Microsat-2a and Microst-2b satellites that are the precursors for the firm's broadband satellite constellation. (more...)
Spotify Nears 'Hardware' Release To Change 'How The World Experiences Music' Spotify Nears 'Hardware' Release To Change 'How The World Experiences Music'
- February 20, 2018

It's been revealed that music streaming giant Spotify has started advertising three vacant positions in its hardware division, leading some to believe that the firm's long-rumoured music equipment could arrive as soon as the end of 2018. This could marginalise third-party providers like Spotify as more users bring smart speakers into their home. Apple notably took a more protective stance with its recently released HomePod speaker, which doesn't support native playback via Spotify. (more...)
Drake gives out almost $1 million in donations in new music video Drake gives out almost $1 million in donations in new music video
- February 20, 2018

At the University of Miami - clad in a black Hurricanes hoodie - he sings for a crowd of hundreds and surprises one student, Destiny James, with a $50,000 check . The video is pierced with commentary from the diverse locals of Miami-people from all different walks of life-about being optimistic in a seemingly dreary world. (more...)
The Buccaneers Have Released 2-Time Pro Bowl Running Back Doug Martin The Buccaneers Have Released 2-Time Pro Bowl Running Back Doug Martin
- February 20, 2018

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin was cut by the team on Tuesday. The decision saves the Bucs about $6.75 million, which is what Martin was set to make in 2018. That only proved to cost the Buccaneers more money, as Martin would ink a five-year deal worth over $35 million before the 2016 National Football League season. (more...)