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It's coming: The 'super blue blood moon eclipse' It's coming: The 'super blue blood moon eclipse'
- January 12, 2018

The " blood moon " term comes from Christian authors popularizing the term as it relates to biblical prophecies .The last lunar tetrad occurred between 2014 and 2015. When the Moon appears red or is eclipsed, it is also referred to as a " blood Moon ", so we will essentially see a super-blue-blood Moon at the end of the month - a phenomenon that hasn't happened since 1866! This happens when a full moon, Earth and the Sun line up. (more...)
Samsung Galaxy S9 Specifications, Retail Box Leaked Samsung Galaxy S9 Specifications, Retail Box Leaked
- January 12, 2018

It is tipped to feature the same infinity display as its predecessor, but with a more refined design. Like the Galaxy S8 , the S9 will make its debut in early Q2 this year but rumours are rife in claiming that Samsung will have something to show at the CES event. (more...)
Climate change turns 99.8 percent of sea turtle babies in Australia female Climate change turns 99.8 percent of sea turtle babies in Australia female
- January 12, 2018

We have a very good idea why this is happening, and once again it is humanity's fault. Unlike most animals, genetics don't determine the sex of sea turtles . While male sea turtles will mate with multiple females, the researchers say they don't know how many are needed to sustain sea turtle populations. The findings also highlight concerns about sea turtle populations in other parts of the world that don't exhibit such a "strength in numbers" as the Great Barrier Reef turtle communities. (more...)
Bitcoin falls on announcement of S Korea trading ban Bitcoin falls on announcement of S Korea trading ban
- January 12, 2018

A top official from South Korea said the government is preparing a bill to ban the trading of cryptocurrencies on exchanges, stepping up its efforts to curb speculation. On the Luxembourg-based Bitstamp, bitcoin lost over 10 percent at $13,199, after falling as low as $13,120 earlier. The real problem seems to be the herd mentality exhibited by investors after the bitcoin surge previous year that took coin values up by nearly 1,500 percent. (more...)
Mars is hiding huge water reserves just under its surface Mars is hiding huge water reserves just under its surface
- January 12, 2018

Dundas and his colleagues used NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter - a satellite that has circled Mars since 2006 providing scientists with a steady stream of photographs of the planet's surface. Mars (over time periods of millions of years) wobbles on its axis; present day, it's at about 25° . Such details suggest ice layers with different proportions of ice and dust that could have formed under varying climate conditions. (more...)
The World Ends With You Confirmed For Nintendo Switch Release
- January 12, 2018

New outfits from Breath of the Wild for Link and Zelda will be included. This remake is coming to the Switch later this year. Donkey Kong is joining the fun in Mario + Rabbids. A neat little two-on-two fighting game that brings the most memorable heroines from SNK's history and puts them on teams to duke it out. Featuring local and online multiplayer, this stylish fighter looks to feature a ton of character customization options when it launches this summer. (more...)
LG breaking from annual smartphone launch cycle, releasing more variants LG breaking from annual smartphone launch cycle, releasing more variants
- January 12, 2018

New Korean flagship LG G7 was not represented at the 2018 CES and at MWC in 2018 its too be expected. "But we will not launch it just because other rivals do". Right now it's hard to interpret LG's comments. According to the latest data, the smartphone LG G7 will present on April 20 this year, but under a different name: LG has planned to rebrand and rename the G-series to something else. (more...)
Assassin's Creed Rogue is being remastered for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One Assassin's Creed Rogue is being remastered for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
- January 12, 2018

Assassin's Creed Rogue Remastered first reared its head back in December, when Italian retailers listed an Assassin's Creed Rogue HD remaster . This is great news, as Rogue is generally well-received despite its originally odd release exclusively on old consoles. (more...)
USA government wants answers from Apple about intentionally slowing iPhones USA government wants answers from Apple about intentionally slowing iPhones
- January 11, 2018

After provoking the ire of French authorities over what is considered by the country as "planned obsolescence" by Apple, the Cupertino firm now has to contend with lawmakers at home. The South Dakota lawmaker has given Apple until January 23 to respond. These the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus and iPhone SE. Apple revealed it had "downclocked" older models' central processing units (CPU) but said it did so to reduce the strain on dated batteries and stop the devices from ... (more...)
Microsoft Starts Testing Private Conversations Feature in Skype Microsoft Starts Testing Private Conversations Feature in Skype
- January 11, 2018

Skype users will be able to have end-to-end encrypted Skype audio calls and text conversations, including the ability to upload multimedia files, using the Signal Protocol developed by Open Whisper Systems. Skype has long had AES 256-bit encryption by default, but that's not the same thing. Encryption is already offered to some extent on several other messaging platforms, including Signal and WhatsApp , so it's good to see Skype is finally jumping on board. (more...)
Countdown for launch of PSLV-C40 progressing smoothly Countdown for launch of PSLV-C40 progressing smoothly
- January 11, 2018

The national space agency ISRO is all set to launch the "Cartosat-2 Series" satellite using the PSLV rocket into space tomorrow morning. It will also launch thirty other satellites having a combined weight of around 613 kg at lift-off. The 28 worldwide customer satellites are being launched as part of a commercial deal between Antrix, a Government of India company under the Department of Space, and global customers. (more...)
SpaceX launches secret satellite tv for pc on first flight of yr SpaceX launches secret satellite tv for pc on first flight of yr
- January 11, 2018

This points out to the fact that the satellite made it to the orbit and made at least one round of the orbit. "However, at the moment the data metrics indicate that the Falcon 9 performs its task formally", - said the representative of SpaceX, James Gleason. (more...)
Overcoming Trump tweets, House votes to renew foreign surveillance powers Overcoming Trump tweets, House votes to renew foreign surveillance powers
- January 11, 2018

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) explains why he is a "Hell NO!" vote on the biggest thing the House of Representatives will be voting on today: the renewal of legislation that will allow federal law enforcement to gain access to a massive database of the emails, phone calls, text messages, and more of USA citizens without a warrant . (more...)
Honda Insight prototype previews 50 mpg 2019 Insight hybrid sedan Honda Insight prototype previews 50 mpg 2019 Insight hybrid sedan
- January 11, 2018

The 2019 Insight is expected to arrive at Honda dealers sometime during the second half of this year, and it will be the company's first dedicated hybrid to be built in the U.S. Honda has revealed the replacement to the Civic Hybrid, with the 2019 Honda Insight breaking cover ahead of the Detroit auto show next week. In most conditions, Insight operates on electric power only, drawing energy from the engine (operating as a generator) or battery pack. (more...)
Giant burrowing bat which lived in prehistoric New Zealand discovered Giant burrowing bat which lived in prehistoric New Zealand discovered
- January 11, 2018

During its life, the burrowing bats were capable of flight but were also perfectly comfortable crawling along the forest floor using their hind legs and folded front wings which were equipped with claws. New Zealand used to be home to massive bats three times bigger than any you'd find today. The new species has been named Vulcanops jennyworthyae after Jenny Worthy, one of the researchers who found the fossils, and Vulcan the Roman god of fire and volcanoes - referring to the New Zealand's ... (more...)
More Titles To Come For 2018 More Titles To Come For 2018
- January 11, 2018

It's a living, breathing world that players will explode using motion controls of the Joy-Con's in order to sing the song of the forest, its inhabitants, and the plants within as they unlock new abilities. This will include all of the original game's content and its touch controls. The highly stylized visuals and Matrix-inspired story will likely appeal to people who like a mixture of odd games combined together, like Half-Second Hero, Jet Set Radio and Yakuza all combined into one. (more...)
Final Remix Announced for Nintendo Switch Final Remix Announced for Nintendo Switch
- January 11, 2018

The original title allowed players to use a mixture of both to manage action across both the DS's screens. Nintendo has the fastest-selling console of all time in the Nintendo Switch , and it's both a home console and a portable. The World Ends With You: Final Remix is poised to release on Nintendo Switch sometime later this year. 2018 will also give Switch owners a chance to relive the 2008 Nintendo DS action/RPG The World Ends with You , which will be released in a new Final Remix ... (more...)
New Pokemon Are Coming to Pokken Tournament DX New Pokemon Are Coming to Pokken Tournament DX
- January 11, 2018

This is the first time that new Pokémon have been added to the game since launch. Two new support Pokémon sets featuring Mega Rayquaza, Mimikyu, Mew, and Celebi will also be released alongside the two playable fighters. They are both part of a DLC battle pack which is available to purchase on the Nintendo Switch eshop right now. Today's trailer didn't provide any footage of this character, however, considering his move set has included Hydro Pump and Skull Bash in the past, we'll likely see ... (more...)
Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition coming to Nintendo Switch
- January 11, 2018

This unique RPG from Square Enix never got its due when it launched in 2008, so it's exciting to see it being revived a decade later. Yes, this is another Wii U port headed to the Nintendo Switch - and a much loved one at that. Anyway, Kirby Star Allies was featured in the Nintendo Direct Mini and thankfully is shaping up to look like a pretty fun romp. The Direct also includes details on updates for Super Mario Odyssey , Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle , and Pokken Tournament . (more...)
Rumour: A Remaster of the First Dark Souls to be Announced Today
- January 11, 2018

Expect the PC, PS4 and Xbox One announcement to follow shortly. If you ever wanted to feel despair and hopelessness whilst on the bus or taking a dump, this could be the news for you. There's no more information in regards to these rumours about Dark Souls Remastered being a thing but it's only a matter of time until the Nintendo Direct stream which will soon reveal the validity of these rumours. (more...)
AMD Responds To Microsoft Spectre Patch That Bricks PCs AMD Responds To Microsoft Spectre Patch That Bricks PCs
- January 11, 2018

Meanwhile, the Spectre bug permits "an attacker to trick error-free programs" which can result to data exposure. Microsoft was one of the early technology companies to issue a patch. Shares in Intel, which reiterated on Tuesday that it saw no sign of significant slowdown in computers, fell 2.5 per cent taking the loss since the issue surfaced last week to about seven per cent or around $15 billion in market value. (more...)
MacOS App Store Preferences Open With Any Password MacOS App Store Preferences Open With Any Password
- January 11, 2018

Enter any username and password you want and press Unlock and the App Store system preferences will become unlocked. We tested the this on an iMac running macOS 10.13.2 and can confirm the issue. Regular users still can't get in using any (wrong) password. Although this vulnerability is not as serious as earlier password bugs plaguing High Sierra, it could potentially allow a malicious actor to disable automatic security updates on the device and exploit any bugs and ... (more...)
EPS for Danaher Corporation (DHR) Expected At $1.15
- January 11, 2018

Danaher Corp now has $68.59 billion valuation. FMR LLC now owns 19,624,350 shares of the conglomerate's stock valued at $1,656,100,000 after acquiring an additional 183,183 shares during the last quarter. Badgley Phelps Bell Inc invested in 0.47% or 127,858 shares. Bancshares Of The West has invested 0.12% of its portfolio in Danaher Corporation (NYSE:DHR). (more...)
Bayonetta 2 Will Have Exclusive Features on Nintendo Switch Bayonetta 2 Will Have Exclusive Features on Nintendo Switch
- January 10, 2018

It also took a mere ten months to accomplish this. It has become known as the fastest selling home video game system of all time on USA soil. The mobility of the Switch has made it the flawless place for some of these smaller titles, and Nintendo is giving you a chance to grab some favorites you may have missed with the New Year Nindie sale. (more...)
American Midstream Partners (AMID) Receiving Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Study Finds American Midstream Partners (AMID) Receiving Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Study Finds
- January 10, 2018

Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) has declined 9.08% since January 10, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 18.39% the S&P500. Current price places the company's stock 2.98% away from its 200-day simple moving average, 7.55%, away from the 50-day average and also 4.93% away from 20-day average. (more...)
Total War: Three Kingdoms announced, takes the battle to ancient China Total War: Three Kingdoms announced, takes the battle to ancient China
- January 10, 2018

It is a brutal and oppressive regime, and as Dong Zhuo's power grows, the empire slips further into the cauldron of anarchy. "The future of China will be shaped by their hands, but personal ambition threatens their already crumbling alliance". (more...)
Overwatch - New Patch Introduces League Team Skins Overwatch - New Patch Introduces League Team Skins
- January 10, 2018

Twelve city-based teams based around the world will duke it out over four, five-week periods between January and June that comprise the regular season. The Overwatch League kicks off today (technically tomorrow for those of us in South Africa, because timezones), giving those of us who suck at the game a chance to watch some of the best players in the world go head to head. (more...)
Weird radio signals may have even freakier source than aliens
- January 10, 2018

Now researchers are closing in on their origins. The Dutch and Breakthrough Listen teams suggest that the fast radio bursts may come from a highly magnetized rotating neutron star - a magnetar - in the vicinity of a massive black hole that is still growing as gas and dust fall into it. (more...)
First official Cyberpunk tweet in over 4 years posted First official Cyberpunk tweet in over 4 years posted
- January 10, 2018

It's been almost six years since CD Projekt Red announced it was working on a Cyberpunk 2077 video game, and exactly five years since the Witcher series developer revealed the game's first trailer . When it was first announced, the developer said that it would feature a single-player story and multiplayer. The reaction to this small tweet has been huge! CD Projekt RED's Balazs Torok and Krzysztof Krzyscin claimed that Cyberpunk 2077 will be a mix of FPP and TPP (meaning that the ... (more...)
Vivo beats Apple and Samsung to the top smartphone feature of 2018 Vivo beats Apple and Samsung to the top smartphone feature of 2018
- January 10, 2018

In July 2017, the China-based company teamed up with Qualcomm to demo an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor - one of the first commercial examples of in-display fingerprint scanning. This latest fingerprint scanning technology delivers a whole new mobile experience by enabling users to unlock their smartphone through one-touch fingerprint scanning directly on the smartphone display, while solving the industry's challenge of providing a better and more convenient fingerprint ... (more...)