In 1989 when the Voyager 2 spacecraft flew by Neptune it was able to observe some massive storms on the surface of the blue planet.Once those storms were first noticed, the Hubble Space Telescope began keeping an eye on the planet to learn more about Neptune and its atmosphere.Observations of those storms have gone on for years.Over the years Hubble has been able to watch new storms develop and it has been watching for years as a gigantic storm on Neptune has begun to dissipate.The storm was large enough to reach from Boston to Portugal when it was first observed.Hubble has watched the storm shrink and researcher Michael Wong from Berkley has said that it appears that Hubble is capturing the demise of the dark vortex.
During their development work on an international news feed, software engineers at Aloha Browser discovered two unicode symbols in a non-English language that can crash any Apple device that uses Apple’s default San Francisco font.The bug instigates crashes on iPhones, iPads, Macs and even Watch OS devices that display text containing the symbol on their screens.When one of the two symbols is displayed in an app, the software crashes immediately.TechCrunch was able to recreate this behavior on two iPhones running an older version of iOS, one iPhone running iOS 11.2.5 and a MacBook Pro running High Sierra.The bug crashes apps including Mail, Twitter, Messages, Slack, Instagram and Facebook.From our testing, it also crashed Jumpcut, a copy and paste plugin for Mac.
The 9th generation of the Samsung Galaxy S series is set to be unveiled later this month in Barcelona and, of course, the duo will be available in two variants- an SD 845 powered Galaxy S9/S9+ and another with Samsung’s Exynos 9810 version as spotted on GeekBench.Following yesterday’s appearance of the Galaxy S8 Exynos 9810 version on the Geekbench, a Snapdragon 845-powered Galaxy S9+ with 6GB RAM has surfaced on AnTuTu with impressive scores that makes it one of the most powerful smartphone till date.The Samsung Galaxy S9+ with model number SM-G9650 as seen on AnTuTu pulled a total of 265267 points to floor the Snapdragon 835-powered Galaxy S8+ with 6GB RAM which returned a total of 170641 points on AnTuTu.The Samsung Galaxy S9+ with Exynos 9810 SoC is yet to visit the AnTuTu site, so we are definitely not in a position to comment on the performance of the said variant.We are quite familiar with the rest of the info revealed by AnTuTu and that include an 18:9 screen with resolution defaulting to 1,080 x 2,220px (of course, that’s set in software, the hardware will be QHD+), Android 8.0 Oreo and 64GB of built-in storage.
Bill Gates warns that big tech companies aren’t worried enough about government regulation, in a new interview with Axios today.Calling out “Apple and other tech giants,” Gates argues that companies are inviting government intervention by flaunting hubris, saying they need to be “careful that they’re not trying to think their view is more important than the government’s view, or than the government being able to function in some key areas.”When Axios asked Gates for an example, he said, “enthusiasm about making financial transactions anonymous and invisible, and their view that even a clear mass-murdering criminal’s communication should never be available to the government.” When pressed on whether Gates meant being able to unlock an iPhone, he replied, “There’s no question of ability; it’s the question of willingness.”This response appears to reference the dispute between the FBI and Apple over obtaining access to an iPhone connected to the San Bernardino shooting in 2015.Though the FBI ultimately broke into the phone without Apple’s help, Apple fought the agency on the issue, pledging it would go to court to protect user privacy.“From the beginning, we objected to the FBI’s demand that Apple build a backdoor into the iPhone because we believed it was wrong and would set a dangerous precedent,” the company said in a statement at the time.
A federal judge in San Francisco has unequivocally ruled against a non-practicing entity that had sued Cloudflare for patent infringement.The judicial order effectively ends the case that Blackbird—which Cloudflare had dubbed a "patent troll"—had brought against the well-known security firm and content delivery network."Abstract ideas are not patentable," US District Judge Vincent Chhabria wrote in a Monday order.As Ars reported back when the case was filed in May 2017, the invention claims it can incorporate third-party data into an existing Internet connection "in a convenient and flexible way."Blackbird also filed a nearly identical lawsuit against the cloud platform Fastly, which was founded in 2011."But the '335 patent does not attempt to patent a discrete and non-conventional means of monitoring and modifying a data stream," he wrote.
The Mississippi River—it’s a big deal, OK?The combined ports of South Louisiana and New Orleans move more cargo, ton for ton, than any other US port.So figuring out the Mississippi’s hydrodynamics—the way its water, silt, and sand ebb and flow—matters.Matters so much, in fact, that Louisiana has dropped $18 million on a 10,800-square-foot model of Big Muddy’s sinuous meanders.It’s made of 216 panels of high-density foam, carved to match mapping data down to a quarter-millimeter tolerance.Sure, the Center for River Studies could have just simulated all this in a supercomputer, built from spreadsheets and algebra.
Hasbro's Marvel Avengers: Infinity War Hero Vision Iron Man AR Experience lets you suit up like Iron Man both in real life and using augmented reality.
Everyone from website builders to merchandise makers continue to pull images from Google without first checking to see if any conditions are attached to the use of the potentially copyrighted content.The picture pilfering is a serious problem for photographers who’re trying to make a living from their craft, with Getty Images deeming the situation so serious that it lodged a complaint against Google in 2016.Now Getty Images and Google have reached an agreement that should work for all photographers, and will hopefully lead to fewer downloads from Google Images for uses that contravene copyright laws.In an email sent to its photographers and seen by PetaPixel, Getty said its concerns about Google’s use of images has now been recognized by the Mountain View, California company.“Google has worked closely with us to address many issues raised by Getty Images around Google Images,” the email said.Getty said that the web giant has agreed to implement changes to Google Images, “including making the copyright disclaimer more prominent and removing the ‘view image’ button.” The button takes web users to the best quality image available, enabling a quick and easy download.
Motorola reveals Moto Z2 Force will launch in India on February 15th.Pricing and retailer availability has yet to be confirmed.Motorola has announced that it is bringing the Moto Z2 Force to the Indian market.The Lenovo-owned OEM will launch its rugged 2017 flagship in the region at an event on February 15th.Pricing and a retail date are likely to be revealed during the event, although thanks to an invite sent to Android Authority we do already know that each device will come bundled with the Moto TurboPower pack for free.It also offers Moto Mod support such as the aforementioned Moto TurboPower case which adds a further 3490 mAh of battery power to the existing 2,730 mAh cell.
VideoLAN today launched version 3.0 of its media player across all major desktop and mobile platforms: Windows (ARM, x86, x64), macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, Android TV, Apple TV, and Chrome OS.The world’s most used media player that plays everything just got even better.Version 3.0 adds numerous new features, fixes more than 1,500 bugs, and spans more than 20,000 commits, Jean-Baptiste Kempf, lead developer and president of VideoLAN, told VentureBeat.It is “the result of more than three years of volunteer work” Kempf said, and indeed, the last such major update arrived in February 2015.All VLC 3.0 releases share the same code, thanks to a massive change to the media player’s core, Kempf explained.Dubbed Vetinari after the fictional character Lord Vetinari, VLC 3.0 runs on every Windows version going back to XP, all macOS versions going back to 10.7, all iOS versions going back to iOS 7, all Android versions going back to Gingerbread 2.3, and all Chromebooks with the Google Play Store.
Facebook is testing a feature that lets some users register a negative reaction to comments on the social network, but it's not the "dislike" button many users have long desired.Some Facebook users reported on Twitter seeing a "downvote" button Thursday in the comment section of posts on public Facebook pages.When selected, the button offers reporting options like "Offensive," "Misleading" and "Off Topic."Facebook confirmed late Thursday it's conducting a brief test of the feature on a small set of English-speaking Android users."We are not testing a dislike button," a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement."We are exploring a feature for people to give us feedback about comments on public page posts.
It happens every four years, and now the entire world will be wrapped up in the 2018 Winter Olympics, which have already started in PyeongChang, South Korea.We will be interested in ice skating, skiing, bobsledding, and the many other winter sports, besides hockey, that only seem to become relevant during the Winter Olympics.NBC is once again handling the coverage of the games in the US, and in addition to watching it the old-fashioned way on its broadcast and cable TV networks, sports fans can watch tons of coverage online on their smartphone, PC or tablet.How to watch on NBCOlympics.comNBC launched the NBCOlympics.com website for people who want to check out the coverage on their Windows and Mac PCs.It’s compatible with Google’s Chrome, Mozilla’s Firefox, Apple’s Safari and Microsoft’s Edge web browsers.
New event for infosec prosPromo Are you confident you could defend your IT systems against an unexpected attack?Could you spot the early signs of an incursion coming from any direction, as roving bands of hackers, data thieves and other miscreants grow ever more ingenious and determined?CyberThreat 2018, a new two-day event on 27 and 28 February at the QEII Conference Centre in Westminster, aims to bring security specialists up to date with latest risks, passing on the intelligence they need to combat them.Hosted by the National Cyber Security Centre, a part of GCHQ, and the IT security training provider, SANS Institute, CyberThreat 2018 has enlisted a prestigious line-up of experts and industry leaders to share their expertise on widely varying aspects of the security landscape.The programme also includes hands-on challenges such as capture-the-flag events and hackathons for delegates to put their skills to the test.
Next 15, the digital marketing, communications and public relations platform, is seeking to disrupt the voice activated marketing sector with the £6.2m acquisition of voice interface specialists Brandwidth Group.In making its move, Next 15 aims to accelerate development of a new generation of digital interfaces which promise to solidify its presence in the sector.Brandwidth’s clients include the likes of Toyota, Royal Caribbean and Vodafone, helping it to net revenues of £7.3m in the year to June with adjusted profit before tax sitting at £1.9m.Next 15 chief executive Tim Dyson commented: “We see voice, through platforms such as Google Home and Amazon's Alexa, as a highly disruptive form of marketing.“Brandwidth is a great addition to Next 15.It brings significant digital skills to the group, in particular we are excited to be able to offer clients its capabilities around the use of voice.”
Want to let friends know you’re trying to party, hit the gym, focus on work or grab a drink?Akin to offline meetup app Down to Lunch, it lets you overlay a chosen emoji on your Messenger profile pic for 24 hours as a way to spur conversation and hang outs, or just let people know what you’re up to without a dramatic post or Story.WhatsApp blog WABetaInfo shared a screenshot of the test with Matt Navarra.Now a Messenger spokesperson has confirmed this test and how it works to TechCrunch:We’re testing the ability for people to add an emoji to their profile photo in Messenger to let their friends know what they’re up to or how they’re feeling in the moment.For now, users will only see people’s emoji in the Active tab on Messenger, which is also where users in the test group can change their emoji as often as they’d like.
Apple faced fury (and multiple lawsuits) when it was revealed that the company has been throttling device performance on older devices.Apple said this was to prevent unexpected shut downs as the batteries inside its products inevitably fade.The company couldn’t ignore the push back and while it argued that it was open about taking this step (perhaps more open than this), Apple CEO, Tim Cook, apologized, launched a free battery replacement scheme and promised new management tools within iOS to put users back in control.When they start out in life all shiny and new thay can carry up to 100 percent charge.Time erodes capacity, meaning they can hold less energy.Not only does this mean they won’t last as long between charges, but it also means they’ll be unable to supply the kind of peak performance power you may sometimes require.
Former Intel President Renee James is heading up Ampere, which is using the Arm architecture for processors aimed at private and public cloudsRenee James spent almost three decades as Intel, rising through the ranks of the giant chip maker and running businesses such as software and services before being named president in 2013 when Brian Krzanich took over as CEO.She eventually left the company in 2016, becoming an executive at venture capital firm The Carlyle Group.Now James is back in the chip-making field, launching a company with several other ex-Intel executives that will use the Arm architecture rather than the x86 that forms the basis of Intel chips in server processors that are aimed at private and public cloud data centers.James this week launched Ampere Computing, saying that the distributed nature of the cloud and the requirements around memory and power of the new generation of applications and workloads like artificial intelligence (AI) require a rethinking of how processors are built.“The workloads moving to the cloud require more memory, and at the same time, customers have stringent requirements for power, size and costs.
A brand new species of arachnid that looks like a spider with a tail has been discovered in Myanmar.The eight-legged creepy crawly is estimated to have scuttled along the forest floors as far back as 100 million years ago.KU's Paul Selden said: "There's been a lot of amber being produced from northern Myanmar and its interest stepped up about ten years ago when it was discovered this amber was mid-Cretaceous; therefore, all the insects found in it were much older than first thought."The new creature looks just like a spider, with common body parts including fangs and four legs that are specifically used for walking.But it's unique in that it has a "long flagellum, or tail", which is not something found on any living spider.Four new specimens of this mysterious species – which has been dubbed Chimerarachne Yingi – have been found so far.
Four new Huawei phones have been spotted on TENAA.All of them seem to sport full frame displays, dual rear cameras, and rear mounted fingerprint sensors.Of the 4 models listed, only one of them sports the Honor brand.New Huawei smartphones have been spotted on the Chinese telecommunications certification site, TENAA, indicating an impending launch.The Huawei phones go by the model numbers FLA-TL10, FLA-AL00, LDN-TL00, and the LND-TL30.While not much information is evident going by the model numbers, the LND-TL30 sports an Honor branding indicating this could be the Honor 7C.
Increasingly, merchants are selling on Amazon, eBay, and Walmart, for example, in addition to their own websites.Many are now advertising beyond Google AdWords and Bing ads to other channels, such as Facebook and AdRoll.The challenge is obtaining traffic and conversion data from each of those sources.Google Data Studio solves these challenges by providing a free dashboard that supports importing many data sources.I introduced Google Data Studio in a previous article, soon after it launched to the public.Choose the template you prefer and click on “File > Make a copy…” to save it.