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Slow-dancing supermassive black holes are orbiting at a snail's pace


A galaxy 750 million light-years away from the Earth has not one but two supermassive black holes at its center and they form a binary system, orbiting each other. Despite putting in decades of research into the little understood phenomenon, it was not until the gravitational wave discovery that things began to fall into place as the collision between the black holes that created the wave will help us understand what leads up to their merger. Read More »

Qualcomm Introduces new Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanners at MWC Shanghai


Since it's based on an entirely new technology which is much less fazed by contaminants, Qualcomm says the sensors also work underwater, or when your fingers have any manner of debris or liquid on them. "They will work on current generations of Android, as well as future generations", Seshu Madhavapeddy, Qualcomm's vice president of product management, said during a prebriefing. Read More »

Project Fi Opened Up to All G Suite Users in US


The company will make the change later this year, bringing Gmail in line with its G Suite products for business users. The blog post says that "Consumer Gmail content will not be used or scanned for any ads personalization after this change". Read More »

SNES Classic UK release date, price and games confirmed by Nintendo

In addition to announcing the release date, the Japanese gaming giant has also confirmed the 21 games that will be bundled on the mini younger brother to the NES Classic , which came out a year ago. The Super NES Classic Edition will retail at $79.99. If, after the initial wave of excitement wore off, you immediately began panicking over the potential scramble to get one, following the shortages of last year's the NES Classic model, then trust us, you weren't alone. Read More »

Massive cyberattack hits airlines, banks, power grids across Europe and the US


The first reports of trouble came from Ukrainian banks, kiev's main airport and Rosneft , in a major incident reminiscent of the recent WannaCry virus . But global cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab described it as a new form of ransomware , and estimated the number of victims at around 2,000. "Perhaps you are busy looking to recover your files but don't waste your time ". Read More »

New cyberattack causes mass disruption globally

European countries seem to be worst hit, with the Ukraine , Russia and the United Kingdom all reporting major disruptions. In addition, the pharmaceutical giant Merck was affected, and said it was looking into it. A wave of cyber attacks hit the globe on Tuesday, ensnaring computer systems ranging from shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk to various institutions in Russia, Ukraine, and Europe . Read More »

New cyberattack causes mass disruption in Europe


Researchers said the attack may have borrowed malware code used in earlier ransomware campaigns known as " Petya " and "GoldenEye". "The criminals behind this attack are asking for $300 in Bitcoins to deliver the key that decrypts the ransomed data, payable to a unified Bitcoin account", Kaspersky said in a news update late Tuesday afternoon, noting that the culprits asked victims to send electronic payment via email. Read More »

Record numbers of travelers predicted for July 4 weekend


AAA estimates 1.3 million Georgia residents will travel for the holiday, which is up 4.2 percent - or 52,000 people - from previous year. "This is great news for an already bustling summer travel season". AAA reported Georgia's average price of regular unleaded gasoline on Monday was $2.11 per gallon. On Independence Day 2016, gas prices averaged $2.272 nationwide and $2.231 in Florida - the lowest prices for the holiday since 2005. Read More »

Your bandwidth is safe: only Xbox One X will download 4K assets


However, Microsoft has told Aussie site Stevivor that only the Xbox One X will download the game's 4K assets, so the bandwidth of Xbox One and Xbox One S owners will be spared. The above quotes coincide with the most recent words by Head of Xbox Phil Spencer . "Next year we're going to sell a lot more Xbox One S consoles over the X, there's no doubt". Read More »

America's Pets Are Getting Much Fatter, New Report Says


More than ever, pets are treated as family members, and Breuninger said owners often "show love" to them with table scraps, treats and extra scoops of kibble. When it comes to paunchy pooches, MI ranks No. 3 nationwide behind only Minnesota and Nebraska, according to a newly released study. "Being overweight does not simply impact how a pet looks or feels", the release stated. Read More »

Ubisoft Announces Assassin's Creed Rebellion for Smartphones and Tablets


Different assassins have different skills and work better with other assassins on a variety of missions so how you choose to develop your assassins will change how you play the game. As you'd expect, iOS and Android devices are both getting Rebellion , with iOS 8 and Android 4.1 as the recommended versions. The word "unlock" should give you an idea of how this free-to-play game will play. Read More »

SpaceX closes out a rocket doubleheader with Iridium launch and booster landing

The space syndicate in January dispatched the first 10 satellites, each weighing about as much as a Mini Cooper, as part of Iridium Communications' next-generation global satellite constellation, Iridium NEXT . Some of the new satellites will be so-called on-orbit spares, or older satellites that remain in orbit on standby for use if the newer ones malfunction. Read More »

Defense Ministry confirms military intelligence officer's death in vehicle explosion in Kyiv


Police said an explosive device in the vehicle blew up while the auto was moving on Tuesday morning (local time), killing the driver and wounding a passer-by. In early June, a Ukrainian volunteer commander originally from the Russian region of Chechnya, who had once been jailed on suspicion of plotting to kill Russian President Vladimir Putin, was shot and seriously wounded. Read More »

Trump, Modi reaffirm Indian-US relations with a hug

President Trump's first-ever meeting with PM Modi breaks through the malaise and establishes the bonhomie between the leaders and sets the stage for the paradigm shift towards a greater India-US relation. It shows that India is "indispensable" for the USA from the strategic and security viewpoints, he said. The president on Monday did not specifically mention the drones or the cargo planes, but in a delegation meeting in the White House Cabinet Room Trump expressed appreciation for India ... Read More »

SpaceX rocket puts 10 satellites in orbit


Ten Iridium Communications satellites were launched on Sunday, forming part of the Iridium NEXT network meant to increase the range of aircraft tracking and surveillance for Iridium customers. The first re-entry was believed to have occurred on June 11, Desch said. Aireon's Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) aircraft tracking and surveillance service , and particularly Iridium Certus is poised to disrupt industry norms by enabling truly global L-band satellite broadband ... Read More »

EU fines Google a record 2.42 billion euros


If it does not abide by the ruling within 90 days , however, Google could face penalties of up to five percent of the daily turnover of Alphabet Inc ., its corporate parent, which could be backdated years. It is also investigating the company's ad placing service, AdSense. The fine on Google is the highest ever imposed in Europe for anti-competitive behavior, exceeding a 1.06 billion euros penalty on Silicon Valley chip maker Intel in 2009. Read More »

Eragon meets the Harry Potter trio to celebrate the series' 20th anniversary!


Rowling's magic universe on a Google Earth tour to the places that inspired Rowling and the producers of the Harry Potter films, and now often have become places of pilgrimage for Potter fans. Rowling's publisher, Bloomsbury, will release four new editions of the book, one for each house at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry, in honor of the anniversary. Read More »

Facebook hits 2 billion monthly users


This is the first time Facebook has changed its mission. Facebook's social network now has 2 billion monthly active users - about a quarter of the world's population and more than half of the people on the internet. Whenever someone spends at least 30 minutes a week in a group, Facebook classifies it as "meaningful". He added, "People who go to church are more likely to volunteer and give to charity - not just because they're religious, but because they're part of a community". Read More »

Supreme Court rules for lesbian pair in birth certificate case


The couple, Charlie Craig and David Mullins , filed a discrimination lawsuit in Colorado state courts against the baker and they won. In 2015, the Colorado Court of Appeals determined that making a cake for Craig and Mullins didn't mean Phillips condoned same-sex marriage. Read More »

CBO: Senate health bill would leave 22 million more uninsured by 2026


The CBO's conclusions will exacerbate McConnell's hurdles in gaining unity among his fractured GOP conference. McConnell previously said he would not hold a vote on the Senate bill until it had a CBO score. The Senate bill would roll back much of Obama's health-care overhaul. The point is to make sure healthy people have insurance, which helps keep premium costs down. Read More »

SpaceX completes two rocket missions in 48 hours


The company, for a second time, reused a first-stage rocket booster. The satellites that launched Sunday will be part of a so-called constellation operated by Iridium Communications Inc. The company put a second set of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites into orbit . This was the second launch in SpaceX's campaign to put 75 Iridium NEXT spacecraft into a constellation that's created to provide global high-speed satellite data transmission as well as aircraft tracking and surveillance. Read More »

Amazon said to plan cuts to shed Whole Foods's pricey image

A representative for Whole Foods confirmed that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was at the meeting. The club retailer is the second biggest seller of natural and organic foods in the US behind Whole Foods. The latter in particular, which is the largest membership-only warehouse club in the US, could be hurt considerably by the Amazon-Whole Foods deal. Talk about bad timing - this BMO Capital Markets study touting Costco's lower online pricing versus Amazon was quickly overshadowed by the ... Read More »

Father of missing 5-year-old boy arrested


He told authorities he'd taken prescription pills , and the vehicle had been doused in gasoline. Mendoza added that evidence shows Andressian Sr. pre-planned this crime. Andressian told investigators he took his son to the Cachuma Lake Recreation Area in Santa Barbara County the day after the boy's last sighting, but there have been no confirmed sightings of the boy there. Read More »

Alaska Airlines has 2 free spots on chartered flight for eclipse chasers


PT takeoff on eclipse day, will be open by invitation only to astronomy enthusiasts and other VIPs. The airline is also holding an online contest starting July 21 for the general public with a prize of two seats on the flight. Hotels and campsites along the path of totality have been virtually sold out for months , and Alaska reported that flights to eclipse destinations such as Redmond in central OR and Sun Valley in Idaho are filling up for August's big week as well. Read More »

Apple buys German eye tracking glasses specialist


Apple has a tendency to purchase companies using shell companies so that the acquisition goes under the radar, but with this specific sale MacRumors spotted that the paperwork on the acquisition of SensoMotoric had been signed by Apple's vice president of corporate law, Gene Levoff. Read More »

Yellowstone grizzly bear to lose endangered protection

Yellowstone grizzly bears are being removed from special protection and management after their population has rebounded from 136 bears in 1975 to an estimated 700 today, according to the U.S. The Yellowstone bears' delisting follows another recent legislative decision that abolished other types of protections for bears in Alaska. "We went to a colony and they said 'See this cornfield?" The group argues the bear faces other threats that have not been factored into the decision, including a ... Read More »

Aston Martin to go electric in 2019


Aston Martin announced that 155 cars will be put into production set for 2019 and priced at $255,000, which is about $50,000 heavier than the current glorious V12 Rapide . Aston Martin will release details about the RapidE's electric powertrain at a later date. " RapidE represented a sustainable future in which Aston's Martin's values of seductive style and supreme performance don't merely co-exist alongside a new zero-emission powertrain, but are enhanced by it". Read More »

Mobile first in USA to operate LTE-U network


LTE-U will roll out in more locations later in 2017. T-Mobile is the first national wireless provider to make LTE-U available to customers. Their aim was to develop specifications for implementing LTE-U to coexist with Wi-Fi and other technologies. Read More »

VIVO retains IPL title sponsorship in mega deal


The news was shared via the official IPL Twitter handle. Vivo had replaced PepsiCo as the title sponsor of the high-profile tournament in 2015. While mobile phone makers Xiaomi and Intex had picked up the bid documents, these companies did not make a final bid for the title sponsorship rights. Read More »

Cyberattack on United Kingdom parliament exploited weak email passwords


Officials have said fewer than 90 accounts appear to have been affected, and blamed the compromised accounts on users who made poor password choices (see Why Are We *Still* So Stupid About Passwords? ). "Anybody that has any experience knows that [a brute force attack] is going to make a lot of noise". " The Guardian is already pointing fingers in the direction of Russian Federation, with a security source telling the newspaper that this latest attack "was a brute force attack" and ... Read More »

OnePlus 5 Goes On Sale, Available In A Number Of Markets


The OnePlus 5 is now accessible to buy on Amazon .com and OnePlus Indian portals. The device is also available at the OnePlus Experience Store in Bengaluru and OnePlus Store online. If you have Kindle which is an Amazon app, Sign in to the Kindle app and get Rs.500* promotion credit for Kindle eBooks. This amount can be used to make other purchase using the virtual debit card. Read More »

Depp may face perjury charges in Australia over 'dog gate'


TMG filed a cross-complaint, accusing the actor of spending more than $US2 million ($A2.64 million) a month to maintain an "ultra-extravagant lifestyle" that he "simply can not afford". Barnaby Joyce led the charge against the celebrities, giving Depp "50 hours" to take the dogs back to California. Heard a year ago pleaded guilty in a Queensland court of falsifying quarantine documents and had to pay a $1000 fine for bringing Pistol and Boo Down Under. Read More »

The Great Barrier Reef Is Australia's National Treasure - Here's Proof


Two consecutive years of global coral bleaching are unprecedented, while increasingly frequent extreme weather events and water quality issues continue to affect reef health. That's about the same value as a dozen Sydney Opera Houses - except instead of housing artists and performers, the Great Barrier Reef shelters and sustains everything from algae, worms, and snails to fish, turtles, and sharks. Read More »