Science


Idea's counters Airtel; offers unlimited calling and 1GB data at Rs 93 Idea's counters Airtel; offers unlimited calling and 1GB data at Rs 93
- January 12, 2018

Either a user will get 50 per cent more data or Rs 50 discount on the price plans. All these plans offer 1GB data per day, but the validity differs. Vodafone's Rs 348 prepaid recharge plan gives 2GB data per day. The new Idea recharge pack is aimed at consumers who have higher calling requirements than data consumption, and thus seek an low-priced plan with "unlimited calls". (more...)
Ancient Butterflies Flourished During Triassic-Jurassic Mass Extinction, Didn't Need Flowers, Nectar Ancient Butterflies Flourished During Triassic-Jurassic Mass Extinction, Didn't Need Flowers, Nectar
- January 12, 2018

These 200-million-year-old fossils, which date to the Triassic-Jurassic boundary, are the oldest evidence on record of insects in the order Lepidoptera , the researchers said. He embedded the dust in a mixture of glycerol and water. "The nose hair has just the right length and springiness for getting a pollen grain, or in this case the butterfly scale, to adhere to it", Mr. (more...)
Dark Souls Trilogy Box Set Announced for Japan
- January 12, 2018

Fe was announced back in 2016 , as part of EA's indie game publishing initiative, EA Originals. With a number of third party publishers such as Bethesda interested in the Switch it is likely that various new titles are indeed going to be ported for the console and it wont suffer the same fate as it's predecessor the Wii U, which was by and large ignored by 3rd party devs and publishers alike. (more...)
Blue Moon and partial lunar eclipse for January 31
- January 12, 2018

There's a lot of adjectives to describe this event, so here's a break down of each term. The best time to see the supermoon is during the rising or setting of the Moon, as it will appear larger on the horizon than it will high up in the sky. (more...)
Samsung Galaxy S9 Announcement Date Revealed Samsung Galaxy S9 Announcement Date Revealed
- January 12, 2018

Samsung may ditch the headphone jack with both the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus. "The Galaxy S9 will have a 5.8" display when measured as a full rectangle but measure 5.6" with rounded corners. However, the box does note some new features, such as the camera being of the "Super Speed" variety. These speakers will be tuned by AKG like the bundled earphones. (more...)
Huge reserves of water ice discovered on Mars could speed manned missions Huge reserves of water ice discovered on Mars could speed manned missions
- January 12, 2018

They could also make for accessible sites to extract water for human use, although that would obviously conflict with studying the ice's layers for clues to the past. "That saved record would be of outrageous significance to backpedal to", G. Scott Hubbard, a space researcher at Stanford University, enlightens Science in a different article concerning the exploration. (more...)
Cryptos plunge as S.Korea plans trading ban Cryptos plunge as S.Korea plans trading ban
- January 12, 2018

A statement coming from the ministry's press office shows that Justice Minister Park Sang-ki is all set to impose a ban on trading of virtual digital currencies . The Commissioner has said thereby the Government of South Korea has the ability to take action to either stop trading or shut the exchange. By Thursday afternoon, more than 55,000 South Koreans had signed a petition asking the presidential Blue House to stop the crackdown on the virtual currency, bringing the government ... (more...)
New Mario Tennis Game For Nintendo Switch Confirmed
- January 12, 2018

Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze , originally released for Wii U , will include a "beginner-friendy" mode to balance out its infamously hard gameplay. Some abilities will be possible with less than four players, like the Friend Ability combos that can be pulled off with just two players. (more...)
LG Will No Longer Release Flagship Smartphones Every Year LG Will No Longer Release Flagship Smartphones Every Year
- January 12, 2018

There is a possibility of copying the appearance of the iPhone X from Apple to increase the screen occupied by the square front panel of the upper frame will reduce to minimum and the screen will make the cutout for the speaker, camera and sensors. (more...)
Assassin's Creed Rogue Remastered Sails Toward PS4 and Xbox One This March Assassin's Creed Rogue Remastered Sails Toward PS4 and Xbox One This March
- January 12, 2018

The game, which will release on March 20, 2018 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One family of consoles, will include all of the downloadable content from the original game, including two bonus missions as well as the Master Templar and Explorer packs. (more...)
US Senate committee probes Apple over slowing iPhones US Senate committee probes Apple over slowing iPhones
- January 11, 2018

As previously noted , Apple dropped the price for replacement batteries from $79 to $29 throughout 2018. More battery woes: Apple now faces 30 class-action lawsuits related to the throttling. The apology came after the Tim Cook-led company admitted it slowed down older iPhones to help save battery life due to the limitations of lithium-ion batteries. (more...)
Microsoft starts testing end-to-end encrypted Skype conversations Microsoft starts testing end-to-end encrypted Skype conversations
- January 11, 2018

Microsoft today announced the preview of end-to-end encrypted Private Conversations on Skype. While a host of consumer chat and calling products utilize end-to-end encryption, Skype using the technology could make it a better option for Microsoft shops operating in highly-regulated markets. (more...)
ISRO begins countdown to launch 31 satellites ISRO begins countdown to launch 31 satellites
- January 11, 2018

The "Cartosat", which gets its name by combining the words "Cartography" and "Satellite", is an Indian Remote Sensing Satellite or IRS. It carries panchromatic and multi-spectral cameras capable of delivering high resolution data. The "Cartosat-2 Series" and 29 others will be inserted into a 505 kilometer sun-synchronous orbit after about seventeen and a half minutes since its lift off. (more...)
Lenovo and Google Unveil Mirage Solo VR Lenovo and Google Unveil Mirage Solo VR
- January 11, 2018

Google and Lenovo have unveiled the world's first standalone Daydream Virtual Reality (VR) headset at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada this week. It will act as a unique and intuitive extension of the user's hand, and it features a clickable trackpad, app and home buttons, and a volume rocker. Lenovo announced that the headset will begin shipping in the second quarter of this year for a price tag of under $400 (Rs.25,500 approx.). (more...)
All the Nintendo Direct Mini news and announcements All the Nintendo Direct Mini news and announcements
- January 11, 2018

Publisher Bandai Namco also used this event to reveal Dark Souls: Remastered , which is an updated take on the 2011 PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 combat-heavy RPGs that is due out May 25. We also learned of some new DLC coming to Nintendo titles that are already out. However, you can also control it with Joycons if you so desire, and enjoy all-new content created just for this version of the game. (more...)
SpaceX launched a secret satellite fell into the ocean SpaceX launched a secret satellite fell into the ocean
- January 11, 2018

It had been described as an "expensive, highly classified U.S. spy satellite". The intelligence satellite, built by Northrop Grumman Corp, failed to separate from the second stage of the Falcon 9 rocket, according to United States officials. (more...)
The World Ends With You Confirmed For Nintendo Switch Release The World Ends With You Confirmed For Nintendo Switch Release
- January 11, 2018

From developer Square Enix, The World Ends With You -Final Remix- will challenge players to take down their enemies in rhythmic battles using touch controls or the Joy-Con controllers. You can see Mario Tennis Aces' at the 4 minute 32 second mark in the Nintendo Direct Mini. On top of new games there's also free DLC for Super Mario Odyssey , which is out in February and will add two competitive modes and three new costumes. (more...)
Switch Pokémon fighter Pokkén Tournament DX adds Blastoise and more Switch Pokémon fighter Pokkén Tournament DX adds Blastoise and more
- January 11, 2018

Aegislash is a notoriously balanced Pokemon, sporting high stats in both offense and defense and using its sword and shield forms to catch opponents off-balance. Wave 2 features Blastoise and supports Mew and Celebi. The gen 1 water starter rises to challenge Charizard, the gen 1 fire starter Pokemon. The Battle Pack is available for purchase now in the eShop and will bring new content as part of two waves in the weeks ahead. (more...)
Hyrule Warriors is coming to Switch in 'Definitive Edition' form
- January 11, 2018

If there was going to ever be another console that we could experience The World Ends With You on, the Nintendo Switch seems like the flawless one. According to Twitter user Pixelpar , the company's Russian Twitter recently responded to a fan request regarding what's happening with the next Nintendo Direct special. (more...)
Giant Bat: Remains Of Extinct Burrowing Bat Found In New Zealand Giant Bat: Remains Of Extinct Burrowing Bat Found In New Zealand
- January 11, 2018

Other team members include scientists from Flinders University, Queensland University, Canterbury Museum, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, the American Museum of Natural History, Duke University, and the University of Salford, UK. Around 50 million years ago, the landmasses of Australia, New Zealand, South America and Antarctica were connected as the last vestiges of the southern supercontinent Gondwana . (more...)
Dark Souls 1 Reportedly Being Remastered for Multiple Platforms
- January 11, 2018

If you ever wanted to feel despair and hopelessness whilst on the bus or taking a dump, this could be the news for you. Kotaku adds fuel to the fire stating that the game will be announced in a Nintendo Direct Mini later this afternoon, adding it's heading to PC, PS4, and Xbox One in addition to Nintendo Switch . (more...)
Mac exploit lets you change App Store preferences with any password Mac exploit lets you change App Store preferences with any password
- January 11, 2018

The bug, first reported on community reported bug service OpenRadar , allows an already logged in user with administrative powers to make changes to account preferences in the App Store to be modified without requiring the user enter a password for verification purposes. (more...)
Nearly all the Great Barrier Reef sea turtles have turned female Nearly all the Great Barrier Reef sea turtles have turned female
- January 10, 2018

Instead, the researchers wrote, "In sea turtles, cooler temperatures produce more male hatchlings while warmer temperatures produce more females". If temperatures to continue to rise, some turtle populations are at risk of becoming "completely feminized", which could, in turn, wipe out the population over the course of a few decades . (more...)
Monster Hunter World fansite aims to connect series veterans with newcomers Monster Hunter World fansite aims to connect series veterans with newcomers
- January 10, 2018

However, the series' first Western console release in several years is approaching with Monster Hunter World , and a huge new group of players will have the chance to check it out. As the creators point out, this isn't a contract or an obligation, simply a way for veterans to introduce new players to Monster Hunter that goes beyond just teaming up for a hunt, in the hopes that the newcomer will one day do the same. (more...)
Over 107 Boko Haram fighters killed in Nigerian military operation Over 107 Boko Haram fighters killed in Nigerian military operation
- January 10, 2018

Aside from these distractions by the desperate insurgents, Brigadier General Usman said that the troops have been making tremendous progress in the ongoing "Operation Deep Punch 2" in the Lake Chad and the various Sectors of the war theatre. (more...)
This High-Tech Treadmill Costs $4000 (and, Uhh, We Kind of Want It) This High-Tech Treadmill Costs $4000 (and, Uhh, We Kind of Want It)
- January 10, 2018

The machine costs $3,995 (the bike costs $1,995), and customers are able to pay in installments. Peloton, the high-tech fitness company that was recently valued at about $1.25 billion after closing a $325 million financing round, has launched a new product: the Peloton Tread . (more...)
A odd interstellar stone could predate the formation of Universe, say researchers A odd interstellar stone could predate the formation of Universe, say researchers
- January 10, 2018

In 2013, a team of scientists at the University of Johannesburg analyzed this diamond-filled stone in detail and found that Hypatia doesn't belong to our earth . Such dust can also be found in meteorites or comets that haven't been "heated up for a prolonged period in their history", he added. Some of the PAH in Hypatia was at some point turned into sub-micrometre diamonds - probably on its impact with Earth. (more...)
Vivo demos in-display fingerprint scanner at CES 2018 Vivo demos in-display fingerprint scanner at CES 2018
- January 10, 2018

Vivo In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology outperforms other authentication solutions available for full-screen smartphones in many aspects. The global consultancy Canalys confirms that nearly 22 million full-screen smartphones were shipped worldwide in the second quarter of the past year. (more...)
Total War: Three Kingdoms announced and ancient China is the location Total War: Three Kingdoms announced and ancient China is the location
- January 10, 2018

The title starts off in 190AD, and will presumably cover a great deal of the conflict, which only ended 90 years later in 280AD. For now, the countdown begins to the release of Total War: Three Kingdoms in Autumn 2018. But hope yet blossoms. It's even longer since there's been one with a genuinely new location and time period, but the idea of a game set in ancient China actually seems a very good fit for the series. (more...)
Weird radio signals may have even freakier source than aliens Weird radio signals may have even freakier source than aliens
- January 10, 2018

In a galaxy three billion light-years from Earth is a peculiar object that continually sends out extremely short, but powerful radio bursts. This causes the cosmic blasts to "shout and twist", which will help the scientists determine the source. (more...)