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After nearly two years, NASA regains contact with lost spacecraft

After attempting to regain contact for nearly two years, NASA has finally reestablished communications with the sun-studying satellite, STEREO-B. At 6:27 p.m. ET, NASA received a downlink signal from the spacecraft using the ground-based communication antennas in the Deep Space Network.<p>STEREO-B is …

macOS Sierra beta 7 is now available to devs and public testers

macOS Sierra took another step closer to a public launch today with the release of the seventh beta for developers and public testers.<p>The release notes for macOS Sierra beta 7 don’t mention any major new additions; however, the document does list a slew of bugs and other known issues Apple is …

Apple Pay

LG OLEDB6P review: LG OLED55B6P and OLED65B6P OLED TV reviewed - CNET

<b>The Good</b> With the exception of new 2017 OLED TVs, the LG B6 has the best video quality we've ever tested. It evinced perfect black levels, wide viewing angles, accurate color and a brighter picture than last year. It's compatible with both types of HDR TV shows and movies, Dolby Vision and HDR10. …

12 Mac search tips from a Spotlight addict

Spotlight search is a handy tool for any Mac user, even if you use it only to locate files. If you become familar with these tips they way I have, you can get around your Mac faster -- and without reaching for the mouse.<p>1. First things first: The Spotlight keyboard shortcut<p>You can click the …

This MFi-certified Lightning cable can stop a bullet

While their phones and laptops continue to dazzle us, Apple’s easily torn and frayed charging cables leave much to be desired. And then there’s the Zus Kevlar MFi Certified Lightning Cable.<p>You can snap one of these super-tough cables for just $19.99 from TNW Deals.<p>This Zus cable is made of Kevlar, …

Steve Wozniak Says Apple Should Not Eliminate Headphone Jack in iPhone 7

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is against the company removing headphone jacks in the next iPhone, as is rumored.<p>Wozniak said Apple would frustrate …

Apple under Tim Cook: More socially responsible, less visionary

Hours after Steve Jobs resigned as the CEO of Apple, his successor Tim Cook sent an email to reassure employees about the company's future.<p>"Apple," Cook wrote, "is not going to change."<p>This week marks five years since Cook replaced Apple's (AAPL) founder as CEO. From a certain distance, Apple does …

Tim Cook

MIT accidentally discovered a cleaner smelting process

Sometimes, science can take an unexpected turn. While trying to develop a new kind of high temperature storage battery, MIT researchers accidentally stumbled upon a new, more efficient process for smelting metal -- one that's potentially cheaper, safer and less harmful to the environment than …

Clean Energy

Google is rolling out a data-saving feature to all Nexus phones

Google has announced that it’s bringing its Wi-Fi Assistant feature to all Android-based Nexus handsets to help users save on data costs.<p>Wi-Fi Assistant automatically detects and connects to more than a million free open W-Fi hotspots that have been identified and verified by the company. The …

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 unveiled in China, priced at $135

Xiaomi took the wraps off their latest smartphone offering, the Redmi Note 4, earlier today, and as is expected from the budget-friendly Redmi series, the device offers a premium look, specifications, and features, and more importantly, an ultra-affordable price tag.<p>The Redmi Note 4 retains the …

Mobile Technology

Windows 10 computers crash when Amazon Kindles are plugged in

Microsoft’s Anniversary update causes ‘blue screen of death’ and forced reboot when e-readers are connected, users report<p>Dozens of Microsoft Windows 10 users are reporting that their computers crash when plugging in Amazon Kindles.<p>The issue appears to be caused by the recent Windows 10 Anniversary …

Apple issues critical iOS update to thwart 'Pegasus' malware

Security researchers have identified a three-headed monster that could be used to record sounds, collect passwords, read text messages, record calls and track users. All iOS versions 9.3.4 and below are vulnerable.<p>The attack utilizes a mobile spyware product, ‘Pegasus,’ created by NSO Group — an …

Cybersecurity

Nougat’s Nav bar customizer still an option for Nexus 6P owners

As is the case with any other piece of software, Google has decided to ditch some interesting ingredients that were previously available in early versions Android Nougat. A navigation bar is one such ingredient that got left on the cutting room floor, so you can’t taste it in the latest version of …

Google Fiber is pulling back on its broadband rollout as pressure grows to cut costs

Another bump in the road for Alphabet.<p>For the past year, Ruth Porat, the CFO of Google and its parent Alphabet, has told Wall Street that Google Fiber is her most expensive unit outside of the core business — and is well worth the costs.<p>Her bosses may be telling Fiber employees the …

Google Fiber

Apple issues urgent global iPhone software update after attempted hack with 'most sophisticated spyware' ever seen

Apple has issued a global upgrade of its iOS mobile operating system after a botched attempt to break into the iPhone of an Arab activist using hitherto unknown espionage software.<p>The spyware took advantage of three previously undisclosed weaknesses in iOS to take complete control of iPhone devices.<p>…