George Weir

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Yahoo launches its revamped Messenger app on Mac and Windows

Yahoo — which was just acquired by Verizon for $4.83 billion — today announced that its revamped Messenger messaging app is now available on Mac and Windows. The releases come more than six months after the redesigned Yahoo Messenger arrived on the web, iOS, and Android.<p>And the desktop software is …

Microsoft Changes Windows 10 'Free Upgrade' Rules

Last week Microsoft warned that free Windows 10 upgrades will soon end – but fear not! Microsoft has now posted a new update revealing a rule change which will allow some users to enjoy free upgrades forever…<p>Taking to its Microsoft Developer blog, Senior Program Manager Daniel Hubbell explained:<p>“As …

Windows 10

Car bomb attacks in Baghdad kill at least 90

A string of car bomb attacks across Baghdad has killed at least 90 people, making it the Iraqi capital’s deadliest day this year.<p>Islamic State claimed responsibility for the largest blast, at a marketplace in the Shia neighbourhood of Sadr City, which killed at least 63 people.<p>Two other blasts …

Islam

Google and Microsoft have made a pact to protect surveillance capitalism

Two bitter rivals have agreed to drop mutual antitrust cases across the globe. Why? To fend off the greater regulatory threat of democratic oversight<p>Microsoft and Google, two of the world’s greatest monopolies, have been bitter rivals for nearly 20 years. But suddenly, in late April, they announced …

Satya Nadella

Valve will ban Steam cheaters via their linked phone numbers

Valve knows that players cheating on Steam is a serious problem, and it's taking action to address that in a few new ways. One is offering a matchmaking service for <i>Counter-Strike: Global Offensive</i> that's only for folks who've linked their phone number to their Steam account, for two-factor …

Gaming

Kitchen Science: gastrophysics brings the universe into your kitchen

This title will probably come as a surprise to you. Astrophysics concerns enormous scales of space, time and energy; kitchens are relatively small, …

Why Does Gravity Move At The Speed Of Light?

If you looked out at the Sun across the 93 million miles of space that separate our world from our nearest star, the light you’re seeing isn’t from the Sun as it is right now, but rather as it was some 8 minutes and 20 seconds ago. This is because as fast as light is — moving at the speed of light …

Physics

Supreme court grants FBI massive expansion of powers to hack computers

Intelligence committee senator said he plans to introduce bill to block expansion to ‘rule 41’ on warrants for suspects who hide their location, set for December<p>FBI demands new powers to hack into computers and carry out surveillance<p>The US Congress has seven months to block a potentially massive …

Privacy

Russian Warplane Flies in 'Unsafe' Manner Near U.S. Aircraft

A Russian Su-27 jet flew dangerously close to a U.S. Air Force RC-135 aircraft over the Baltic Sea on Friday, military officials said.<p>The Russian plane flew within 25 feet of the RC-135's fuselage, conducting a barrel roll over the U.S. plane.<p>Lt. Col Michelle Baldanza, a Defense Department …

Military

Facebook brings React Native to Windows and Tizen

Today at F8, Facebook announced some cool things for developers working with React. In partnerships with Samsung and Microsoft, React Native apps can now be written for Windows, Xbox, smart TVs and wearables.<p>Microsoft is now supporting the React Native framework for use on the Universal Windows …

Apps

RCA announces an Android TV with 4K resolution that doesn't cost a fortune

Looking for a good Android TV set? Sadly, the good sets tend to cost a fortune, but RCA is here to try and set the record straight, proving you can have a quality Android TV-powered screen without having to spend all your savings.<p>They didn’t get too creative with the name, as it is simply called …

Buzz Aldrin’s plan for a permanent presence on Mars

Buzz Aldrin was the second man to walk on the Moon. Now the Nasa veteran, and trained engineer, is setting his sights on another part of our Solar System – Mars.<p>Buzz Aldrin’s passion is clear for all to see. It’s not the jeans, jacket or unexpected striped red braces, but on the T-shirt. Beneath …

Your WhatsApp secrets are safe. But Big Brother is still watching you…

One billion users of the messaging service are now promised full encryption. Which can only mean the spooks will retaliate elsewhere<p>In some ways, the biggest news of the week was not the Panama papers but the announcement that WhatsApp was rolling out end-to-end encryption for all its 1bn users. …

Privacy

Microsoft releases tool for converting old software to modern Windows 10 apps

At Build 2016, Microsoft announced the Desktop App Converter, a tool that would allow developers to convert classic Windows programs into modern Universal Windows Platform(UWP) apps.<p>A preview version is now available to download. As expected, it supports both .NET and Win32 apps, which it can …

NASA's Kepler spacecraft is in 'emergency mode'

NASA's Kepler space telescope was supposed to be continuing its K2 extended mission to hunt down hidden exoplanets, but now scientists say the spacecraft is in trouble (again). While trying to make regularly scheduled contact on Thursday engineers found that it is operating in "emergency mode" and …

Telescopes

Windows 10 gets taskbar badge notifications in summer update

Last week at Microsoft’s Build 2016 conference, the company made a point of showcasing its upcoming Windows 10 Anniversary Update with a host of …

Windows 10

Giada i80 Mini Desktop PC Supports Dual 4K Ultra HD Output

Giada has this week unveiled a new addition to their range of mini desktop PC systems with the launch of the new Giada i80 which measures just 4.6 x …

Reddit change raises alarm about possible U.S. government spying

<i>(Reuters)</i> – Digital privacy advocates and users of Reddit expressed their alarm on Friday over a change in the forum’s transparency report that suggested it may have been asked to give customer data to FBI investigators under a secretive government authority.<p>The annual report lists a variety of …

How to encrypt iPhone and Android, and why you should do it now

Apple’s fight with the FBI may be over for the time being, but this high-profile fight about user privacy and state security may have puzzled some …

Information Systems

What made the stars disappear and the sky turn electric blue?

A curious thing happened at 3:16am on March 17. The stars briefly disappeared and the sky turned an electric blue.<p>The culprit was a very bright green meteor, or bolide. The colour green in a meteor trail typically indicates the presence of magnesium or nickel. Despite the obvious H.G.Wells link …

You Just Travelled Thousands of Miles Through Space in The Time It Took to Read This

This is what 850 km per SECOND feels like.<p>It's one of the most fundamental contradictions of life on Earth - we're sitting on a planet that's …

Samsung Gear VR gets better internet with WebVR support

Samsung has added experimental support for WebVR to its Gear VR headset, expanding the capabilities of its default internet browser. As Samsung noted, GearVR 1.0 has now exited beta with “added functionality including improved VR video support and integration with our mobile browser which lets you …

How to survive an iPhone with only 16GB of storage

Good news: There are no more 16GB iPhones ($800 at Cricket Wireless) in Apple's lineup. Even the lowest-end iPhone SE ($198 at Amazon Marketplace) and iPhone 6s ($430 at Amazon.com) SKUs come with 32GB, which, let's face it, is the bare minimum you need these days.<p>Of course, maybe you've already …

Batteries

NASA gives away the data from an Earth-mapping spacecraft

Want to know a whole lot about the Earth's surface? NASA and the Japanese government are now giving away all the data from the ASTER (Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer) instrument... for free. Previously, you had to pay if you wanted anything more than basic …

Apple and Google among firms calling for changes to snooper's charter

Six of the biggest American technology firms have combined forces to call for major changes to the Investigatory Powers bill, commonly known as the snooper’s charter.<p>The firms warn that “important amendments are required” to create a bill that will not set dangerous precedents “which may be copied …

Privacy

Muslim condemnation of attacks "not enough anymore" says Grand Mosque Imam

The imam of Brussel’s Grand Mosque says that Muslim condemnation of the recent terrorist attacks in the city “is not enough anymore.”<p>Galaye Ndiaye believes much more needs to be done to discourage young people from becoming radicalised. It’s estimated that 500 young people from Belgium have gone to …

Extremism

'Mistakes were probably made,' Belgian official acknowledges after Brussels attacks

The failure of Belgian authorities to foil deadly attacks on the airport and metro this week has fueled new questions about the nation's ability to handle the extremist threat and on Thursday prompted two top ministers to offer their resignations.<p>Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel refused to …

'Like the end of the world in one second' - victim recounts Brussels attack

Fanny Klein was one among thousands in Brussels Zaventem airport on March 22, 2015, on what appeared to be a normal morning. Injured in the suicide bombings, she is now being treated in a hospital in Antwerp. The 20-year-old gave her poignant account of events that morning.<p><b>Fanny Klein</b><p>“I hadn’t even …

Extremism

Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Microsoft Just Invested Millions In This Hot Startup

The technology market may be rough, but that’s not stopping business computing giants from investing in fast-rising startups.<p>Hewlett Packard …