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‘Windows 10 on everything’ is Microsoft’s gambit to profit from its competitors

‘Windows 10 on everything’ is Microsoft’s gambit to profit from its competitors

Microsoft’s aim to make Windows 10 run on anything is key to its strategy of reasserting its dominance. Seemingly unassailable in the 1990s, Microsoft’s position has in many markets been eaten away by the explosive growth of phones and tablets, devices in which the firm has made little impact. To run Windows 10 on everything, […] … learn more→

Ancient plant eating cousins from Brazil and South Africa are reunited

Ancient plant eating cousins from Brazil and South Africa are reunited

New evidence has been provided confirming previous compelling geological findings that today’s continents were once linked in one giant land mass. The evidence has come through the discovery that two fossils, one from South Africa and the other from Brazil, were cousins. The discovery of a Brazilian plant-eating herbivore fossil in 2008 prompted a restudy […] … learn more→

How to prepare for a cyber attack

How to prepare for a cyber attack

There is a lot of debate on whether Wednesday’s computer issues that shut down the New York Stock Exchange, the Wall Street Journal, and United Airlines were just a very strange coincidence (very strange) or a deliberate cyber attack. This isn’t the first possible cyber attack on the United States this year. Heck, it’s not […] … learn more→

Map of active space probes all over the solar system

Map of active space probes all over the solar system

Where are active spacecrafts now, and when will we hear back? There are about 25 active space probes sending data to us from space — “active” meaning able to transmit data back to Earth. Many of these probes are en route, meaning within several years we’ll be receiving more messages as the crafts reach their […] … learn more→

Google photos is very cool and very free

Google photos is very cool and very free

Google Photos is a perfect solution for backing up and managing photos (and videos) on your smartphone. It’s powerful, free, and filled with delightful features. Google Photos stores an unlimited amount of your photos and videos in the cloud and frees up space on your smartphone. It works with iPhones, Android and other devices, keeps […] … learn more→

We can’t blame the loss of mid-level jobs purely on robots

We can’t blame the loss of mid-level jobs purely on robots

Several developed countries including the US, UK and Germany have seen their labour markets polarised in recent decades as the number of middle-skilled jobs has declined relative to that of low and high-skilled ones. Technology has been singled out as the main culprit: computers and automation have reduced the demand for mid-level skilled workers in […] … learn more→

Virtual smells may soon be ready for your phone and TV

Virtual smells may soon be ready for your phone and TV

Virtual reality promises to someday transport humans into other worlds, scents and all. Here’s how the technology of virtual smells work, and what such odiferous “VR smells” could mean for our noses and the future. When you watch a movie, you may not always be thinking “wow, I wish I could smell this.” That’s because […] … learn more→

What to know about China’s cyber weapon, the great cannon

What to know about China’s cyber weapon, the great cannon

The Great Wall isn’t the only thing China has with that superlative. Though the country’s censorship and cyber capabilities have been well documented, one specific tool — called “The Great Cannon” by researchers — transforms web traffic into a powerful weapon. Here’s what to know about the Great Cannon, and what it means for China […] … learn more→

Enormous hole in the universe may not be the only one

Enormous hole in the universe may not be the only one

Astronomers have found evidence of a giant void that could be the largest known structure in the universe. The “supervoid” solves a controversial cosmic puzzle: it explains the origin of a large and anomalously cold region of the sky. However, future observations are needed to confirm the discovery and determine whether the void is unique. […] … learn more→

The awesome evolution of the push button, from flash to dash

The awesome evolution of the push button, from flash to dash

From the flashlight to Amazon’s “Dash” button delivery, push buttons have defined and redefined how we interact with the world. Every day, we push hundreds if not thousands of buttons. From the snooze button to the start button, to the pause button and the car-lock button, to every single key on a computer, many people […] … learn more→