Science & Tech

Seattle residents can vote via smartphones


San Francisco: Smartphones have made voting easier, as King County in the US state of Washington, where Seattle is located, implements mobile voting in their board of supervisors’ election. This is the first-time mobile voting is available to all eligible registered voters. Previous pilots in other jurisdiction were limited to overseas and military voters and/or...

SpaceX launches 60 more satellites, trying to tone them down


SpaceX launched 60 more mini internet satellites late Monday, this time testing a dark coating to appease stargazers. It’s a “first step” compromise between SpaceX and astronomers fearful of having dark skies spoiled by hundreds and, eventually, thousands of bright satellites circling overhead. The Falcon 9 rocket blasted into a cold, clear night sky, recycled by...

Google brings audio streaming, download quality controls to YouTube Music


San Francisco, Sep 23: Google is now rolling out audio streaming and download quality controls for YouTube Music on the Android operating system (OS), the media reported.The latest controls come with newer options in the Settings and Downloads' menu -- low, normal, high and always high -- that would allow users to...

Facebook restores cross-posted tweets that disappeared


San Francisco, Aug 29: Facebook has restored the cross-posted tweets of its users that temporarily disappeared following the removal of the Twitter app from Facebook, the media reported.Twitter requested the deletion of its app from Facebook as it became useless there earlier this month following Facebook's move to give effect to an earlier decision...

NASA spacecraft spots next flyby target from over 160 mn kms


Washington, Aug 29: NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has detected its next flyby target, which is an icy world a billion kilometres past Pluto, from more than 160 million kilometres away and over four months ahead of its New Year's 2019 close encounter.The New Horizons probe, which flew past Pluto in 2015, is set to...

WhatsApp to train users on dangers of fake news


New Delhi, Aug 29: After being asked by the central government to take steps to stop the spread of disinformation on its platform, WhatsApp on Wednesday roped in New Delhi-based non-profit Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) to create awareness among its users about the need to verify information.Our goal is to help keep people safe...

Intel’s 8th Gen Core U-series, Y-series processors are here


New Delhi, Aug 29: Making new additions to its 8th Gen Core processor line-up, Intel on Wednesday introduced the U-series and Y-series chips that are optimised for connectivity in thin, light laptops and two-in-ones.The unveiled 8th Gen Intel Core U-Series processors include i7-8565U, i5-8265U and i3-8145U while the 8th Gen Intel Core Y-Series processors...

LG to unveil 88-inch 8K OLED TV at IFA 2018


Seoul, Aug 29: LG Electronics Inc. on Wednesday said it will unveil its 88-inch 8K OLED TV at the upcoming IFA 2018 in Berlin, claiming the product will help the company expand its presence in the global premium TV market.The company said it will introduce the new TV at the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) Berlin,...

Instagram makes it easier to verify authenticity of accounts


San Francisco, Aug 29: In its bid to fight fake news and keep bad actors away from the platform, photo-messaging app Instagram has announced a few measures that can help its one billion users identify the authenticity of accounts with a large following.The Facebook-owned platform announced that it would roll out an About This...