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This may be what the iPhone 8 looks like with its screen turned on
We’ve now seen plenty of iPhone 8 images, but most of them show the device with the screen off. Now we’ve seen what it might look like with the display lit up.In a series of renders claimed by iDropNews...
General relativity passes test at Milky Way’s central black hole
Chandra X-ray Observatory CenterBy Ken Croswell Einstein’s greatest theory has aced another test. Two stars are speeding around the big black hole at the Milky Way’s core in just the way his general theory...
LIGO detects gravitational waves for third time
The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory has made a third detection of gravitational waves, ripples in space and time, demonstrating that a new window in astronomy has been firmly opened....
Gravity waves from black hole collision detected
Three billion years ago, in a third of a second, two black holes crashed into each other and merged into a single entity, converting two solar masses into energy that shook the fabric of spacetime, sending...
The big star that couldn't become a supernova
It went out with a whimper instead of a bang. The star, which was 25 times as massive as our sun, should have exploded in a very bright supernova. Instead, it fizzled out -- and then left behind a black...
Hacker arrests across Europe over ATM-theft spree
EU member states and Norway contributed to the investigation, which was supported by Europol's European Cybercrime Centre.Black box attacks are when criminals connect an unauthorised device to an ATM's...
Chatbot challenges will make AIs discuss the latest news
Chat about the newsTribune Content Agency LLC/Alamy Stock PhotoBy Matt ReynoldsEVEN robots want to talk politics these days. Chatbots could soon be reading news articles and then discussing them with...
Quantum effects cloak impossible singularities with black holes
Quantum fields may keep us safe from the weird physics within event horizonsNASA/JPL-CaltechBy Leah CraneBreak out the censor’s black bars for naked singularities. Quantum effects could be obscuring these...
Rich black people have worse health than rich white people
The income gap is wideningAlex Webb/MagnumBy Jessica HamzelouAmerica’s health is in poor shape. The health gap between the rich and poor is now far bigger than the difference in income – that’s one of...
OnePlus 3T now comes in Midnight Black color for a limited time
Like the look of the OnePlus 3T but wish it was just a little more black? As black as midnight, for example? Then your prayers are about to be answered, as OnePlus has announced that it’s launching a...
The many-tentacled galaxy that could drive a physics revolution
Many-armed and dangerousX-ray: NASA/CXC/Caltech/P.Ogle et al; Optical: NASA/STScI & R.Gendler; IR: NASA/JPL-Caltech; Radio: NSF/NRAO/VLABy Joshua SokolJust beyond the Local Group of galaxies that surround...
Fuzzy pulsars orbiting black holes could unmask quantum gravity
Follow that lighthouseMark Garlick/SPLBy Jesse EmspakWANT to get to the bottom of one of the biggest mysteries in science? The best way might be to catch sight of a fast-spinning stellar corpse. General...
Why pandas are black and white
The giant panda's distinct black-and-white markings have two functions: camouflage and communication. The study found that most of the panda -- its face, neck, belly, rump -- is white to help it hide in...
Black hole "winds" heat up to millions of degrees
Hot gas streaming out from the region around supermassive black holes can experience rapid and extreme changes in temperature, according to observations from NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array...
Netflix's CEO is willing to stream movies to smart contact lens
Your future Netflix binge sessions could be beamed directly to your eye via a smart contact lens, and the co-founder of the company is all about it if it happens."If virtual reality takes off, we’ll adapt...
Ancient murder victim's face digitally recreated
The face of a 1,400-year-old murder victim is seeing the light of day, now that scientists have digitally reconstructed his features.The victim, a young Pictish man, met a grisly end when he was brutally...
Black hole and galaxy crash supercharge blazing-fast particles
Astronomers have discovered an immense surge of energy coming from a cosmic particle accelerator located about 2 billion light years from Earth. It’s powered by interactions between a supermassive black...
Taxi races show black cabs beat Uber on speed but not cost
How to hail the quickest cab…Oli Scarff/GettyLondon Bridge to Trafalgar Square. You take an Uber, I’ll take a black cab. Ready, set, go! A group of researchers led by Anastasios Noulas at Lancaster University,...
Black holes regurgitate "spitballs" after devouring stars
When a black hole devours a star, it spews planet-size “spitballs” of regurgitated gas tumbling through the galaxy — and some of these globs can come within a few hundred light-years of Earth, new research...
Organizational Complexity Leads to Security Risks, Report Says
Ponemon Institute report sponsored by Citrix, reveals key challenges facing IT professionals and the need for a new IT security framework. When it comes to keeping organizations safe and secure from cyber-threats,...
Our galaxy's black hole is spewing out planet-size 'spitballs'
Every few thousand years, an unlucky star wanders too close to the black hole at the center of the Milky Way. The black hole's powerful gravity rips the star apart, sending a long streamer of gas whipping...
Stephen Hawking says he has a way to escape from a black hole
Hawking outside the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm yesterdayAction Press/RexBy Jacob AronStuff that falls into a black hole is gone forever, right? Not so, says Stephen Hawking. “If you...
Milky Way’s core could be spewing out planet-sized star chunks
A black hole’s spitball may be in our vicinityMark A. GarlickBy Leah CraneThe Milky Way’s supermassive black hole could be chewing up stars and spitting chunks back out at us. If so, planet-sized bits...
The DDoS vigilantes trying to silence Black Lives Matter
EnlargeSean Rayford/Getty Images / Aurich reader comments 1 Share this story “Through our e-mails and our social media accounts we get death threats all the time,” said Janisha Gabriel. “For anyone who’s...
Missed out on the Black Friday Amazon Echo deal? It's discounted again
This year’s Black Friday saw a number of great deals, but perhaps the most exciting was seeing the newly released (well, newly released in the UK at least) Amazon Echo and Amazon Echo Dot get discounted. But...
Black hole rips star apart in biggest blast ever seen
In January, scientists said they discovered an exploding star ending in a super-luminous supernova that was almost inconceivably bright — more so than the output of the entire Milky Way. Now, new research...
Brightest-ever supernova isn’t a supernova after all
Enlarge / Artist's impression of a star like the Sun circling in toward a supermassive black hole, being torn apart by its tidal forces. The distortion around the black hole's edges is due to light from...
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge in Black Pearl color gets a release date
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge in Black Pearl brings the official color count to a very appropriate seven today, and this shade is meaningful.It's meant to be an answer to that Jet Black iPhone 7 and iPhone...
Black Death "plague pit" with 48 skeletons unearthed
A 14th-century mass burial pit full of victims of the Black Death has been discovered at the site of a medieval monastery hospital, according to archaeologists.Researchers uncovered 48 skeletons — 27 of...
LIGO turns back on to hunt for more gravitational waves
Listening for more crashing wavesJulian Stratenschulte/DPABy Leah CraneLIGO is back, and it’s better than ever. On Wednesday morning, Earth’s premier gravitational wave hunter turned on for its second...
The best PS4 Black Friday bundle at Walmart has free two games – and they're great
We searched high and low for PS4 Black Friday deals and stumbled upon one that not only is a $50 discount on the Sony console, but adds a second game.The PS4 two-free game console bundle is just $274.83...
The best New Nintendo 3DS XL deal is still on Amazon following Black Friday
Forget the new PS4 Slim or the Xbox One S, the best-selling game console deal this Black Friday was the New 3DS from Nintendo. By a long shot, we saw more of those sold through retailers like Amazon,...
It's not Black Friday any more but most of the best deals are still open
Saturday is clearly the new Friday, because although Black Friday technically finished at midnight the reality is that all the best deals are still out there for you over the weekend. Amazon's brilliant...
You can get an iPad for under $200 during Black Friday
iPad Black Friday deals in the US are always the incredibly popular during the holiday gift-giving season, and 2016 is no different than any other year.That's why we were excited to discover a $199 iPad...
Overwatch Origins for PS4, Xbox One and PC is $25 off for Black Friday
Overwatch Origins Edition is on sale as one of the Black Friday deals in the US that you should buy immediately for PS4, Xbox One for a gaming PC.Normally $59.99, this Blizzard Entertainment-made game...
iPad mini 2 is the best cheap tablet this Black Friday
Update: Tesco has now dropped its iPad mini 2 price to match John Lewis at £189. You can buy both the silver and grey versions right now.Original: The iPad mini 2 has been sitting at the top of our best...
The best Black Friday deals 2016: all the best UK deals in one place
Welcome to Black Friday 2016 on TechRadar! We're rounding up all of the best Black Friday deals so that you can find your way to the best bargains. Today is expected to be the biggest day of spending...
The best laptop and MacBook deals on Black Friday 2016
If you're looking to buy a new laptop or MacBook, then there's no better time to pick one up on Black Friday.Online retailers are fighting tooth and nail to delivery the lowest prices and tempt consumers...
The best Toys R Us Black Friday deals 2016
Update: The best Black Friday deals at Toys R Us are underway, with all of the 2016 sales on PS4, Xbox One, bikes and train sets available right now.Toys R Us Black Friday deals in 2016 are skewing more...
The HTC Vive has big discounts - get the ultimate VR rig this Black Friday
Virtual reality has hit the home in a big way, but unless you have been saving up your hard-earned for some time, it might be that it’s just that little bit too unaffordable. If this is the case, then...
Get some Phillips noise-cancelling headphones for under £35 this Black Friday
Screaming children, howling wind, questionable seasonal music - there really isn’t a better time than the holiday season to invest in a good pair of noise-cancelling headphones. Fortunately Argos is offering...
Get striding for less with this Garmin Forerunner 235 Black Friday find
If you’re feeling like this deals season is the time to be stepping up your running watch game, then this lower-cost Garmin Forerunner 235 is a great shout this Black Friday. Black Friday deals...
Amazon's Fire TV Stick and Chromecast are both discounted for Black Friday
Streaming is the future, and it's never been easier to equip your television with all the streaming apps you could possibly need. You have a number of options here. If you're in the market for a new television,...
Get a Logitech video monitor camera for better than half price this Black Friday
If you’ve been thinking it’s time to make your home a little smarter, Black Friday could be a good time to start, especially since you could get a smart video monitor for better than half price in Amazon’s...
Vacuum like a Ghostbuster with this Dyson V6 Fluffy cordless Black Friday deal
Looking to clean up this deals season? Then head over to Argos - it's got a cracking deal on the Dyson V6 Fluffy cordless vacuum cleaner, bringing it down from £399.99 to just £229.99 just in time for...
Huawei’s Watch is the price it always should have been thanks to Black Friday
Huawei’s smartwatch has always been overpriced compared to other Android Wear watches, so the latest deal brings it down to a more sensible cost.The Huawei Watch is now £167.99, compared to its recommended...
Fitbit Flex is 50% off in Amazon's Black Friday sale
If you’ve been thinking about picking up a fitness tracker, now is a good time to be active with Amazon slashing the price of the Fitbit Flex in its Black Friday sale. Usually priced at £79.99, you can...
Amazon Lightning Deal makes this VR headset cheaper than a Google Cardboard
Google Cardboard is known for being the ultimate entry level virtual reality (VR) headset at only £15, but an Amazon Lightning Deal happening at the moment is beating even that.You might not have heard...
Don’t own a tablet? Amazon’s cheapest is now only £30 for Black Friday
Amazon is in deals overdrive right now with offers on Amazon Dash buttons as well as the Amazon Fire TV stick - but if you don't own a tablet, today is the perfect time to buy one.The cheapest Amazon...
The best Black Friday deals 2016: all the best deals in the UK
Black Friday is this coming Friday and we're listing all of the best Black Friday deals at the UK's biggest retailers in the run-up. On Black Friday itself we'll be updating constantly all day, bringing...
iPhone 7 mega deals: save £125 with these cheapest ever Black Friday voucher deals
The Black Friday iPhone 7 deals are finally here, and they are awesome! If you've been hanging on to see if the iPhone 7 would get cheaper in Black Friday week, the answer is yes.The big deals are to...
Jealous of iPhone 7's Jet Black finish? Samsung may make one of its own soon
Android fans who 'ooh'-ed and 'ahh'-ed at Apple's unveiling of the Jet Black iPhone 7 this summer may not need to switch sides just to get their hands on that extra-glossy finish.A new report suggests...
The best Tesco Direct Black Friday deals 2016
Tesco is one of the UK's leading retailers, well known for Marmite and Pot Noodles, but did you also know that it sells games consoles and tellies and that? No? Well it does, and it goes in for Black...
Is this deals season the time to finally get on board with home automation?
Home automation is one of those technologies that has felt like it’s been just around the corner for years now. But until now most of its products have felt like expensive novelties designed to impress...
The best Black Friday deals 2016: all the best UK deals on one page
Black Friday is now just five days away and we're listing all of the best Black Friday deals at the UK's biggest retailers in the run-up. On Black Friday itself we'll be updating constantly all day, bringing...
The UE55KS8000’s headline attraction is that it has all the specifications necessary to deliver - on paper, anyway - a genuinely premium high dynamic range experience for a mid-range price.These specifications...
US housing segregation is persisting even as poverty declines
urbanfeel reader comments 7 Share this story Racial inequality in the US is perpetuated in part by continued neighborhood segregation. Historically, people of color have been more likely to live in high-poverty...
OnePlus 3T doesn’t come in black because it would look ugly
Jet Black, Very Black, Black… Apple, Google and even the slim PS4 hit the market with their 'new' colors this year, as if we’d never seen black before, and the OnePlus 3T was set to join them. But it...
Pick up the smartphone essentials everyone needs this Black Friday
Your smartphone is likely you most used piece of technology – it runs our social lives, manages our emails, feeds our gaming addictions and so much more, but are you treating your most treasured possession...
The best Amazon Black Friday deals 2016
Amazon's Black Friday deals have begun to roll out, with the site launching daily deals from now until the Black Friday weekend.These deals do not have a time limit - they will run for the duration or...
The best smart home devices for 2017
The best smart home devices are dramatically bringing your dumb household into the future, letting you control everything from the front door lock to the bedroom lights with a phone, tablet or even a...
A review of the Amazon Echo Show: Doing more by doing less
Furthermore, there are very few skills out there that really take advantage of the screen. Ask Alexa to show you a weather radar, and it can't. You can watch YouTube and Amazon Prime video while you cook,...
Amazon is planning to rival Google with a service that translates languages
Amazon's cloud computing division has been working on a translation service that developers could use to make their websites and apps available in multiple languages, CNBC has learned. Amazon already...
Amazon Prime Day 2017: when is it and what's it all about?
Amazon hasn't officially confirmed Prime Day 2017 yet but you can be sure it's coming - our guess is on July 11th which would be the second Tuesday in July, the same date it's been for the last two years.In...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark