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ZTE Max XL
The ZTE Max Pro impressed us with just how much phone you can get with so very little money. This year, ZTE is back with the Max XL, which improves on the formula with a few notable upgrades and keeps...
Japan Developing Artificial Intelligence to Provide Security at 2020 Olympics
Terrorist attacks at public places are on the rise and authorities organizing large gatherings are always looking for ways to reinforce security. Increasing the number of security cameras is easy but monitoring...
Deep-sea squid points a big, bulging eye up and a tiny eye down
A sight to beholdKate ThomasBy Sam WongHere’s looking at you, squid. Cock-eyed squid have one huge, bulging eye and another normal-sized eye, but the reason has remained a mystery. Now we have an answer....
10 Reasons to Use Microservices to Modernize Enterprise App Portfolios
Savvy IT managers believe microservices environments will take over where SOA (service-oriented architecture) leaves off. Microservices essentially are simple, single-purpose applications that work together...
Harvester ants farm by planting seeds to eat once they germinate
Dyed germinating seeds were fed to larvae in the laboratory, causing them to appear pinkTschinkel WR, Kwapich CL (2016), DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0166907By Vedrana SimičevićThey’ve cracked it. Small...
Buy Amazon as Prime subscribers surge past 50 million, Cowen says
Cowen reiterated its outperform rating on Amazon shares due to the growing size of the Prime membership service and the large untapped opportunities in the clothing and grocery markets. The firm called...
Moral consensus: a CEO should earn five times what workers get
Top-tier pay is stoking popular discontentKevork Djansezian/GettyBy Michael NortonAmong the issues fuelling political upheaval at the moment is the gap between bosses’ and workers’ pay. Leaders, including...
Large number of dwarf galaxies discovered in the early universe
Astronomers have found, for the first time, a large population of distant dwarf galaxies that could reveal important details about a productive period of star formation in the universe billions of years...
FCC chair unveiling scaled back business data reforms
WASHINGTON U.S. Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler will unveil on Friday a scaled back proposal to reform the $40 billion a year business data services market.Wheeler proposed a sweeping...
Earthquakes can trigger near-instantaneous aftershocks on different faults
A large earthquake on one fault can trigger large aftershocks on separate faults within just a few minutes. These findings have important implications for earthquake hazard prone regions like California...
Large carnivores under threat as prey they depend on decline
No much left to stalkAditya Singh/imageBROKER/REX/Shutterstock By New Scientist staff and Press AssociationLarge carnivores around the world are increasingly at risk of going hungry as the prey species...
Physicist offers leading theory about mysterious Large Hadron Collider excess
In December of last year, scientists at the Large Hadron Collider in Europe announced startling results hinting at the existence of an undiscovered subatomic particle -- one with a mass six times heavier...
Large Windows May Collect Solar Energy
Along with other modern technologies, photovoltaics are seeing increased use. A big race is on for a transparent type of these solar cells that may one day cover windows of large buildings, substantially...
Solar and Wind Energy Help Farmers, Small Households
Harvesting energy from sun and wind on a large scale is profitable, but requires large initial investments. However, the new technology also can be done on the budget, bringing considerable savings. VOA’s...
On land and at sea, large animals are in 'double jeopardy'
Large animals hunted for their parts -- such as elephant ivory and shark fins -- are in double jeopardy of extinction due to their large body size and high value, according to a new analysis. The study...
Europe’s staggeringly large telescope project takes a step forward
The European Extremely Large Telescope is, indeed, extremely large at 39 meters across.ESOAn astronomy organization consisting of 15 European countries, as well as Chile and Brazil, has signed a €400...
Writing Solid Code
Memory mapped files use the system's memory manager and let you treat large files as if they were in-memory objects, supporting extremely large file access, faster access, and multiple, simultaneous processes...
ALMA spots baby star’s growing blanket
Researchers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have made the first direct observations delineating the gas disk around a baby star from the infalling gas envelope. This finding...
Yahoo Reportedly to Explain Cost-Cutting Plan on Earnings Call
Verizon is one large corporation that has said it is interested in acquiring Yahoo if it were up for sale. Nearly a month after the Yahoo board of directors told CEO Marissa Meyer in no uncertain terms...
LG Display to invest $380 mln in large OLED panel production
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's LG Display Co Ltd said on Tuesday it will invest 460 billion won ($380 million) to boost production of large organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display panels for televisions....
Study zeros in on plate tectonics' start date
Earth has some special features that set it apart from its close cousins in the solar system, including large oceans of liquid water and a rich atmosphere with just the right ingredients to support life...
LeTv Le Max review: This is one large phone, and big price too
Comments Written by Nandagopal Rajan | Updated: January 20, 2016 6:28 pm LeTv (LeEco) Le Max is a powerful phone with a 2K display. Here’s our first impression of the new phone. The growing popularity...
Largest known prime number found
The largest known prime number has been discovered by a computer at a university in Missouri in the US. Prime numbers - such as two, three, five and seven - are divisible only by themselves and one, and...
Evidence of large volcanic activity in the Caribbean uncovered
Scientists from the University of Southampton have uncovered evidence of a previously unknown large volcanic eruption in the Caribbean Sea. By studying ash layers, known as tephras, in marine sediments...
In US, fear of big babies sees a spurt in c-sec
Katy Clemens wanted to have a natural, drug-free childbirth. Then an ultrasound suggested her baby would weigh 11.5 pounds, and her doctors insisted she schedule a cesarean section. On learning the possible...
Drone-catching hexacopter fires a large net to reel in suspicious aircraft
Shotguns, radio beams and firmware updates are just a few of the ways being floated to stop dangerous drones in their tracks. Another approach that's starting to gain a bit of traction is drone-catching...
Intercity quantum key distribution method outperforms quantum repeaters
(Phys.org)—Quantum key distribution (QKD) may one day allow for nearly perfectly secure data communication on a large scale, but before this can happen, QKD networks must extend across distances that are...
Large and increasing methane emissions from northern lakes
Methane is increasing in the atmosphere, but many sources are poorly understood. Lakes at high northern latitudes are such a source. However, this may change with a new study published in Nature Geoscience....
El Niño and a polar vortex behind deadly US tornadoes
Tornadoes rip through USLaura Buckman/AFP/Getty Weird, deadly weather is pounding the US. A cluster of tornadoes have swept through northern Texas and the Midwest in the past week, bringing snow, floods...
Scientists find 1500-year-old Viking settlement beneath new airport site
A blue bead discovered in a 1500-year-old Viking garbage pile.Åge HojemWhen Norway announced plans to expand its Ørland Airport this year, archaeologists got excited. They knew that pre-construction excavation...
Restaurants change how tips work, and waiters are furious
In response to a request for comment on the campaign, a TGI Fridays spokesperson said, “We try to offer our people competitive pay, and we’ll continue to evaluate our compensation model.” Darden Restaurants...
Data transfer reaches new heights at supercomputing conference
Transferring data files may seem a routine task to some, but to researchers, it's a task that becomes arduous when large amounts of computational data are involved—especially when considering large distances...
Extinction of large animals could make climate change worse
Credit: Pedro Jordano The extinction of large animals from tropical forests could make climate change worse—according to researchers at the University of East Anglia. New research published today in Science...
Very large volcanic eruptions could lead to ice sheet instability
The Antarctic ice sheet. Credit: Stephen Hudson / Wikipedia Massive volcanic eruptions could cause localised warming that might destabilise some of the world's biggest ice sheets, according to new research...
Aging star's weight loss secret revealed
A team of astronomers using ESO's Very Large Telescope has captured the most detailed images ever of the hypergiant star VY Canis Majoris. These observations show how the unexpectedly large size of the...
Earthquakes recorded through fossils
The Cascadia subduction zone (CSZ) has captured major attention from paleoseismologists due to evidence from several large (magnitude 8-9) earthquakes preserved in coastal salt marshes. Stratigraphic records...
Large igneous provinces linked to extinction events
Mass extinction events are sometimes portrayed in illustrations of volcanic eruptions causing widespread destruction. According to Dr. Richard E. Ernst of Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, expert on...
Large Hadron Collider luminosity upgrade project moving to next phase
This week more than 230 scientists and engineers from around the world met at CERN to discuss the High-Luminosity LHC – a major upgrade to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) that will increase the accelerator's...
Samsung Galaxy View Seeks to Entice Tablet Buyers With Big Screen
Samsung confirmed that Galaxy View will join the company's tablet line. In an Oct. 28 announcement, Samsung said the Galaxy View will add "a new dimension" to mobile entertainment. By that, the mobile...
Rewilding the future
New research shows that the loss of large animals has had strong effects on ecosystem functions, and that reintroducing large animal faunas may restore biodiverse ecosystems. Rewilding is gaining a lot...
Oracle CEO delivers bold predictions, large customer perspectives
Analysis: Mark Hurd's OpenWorld keynote featured the expected sales pitches and claims of Oracle's leadership in the cloud, but also provided some bold predictions and interesting perspectives from large...
The Future Of Enterprise Storage Is Probably Not Storage
Traditional enterprise storage is dying a slow death. The bulky old-school storage boxes that once filled the data centers of large businesses symbolize a past era. The modern data center is undergoing...
Deep-voiced monkeys 'may be all talk'
Males with the deepest voices tended to live with a harem of a few females, and no other males. Those with larger testicles and less powerful voices competed for females with other males. The females...
Cracking the code for selling into the developing world
Consumers in the developing world are some of the world's best customers - emerging economy markets have contributed more than half of the Coca-Cola Co.'s global revenue since 2006, and Mexico, China,...
This Week On Bullish: Is India The Next Tech Superpower?
Hello friends, and welcome back to Bullish. This week we dug into a topic of large scale — large human scale, that is. India has 1.25 billion citizens, and hundreds of millions of cellphone...
Rechargeable battery to power homes from rooftop solar panels
WASHINGTON: A team of Harvard University scientists and engineers has demonstrated a safe and affordable battery capable of storing energy from intermittent sources -- like rooftop solar panels -- that...
Companies House investigates large firms' reluctance to provide open financial data
Companies House has launched an investigation into why large firms have resisted its efforts to increase public access to financial records by releasing them as open data. Corporate indifference prompted...
Google's AlphaGo A.I. beats world's number one in ancient game of Go
This week's games between AlphaGo and Ke are being live streamed by Google online, but Chinese censors already block access to Google and its services, such as Gmail and YouTube, in the country. Chinese...
All 38 major Google IO announcements ranked
Google IO is the company’s chance to express its bragging rights, and it did that at the start of its keynote by telling one and all that Android is now up to 2 billion active users.What’s more, seven...
Android at the Wheel: Google Aims for One Vehicle Ecosystem
Google showcased the next phase of its automotive strategy at its I/O conference earlier this week, and announced partnerships with Volvo and Audi, which unveiled concept vehicles running its new automotive...
Fuchsia OS isn't replacing Android yet, Google says
Last August we got wind of a brand new operating system in development at Google, codenamed Fuchsia. At this year's Google I/O event in Mountain View, Android's Dave Burke shed a little bit more light...
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