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Aussie internet woes to worsen after undersea cables damaged
Two powerful typhoons swept over the island of Hong Kong and mainland China late in August 2017, causing massive damage and resulting in 22 deaths. Now, Australian internet service providers (ISP) are...
New Xperia XZ1 images show off Sony's next phone and its specs
Most phone leaks consist of either photos or information on specs and features, but newly leaked images of the Sony Xperia XZ1 contain both, with the phone shown from several angles and a sticker on the...
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 hasn’t been announced yet, but there have been a wealth of leaks and rumors, giving us a good idea of what to expect.Assuming the most likely ones pan out how will the Galaxy...
Over-mothered puppies more likely to fail guide dog training
Coddled pups were slower during problem-solving tasks, less able to control their impulses and quicker to barkWestEnd61/REX/ShutterstockBy Aylin WoodwardFor most guide dogs, it’s tough to make the grade....
One day without notifications changes behaviour for two years
Attention-seekingStephen Frost/Alamy Stock PhotoBy Timothy RevellLook at me! Look at me! There’s no denying apps are needy. Every time you glance at your phone there’s another demand for your attention....
Moto Z2 Force caught on camera for the first time
We’re just a day away from a Motorola event where the Moto Z2 Force will almost certainly be announced, yet while a number of renders have leaked, we’re only now seeing actual photographs that supposedly...
Moto Z2 Force release date, news and rumors
The Moto Z2 Force is set be Motorola’s next flagship phone, combining a tough screen with high-end specs.It’s been all but confirmed by the company already, and a full announcement is expected just days...
LG Q8 is the smaller, waterproof LG V20 you really wanted
The LG Q8 just popped up on the company's Italian site, detailing a new phone that will seem startlingly like the LG V20. That's actually what's likable about it.The LG V20 was a good phone, but it wasn’t...
Moto G5S and G5S Plus release date, news and rumors
There’s going to be no shortage of Motorola phones to choose from this year, as following the launch of the impressive Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus earlier in 2017 the company now looks to be coming back...
Why your download speed could be more important than your TV for 4K gaming
With the PS4 Pro, Sony planted the seeds of 4K gaming on consoles and with the release of Microsoft’s Xbox One X this November we’re going to see it grow. Sales of 4K TVs have increased massively in the...
People with higher IQs are more likely to live to their 80s
Signs of a long life?Monkey Business Images/REX/ShutterstockBy New Scientist staff and Press AssociationPeople with higher IQs are less likely to die before the age of 79. That’s according to a study...
Facebook to produce its own TV series
The social media giant is reportedly in talks with Hollywood studios and could be showing the first episodes of its TV shows within months.It may be budgeting up to $3m per episode, a relatively high...
Here are the places where the next pandemics are likely to pop up
A new study identifies several regions around the world with the highest number of unknown viruses likely to infect people, and which species are most likely to carry them. Researchers from New York-based...
Op-ed: Hulu needs a single owner to maximize its potential
Hulu was an early attempt by the big networks of Disney (the owner of ABC), Comcast NBCUniversal and Fox to put a foot in the digital direct-to-home space when it was founded back in 2006. (CBS decided...
Hands on: Aorus X5 MD review
Computex 2017 saw the launch of Nvidia’s MaxQ technology which allowed some of the company’s more intense GPU offerings (cards usually relegated to high-end desktops) to be crammed into some truly tiny...
iPad Pro 2 release date, news and features
Update: Apple has just launched the new iPad Pro at WWDC 2017.Like with the original iPad Pro duo, there are two new iPad Pro 2 tablets, with the smaller slate getting a screen boost from 9.7 inches to...
LG V30: what we want to see
While some might argue that LG plays it relatively safe with its flagship smartphones, the same cannot be said about its V-series devices.Gearing up for the LG V30, the company will likely follow the...
Fewer PCs are being sold thanks to higher component prices
A strong dollar and increasing component prices have caused worldwide PC vendor unit shipment to drop by 2.4% in the first quarter of the year.Sustained demand in the business market couldn’t outweigh...
Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus: the expected differences
We’re almost certain that Samsung is going to announce not one, but two, new flagship phones on March 29, with the Samsung Galaxy S8 joined by the larger Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus – a phone that’s likely...
Samsung Galaxy S8 Edge: release date, news and features
Update: Samsung has sent out invites to its next 'Unpacked' event, all but confirming the date we'll see the Galaxy S8 Edge. Plus, it's teased the flagship in a short video, revealing a big, almost bezel-free...
New report on millennials' risky behaviors behind the wheel
According to a survey conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, young people between the ages of 19 and 24 are more likely to admit they read or send texts while driving. They're also more likely...
Huawei Watch 2 release date, news and rumors
Huawei hit the ground running with its first Android Wear watch, delivering a wearable that was stylish, premium and had a great, circular screen.As such the Huawei Watch deservedly found a place in our...
New Nokias release date, news and rumors
Nokia – or at least HMD, the company with the rights to the Nokia brand – has recently announced a new phone, dubbed the Nokia 6.But that could just be the tip of the iceberg, as it’s rumored that three...
Huawei Watch 2 will launch at the end of the month
CEO Richard Yu has confirmed Huawei is ready to announce the Huawei Watch 2 by the end of February 2017.Yu took to Chinese social networking site Weibo to share the news that the Huawei Watch 2 will be...
Samsung Galaxy S8 cases show all-screen design and iris scanner
At this point we’re pretty confident about how the Samsung Galaxy S8 will look, and some newly leaked screen protectors and cases have done nothing to change our minds.The images, shared by Techtastic,...
Being ‘hangry’ exists: why a lack of food can change your mood
Can we pin it down to a missed lunch?Nicholas Eveleigh/GettyBy Simon OxenhamEver felt hungry and angry at the same time? There’s evidence that “hanger” is a real phenomenon, one that can affect your work...
We should have no beef with bureaucracy if it keeps food safe
What’s the beef?L Piere Bonbon/Alamy Stock PhotoLOCALS were startled last week when thousands of Skittles were found on a road in Wisconsin. But they were even more startled when the fruity sweets turned...
Side on: photo shows just how thick the LG G6 is going to be
We got our first clear look at a phone believed to be the LG G6 a few days ago, and now another shot of the phone has leaked out, but this time showing it from the side.The new image, shared by underkg,...
Google Pixel 2: what we want to see
Update: Google is rumored to be making the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 waterproof - and there's talk it's also working on a budget Pixel too.The next flagship phone(s) from Google will likely arrive later...
iPad Air 3: release date, news and rumors
The iPad Air 2 launched all the way back in October 2014, which is enough to make us wonder whether there’s going to be an iPad Air 3 at all, especially now Apple seems more focused on its newer iPad...
Sony Xperia Z6 Tablet release date, news and rumors
Update: Sony didn't launch a new flagship tablet in 2016, but with MWC 2017 on the way we could soon see one.Sony released the Xperia Z5 at the tail end of 2015, but its last slate was the Xperia Z4 Tablet...
Ancient Chaco Canyon population likely relied on imported food
The ancient inhabitants of New Mexico's Chaco Canyon, the zenith of Pueblo culture in the Southwest a thousand years ago, likely had to import corn to feed the multitudes residing there, says a new study....
Microlensing study suggests most common outer planets likely Neptune-mass
A new statistical study of planets found by a technique called gravitational microlensing suggests that Neptune-mass worlds are likely the most common type of planet to form in the icy outer realms of...
Moto Z (2017): what we want to see
Motorola ditched the Moto X for 2016 and instead gave us the Moto Z (along with the Moto Z Force and Moto Z Play).This trio of phones each earned four-star reviews from us, and we praised the flagship...
Astronomer explains flashes in southwest Florida sky
A streak of light that crossed the sky in southwest Florida on Monday night was likely a bolide, an official at the Everglades Astronomical Society confirmed. A bolide refers a special type of fireball...
Huawei P10 release date, news and rumors
Huawei is the third largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, but you’d hardly know it in the west. That could all be about to change though, as the company is slowly but surely stepping out of the...
My biology made me do it? Why some voters may embrace the right
What are you afraid of?Boris Horvat/GettyBy John HibbingA cute bunny or a coiled snake? If given the choice of looking at happy or ominous images, humans spend more time on the ominous ones. We also remember...
The HTC 11 just got a lot less mysterious
Even though the HTC 11 is probably launching early next year we still know almost nothing about it... until now. Some key details have leaked, which make it sound a lot like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge,...
Apple Watch 3 release date, news and rumors
The Apple Watch 3, or the Apple Watch Series 3 as it might be called, is probably a long way off yet, but there are already a few rumors about it and as the biggest name in smartwatches it's sure to be...
Uber, Lyft Less Friendly Than Taxis to African Americans: Study
Two popular ride hailing services appear to be racially profiling passengers, a new study suggests. According to the study by researchers at Stanford, MIT and the University of Washington, which was presented...
How did humans settle the Pacific?
Enlarge / Finding tiny islands like this didn't just require navigation skills; you had to know when to travel.US Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/ reader comments 2 Share this story The prehistoric colonization...
Study finds Uber, Lyft drivers show bias against blacks, women
The study by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that African Americans are more likely to face longer waits and cancellations, and women are more likely to get taken for unnecessarily long...
CES 2017: What to expect at next year's massive tech show
Hear that? That’s the sound of CES, the biggest tech show on the planet, fast approaching. CES 2017 promises to live up to the Las Vegas expo’s reputation as the place to see what’s next in tech. Whether...
OnePlus 4: release date, news and rumors
Update: New rumors suggest that before the OnePlus 4 we might get a OnePlus 3S or OnePlus 3 Plus. While the co-founder of OnePlus, Carl Pei, has been asking fans whether they like the 3.5mm headphone...
Huawei Mate 9 release date, news and rumors
Thought all of 2016’s flagships had arrived? Think again, because Huawei has a massive phone with similarly big specs in the works, and we’re expecting to see it soon.The Huawei Mate 9 might not have...
Samsung Galaxy S8: release date and everything you should know
Update: The latest leaks point to two screen sizes, both with curves, but a 4K resolution and a dual-lens camera for the larger and a QHD display and a single-lens snapper for the smaller one. We've also...
Researchers Discover Subsurface Ocean on Saturn's Dione Moon
A third Saturn moon may have a subsurface ocean with potential for life, researchers say. Using gravity data from the Cassini probe, researchers at the Royal Observatory of Belgium say Dione joins Titan...
Sell Twitter on deal chatter, takeover likely at much lower price: Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer downgraded Twitter to underperform from perform as the firm says a potential acquisition will likely be at a lower price level. Twitter shares rallied 21 percent Friday after sources told...
iPhone 8 release date, news and rumors
iPhone 8 release date, news and rumorsApple only recently launched the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, but it's never too soon for new handset rumors, especially when we're talking about a phone as popular...
Teenagers will eat veggies—if you tell them they’re sticking it to the man
Enlarge / fruits and vegetables.USDA reader comments 25 Share this story Adolescent behavior is notoriously difficult to change because teens are very sensitive to anything they perceive as a threat to...
What to expect from the iPhone 7
The latest leaks and what to expect from the new iPhone 7 expected to be released in the next few days Apple CEO Tim Cook will launch the iPhone 7 on September 7. Picture: Andrew Burton/Getty Images/AFP...
Bull says Netflix's subscriber miss was actually proof it has pricing power
He also said that the headwinds from membership churn are possibly abating for Netflix. In a survey of 1,184 people, RBC found that fewer respondents said they were "extremely likely" to cancel their...
Are people more likely to cheat at the "danger age"?
The idea that the person you love is betraying your trust and engaging in intimate rendezvous with someone else is emotionally devastating. It's only natural to look for patterns and warning signs to...
Why Trump and Clinton should try praising each other
Here's a tactic you likely won't see much of during this year's electoral matchup between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton: Complimenting the opposition.Still, saying nice things about a political opponent...
Report claims more than half of UK firms have been hit by ransomware
Blue Coat reader comments 19 Share this story Large UK companies are amongst the hardest hit by ransomware in western countries according to a new report commissioned by Malwarebytes. The report found...
Most likely Earth-like exoplanets cataloged
An international team of researchers has pinpointed which of the more than 4,000 exoplanets discovered by NASA's Kepler mission are most likely to be similar to Earth. The research outlines 216 Kepler...
Leaked Nexus Sailfish file reveals screen size and processor
Despite the fact that we'll probably see the Nexus Sailfish and Nexus Marlin in September or October, information on the two is still fairly thin on the ground, but we now know a little bit more about...
iPhone 7 Pro release date, news and rumors
iPhone 7 Pro release date, news and rumorsApple is widely expected to launch both an iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in September, but there's growing evidence that a third phone could join them, dubbed the...
One sign you’re a big narcissist
You may be more like Kim K than you think. ADDICTED to social media? Can’t stop watching those sweet, sweet “Likes” rolling in from your non-stop status, photo and video updates? Hate to break it to you,...
In Depth: How our 5G network future is really shaping up
5G futureOur Gs are leveling up, folks. You may be reading this on a device connected to 3G, but whether you have 4G in your area or not, our 5G network future is well and truly underway.Just recently...
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