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Why Amazon's plan to build a second headquarters could be a 'marketing ploy'
Amazon's plans to build a second North American headquarters, announced on Thursday, is highly unusual, even for a company this big, and could be more of a "marketing ploy," some academics said. Amazon's...
Dan Loeb's Third Point hedge fund dumps Snap shares after just one quarter
Third Point's Dan Loeb sold out of Snap shares in the second quarter, one quarter after buying the social media stock, according to a regulatory filing Friday. Snap's shares have lost half their value...
Google has hired at least five top law firms to fight its massive fine in Europe, sources say
Google has ramped up its legal firepower as it prepares to do battle with EU antitrust regulators after a landmark 2.4-billion-euro ($2.7 billion) fine and the possibility of a second record sanction...
SpaceX has launched and landed two used rockets in one weekend
SpaceX has lift off – againSpaceXBy Leah CraneSpaceX just did a double-header. Two of the firm’s Falcon 9 rockets were launched within 49 hours of each other, one from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida...
Despite ‘extreme weather,’ SpaceX completes back-to-back Falcon 9 missions
Just two days after a successful launch and landing of a reused rocket, SpaceX pulled off another Falcon 9 landing Sunday afternoon. The rocket was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California...
Nvidia surges more than 12% in premarket trading on bullish outlook
Nvida shares jumped more than 14 percent Wednesday, riding on the coattails of strong earnings. The company reported earnings of 79 cents a share on $1.94 billion in revenue, beating consensus of 66 cents...
The value of second opinions demonstrated in study
Many patients seek a second opinion or diagnosis confirmation before treatment for a complex condition. In a new study, researchers report that as many as 88 percent of those patients go home with a new...
Nasa's new stopwatch measures a fraction of a billionth of a second
In space, things happen very slowly and very quickly. Slow events are timed with technology that we've had for centuries - calendars and clocks. But timing fast events - which happen on the scale of billionths...
Microsoft confirms second major Windows 10 update will land in 2017
Microsoft has confirmed that it will be releasing a second major update for Windows 10 later this year, following the Creators Update which is due to arrive soon (most likely in April).The confirmation...
Why you won't be able to tie your mobile number to the LG Watch Sport in the UK
LG’s new all-singing, all-dancing Android Wear watch - the LG Watch Sport - has a wealth of features. One of those is a SIM slot but, unlike our American cousins, Brits won’t be able to tie their current...
Peake returning to space: 'I miss view of Earth'
He made the surprise announcement at the Science Museum as the spacecraft that transported him to the International Space Station and back last year went on display at the London attraction.Major Peake...
Australia’s oldest working scientist speaks about his life
“To keep alive, keep active”Edith Cowan UniversityBy Rowan HooperYou were born in 1914 and went to school in London. What sparked your interest in ecology? At St Paul’s School, a very good teacher led...
Google Offers to Help Synchronize System Clocks for Upcoming Leap Second
Anyone can use its Network Time Protocol servers to accommodate extra second that will be added to world clocks this Dec. 31, company says. Google is making its Network Time Protocol (NTP) servers publicly...
It takes less than a second to tell humans from androids
It can be hard to tell the difference between humans and androids in such sci-fi TV shows as "Westworld." But in real life, beyond our screens, the human brain takes less than a second to tell between...
Update: The LG V20 is confirmed for release on October 28 in the US for $799 unlocked, and November 8 in Australia for AU$1,099. Sadly, the UK is being left high-and-dry for this anticipated release -...
Second NBN satellite set for take off
A technician during preparations for the launch of Sky Muster II. Picture: Supplied WHILE many city folk will be waiting for years to connect to the NBN, the launch of the second NBN satellite today will...
Details of mysterious Utah Zika-related death: Transmission by tears or sweat
The first Zika virus-related death in the continental U.S. occurred in June of this year, but even now, months later, two aspects of this case continue to puzzle health experts. First, why did this patient...
Akamai Security Report Shows Threat Landscape Keeps Changing
Akamai's Q2 2016 State of the Internet/Security Report, released Sept. 14, examines the various forms of attacks and risks the company saw during the quarter, including 4,919 distributed denial-of service...
Record number of subscribers cut the cord on pay-TV services
In a grim reminder of the challenges facing media companies, an estimated 812,000 subscribers pulled the plug on their pay-television service in the second quarter, according to a study by consulting...
DDoS Peak Size Declines, but Attacks Hit Entertainment Sites Hard
There seems to be an endless drumbeat of bad news when it comes to distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. Most reports will show a near continuous stream of increasing risk and higher attack volume,...
Is it your second cousin? Cotton swabs may tell you
With a new technique, a simple swab sample can accurately confirm relatedness between two individuals as distant as second cousins. With more DNA datasets at hand, the method could be utilized to identify...
China's JD.com revenue meets expectations as slowdown set to continue
BEIJING (Reuters) - JD.com Inc, China's second biggest e-commerce company, reported revenue for the second quarter of 2016 that was within company forecasts, even as the growth rate continued a steady...
Hospital M&A Activity Expands as IT Plays a Key Role
In the second quarter of 2016, there were 27 announced hospital transactions, up 3.8 percent from 26 deals recorded in the second quarter of 2015. Hospital merger and acquisition activity remained strong...
Why 2016 will have an extra second
Watching the clock in 2016 will include an extra second. It’s official — the year 2016 will actually be one second longer than originally planned. At 6:59:59 p.m. EST time on December 31, the world’s official...
Time for more 2016: leap second will be added to year’s end
A tiny bit more timeBy Jacob AronCan’t get enough of 2016? You’re in for a treat – timelords at the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service (IERS) have announced there will be an extra...
A ‘leap second’ will be added to the end of 2016
WASHINGTON – Already a leap year, 2016 will drag on a bit longer. International timekeepers are adding a leap second at year’s end.Because Earth is slowing down a tad, occasionally timekeepers insert...
"What is the EU?" trends on Google after Brexit vote
The UK has brought the Brexit debate to a clear resolution: the country has voted to leave the European Union. But while the 72 percent of Britons who have cast their vote appear to have done so with...
See world's brightest X-ray laser blast water droplets
It's a cool video -- the world's brightest X-ray laser vaporizes water droplets, scattering them away. Beyond just being a great visual, this moment captured by scientists at the Department of Energy's...
SpaceX successfully lands its Falcon rocket on a floating droneship again
Comments By: AP | Cape Canaveral | Updated: May 6, 2016 12:25 pm SpaceX successfully lands its rocket on a floating droneship after satellite launch for the second time (Source: SpaceX/Twitter) SpaceX...
SpaceX successfully landed another rocket on a drone ship
SpaceX successfully launched the Japanese communications satellite, JCSAT-14 on their Falcon 9 rocket at 1:22am EST today from Cape Canaveral, Florida. After the launch, the company soft-landed the...
‘Million Dollar Listing San Francisco’ won’t return for 2nd season
Bravo has confirmed it won’t renew its reality TV show “Million Dollar Listing San Francisco” for a second season. The show followed the professional and personal lives of three Bay Area real estate agents....
EU hits Google with second antitrust charge
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union charged Google on Wednesday with using its dominant Android mobile operating system to squeeze out rivals, opening a second front against the U.S. technology giant...
IBM, Google, Mellanox, Others Unveil OpenPower Wares at Summit
At the initial OpenPower Summit last year, the industry consortium innovating around the open-sourced Power processor architecture had fewer than 20 systems on display on the stage and about 130 members...
A10 Networks Releases Fourth Generation Appliance Line
A10 Networks' products have a variety of form factors, including physical, software or cloud-based, ensuring flexibility. Application networking and security specialist A10 Networks announced six new...
The second round of Disrupt NY Hackathon tickets are now available
May is right around the corner, and soon thousands of innovators, investors and entrepreneurs will make their way to Brooklyn for TechCrunch Disrupt. While the main event may be the conference that...
Major upgrade will boost power of world's brightest x-ray laser
Construction will begin on a major upgrade to a unique X-ray laser. The project will add a second X-ray laser beam that’s 10,000 times brighter, on average, than the first one and fires 8,000 times faster,...
Best Cameras to Buy Right Now
Canon PowerShot N100 One reason people like snapping photos on their smartphones is that smartphones are "connected" to the Internet, email and message services, making it easy to share their work. This...
Washington's MedStar computers down for second day after virus
(Reuters) - MedStar Health's computer systems remained offline on Tuesday for the second straight day as the non-profit, one of the biggest medical service providers in the U.S. capital region, worked...
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Happy music really can make the world seem a brighter place, research suggests
The second square was identical to the one presented earlier, but participants who rated their musical excerpt to be pleasant judged the square to be brighter than the people who rated their musical excerpt...
The 'five second rule' is real, say Nasa engineers
The "five second rule" - the urban food myth, ever-justifying your decision to eat a dropped tasty treat - does exist, according to two Nasa engineers. The 87 per cent of people who admitted they would...
Microsoft delivers better-than-expected Q2, navigates turbulence well
Microsoft reported a better-than-expected second quarter the company grew its cloud footprint and delivered solid gains in Office 365 subscriptions and Dynamics CRM Online seats.The software giant delivered...
Home-built robot solves Rubik's Cube in one second
A software developer from Kansas, US, has developed a robot that can seemingly solve a Rubik's Cube in nigh on one second. Jay Flatland and his friend Paul Rose use a setup that includes a Linux-powered...
Here's your 2016 Netflix series schedule
PASADENA, Calif.—Netflix, continuing to ramp up its original-series production, announced a slew of release dates for new and returning series at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour...
Add a free second number to your phone with Sideline - CNET
A mobile phone can have only one phone number, right?Wrong. Apps such as Burner and Google Voice can give you a second number, after a fashion. The newest option: Pinger's Sideline, a business-oriented...
PlayStation VR price leaked on Amazon, and it costs more than a PS4
The exact shipping date of PlayStation VR also remains a mystery. Rift is expected to start arriving to buyers from March, with Vive shipping in April. PlayStation VR's theoretical advantage over its...
Oculus Rift sells out in 14 minutes after $599 price announced
Photo: Â© 2015 Bloomberg Finance LP The first developer kit was released to the public in late 2012, with the second kit following in mid 2014. In March that year Facebook purchased Oculus VR for $2bn,...
EE announces second Power Bar recall over fire risk
Mobile network operator EE has announced a second recall of its Power Bar swappable phone chargers after more incidents of the units overheating and causing a potential fire risk. “We are recalling all...
Slow Wi-Fi? Christmas Lights Could Be To Blame
Christmas fairy lights could cause slower broadband speeds, regulator Ofcom has warned. The warning came as it released an app to check home broadband networks for interrupted signals between wireless...
Christmas fairy lights can slow your broadband speed
Ofcom also released research that found more than a quarter of homes in the UK have a "superfast" broadband connection of more than 30MB per second - an increase to 7.5 million households from six million...
Hold on a second: UN kicks 'leap second' decision down road
The international timekeepers said they needed more details on the possible impact of ending the practice, and would evaluate the findings at a meeting of the World Radiocommunication Conference in 2023....
Second thoughts? Countries delay leap second decision until 2023: UN
It is no split-second decision. In fact, countries are at such odds over whether to do away with the "leap second"—an extra second periodically added to compensate for irregularities in the earth's rotation...
NetApp Q2 results solid, outlook in line
NetApp's second quarter results may be indicating that the company has made progress rebounding in the storage market.The company reported second quarter earnings of $114 million, or 39 cents a share,...
Next-gen Apple Watch is in the works for 2016, says manufacturer
Is a second edition of the Apple Watch in store for next year? Apple If the first generation of the Apple Watch wasn't quite to your liking, perhaps a second generation next year will do the trick.That...
Crypto e-mail service pays $6,000 ransom, gets taken out by DDoS anyway
Quinn DombrowskiA provider of end-to-end encrypted e-mail said it paid a ransom of almost $6,000 to stop highly advanced denial-of-service attacks that knocked its networks, and the networks of some of...
Amazon posts second straight profit powered by Web Services
(Reuters) - E-commerce company Amazon.com Inc on Thursday recorded a surprise profit for the second quarter in a row, propelled by higher sales in North America and its cloud computing business, and its...
Samsung Electronics unveils second Tizen-powered smartphone
SEOUL (Reuters) - Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd unveiled on Wednesday the second smartphone powered by the its own Tizen operating system, its latest bid to increase the popularity of its own software...
How Apple can add wireless charging to iPhones using haptics and speakers
An Apple patent request published on Thursday suggests the company is at least thinking about how it might add wireless charging to iPhones. What's Hot on ZDNet The fake LinkedIn recruiter network hackers...
Hands-on review: LG V10
Introduction, design and displayI'm convinced Dr. Ram-chan Woo and his LG design team are really mad scientists determined to bend and shape unique smartphones. The LG V10 is their latest Frankensteinian...
LG unveils new V10 smartphone, Urbane smartwatch
LG on Thursday took the wraps off a new smartphone that touts a second screen, and offered a peek at a new smartwatch that can be used as a phone.The V10, the first in a new line of Android smartphones...
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