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September, 2018

  • 21 September

    German energy company: saving threatened forest ‘illusion’

    A German energy executive whose company plans to clear an ancient forest to expand a lignite strip mine says it’s an “illusion” to think the woodland can be saved, and halting the project would cost his firm up to 5 billion euros ($5.9 billion). RWE wants to start cutting down …

  • 21 September

    ‘Privatizing the coast’: are wealthy Californians seizing public beaches? | Environment

    Privates Beach is named not for its exclusivity but for its permissive stance on nude sunbathing. This small patch of paradise on the California coastline is adored by locals, and anyone is welcome to enjoy the clean and quiet spot. If, that is, they have a key costing $100 a …

  • 21 September

    Instagram adds GIF support to its direct message platform

    There are fully fledged communication apps like WhatsApp, Telegram, and Facebook Messenger that have a wide variety of functions and features like games, location sharing, stickers, and even sending payments. Then there’s the “direct message” category, which is more of a supplementary messaging platform to compliment social networks like Instagram, …

  • 21 September

    Ivanka Trump tours NASA center in Houston, calls space crew

    Ivanka Trump made a telephone call to the International Space Station and spoke to the crew while touring NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Trump, who is an adviser to her father, President Donald Trump, talked to the space station crew whose members are flying 250 miles (402 kilometers) above the Earth’s …

  • 21 September

    Here’s a video walkthrough of Android Pie on the Galaxy S9

    Just a couple of days ago, an early build of Android Pie was running on the Galaxy S9+ and XDA-Developers shared screenshots outlining some of the changes. Today, XDA-Developers shared a slightly newer build running on the Galaxy S9 and is showing the changes in a video walkthrough. The build …

  • 21 September

    HMD Global is holding an event in London on October 4, announcing a new smartphone

    HMD Global has started sending out invites for an event it’s holding on October 4 in London. As you can see from the invite below, a new smartphone will be announced on that occasion. No other clues are available in the invite, but it’s easy to assume that we’ll be …

  • 21 September

    Amazon’s Alexa knows what you forgot and can guess what you’re thinking | Technology

    Amazon says its AI voice assistant Alexa can now guess what you might be thinking of – or what you’ve forgotten. At an event in Seattle on Thursday, the technology company unveiled a new feature called Alexa Hunches that aims to replicate human curiosity and insight using artificial intelligence. “We’ve …

  • 21 September

    The reason humans hate wasps and love bees: Study

    To humans, wasps are not as popular or as well-liked as bees, according to a new study from the University College London that was published in the Ecological Entomology. “Culturally, we are brought up to hate or fear wasps; this is likely to influence the likelihood of scientists choosing to …

  • 21 September

    Apple iPhone Xs and Xs Max go on sale in few hours Video

    Now Playing: 2 new Apple iPhones hit stores Friday Now Playing: Apple unveils iPhone XS Max Now Playing: Apple iPhone Xs and Xs Max go on sale in few hours Now Playing: How to cash in on old devices as new Apple products hit the shelves Now Playing: 3,000 Amazon …

  • 21 September

    Mars ‘spiders’ pop in NASA orbiter image

    Thousands of spiders are visible in the full NASA MRO image. NASA/JPL/University of Arizona Sorry, the “spiders” of Mars don’t have anything to do with Ziggy Stardust. They are landscape features that have truly earned their arachnid-related nickname, however.  An image acquired by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) shows the …