Technology

May 21, 2019

Earth's Magnetic North Pole Is Racing Towards Siberia. Will This Shift the Northern Lights?

Like most planets in our solar system, the Earth has its own magnetic field. Thanks to its largely molten iron core, our planet is, in fact, a bit like a bar magnet. It has a north and south magnetic pole, separate from the geographic poles, with a field connecting the two. This field protects our planet from radiation and is responsible for creating the northern and southern lights—spectacular events that are only visible near the magnetic poles.
May 21, 2019

The Sea Is Rising at Such a Catastrophic Rate That We Could Lose 700,000 Sq. Miles of Land, Displacing 187 Million People

Sea level rise could exceed two meters (6.5 feet) by 2100, endangering coastal communities and ecosystems around the world, according to research published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
May 21, 2019

Apple and Amazon cut a deal that upended the Mac resale market

When John Bumstead looked at listings for his products on Amazon.com in early January, he was waiting for the guillotine to fall.
May 21, 2019

Can Huawei make a phone without US parts?

On Sunday, Huawei got some life-threatening news from Google. Following an executive order that gives the federal government the power to block purchases of foreign-made technology deemed to be a security threat, Google announced that it had pulled Huawei’s license to use Android. Yesterday, Commerce softened the blow by issuing a license allowing Huawei three months to send software updates to existing devices, but even so, Intel, Qualcomm, and a number of other suppliers may be moving to cut the company off immediately.
May 21, 2019

Vizio’s 2019 4K TVs are now available, AirPlay 2 coming soon

Vizio has announced that its latest 4K TVs are now available at retailers. The company’s TVs have always stuck a very impressive price to performance balance, and that seems likely to carry on this year with more local dimming zones and improved brightness performance in several models. Plus, Apple’s AirPlay 2 and HomeKit will soon be coming to Vizio TVs new and old.
May 21, 2019

Massive Impact with Dwarf Planet Traveling at 14,000 mph Caused Differences Between Moon's Two Faces: Study

For decades, scientists have struggled to explain the asymmetrical nature of the moon’s two hemispheres, which display striking differences in elevation, composition and crust thickness.
May 21, 2019

Samsung Galaxy S10 leaks in new red-hot color scheme

Samsung’s Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus could soon be available in a new red color scheme according to a leak from Roland Quandt over at WinFuture.de. The color will reportedly be called “Cardinal Red,” and it will be available for both the Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus, with no mention of whether it will be available for the budget S10E. There’s no exact date given for when the new color will be released, but Quandt says it’s “coming soon.”
May 21, 2019

Huawei has been building a Play Store alternative in plain sight

The momentous news that Google is cutting off its Android relationship with Huawei in response to a US government ban on the Chinese giant wasn’t much of a surprise to Huawei. A fresh report from Bloomberg today adds to the mounting evidence of Huawei preparing for being shunned by the United States. It suggests that Huawei’s App Gallery, which has been present on Huawei and Honor Android devices for a while, is in fact an earnest, albeit somewhat clandestine, effort to build a genuine alternative to Google’s dominant Play Store.
May 21, 2019

Sony demos PlayStation 5 fast load times, hints at cloud gaming future

Sony isn’t holding its usual E3 press conference this year, but the company has been gradually revealing parts of its next-generation PlayStation console. The PlayStation 5 will support 8K graphics, 3D audio, SSD storage, and backwards compatibility with existing PlayStation 4 titles. That SSD storage should boost load times significantly, and Sony offered up some clear demonstrations of exactly that today.
May 21, 2019

Dark modes are here for Google Calendar and Google Keep

Google Calendar and Google Keep have become the latest Google apps to receive a dark mode on Android, allowing you to save battery life or maybe just enjoy a darker aesthetic at the press of a button. Google Calendar will support the mode on devices running Android Nougat and above, while Keep’s will also be available on Lollipop. Google Keep’s dark mode can be enabled in its settings menu, while for Google Calendar you’ll need to head into the Theme sub-menu in Settings. Sorry Apple users, there’s no news yet of the feature coming to either app on iOS.