Scientists Have 'Hacked Photosynthesis' To Boost Crop Growth By 40 Percent

An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: There's a big molecule, a protein, inside the leaves of most plants. It's called Rubisco, which is short for an actual chemical name that's very long and hard to remember. Rubisco has one job. It picks up carbon dioxide from the air, and it uses the carbon to make sugar molecules. It gets the energy to do this from the sun. This is photosynthesis, the process by which plants use sunlight to make food, a foundation of life on Earth. "But it has what w...
Tags: Tech, Npr, University Of Illinois, Cavanagh, Rubisco, Amanda Cavanagh, Saharan Africa Cavanagh

Xiaomi’s dual-side foldable smartphone surfaces in video, could be showcased next week

[caption id="attachment_272103" align="aligncenter" width="574"] Screen grab from @evleaks video[/caption] We already know that Samsung is working on its foldable phone, and it was also showcased officially back in November last year. Out of nowhere, now a new video of a foldable smartphone from Xiaomi has surfaced, thanks to @evleaks. It can be folded both the sides, turning the huge tablet-like screen to a small phone-like formfactor. If this is real, this should be the world's first dual-sid...
Tags: News, China, Samsung, Blogging, Xiaomi, Rumors, MIUI, Evan Blass, Xiaomi foldable phone

Apple's Losses - what will be the net effect?

Many of you might despise Apple...and express no love lost over their recent losses. Yeah, I think they deserve it.... releasing an $1,100 phone. (Ridiculous!) That debate isn't really the point here. The discussion should be.... What is the global net effect? Is Apple a Canary in a Global Coal Mine? Is this a hint that SHTF in the Global financial markets is imminent? In only three months, Apple has lost $452 billion in market capi...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Weapon, Costco, General Discussion, Wells Fargo, McDonald, Oct

This headset gives your nose a VR experience too

I’ll give the guys at Feelreal a pass because the VR market is only growing, so we may have to wait a decent amount of time before multisensory VR headsets don’t look like someone glued a toaster to your face. Its bulky design aside, the Feelreal is an attachment that adds an olfactory element to your VR experience. Compatible with the Oculus Rift, Go, HTC Vive, Samsung Galaxy VR, and the Playstation VR, the Feelreal snaps to the bottom of the headset, sitting right in front of the nose. It th...
Tags: Gadgets, Design, Wearable, Vr, Headset, Smell, Product Design, Olfactory, AR / VR, Feelreal, Multisensorial, HTC Vive Samsung Galaxy VR

App Store Breaks Records, Customers Spent $1.22 Billion In One Week

During the holiday season, Apple's App Store broke records with customers spending over $1.22 billion between Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. On New Year's Day alone customers spent $322 million, setting a new record for the App Store's biggest single day. CNET reports: "The App Store had a record-breaking holiday week and New Year's Day. The holiday week was our biggest week ever with more than $1.22 billion spent on apps and games, and New Year's Day set a new single-day record at more than ...
Tags: Tech, App Store, Cupertino, Cnet, Phil Schiller Apple, App Store Breaks Records Customers Spent, Worldwide Marketing Gaming, Fortnite PUBG Brawl Stars Asphalt

Samsung’s Space Monitor is practical and minimal

Samsung always has a huge presence at CES, but it isn’t the giant TVs and flashy next-generation gadgets that have my attention this year; it’s this simple, flexible monitor that looks like it would be right at home in any workspace. It’s called the Space Monitor, presumably because it gives you space, not because it’s meant for use in space. I don’t see why you couldn’t, though. What the Space Monitor does is very simple: it clamps to your desk and sits straight up from the edge — up against th...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Hardware, Samsung, Tech, Displays, Monitors, CES 2019

Ajit Pai Cancels Trip To CES Amid Government Shutdown

For the second year in a row, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will not be attending the annual Consumer Electronics Show. According to Politico Pro, Pai and Commissioner Brendan Carr are canceling their appearances at CES as a consequence of the ongoing partial government shutdown. Last year, Pai canceled due to death threats he received in the aftermath of the net neutrality rollback, which occurred just weeks prior to the conference. The Verge reports: Carr was expected to attend a roundtable session wi...
Tags: Fcc, Congress, Tech, Federal Trade Commission, Pai, Carr, Ajit Pai, Brendan Carr, Rebecca Slaughter, Politico Pro Pai

FloWater just raised $15 million to put bottled water out of business

FloWater, an eight-year-old, Burlingame, Ca.-based company that sells reusable water bottle refilling stations that produce purified water, has raised $15 million in its first major round of funding, it quietly announced last month. Bluewater, a Swedish company that sells water purifiers, among other things, led the round. FloWater caters to schools, colleges, fitness centers, hotels, and offices, and, in the words of CEO Rich Razgaitis, set out to address four environmental concerns from the ou...
Tags: TC, Tech, SEC, BURLINGAME, Tech Coast Angels, Rich Razgaitis, Wyatt Taubman, LinkedIn Taubman, Hawaii Angels, Razgaitis, Google Airbnb Specialized Bikes

It’s not just Apple: Baidu CEO warns employees that ‘winter is coming’

As China continues to suffer an economic slowdown as trade-related tensions with the US drag on, the CEO of what is essentially the Google of China has sent out a letter to his employees with an ominous warning drawn from pop culture: Winter is coming. Baidu CEO Robin Li wrote in his letter that the Beijing-based search engine company earned 100 billion yuan (the US equivalent of $14.6 billion) in revenue last year. But analysts, according to The South China Morning Post, had forecast 101.45 bi...
Tags: Apple, Google, News, China, US, Beijing, Ford, Tim Cook, Baidu, Cnbc, Li, South China Morning Post, Robin Li, Google of China

Everything you need to know about the Sony Xperia XA3, Plus, and Ultra

The Sony Xperia XA2 is around a year old, meaning it's about time for a follow-up. Rumors about the upcoming Sony Xperia XA3 and Xperia XA3 Ultra have started popping up online, showing a slightly more modern phone with decent specs. The post Everything you need to know about the Sony Xperia XA3, Plus, and Ultra appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Android, Mobile, News, Trends, Sony, Xperia XA3, Xperia XA3 Ultra

Texas Has Enough Sun and Wind To Quit Coal, Rice Researchers Say

According to new research from Rice University, Texas has enough natural patterns of wind and sun to operate without coal. "Scientists found that between wind energy from West Texas and the Gulf Coast, and solar energy across the state, Texas could meet a significant portion of its electricity demand from renewable power without extensive battery storage," reports Houston Chronicle. "The reason: These sources generate power at different times of day, meaning that coordinating them could replace ...
Tags: Texas, Tech, United States, Houston, Gulf Coast, Rice, West Texas, Texas Has Enough Sun, Rice University Texas, Dan Woodfin, Electric Reliability Council of Texas Weather

Elon Musk is back on his weird tweets again

I regret to inform you that Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk is back on his inappropriate for a CEO tweets again. The two weird tweets were sandwiched between two other seemingly normal tweets about favorable coverage of Tesla, the electric car maker under earnings scrutiny in the new year. Why. Why, Elon. Here's what Elon's Thursday afternoon on Twitter looked like. • 2:31 PM - 3 Jan 2019: “Model 3 mid-range EPA rating is actually 264 miles, slightly higher than prior estimate of 260.” •...
Tags: Post, Business, Spacex, Elon Musk, Technology, News, America, Tech, Tesla, US news, Epa, Neil Armstrong, Forbes, Elon, Xeni Jardin, Picks

Google's Fuchsia OS Confirmed To Have Android App Support Via Android Runtime

An anonymous reader quotes a report from 9to5Google: We've long suspected that Google's upcoming operating system, Fuchsia, would join the ranks of Chrome OS (and Android) in its support for Android apps. Today, that suspicion has been confirmed by a new change found in the Android Open Source Project, and we can say with confidence that Fuchsia will be capable of running Android apps using the Android Runtime. To make it simple, Fuchsia will use a specially designed version of the Android Runti...
Tags: Google, Tech, Fuchsia, Zircon

Comment: Apple CEO Tim Cook needs better ideas

COMMENT: Toward the end of Apple's stunning disclosure about its worse-than-expected sales, the company's boss suggests a tactic it will use to counter surprisingly meek demand for its smartphones. I hope Apple has better ideas... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Apple, Business, Tim Cook

Researcher Distributes Tool That Enables Mass-Hijacking of Google Chromecast Devices

A method a pair of hackers used this week to hijack thousands of Google Chromecast devices is, for those who hadn’t figured it out already, now plain as day.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Chromecast, Google Chromecast, Stop Forwarding To Port 8008, Google Chromecast Devices

Poor U.S. data, Apple warning spook global markets

Global markets were on edge on Friday as dire U.S. economic data slammed Wall Street and pushed investors to bet the Federal Reserve could reverse its policy tightening before the end of this year.
Tags: Apple, Money, businessNews, Federal Reserve

Apple To Pull Some iPhones From German Stores After Qualcomm Enforces Ban

Qualcomm is enforcing a court order banning the sale of some iPhones in Germany that violate its patents on power-saving technology. As a result, Apple is likely going to pull some iPhone models from its German stores. Reuters reports: The chipmaker posted the [security] bonds of 1.34 billion euros ($1.52 billion) as part of a legal requirement by a German court, which found on Dec. 20 that Apple had infringed Qualcomm patents on power-saving technology used in smartphones. The iPhone maker had ...
Tags: Apple, Germany, Tech, Qualcomm, Reuters

OSNews Suffered 'Likely' Data Breach, Contemplated Going Offline Permanently

hmckee writes: OSNews was offline for a few days for upgrades. It is now back up with a message that indicates they encountered a data breach and considered going offline for good due to maintenance and financial difficulties. "Our best guess is that someone was able to exploit a vulnerability in old, unmaintained code in the site's content management system, and made off with at least some user data, which may be as little as a few user records or, at worst, our entire database," writes Publish...
Tags: Tech, David, David Adams

Here’s everything we know about Apple’s iOS 13 so far

iOS 12 was a relatively large update to Apple's iPhone, but iOS 13 could be even bigger. Rumors have begun circulating about what we should expect from iOS 13, which suggest a much more productive operating system for both iPhone and iPad. The post Here’s everything we know about Apple’s iOS 13 so far appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Mobile, News, Trends, Ios 13

FCC closed due to government shutdown, Ajit Pai won't be at CES

Is 911 service down in your area? Got a complaint about your mobile provider? Just invented a new iphone-killer, and need safety approval before your product goes to market? Well, too bad, you'll have to wait. The Federal Communications Commission just went dark. All but the agency's most essential operations abruptly halted late Thursday because of Trump's government shutdown. Also today, Ajit Pai canceled his trip to CES, as Politico first reported. This will be the second year in a row FC...
Tags: Post, Technology, News, Fcc, Tech, US news, Federal Communications Commission, Commission, Gigi Sohn, Government Shutdown, Shutdown, Pai, Trump, NPA, Centurylink, US Bank

Pokémon GO creator Niantic closes $190M funding round

Mobile AR gaming startup Niantic has closed a $190 million round of funding according to newly-filed SEC docs. The filing comes after a WSJ report last month suggested the company was in the process of closing a $200 million raise from investors including IVP, aXiomatic Gaming and Samsung at a $3.9 billion valuation. The round closed shortly after that report on December 20 according to the new documents. With the close of this round, Niantic has now raised more than $415 million to date. The st...
Tags: TC, Samsung, Tech, Pokemon, SEC, Augmented Reality, IVP, WSJ, Niantic

Tim Peter Tells Hotel News Now How to Make Hotel Website Perform in 2019

Hotel News Now just talked to a few hospitality professionals about the importance of technology and security. Among those few was Tim Peter, who stressed the value of speed to a hotel’s Google ranking and to guest experiences online. Read his expert opinion in his words below: Slow sites simply won’t rank. And guests say the same thing, with bounce rates climbing as page load times increase. We’ve reached a world where instant gratification isn’t fast enough. To see the rest of his quote, check...
Tags: Google, Press Coverage, Seo, Tim Peter, Hotel News Now, Press Coverage for Tim Peter & Associates, Digital Hotel Marketing

Apple's shock warning bolsters one of Trump's biggest arguments for the US-China trade war

Apple unexpectedly lowered their guidance for the holiday quarter on Wednesday. The company pinned a significant portion of the blame on China's economic slowdown. Apple CEO Tim Cook in turn blamed the slowdown partly on President Donald Trump's trade war with China. US economic data remains strong in comparison. The dichotomy bolsters Trump's argument that the trade war is hurting the Chinese economy more than the American economy and that the US can hold out until Beijing gives in on a trade...
Tags: Apple, Cook, White House, China, US, Trends, Cnn, Beijing, United States, Xi Jinping, Tim Cook, Treasury, Msnbc, Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal, Trump

Qualcomm enforces ban to halt some Apple iPhone sales in Germany

Qualcomm Inc on Thursday took steps to enforce a court order banning the sale of some iPhone models in Germany, a move that will likely see Apple Inc pull those iPhone models from its German stores.
Tags: Apple, Money, Germany, businessNews, Qualcomm, Apple Inc, Qualcomm Inc

This sale slashes the price off a 2017 MacBook Pro by up to $1,500

If you're looking to pick up a new and powerful MacBook Pro for 2019, look no further than Adorama's current deal offering up to $1,500 off select models of Apple's 2017 MacBook Pro, but only for a limited time. The post This sale slashes the price off a 2017 MacBook Pro by up to $1,500 appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Deals, News, Trends, Computing, Deal, Macbook Pro, Adorama

2018 Social Media Year in Review

Continued privacy concerns and increased scrutiny around social media platforms were the main headlines for 2018’s year of social. But 2018 also introduced new areas of interest like the evolution of voice technology, built on ongoing trends like longer-form video consumption with IGTV, and gave us the brief craze over platforms like VERO. Campaigns like HBO’s Westworld: The Maze” Voice Gaming Skill and MINI’s Created in a Countryman captured consumer’s imaginations and attention while making th...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Hbo, Pinterest, Instagram, Youtube, Marketing, US, Social Media, Social Media Marketing, Snapchat, Jordan, Voice, Lens

How major US stock indexes fared Thursday

Stocks went into a steep slide Thursday after Apple sent a shudder through Wall Street with word that iPhone sales in China are falling, reinforcing fears that the global economy is weakening.On Thursday:The S&P 500 index sank... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Apple, Business, Wall Street, China, US

Google shifted $23bn to tax haven Bermuda in 2017, filing shows

Firm used Dutch shell company in move known as ‘double Irish, Dutch sandwich’ that cuts its foreign tax billGoogle moved 19.9bn euros ($22.7bn) through a Dutch shell company to Bermuda in 2017, as part of an arrangement that allows it to reduce its foreign tax bill, according to documents filed at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce.The amount channelled through Google Netherlands Holdings BV was about 4bn euros more than in 2016, the documents, filed on 21 December, showed. Continue reading...
Tags: Google, Technology, Americas, World news, Netherlands, Alphabet, Bermuda, Dutch Chamber of Commerce, Tax Havens, Google Netherlands Holdings BV

Zelda has a minus world

Listen, everyone. It’s not every day that a new fact comes to light regarding a game that came out more than 30 years ago. And I happen to love it when retro games get broken in fabulous and entertaining ways. So the news that The Legend of Zelda for NES has a minus world like Super Mario Bros. and others hit me like a freight train. The phenomenon was discovered by YouTuber SKELUX, who starts off his video with a quick explanation of how minus worlds work. If you think about an NES game as a bi...
Tags: Gaming, Tech, Nes, Nintendo, Retro, Zelda, Legend Of Zelda, Mario Bros, Legend of Zelda for NES, YouTuber SKELUX, SKELUX, Molblin

Stocks take a beating after iPhone sales slip; Dow falls 660

Stocks tumbled Thursday on Wall Street, with technology companies suffering their worst loss in seven years, after Apple reported that iPhone sales are slipping in China.
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