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Chrome OS is about to borrow another feature from Android

Chrome OS and Android are closer than ever before – many Chromebooks, including the Google Pixelbook, can run Android apps just as well as a phone or tablet, and it looks like the desktop OS is about to borrow another feature from its mobile sibling. Chrome Story spotted that notification badges are on their way…

Brace yourselves, mechanical keyboards are heading to notebooks

Anyone who’s anyone knows that the only keyboards worth their salt are mechanical keyboards thanks to their beautifully engineered switches that type like a dream and last an eternity.  The only problem is that such keyboards tend to be quite bulky. It’s not an issue if you’re using them on a desk, but they’re less…

The desktop PCs that wowed us at CES 2018

CES 2018 has been a great event for new and innovative technologies, but there have also been some brilliant examples of traditional PCs at this year’s show. While some may argue that desktop PCs are going out of fashion, the machines we’ve seen at CES 2018 show there’s plenty of life left in the form…

New research collaboration with UTSA professor challenges existing models of black...

(University of Texas at San Antonio) Chris Packham, associate professor of physics and astronomy at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), has collaborated on a new study that expands the scientific community's understanding of black holes in our galaxy and the magnetic fields that surround them.

Real-world intercontinental quantum communications enabled by the Micius satellite

(University of Science and Technology of China) A joint China-Austria team has performed quantum key distribution between the quantum-science satellite Micius and multiple ground stations located in Xinglong (near Beijing), Nanshan (near Urumqi), and Graz (near Vienna). Such experiments demonstrate the secure satellite-to-ground exchange of cryptographic keys with ?kHz rate during the passage of the…

North, east, south, west: The many faces of Abell 1758

(ESA/Hubble Information Centre) Resembling a swarm of flickering fireflies, this beautiful galaxy cluster glows intensely in the dark cosmos, accompanied by the myriad bright lights of foreground stars and swirling spiral galaxies. A1758N is a sub-cluster of Abell 1758, a massive cluster containing hundreds of galaxies. Although it may appear serene in this NASA/ESA Hubble…

Best Mac apps: the best macOS apps for your Apple computer

The best Mac apps are here to make your macOS High Sierra experience better than that of someone using Windows or Linux. After all, it’s the Mac software that keeps us brand loyalists coming back to the Jony Ive-designed catalog of expensive goodies. While Apple packs plenty of useful apps pre-installed on every Mac, there’s…

NASA sees Tropical Cyclone Berguitta soaking Mauritius and Reunion Island

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA found heavy rainfall in Tropical Cyclone Berguitta as it closed in on Mauritius and Reunion Islands. On Jan. 18, NASA's Terra satellite captured an early morning visible image that showed the center of the storm just south of Mauritius and the storm blanketing both islands. Warnings were in effect for…

Surface Pro 5 release date, news and rumors

You might suspect that the Surface Pro 2017 is the closest we’ll ever get to the Surface Pro 5, but if Microsoft itself is anything to go by, you would be dead wrong. The Surface Pro 5 doesn’t exist right now, as Microsoft Surface leader Panos Panay confirmed last May, but it will when more…

New technique for finding life on Mars

(Frontiers) Miniaturized scientific instruments and new microbiology techniques successfully identified and characterized microorganisms living in Arctic permafrost -- one of the closest analogs to Mars on Earth. By avoiding delays that come with having to return samples to a laboratory for analysis, the methodology could also be used on Earth to detect and identify pathogens…
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