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'Odour' from AnalTech ramming leads to hazmat team callout

The Register - 56 min 19 sec ago
Some might say this is fake news. It isn't

An American company implausibly named AnalTech – no, really – has been slammed hard enough for a hazardous materials response team to be called out to deal with the smell.…

Nokia 3310 sparks wave of nostalgia as it goes on sale

BBC Technology News - 1 hour 2 sec ago
Experts say its success will depend on how much people are willing to pay to indulge their nostalgia.

IDG Contributor Network: 7 effective strategies executives use to pick a technology partner - IT industry - 1 hour 6 min ago

Developing custom software is hard, but it doesn’t need to be.

Gone are the days where your company is forced to settle for high priced consultants who delay your project by months, only to be left with a lackluster final product. We interviewed leading global executives to uncover the methods they are using to find their partners.

You may be thinking: “Executives that found a good partner have probably read 100’s of RFP’s”. While RFP’s still play a critical role, the landscape has evolved to much more. New strategies are changing the game for the way vendors are selected. Companies that adopt these seven tactics are finding that they can now consistently produce world class software, on-time and under budget.

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Non-mutant mice sired from space sperm boost hope of cosmic human conception

Ars Technica - 1 hour 14 min ago

Enlarge (credit: Georges Méliès)

To ensure the long-term survival of humankind, we might as well shoot for the Moon.

In 2013, Japanese researchers did just that by launching freeze-dried mouse sperm into space. The goal was to see if mammalian swimmers can maintain their spunk amid harsh cosmic radiation—which they’ll undoubtedly have to endure for humans to thrive in the coming space age. The result: after nine months on the International Space Station (ISS), sperm did show signs of DNA damage, but they were still able to produce healthy, fertile offspring.

This is good news, the authors explain in PNAS. “In the future, humans likely will live on large-scale space stations or in other space habitats for several years or even over many generations,” they write. To maintain genetic diversity in small colonies, treat infertility, and breed domestic animals in our future interstellar homes, preserved sperm and eggs may be critical.

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Google plans to track credit card spending

BBC Technology News - 1 hour 16 min ago
A new product from Google will link the clicks on ads with offline spend to prove digital ads work.

AI-powered dynamic pricing turns its gaze to the fuel pumps

The Register - 1 hour 27 min ago
Shopping as a constant poker game

Analysis "AI" could soon be making petrol more expensive at times of peak demand like the start of a bank holiday weekend or the school run.…

Worm moms pump eggs full of toxin, demand they inherit an antidote

Ars Technica - 1 hour 29 min ago

Enlarge / A male C. elegans, with the pharynx in the end that’s on the left. (credit: University of Wisconsin)

Remember that part in Casino Royale when Bond sips his martini, realizes he has been poisoned, then rushes out to his Aston Martin to inject himself with the antidote that Q thoughtfully stashed beforehand? This is exactly like that. Except, instead of Daniel Craig (*sigh*), it’s with worm larvae.

The roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans is a favorite laboratory model organism of geneticists and developmental biologists, mainly because it is simple, transparent, and easy to grow in bulk. Most worm researchers use the standard N2 strain, typically called the Bristol strain because it was isolated from mushroom compost in Bristol, England, in 1951.

Having a common reference strain like this is undoubtedly useful for labs spread across the world. But, like all species, C. elegans harbors genetic variability. Studies of wild strains can yield insights that would be missed if we assumed that N2 represented the entirety of worm genetics.

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The Story of Arc Symphony, a Game About a Game That Doesn’t Exist

Wired - 1 hour 29 min ago
Part game, part viral marketing, the brief interactive fiction examines how stories reshape the world around us. The post The Story of Arc Symphony, a Game About a Game That Doesn’t Exist appeared first on WIRED.

Amazon's New York City bookstore is picture-perfect - CNET - News - 1 hour 39 min ago
On May 24, Amazon officially opened its first physical bookstore in New York at the Shops at Columbus Circle at The Time Warner Center. Take a look inside.

If Amazon Books can make it here, it can make it anywhere - CNET - News - 1 hour 41 min ago
The online store's experiment with physical bookstores reaches New York City. Should traditional retailers be worried?

Speaking in Tech: Depressing WannaCrypt postmortem edition

The Register - 1 hour 56 min ago
Podcast At least we'll always have #catsinteslas

​Researchers find 'smoking gun' in VW emissions cheat code - Roadshow - News - 1 hour 57 min ago
A team has finally uncovered the mechanism Volkswagen use to cheat emissions tests on models including Jetta, Beetle and Golf.

The A-EON Amiga X5000: An alternate universe where the Amiga platform never died

Ars Technica - 1 hour 59 min ago

The Amiga computer was a legend in its time. Back when the Macintosh had only a monochrome 9-inch screen, and the PC managed just four colors and monotone beeps, the Amiga boasted a 32-bit graphical operating system in full color with stereo-sampled sound and preemptive multitasking. It was like a machine from the future. But the Amiga’s parent company, Commodore, suffered from terminal mismanagement and folded in 1994, just as PCs and Macintoshes were catching up technologically. The platform, like many others before it, seemed to be at an end.

So when a brand new Amiga computer arrived at my doorstep in 2017, you can imagine it was quite a surprise. Accordingly, the Amiga X5000 is a curious beast. In some respects, it's more closely related to its predecessors than either modern PCs or Macintoshes. Yet this is a fully current machine capable of taking on modern workloads. How such a device came to be is a fascinating story, but that's not our goal today—let’s dive into what the experience of using the X5000 is like.

The X5000 was developed by A-EON, a company formed by Trevor Dickinson in 2009 to develop new PowerPC-based Amiga computers. It is powered by a custom PowerPC motherboard, supporting a dual-core Freescale CPU at various clock speeds up to 2.5GHz. The Amiga has a long history of PowerPC support, starting with add-on accelerator cards released in 1997 using the old Motorola 603 and 604 chips. And since the release of Amiga OS 4.0 in 2007, the operating system itself was recompiled to be PowerPC-native, and many Amiga applications have been rewritten to support this architecture.

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8 out of 10 cats fear statistics – AI doesn't have this problem

The Register - 2 hours 29 min ago
Use and abuse of figures

If statistics were a human being, it would have been in deep therapy all of its 350-year life. The sessions might go like this:…

Garmin’s New 360 Cam Makes Your Stupid Stunts Spherical

Wired - 2 hours 29 min ago
A new 360-degree action camera from Garmin puts your most extreme self in the round. The post Garmin's New 360 Cam Makes Your Stupid Stunts Spherical appeared first on WIRED.

Enjoy the Early-’00s Nostalgia Wave—It Might Be the Last Revival

Wired - 2 hours 30 min ago
Thanks to LCD Soundsystem, 'Mean Girls,' and 'Arrested Development,' the early '00s are back. But how will we remember our digital-dominated modern age? The post Enjoy the Early-’00s Nostalgia Wave—It Might Be the Last Revival appeared first on WIRED.

PAH! Four decades of <i>Star Wars</i>: No lightsabers, no palm-sized video calls

The Register - 2 hours 59 min ago
Sort of. Leia's a New Hope

Star Wars New Hope @ 40 When Lucasfilm recently unveiled its tribute reel to the late Carrie Fisher, one of the most memorable monologues in cinema sat right in its center.…

Facebook shares own tools to trap bugs before they break code

The Register - 3 hours 28 min ago
Test management and debugging at scale become a bit less daunting

Facebook on Wednesday plans to introduce a set of open source developer tools to streamline app development testing and bug hunting.…

Channel luvvie Martin Hellawell set to check out of Softcat. Sort of

The Register - 3 hours 57 min ago
IPO? Ticked. 1,079% growth in 11 years? Ticked. Lost the tightness? Nah

Martin Hellawell, the McDonald's-card-toting CEO at mega reseller Softcat isn't quite sailing off into the sunset just yet, but he is preparing to handover the operation once a successor is found.…

Digital currencies hit record highs

BBC Technology News - 4 hours 23 min ago
Why digital currencies are hitting record highs.

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