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School bomb threats: Hoax sent to hundreds of schools

BBC Technology News - 1 hour 41 min ago
Hundreds of schools in England were sent an email saying a bomb would be detonated on their grounds.

UK tech giant Micro Focus plunges in value as shares crash

BBC Technology News - 1 hour 45 min ago
Shares in Micro Focus, the UK's biggest technology firm, crash after warning on lower revenues.

Xilinx to bust ACAP in the dome of data centres all over with uber FPGA

The Register - 1 hour 46 min ago
That's an Adaptive Compute Acceleration Platform btw

Xilinx is developing a monstrous FPGA that can be dynamically changed at the hardware level.…

A guide to car subscriptions, an alternative to buying and leasing - Roadshow - News - 1 hour 54 min ago
Consumers are no longer restricted to traditional car buying and leasing methods. Here’s out guide to find out if a car subscription service is for you.

CNET remembers Toys R Us, 'the world's greatest toy store' - CNET - News - 2 hours 8 min ago
If you haven't heard, Toys R Us is shutting down.

Apple reportedly testing in-house MicroLED screens - CNET - News - 2 hours 11 min ago
The screens may eventually replace the OLED displays from Samsung and LG that are currently being used by the tech behemoth.

New flexible computer chips could rewire an AI near you - CNET - News - 2 hours 23 min ago
Chipmaker Xilinx is betting its new Everest design will accelerate today's computing chores -- and appeal to programmers, not just hardware nerds.

Apple reportedly developing microLED displays for its mobile devices

Ars Technica - 2 hours 28 min ago

Enlarge (credit: Valentina Palladino)

Apple is reportedly taking a big step into making its own displays, and it isn't using the technology you may be most familiar with. According to a Bloomberg report, a secret facility in California close to Apple Park houses engineers developing microLED displays for Apple mobile devices. While Apple has been making its own chips for its mobile devices for a few years, this would be the first time the company has attempted build its own displays.

MicroLED technology is still in its infancy, particularly in its application in consumer electronics. We last saw microLEDs show up in Samsung's gigantic, 146-inch TV dubbed "The Wall," which it debuted at CES in January. Making microLED displays is no easy task since the panels are made up of individual pixels that need to be individually calibrated. Each pixel is self-emitting as well, meaning microLED displays do not require individual backlights. But microLEDs produce displays that are incredibly bright, with deep blacks and high contrast ratios; they are also slimmer and don't require as much power as their LCD counterparts.

Due to the complexity of microLED display development and application, Apple is reportedly still in the experimental phases when it comes to these panels. The company reportedly has about 300 engineers working on the initiative, reportedly codenamed "T159n" which is being overseen by Lynn Youngs, who helped develop touchscreen display technology for the original iPhone and iPad. Apple also gleaned some intellectual property about microLED development when it acquired the screen-tech startup LuxVue back in 2014.

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Turn a Raspberry Pi 3 into a desktop PC

ZDnet News - 2 hours 31 min ago
Probably the cheapest desktop PC you can make.

Another day, another self-flying car pipe dream surfaces

The Register - 2 hours 32 min ago
Today it's Audi, complete with a 42" face-recognising screen

Comment Audi and Airbus are pondering a self-driving car that can also fly, according to the latest Ripley* statement from a hype-filled sector.…

After closing down Paragon, Epic makes its assets free-as-in-speech

Ars Technica - 2 hours 34 min ago

Game makers looking for inspiration or stock content to use in their Unreal Engine projects now have access to thousands of skins, animations, effects, dialogue snippets, and environment components from Paragon, the company's defunct free-to-play "action MOBA." Epic is making the audio and visual assets from the game available for free use in Unreal Engine projects, with "no strings attached," through its Unreal Engine Marketplace, starting today.

Following on the stratospheric success of Fortnite and its compelling Battle Royale mode, Epic slowly shifted focus away from Paragon in recent months. Epic then announced in January that the game's servers would be shutting down in April, a disappointing fate for a title with a $12 million development budget and a total lifespan of roughly 20 months.

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Nest Hello review - CNET - Reviews - 2 hours 34 min ago
Facial recognition and clever integrations with other Nest and Google devices sets the Hello apart from other video doorbells.

The 49 best iPhone games - CNET - News - 2 hours 34 min ago
If you're all about the iPhone, these are some of the best games you can play.

Protect your ears with the Vibes Hi-Fidelity Earplugs for $15.99 - CNET - News - 2 hours 39 min ago
Even with $2 for shipping, that's the lowest price you'll find anywhere for these concert-friendly hearing-savers. Plus: A killer deal on a fantastic family movie and unlimited massages for $37.

Robots and automation: How Africa is at risk

BBC Technology News - 3 hours 44 sec ago
A report warns of the threat posed by automation to Africa - but says there is time to prepare.

The 45 best Android games of 2018 - CNET - News - 3 hours 4 min ago
These are unequivocally the best Android games on the planet.

If a Facebook exec deletes his tweet, does it still make a sound? - CNET - News - 3 hours 10 min ago
There's a delete button next to every tweet. One Facebook executive, in the midst of a scandal, used it to remove statements he'd made. But the internet didn't forget.

When I'm 64: Toshiba Memory Corp woos data centres with a little TLC... SSD trio

The Register - 3 hours 14 min ago
64-layer TLC 3D-NAND tech is ca(t)ching on

Toshiba is making a play for expanded data centre flash drive sales with a trio of 64-layer 3D NAND products.…

That one time Stephen Hawking went for a carriage ride in Texas

Ars Technica - 3 hours 18 min ago

Enlarge / Stephen Hawking speaks via satellite during the Science Channel portion of the 2010 Television Critics Association Press Tour at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, California. (credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

I first met Stephen Hawking in March 2003, when the most famous scientist in the world visited Texas. For a young science reporter at the Houston Chronicle, an invitation to interview Hawking during a stop in College Station rated as a real coup.

Reporters never like to submit their questions to a subject in advance; indeed it is something I often refuse to do. However, with Hawking and his limited ability to communicate, this was a prerequisite. As almost all of his motor skills had atrophied, Hawking used a custom-made computer to form words, which were then spoken through a voice synthesizer. Typically, he could form a short sentence in about five to 10 minutes.

Prior to meeting with him, I asked a number of scientific questions of Hawking. But, after all of these years, the one query, and answer, that sticks with me concerned the hottest issue of the day, the impending Iraq conflict. What did he think about the likelihood of the United States going to war against Iraq?

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Best mobile games of 2018 - CNET - News - 3 hours 30 min ago
Looking for a new game to play on your phone or tablet? Here are our picks of the best mobile games.

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