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Solar Impulse 2 breaks the world record for the longest solo flight

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 01:07

André Borschberg, the pilot at the controls of the Solar Impulse 2 aircraft, has broken the world record for the longest solo flight. Borschberg has now been aloft in the solar-powered plane for more than 80 hours without refueling or touching down, breaking the 76-hour record set by Steve Fossett in 2006 on board the Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer. The solar-powered plane took off from Nagoya in Japan on the eighth stage of its 13-stage round-the-world trip earlier this week.

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Thu, 07/02/2015 - 01:04
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Xiaomi shifts 34.7 million units in first half

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 01:03

In a market that is said to be shrinking, Xiaomi has increased its smartphone shipments by 33 percent year on year.

MasterCard to trial using selfies as authentication

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 23:48

Looking at your phone may become the new way to pay, as MasterCard begins experimenting with biometric technology to allow users to pay with a touch of a finger or a by taking a selfie upon checkout.

Xiaomi has sold almost 35M smartphones so far this year

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 23:21

The Chinese smartphone maker has six more months to try to hit its target of 100 million smartphone sales in 2015.

Fatal Attraction TV reboot will bring bunny boiling to the small screen

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 22:51

Psychological thrillers of the past are coming back to haunt our TVs. In addition to new versions of Scream, The X-Files, and Twin Peaks, Deadline today revealed that Fatal Attraction — the 1987 movie that spawned the term "bunny-boiler" — is also getting a small-screen reboot. Fox is adapting the film for a one-hour "event TV" series, based on a script by Mad Men writers Maria and Andre Jacquemetton. There's no word yet on who will star in the show.

NSA's spying on UN and others detailed in newly published documents

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 22:35

A cache of documents from whistleblower Edward Snowden details spying targets, including the UN's general secretary, according to a new report.

The new Disclosure video is one quarter of a dark sci-fi short

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 22:06

With its breezy two-step garage beat, bubbly synths, and soulful vocals from Gregory Porter, "Holding On" sure does sound like Disclosure. But the accompanying video is a bit of a departure for the British electronic duo — it's the first part of a dystopian sci-fi short film called Caracal, shot in Mexico City and directed by Ryan Hope. There will be three more in the series.

NSA's spying on UN and others detailed in newly released documents

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 21:45

A fresh cache of documents from whistleblower Edward Snowden details spying targets, including the UN's general secretary, according to a new report.

Amadeus to buy Navitaire from Accenture for $830 million

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 21:21
(Reuters) - Spanish travel technology company Amadeus said it would buy Navitaire, a subsidiary of Accenture Plc , for $830 million, to focus mainly on digital services for airline passengers. Amadeus said it expects the deal, which is projected to close in the fourth quarter, will have a minimal impact on its financial performance this year. About 550 Navitaire employees, including the company’s senior management team, are expected to transfer to Amadeus, the company said in a statement on Wednesday Navitaire which provides technology services to over 50 of the world’s airline operators, focuses more on the low-cost and hybrid segments in the airline industry.

UK expert tapped as CEO for Turnbull's DTO

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 20:26

Just months after moving to the UK government's digital service, Paul Shetler has been snapped up as the inaugural CEO of the Australian government's digital transformation office.

Turkey 'restricts' Facebook, Twitter at schools

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 20:08

Istanbul (AFP) - Turkey has restricted students from posting pictures and opinions about school life on Facebook, Twitter and other social media, local media said Thursday.

Freak out at sea on a zombie-themed cruise

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 19:44

"The Walking Dead" stars headline an oddball cruise to the Bahamas involving zombie makeovers and costume contests.

'Bartesian' is a Keurig-like machine, but for alcohol (Tomorrow Daily 201)

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 19:41

Khail and Ashley discuss how often they would use a Keurig-esque mixed-drink dispenser, how former NASA engineering interns might get an aircraft on Mars and a lamp that would (theoretically) make money for you.

Abbott and Hockey electorates named in FttN phase of NBN rollout

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 19:40

The suburb of North Manly in the prime minister's electorate of Warringah is among the next included in the rollout of the National Broadband Network.

Brazil's Rousseff tops off U.S. tour with Silicon Valley visit

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 19:15

By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff capped off her U.S. tour on Wednesday with a visit to Silicon Valley, where she met with top technology executives and took a ride in Google Inc's self-driving car. Rousseff used her visit to strengthen ties with U.S. technology companies after visiting Washington, D.C. and New York City earlier in the week. During her visit, Google announced it would inaugurate a new engineering space in Belo Horizonte in November that will more than double the number of engineers working in Brazil on some of the company's core products.

Justice Department tries to freeze GE-Electrolux appliance deal

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 18:59

US regulator sues to stop a big appliance merger that it claims could push up prices and cut back options for consumers.

Hewlett-Packard moves forward with plan to split in 2

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 18:51
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hewlett-Packard is moving forward with plans to split into two companies, filing paperwork to create a new entity that will sell commercial technology, while a separate spinoff will sell personal computers and printers.

Late Oscar-winning composer James Horner honored in 8-bit tribute

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 18:41

CineFix puts together a touching tribute to James Horner, the late composer behind such blockbuster films as "Titanic," "Aliens" and "Avatar," in its customary retro gaming style.

Elon Musk-backed group gives $7M to explore artificial intelligence risks

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 18:22

The Future of Life Institute, which aims to protect humanity from the possible negative effects of artificial intelligence, awards the cash to 37 research teams.