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Google Guetzli compression algorithm squeezes more out of JPEGs

Google Guetzli compression algorithm squeezes more out of JPEGs Google said its new algorithm will create "high quality JPEG images with file sizes 35 percent smaller than now available methods". Smaller file sizes means less data is being transferred around the Internet and websites will load faster. The key to doing so appears to be cutting down the file size of those pesky and sometimes bulky JPEG files. However, we're left with smaller-sized images that d... [Full Article...]

NZ unable to help Australia with latest energy crisis

We are shortly to become the largest exporter of LNG in the world. During an unscheduled live joint press conference in Adelaide, Mr Weatherill and Mr Frydenberg hurled insults and barbs at each other over their respective government's behaviour on energy policy, with the uncomfortable display exciting energy experts, who measured record levels of tension. [Full Article...]

Rejoice! Alexa is now inside the newly updated Amazon for iOS app

You can download the latest version of the Amazon app for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch on the App Store . You can then ask the assistant nearly anything you'd normally ask Alexa via an Amazon Echo device, including asking her to make purchases for you, look up facts, or control smart home products. [Full Article...]

Two Russian Spies Have Been Charged In The Massive Yahoo Email Hack

The indictments are part of the largest ever hacking case brought by the United States. Or officials, as it were. They were said to have targeted Yahoo accounts of cybersecurity, military and diplomatic personnel as well as employees of financial services and other businesses. [Full Article...]

Senate sends transgender bathroom bill to House

Senate sends transgender bathroom bill to House Paul Bettencourt, a Houston Republican who sponsored the legislation. "They really are taking input". In 2010, the Dallas Voice said House Speaker Joe Straus "may be the LGBT community's best friend in the Texas Legislature" and now he has got the chance to prove it. [Full Article...]

The greatest comeback ever - made possible by a blatant dive

The greatest comeback ever - made possible by a blatant dive But even for a man whose life would make George Clooney green with envy, Wednesday night at the Camp Nou was beyond the realms of reality even by the unbelievable standards of being a Barcelona footballer. After the second half revenge, Neymar took to Instagram to share the image with some changes to it. "I'm convinced we'll be close to qualifying", he said. [Full Article...]

Nougat for Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge is here

A recent report on SAMMOBILE tells us that the Galaxy S6 Edge Nougat update has started to roll out in the United Kingdom via Vodafone. The situation has been worse in Canada as none of the carriers supported the latest version of Android in both the devices, but all that is set to change. [Full Article...]

Google goes after Slack with Hangouts overhaul

Google goes after Slack with Hangouts overhaul Whether or not this will finally be the messaging strategy that works for Google, or if we'll be writing about Chat and Meet in the past tense next year is something we'll have to wait to find out. When asked why, the company replied: "It's a good question". Google's G Suite enterprise version launched in January and included all the usual refineries, including Gmail, Google Calendar, Google D... [Full Article...]

Oversight committee concerned about Trump deleting tweets

The White House highlighting what it calls "The First 50 Days Of Action". The letter requested that McGahn provide Congress with information regarding their policies when it comes to the Presidential Records Act, including "the use of non-official electronic messaging accounts, including ... [Full Article...]

NASA finds India's lost Chandrayaan-1 orbiting Moon

However, a new technological application of interplanetary radar pioneered by scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, have found India's first lunar mission - Chandrayaan-1 - still orbiting moon. The radio contact with the Chandrayaan-1 remains lost and it is not going to transmit any data or any contact with ground stations. Astronomers commonly use this "interpl... [Full Article...]

Sadly, The Lost Legacy will probably be the last Uncharted game

Sadly, The Lost Legacy will probably be the last Uncharted game Chloe, the playable character in The Lost Legacy , will not have a paper journal like Drake does in Uncharted 4. "I'd say the likelihood is low". "If we magically had that two-team, three-team studio, sure - it'd be great to keep doing it". [Full Article...]

See lightning from space like never before in new weather tool

See lightning from space like never before in new weather tool Areas with higher lightning energy are indicated with brighter colours. The mapper, the first lightning detector in a geostationary orbit, continually looks for lightning flashes in the Western Hemisphere. Current lightning detection networks in widespread use only track cloud-to-ground lightning strikes and can only detect lightning a few hundred miles offshore. [Full Article...]

Windows will soon start downloading less for its updates

Acer is ready to ship the developer edition of its mixed reality headset according to a report from DigiTimes. USA tech giant Microsoft will start shipping the Mixed Reality headset later this month in a bid to make Wndows 10 the most complete platform across the broadest range of devices. [Full Article...]

McCaffrey: teammates gave him ovation, love for bowl boycott

McCaffrey: teammates gave him ovation, love for bowl boycott It was the same when McCaffrey saw Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio inside Lucas Oil Stadium. On-field workouts begin Friday at the National Football League combine in Indianapolis with offensive linemen and running backs, including Colorado's own Christian McCaffrey. [Full Article...]

AMD announces partnership with Bethesda to optimize games for Ryzen and Vega

As part of its Game Developers' Conference announcements this week, Bethesda Softworks revealed via its Twitter a "long-term strategic partnership" with chipmaker and GPU heavyweight AMD. Whereas the Rift's Timewarp utilizes the dedicated asynchronous compute engine hardware inside Radeon cards, the Vive's async reprojection leans on graphics threads, and AMD's implementation relies on ultra-fas... [Full Article...]

Farmers, Ranchers Cheer Trump's Move to Ditch Waters of the US Rule

WASHINGTON - President Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order to dismantle the Obama Administration's (EPA) "burdensome" Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. He told HAT this is a victory because of the rule's regulatory overreach. For the past several years, most ag commodity groups have been actively opposed to the EPA's Water of The U.S. [Full Article...]

4-Billion-Year-Old Fossils Could Be Earth's Oldest Evidence of Life

4-Billion-Year-Old Fossils Could Be Earth's Oldest Evidence of Life The research was led by University College London and found tiny filaments and tubes formed by bacteria that lived on iron encased in quartz layers deep beneath the surface of the earth. She believes, as does Martin Van Kranendonk, co-author of the Greenland fossils study that was published a year ago, that high temperatures and pressure exerted on the rocks are more plausible reasons for the ... [Full Article...]

Spotify Rumored to Be Introducing Lossless Audio Plan

As yet there are no details on when this new Spotify HiFi service will launch and also no details on whether it will end up costing an extra $5 or $10 a month. That would be $15 to $20 a month total for lossless audio Spotify subscribers. While lossless audio may not be a priority for most consumers, audiophiles will certainly appreciate the new feature. [Full Article...]

Snapchat owner shares 'priced at $17' despite making losses

Snapchat owner shares 'priced at $17' despite making losses According to The New York Times , Snap has secretly worked on developing a drone, citing three anonymous sources. Everyone who's ever used Snapchat knows that the visuals are front and center in the ephemeral messaging app, boosting users' engagement and keeping them hooked to the app. [Full Article...]

Apple is reportedly going to change the iPhone charging cables ... again

None of the features are new to the users who have used brands other than Apple . If this report is true, Apple could be setting itself up for a different iPhone ecosystem than what existed since the beginning. The device could list as a premium option alongside iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus and is expected to sell upwards of a $1,000. Without a doubt, staying with Lightning is a thing that A... [Full Article...]


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