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Huge outage hits Microsoft email, Xbox, Skype

March 7th, 2017

A huge outage hit Microsoft services Tuesday morning, with users across the globe experiencing problems accessing Outlook, Xbox and Skype. Users were unable to log onto the Outlook email client via mobile devices and received an error message when trying to access the desktop version of the service.

Lightning-fast robot clinches Rubik’s Cube world record

March 6th, 2017

A robot designed by a German engineer has set a new world record for completing a Rubik’s Cube, Guinness World Records has confirmed. The Sub 1 Reloaded robot, which is the brainchild of engineer Albert Beer, solved the famous puzzle in a mind-boggling 0.637 seconds, beating the prior record of 0.887 seconds.

Incredible tech detects gunfire across America

March 2nd, 2017

Are those lamps on your local streets detecting when guns are fired? American cities are being upgraded to pinpoint shooters and help police fight gun violence. Like something out of the futuristic policing TV show “APB,” new tech can locate the exact position where a gun is fired and report it immediately to law enforcement.

Scientists discover world’s most ancient fossils

March 1st, 2017

Scientists have discovered tiny fossils that are thinner than a human hair and are an astounding 3.7 billion years old, making them the oldest known fossils on Earth, University College London announced on Wednesday. They could even be as old as 4.2 billion years. The fossils were likely created by bacteria that lived near hydrothermal …

Incredible ping pong-playing robot earns Guinness World Record

February 27th, 2017

Guinness World Records has recognized a robot with a unique ability: a machine called FORPHEUS is officially the “first robot table tennis tutor.” The contraption, which holds a ping pong paddle and can play against and even teach a human, taps artificial intelligence to determine the ability of its opponent. It uses two vision sensors …

Google celebrates exoplanets discovery with charming Doodle

February 23rd, 2017

Google is celebrating the discovery of seven new exoplanets in a charming Doodle on the search giant’s homepage. The work of artist Nate Swinehart, the Google Doodle shows a cartoon Earth peering through a telescope and spotting the friendly, if somewhat surprised, cartoon exoplanets. The Earth (and the nearby cartoon Moon) react with astonishment and …

Beware Google Chrome scam that could inject malware into your computer

February 22nd, 2017

A Google Chrome scam that could infect your computer with malware continues to pose a threat to users, according to cybersecurity experts. Last month security company Proofpoint warned that hackers can inject script into poorly-protected web pages. The script, which targets the Chrome browser on Windows, rewrites the compromised website on the victim’s browser to …

Plane-sized flying reptile was a feared killer in Transylvania

February 20th, 2017

A giant flying reptile the size of a plane may have been the largest and most feared predator in ancient Transylvania. After examining the enormous neck vertebrae of a creature called Hatzegopteryx– a pterosaur with a 32–foot wingspan and giant beak– researchers now believe it was a fierce carnivore that preyed on dinosaurs and other …