Facebook invents new unit of time called a flick

Image copyright Eyewire Inc Image caption The flick is the next unit of time up from a nanosecond A Facebook engineer has invented a new unit of time called a flick. The flick has been designed to help developers keep video effects in sync, according to a description on the code-sharing site GitHub. A flick, […]

Mavic Air: DJI launches ‘ultraportable’ drone

Image copyright DJI Image caption The Mavic Air is said to be half the size of the Mavic Pro DJI has unveiled the Mavic Air drone, a successor to its top-selling Mavic Pro that is smaller, lighter and faster as well as promising more advanced obstacle-avoidance tech. There are, however, trade-offs: it has a shorter […]

Elon Musk’s Boring Company presents LA tunnel plan

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Elon Musk’s Boring Company reveals LA tunnel plans Elon Musk’s Boring Company has presented plans to build a Hyperloop tunnel under Culver City, California. The plans were presented at a council meeting on Monday by Jehn Balajadia, operations co-ordinator of the firm. She said: “The purpose of Boring Company is […]

Amazon’s Twitch triumphs over bot-sellers

Image copyright Shutterstock Image caption Twitch provides a way for video games enthusiasts to watch others play Games-streaming service Twitch has convinced a court to ban two bot-makers from helping players seem popular. The Amazon-owned platform had complained the couple were charging up to $760 (£545) a month to artificially swell a Twitch channel’s audience. […]

Crypto-cash boom prompts graphics card rationing

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Producing or mining crypto-coins uses lots of computers to do complicated maths Booming interest in crypto-currencies has been blamed for pushing up the prices of graphics cards. The cards are popular because they speed up the process of minting or “mining” crypto-coins. Keen miners are buying graphics cards in […]

Intel tells users to stop installing chip patches

Image caption Spectre and Meltdown were researched for months before information was made public Software patches issued to fix serious security flaws on Intel chips should no longer be applied, the company has said. The patches tried to tackle flaws called Meltdown and Spectre that, if exploited, could expose important data. Many reported that their […]

Hawaii missile alert standdown delayed by forgotten log-in

Image copyright Alamy Image caption Governor Ige has apologised for the stress and anxiety the false alarm caused Forgotten Twitter log-in details have been blamed for delaying a public correction to Hawaii’s missile alert earlier this month. Governor David Ige was told two minutes after a text message was issued by the Emergency Management Agency […]

Alstom testing automated freight train in the Netherlands

Image copyright Alstom Image caption Alstom is to test an automated freight train on a 150km track in the Netherlands French train engineering giant Alstom is to test automated freight trains in the Netherlands this year. The automated train prototype can travel for about 100km (60 miles) without driver intervention. Automation will free the train […]

Kim Dotcom sues New Zealand government for damages

Image copyright Kim Dotcom Image caption Kim Dotcom, pictured here with Elizabeth Dotcom on his wedding day, is suing the New Zealand government for damages over the raid of his mansion in 2012 Kim Dotcom, the founder of file-sharing site Megaupload, is suing the New Zealand government for billions of dollars in damages over his […]

Overwatch pro player suspended over homophobic slur

Image copyright Robert Paul / Blizzard Image caption Professional Overwatch player Felix “xQc” Lengyel has been suspended and fined for using a homophobic slur Professional Overwatch player Felix “xQc” Lengyel has been suspended and fined for using a homophobic slur on a personal live stream. Mr Lengyel was suspended by the Overwatch League for four […]

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