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Samsung washing machines recalled because of explosion risk

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Nov. 05: Samsung — still reeling from its fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 smartphone — is recalling almost 3 million washing machines because they can explode. Samsung Electronics (SSNLF) and federal regulators announced the recall on Friday after reports that the lids of the machines can pop off violently while the laundry is spinning, posing an […]


Paris climate deal enters force as focus shifts to action

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Nov. 05: The Paris agreement on climate change has come into force. Governments have agreed to keep the global temperature rise to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels – and preferably 1.5 degrees. “This is a moment to celebrate,” United Nations climate chief Patricia Espinosa told Reuters. “It is also a moment to look ahead […]


Federal government set to ban sale of toiletries containing microbeads in 2018

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Nov. 05: The federal government says it will ban the sale of shower gels, toothpaste and facial scrubs containing plastic microbeads, effective July 1, 2018. A notice published Friday in the Canada Gazette serves as final notice on the long-running environmental complaint, and it sets Canada on a timetable that follows the U.S. for removing […]


Astronomers Discover a”Nearly Naked” Supermassive Black Hole

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Nov. 04: Using the Very Long Baseline Array a team of astronomers has discovered the shredded remains of a galaxy that passed through a larger galaxy, leaving only the smaller galaxy’s nearly-naked supermassive black hole to emerge and speed away at more than 2,000 miles per second. The galaxies are part of a cluster of […]


Microsoft’s Surface computers take aim at Apple’s Macbook domain

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Oct. 28: Technology analysts and fans couldn’t help but compare this week’s press events from the headquarters of both Apple and Microsoft, who — in an unusual move — unveiled major new hardware at events one day apart. Macbook refined Apple announced its newest line of Macbook laptops on Thursday. Other than making them a […]


Vine’s dead. Is Twitter next?

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Oct. 28: Twitter (TWTR, Tech30) announced plans on Thursday to kill off Vine, the short-form looping video app it acquired four years ago in an early effort to bring video to the social network. No reason was provided for shuttering Vine. However, the move was announced just hours after Twitter confirmed significant job cuts in […]


Tesla shows off solar roof tiles

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Oct. 28: Roof tiles with built-in solar panels have been unveiled by Tesla chief executive Elon Musk. The tiles, made from glass, are intended to be a more attractive way to add solar panels to homes, compared with currently-used solar technology. The launch took place in Universal Studios, Los Angeles, on what used to be […]


NASA GRAIL Mission Provides Insights into Moon Impacts

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Oct. 28 : Astronomers are using data from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory mission to provide new insights into the huge impacts that dominated the early history of Earth’s moon and other solid worlds, like Earth, Mars, and the satellites of the outer solar system. In two papers, published this week in the journal […]


Widespread cyberattack takes down sites worldwide

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Oct. 22: A number of popular websites like Twitter and Netflix went down for some users on Friday in a massive cyberattack with international reach. Affected sites included Twitter (TWTR, Tech30), Etsy (ETSY), Github, Vox, Spotify, Airbnb, Netflix (NFLX, Tech30) and Reddit. Dyn, which manages website domains and routes internet traffic, experienced two distributed denial […]


Are You Ready for a Computer That Reads Your Mind?

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Oct. 22: The first computers cost millions of dollars and were locked inside rooms equipped with special electrical circuits and air conditioning. The only people who could use them had been trained to write programs in that specific computer’s language. Today, gesture-based interactions, using multitouch pads and touchscreens, and exploration of virtual 3D spaces allow […]




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