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Mars Is About to Be the Closest it's Been to Earth in 15 Years. Here’s How and When to See it

Tuesday  10:56,   19 june 2018
time

July is set to be a good month for stargazers, as Mars will get closer to Earth than it has been in 15 years, making it appear larger and brighter than usual. The event, known as Mars Close Approach, is thanks to Mars’ and Earth’s orbits around the[...]

Android Messages will let you send texts from your computer starting today

Tuesday  10:55,   19 june 2018
msn

Google is beginning to roll out desktop browser support for Android Messages, allowing people to use their PC for sending messages and viewing those that have been received on their Android smartphone. To get started, the Android Messages[...]

Samsung targets 100 percent renewable energy use by 2020

Friday  15:58,   15 june 2018
engadget

Samsung has announced plans to power its US, Europe and China operations entirely by renewable energy sources within two years. It's an ambitious but achievable goal, no doubt spurred by the environmental credentials its rivals already[...]

Microsoft is bringing its SwiftKey keyboard to Windows 10

Friday  15:58,   15 june 2018
msn

Microsoft is planning to bring its SwiftKey keyboard to Windows 10 later this year. The software giant has started testing SwiftKey in its public beta program for Windows 10 testers. The keyboard includes autocorrections and predictions[...]

Best Android phones 2018: smartphones from Google, Samsung, LG, HTC, and more

Friday  15:57,   15 june 2018
t3

If you're in the market for a new smartphone, and you don't want an iPhone, you've got a wealth of premium handsets to pick from – Google's mobile OS has been adopted by dozens of manufacturers, which means plenty of variety in terms [...]

Samsung’s Chromebook Plus V2 adds an Intel processor and rear camera

Friday  11:06,   15 june 2018
engadget

Samsung announced today that its Chromebook Plus V2 will be available later this month and it features some upgrades to the 2017 model. First, Samsung has swapped the ARM processor included in the original Chromebook Plus for a faster Intel Celeron [...]

Instagram won’t alert people if you screenshot their stories

Friday  11:06,   15 june 2018
msn

Instagram confirmed to BuzzFeed News today that it’s no longer testing a feature that would have let people see when someone took a screenshot of their story. The company said in February that it was testing this feature and that some users [...]

Snapchat launches privacy-safe Snap Kit, the un-Facebook platform

Friday  11:06,   15 june 2018
techcrunch

Today Snapchat finally gets a true developer platform, confirming TechCrunch’s scoop from last month about Snap Kit. Launch partners include Tinder bringing Bitmojis to your chats with matches, Patreon letting fans watch creators’ Stories[...]

Microsoft Office’s new Fluent Design overhaul makes it easier to use

Thursday  15:32,   14 june 2018
msn

Microsoft is bringing its Fluent Design system from Windows 10 over to its Office apps to simplify them for the billion people that use Office. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook are all getting a new simplified ribbon which is smaller and easier [...]

On-device AI will help you Google Translate when offline

Thursday  15:32,   14 june 2018
msn

Whether lost in Hong Kong's crowds or sitting in a Parisian café without any internet, Google Translate's offline version can more accurately get your point across with on-device AI. Neural Machine Translation (NMT) technology is[...]

Facebook used less for news as youngsters turn to WhatsApp: Reuters Institute

Thursday  15:32,   14 june 2018
reuters

<p>The use of social media networks such as Facebook to consume news has started to fall in the United States as many young people turn toward messaging apps such as Facebook-owned WhatsApp to discuss events, the Reuters Institute[...]

NASA loses contact with Mars rover in huge dust storm

Thursday  15:32,   14 june 2018
cbsnews

NASA's Opportunity rover has dropped out of contact with Earth in the midst of a massive dust storm on MarsEngineers are optimistic Opportunity will survive its trial by dust, but given its age and their emotional attachment to the hardy robot,[...]

The Milky Way Galaxy Might Be Twice as Wide as Astronomers Thought

Thursday  11:31,   14 june 2018
popularmechanics

A new study measured stars at the very edges of our galaxy, and they are a lot farther away than predicted.But a new study sheds some light on the size of our galaxy, suggesting that the stars at the galactic edge are about twice as far away from[...]

Twitter wants to send you personalized news notifications

Thursday  11:31,   14 june 2018
msn

Twitter today announced an upcoming addition to its suite of mobile notifications.&nbsp;Currently, Twitter offers news notifications, for those who want to be kept up-to-date on what’s happening around the world. Now the company is expanding on[...]

Firefox makers working on voice-controlled web browser called Scout

Thursday  11:31,   14 june 2018
cnet

You could ask the browser, which boasts tremendous accessibility potential, to load a website, and it could read it to you.The nonprofit revealed the Scout project in an agenda item for an all-hands meeting taking place this week in San Francisco.[...]