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Verizon on Wednesday said that it will start offering “pre-commercial” 5G service to certain customers in 11 U.S. cities sometime in the first half of 2017.

AMD's new processors are faster than Intel's, half the price

AMD has unveiled its next-generation line of processors, known as Ryzen. Anticipated for years and marking AMD's return to competitive performance-focused CPUs, Ryzen could be highly disruptive. The chips are faster and cheaper than Intel's rival line-up.

Energy collecting windows edge closer to reality

Imagine if the windows in your home were able to collect energy and covert this into power to run your heating or home appliances, leading to annual energy cost savings. Such a technological feat is becoming closer. We take a look at the latest research.

NASA makes major announcement about exoplanets

NASA has made a major announcement about a new discovery “beyond our solar system.” The discovery relates to seven exoplanets, which could potentially support life.

Precious metal zeros in on cancer

A newly developed organo-metal compound has been shown to successfully infiltrate cancer cells and zeroing in on the cellular mitochondria, which causes the destruction of cancer cells.

Seven Earth-like planets discovered around single star

Researchers announced Wednesday the stunning discovery of seven Earth-like planets orbiting a small star in our galaxy, opening up the most promising hunting ground so far for life beyond the Solar System.

Apple Park unveiled: New 175-acre campus to house 12,000 staff

Apple has announced that its new 175-acre campus will be ready for employees to start moving in this April. The facility has been named Apple Park and includes a 1,000-seat auditorium dedicated to Steve Jobs, the company's late-cofounder.

Samsung phones will soon unlock your Windows PC for you

Samsung is preparing an update to its Samsung Flow app that will let you unlock your Windows computer using the fingerprint scanner on your phone. The long-awaited functionality considerably expands the app's usefulness, opening it to millions of people.

WhatsApp Status is Facebook's latest attempt to become Snapchat

WhatsApp has launched a major new feature that lets you share disappearing photos with your friends and family. Clearly designed to take on rival Snapchat, Status is unique among implementations of the "Stories" concept as it uses full message encryption.

Snag delays cargo ship docking with International Space Station

A glitch in the Dragon cargo ship's GPS navigation system forced SpaceX to call off a planned docking with the International Space Station on Wednesday., according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Russia successfully launches space freighter after crash

Russia on Wednesday successfully launched an unmanned spacecraft taking food and equipment to the International Space Station after the previous such ship crashed to Earth shortly after launch in December.

New bottle will allow you to use ketchup to last drop

Scientists working at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have found a way of making sure you can get the last drop of ketchup from a bottle and do not end up throwing it in the garbage while it still contains some ketchup.

States embrace anti-EV movement by penalizing electric car owners

An attack on consumers buying electric vehicles in the U.S. was started in 2015. A number of states have already implemented yearly fees on electric and hybrid vehicles, ranging from $50 to $300 per year, and there is more legislation coming in 2017.

Spider's unique spinning technique inspires tougher materials

The special spinning technique used by a type of venomous spider is the basis for new scientific developments designed to improve materials needed for space travel, according to new research.

Space weather starting to affect smartphones

Getting a poor reception on your smartphone or other mobile device might not only be down to a lack of transmitters or interference from technology; the bombardment of Earth from space particles is also a factor, according to a new study.

'Solar revolution' is coming to Africa says Energy Chief

A "solar revolution" is coming to Africa, comparable in scale to the rapid increase in mobile phone use on the continent two decades ago, according to the head of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

Galaxy Note 7 returns: Samsung to sell refurbished phones

Samsung intends to resume sales of its recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphone within a matter of months, according to reports today. In a bid to recoup some of its losses, the company will refurbish many of its recovered handsets and install smaller batteries.

Satya Nadella thinks AI is the 'ultimate breakthrough'

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has described the advent of advanced artificial intelligence as the "ultimate breakthrough" in the development of technology. Microsoft is already actively working on new AI systems that manifest across its products.

U.K. spaceflight bill would allow for launch of satellites

Draft legislation will be introduced to Parliament this week that will set out powers allowing the launch of space satellites from the United Kingdom for the first time, the U.K. government said on Monday.

Opera unveils its new 'reborn' browser design

Opera is redesigning its browser with a new interface that's meant to be modern and fresh. Under construction as "Project Reborn," the company recently shipped the first version of the experimental design to testers, introducing a new browsing experience.

Apple to unveil new iPad Pro range this spring

Apple will launch a new version of its professional-oriented iPad Pro tablet at an event this spring. The company intends to launch several new iPad sizes in a bid to expand its range and attract new customers. There'll also be an upgraded iPhone SE.

NASA scientists want Pluto to become a planet again

A group of NASA scientists want Pluto’s status as a planet restored. Eleven years ago, the ninth planet in the solar system was downgraded to that of a dwarf planet. To scientists who are working on journeys to Pluto, that is simply not good enough.

Chinese police in restive Xinjiang to track cars by GPS

A prefecture in China's restive Xinjiang region has ordered all vehicles to be equipped with GPS-like tracking software, police and media reports said Tuesday, as authorities step up an "anti-terrorism" campaign.

Decline of wild bees and the impact on crops tracked with a map

At a scientific meeting held in Boston, a study that mapped pollinators and pollinator-dependent crops across the U.S., as well as a mobile app, was presented as an aid to help in increasing crop production.

Three-pronged approach to electrical power generation

Much of the energy around us is wasted, such as the sunlight around us or the movements we make. What if this could be harnessed to create power to drive wearable devices and portable systems? Researchers have been looking into this.

Microsoft's next Xbox to feature new 'Motion' design language

Microsoft's next-generation Xbox console, Project Scorpio, will feature a new visual design language called "Motion." It is designed to make the most of Scorpio's record-breaking processing power, although what it will look like is currently unknown.

ZTE cancels disastrous crowd-funded smartphone

ZTE has cancelled its funding campaign for Project CSX, the company's ill-fated crowd-sourced phone. What began as an effort to engage with the community has ended up a disaster. After apparently ignoring feature requests, just 190 people pledged support.

YouTube's unskippable 30-second ads are finally going away

Google has announced it is ending support for the 30-second "unskippable" adverts that currently play before many YouTube videos. The unpopular pre-roll advertisements have long been criticised by users. Google acknowledged the format isn't ideal.

Microsoft cancels second-generation HoloLens headset

Microsoft has reportedly cancelled the upcoming second-generation version of its HoloLens mixed reality headset. The company will now skip directly to HoloLens v3, set to be released in two years' time as a substantial upgrade of the current prototype.

Essential Science: Virtual reality game detects schizophrenia

A low-cost, but effective, means of detecting schizophrenia has been developed by means of a virtual reality "game." The computer program requires users to replicate the movement of a computer avatar.

Dating app for primates developed and tested

Tinder is a common way for humans to look for suitable partners. An app based dating system may also be suitable for primates, according to researchers. Dutch zoologists have tested out a dating app for orangutans.

Ability to charge electronic devices through Wi-Fi is here

Imagine being in a room and charging your smartphone or other mobile device wireless, simply by connecting to Wi-Fi? This is will soon be possible thanks to Disney Research.

Advancing flexible electronics through accurate measurements

By accurately measuring a range of so-called 'wonder materials', British scientists have taken a step-towards the development of a new generation of flexible electronics.

Powerful microscope shrunk to dime-size

A high-technology imaging device has been created, in the form of a an atomic force microscope on a chip. The microscope is powerful and it can be manufactured at a low-cost.

SpaceX rocket blasts off from NASA launchpad with ISS cargo

SpaceX on Sunday blasted off its Falcon 9 rocket carrying the unmanned Dragon cargo ship, packed with food and supplies for the six astronauts living at the International Space Station.

New Zealand is part of a newly discovered continent

All school children are taught there are seven continents on the planet, but there may soon be an eighth continent, Zealandia. A new study suggests that a mostly submerged landmass in the southwest Pacific should be classified as a continent.

New 'Cheyenne' supercomputer aids climate science in coal country

In Wyoming, a state that produces 40 percent of America's coal, a new supercomputer called "Cheyenne" has come online to join the fight against climate change. The project is funded by the state of Wyoming and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Microbiologists review best practices for making medicines Special

The manufacture of medicines is at risk from cross-contamination from people, a result of the shedding of microorganisms. In February a special two-day conference considered how best to manage this risk.

Dwarf planet Ceres contains organic material and possibly life

A recently published study reveals scientists have detected carbon-based materials on the dwarf planet Ceres. These organic molecules are considered to be the building blocks of life on Earth and it is possible life exists on the dwarf planet.

SpaceX aborts launch after 'odd' rocket engine behavior

SpaceX aborted its planned Dragon cargo launch to the International Space Station just seconds before liftoff Saturday due to a "slightly odd" technical issue with the Falcon 9 rocket engine.

Failure of developmental Alzheimer's drug has wider implications

News that pharmaceutical company Merck has halted a clinical trial for a once promising Alzheimer’s treatment (verubecestat) is not only bad news for the patient group, it could signal that the general view as to the cause of Alzheimer's might be wrong.
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