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Researchers calculate decades of ‘scary’ Greenland ice melting

by Ivan Couronne WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Measuring melting ice is a fairly precise business in 2019 — thanks to satellites, weather stations and sophisticated climate models. By the 1990s and 2000s, scientists were able to make pretty good estimates, although work from previous decades was unreliable due to less advanced technology. Now, researchers have recalculated the amount of ice lost in Greenland since 1972, the year the first Landsat satellites entered orbit to […]

Samsung delays launch of folding Galaxy smartphone

by Glenn CHAPMAN SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — Samsung said Monday it was delaying the launch of its folding smartphone after trouble with handsets sent to reviewers. Some reviewers who got their hands on the Galaxy Fold early reported problems with screens breaking. Samsung said it decided to put off this week’s planned release of the Fold after some reviews “showed us how the device needs further improvements.” The South Korean consumer electronics giant […]

‘World’s smallest baby boy’ set to go home in Japan

Tokyo, Japan (AFP) — The world’s smallest baby boy, who was born in October in Japan weighing as much as an apple, is now ready for the outside world, his doctor said Friday. Ryusuke Sekiya was delivered via emergency Caesarean section, after 24 weeks and five days of pregnancy as his mother Toshiko experienced hypertension. At 258 grams (9.1 ounces) he was even lighter than the previous record holder, another Japanese boy who weighed just […]

Three mountaineers presumed dead in Canada avalanche

Montreal, Canada (AFP) — Three world-renowned professional mountaineers — two Austrians and an American — were missing and presumed dead after an avalanche on a western Canadian summit, the country’s national parks agency said Thursday. American Jess Roskelley, 36, and Austrians Hansjorg Auer, 35, and David Lama, 28, went missing Tuesday evening in Banff National Park, according to media reports. Authorities launched an aerial search the next day. The three men were attempting to climb […]

Facebook says it stored ‘millions’ of Instagram passwords in “readable format”

  SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — “Millions” of Instagram users had their passwords stored in unencrypted form on internal servers, Facebook said Thursday, raising its original estimate of tens of thousands. “We discovered additional logs of Instagram passwords being stored in a readable format. We now estimate that this issue impacted millions of Instagram users,” Facebook said in a blog post. “We will be notifying these users as we did the others. Our investigation […]

Guerrero, a “knockout” with UK audiences

by Vee Manuel-Sison, London-UK EBC Europe Bureau LONDON, UK (Eagle News) — After its successful release across Asia, Middle East, US, Canada and Europe, the independently produced Filipino movie “Guerrero” by EBC films premiered at London, Kensington Academy on April 6 and 7, with five sold out screenings in London. This film directed by Carlos Ortega Cuevas, already won multiple awards in the Philippines and overseas, including “Best Editing of a Foreign Language Film” at […]

Intel withdraws from 5G smartphone modem business

SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — US electronics giant Intel said Tuesday it was withdrawing from the 5G smartphone modem business, hours after Apple and American microchip manufacturer Qualcomm announced they had clinched an agreement to end a battle over royalty payments. The modems that connect smartphones to telecommunications networks were at the heart of the battle between Apple and Qualcomm. Intel said it will “complete an assessment of the opportunities for 4G and 5G […]

Boeing 737 MAX changes deemed ‘operationally suitable’: FAA

by Luc OLINGA with Heather SCOTT in Washington Agence France Presse NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — The changes US aircraft manufacturer Boeing has proposed in the wake of two deadly accidents of its top-selling 737 MAX aircraft were deemed “operationally suitable,” according to a draft report released by US regulators Tuesday. However, Boeing has not yet submitted a planned software fix to the Federal Aviation Administration, the agency said in a statement. Boeing has […]

‘First’ 3D print of heart with human tissue, vessels unveiled

by Delphine Matthieussent TEL AVIV, Israel (AFP) — Scientists in Israel unveiled a 3D print of a heart with human tissue and vessels on Monday, calling it a first and a “major medical breakthrough” that advances possibilities for transplants. While it remains a far way off, scientists hope one day to be able to produce hearts suitable for transplant into humans as well as patches to regenerate defective hearts. The heart produced by researchers at […]

World’s largest plane makes first test flight

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The world’s largest airplane — a Stratolaunch behemoth with two fuselages and six Boeing 747 engines — made its first test flight on Saturday in California. The mega jet carried out its maiden voyage over the Mojave desert. It is designed to carry into space, and drop, a rocket that would, in turn, ignite to deploy satellites. It is supposed to provide a more flexible way to deploy satellites than […]

Tesla to stop selling $35,000 Model 3 online

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Tesla has pulled the plug on Internet sales of its cheapest Model 3 sedan in the latest shift to the company’s retail strategy. The electric car maker plans to keep taking online orders for the Standard Plus Model 3, which starts at $39,500 and is now the lowest-price option available to digital consumers, along with higher-end models. But online customers will no longer be able to order the Model […]

Future of AI in the Philippines discussed at Microsoft’s Future Now AI Conference

by Emily Manuel Contributor, Eagle News (Eagle News) – “The future is now,” chanted a group of business and IT leaders who gathered at the Okada Hotel in Manila on March 21, 2019 for Microsoft’s Future Now Artificial Intelligence (AI) Conference. The results of the Microsoft and International Data Corporation (IDC) study entitled “Future Ready Business: Assessing Asia Pacific’s Growth Potential Through AI” were also unveiled during the said forum. – What is AI? – […]