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Since the Day Microsoft revealed the next-gen console Xbox One X until now there is a massive hype about the console and it’s native 4K support for the games. Microsoft has decided to launch the Xbox One X globally on November 7th, 2017 and it is a reality that some of the biggest developers, producers […]

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Enlarge / An F-35 Lightning II performs a maneuver Sept. 12, 2016 at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. After a temporary grounding, the F-35 has returned to the skies at the base, but with some restrictions on how pilots fly the aircraft. (credit: US Air Force)

The F-35A has been cleared to operate once again from Luke Air Force Base, the primary pilot-training facility for the Air Force’s newest fighter aircraft. The F-35 had been grounded at Luke since June 9, after five incidents over a month in which pilots experienced the symptoms of hypoxia (oxygen deprivation). However, that return to flight, which began June 21, comes with some caveats: pilots have been instructed to “avoid the altitudes in which the hypoxia-like incidents occurred,” according to press releases by the Air Force and the F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO).

The F-35 JPO convened a “formal action team” to investigate the incidents after the aircraft grounding to work with the Air Force to investigate the hypoxia incidents. So far, the team has only managed to rule out a number of “specific concerns,” including aircraft maintenance issues and procedures surrounding pilots’ flight equipment. So while the aircraft are being returned to service, some restrictions have been placed on F-35 operations out of Luke. In addition to avoiding certain altitudes, the Air Force said that “ground procedures will be modified to mitigate physiological risks to pilots.” The specifics of those changes were not mentioned in the press release.

The Air Force will also increase the minimum acceptable amount of backup oxygen aboard F-35As. And pilots will be “offered the option” of wearing sensors that will collect “human performance data” during flight to monitor for signs of hypoxia. The Air Force will also expand its physiological training for pilots to help them recognize and respond early to hypoxia symptoms.

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It’s been over a month since the WannaCry ransomware caused chaos worldwide and people have started counting its name as ‘the things of past,’ but…

…WannaCry is not DEAD!

The self-spreading ransomware is still alive and is working absolutely fine.

The latest victims of WannaCry are Honda Motor Company and 55 speed and traffic light cameras in Australia.

The WannaCry ransomware shuts


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There have been several reports over the past few days suggesting that HMD Global is planning to launch its forthcoming smartphone flagship, the Nokia 9, sometime later this year. Based on a Nokia 9 FCC listing, as well as GeekBench listings in the past, speculations were rife that the widely-anticipated Android handset would come with […]

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Leaks and rumours about Apple iPhone are not at all a new thing; most of the details of iPhones are already known much before they are announced each year. Same is the case with the upcoming iPhone 8, which is supposed to be the tenth-anniversary phone from Apple and is expected to come with an […]

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It seems dual cameras are the new hot thing in smartphones nowadays. Be it flagship or mid-ranger, companies are trying to showcase their talent this new field. The latest entry in the dual-camera arena is ZTE Small Fresh 5. It’s an odd name, but the OEM is confident enough to launch it in four color […]

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Karbonn may not be popular among smartphone enthusiast, but the Indian OEM has been able to capture some market share in rural parts of India. To continue the momentum in the offline market, the company has announced Karbonn Aura Note 2 with an artificial intelligence (AI)-based solution today. Let’s find out what the smartphone has […]

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Apple Music on iOS 10, with Senior VP Eddy Cue. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Changes may be coming to Apple Music, but for record labels rather than subscribers. According to a Bloomberg report, Apple may be looking to reduce how much it pays to record labels whose music populates the company’s music-streaming service. Labels’ deals with Apple expire in the coming weeks, and Apple may be looking to lower the percentage it pays to those labels with the hopes that any reduction will be offset by a consistent rise in subscriptions.

According to a person familiar with the matter, the deals that are set to expire soon will likely be extended even if Apple and the labels can’t agree on new terms. But Apple might try to renegotiate thanks to renewed hope in the music industry due to the popularity of paid streaming. Bloomberg’s report states the recording industry grew 5.9 percent last year worldwide mostly due to paid music-subscription services like Apple Music and Spotify.

Spotify recently renegotiated its rate with labels to 52 percent from 55 percent, but those numbers are tied to “certain guarantees of subscriber growth.” When Apple Music debuted about two years ago, the company initially overpaid labels to stifle anxiety that the new subscription service would overshadow iTunes, which has been a big source of revenue for record labels for years. Apple Music’s growth to the second-largest music streaming service hasn’t hurt labels’ revenue from iTunes much, but labels still clearly want to be careful with their streaming commitments going forward.

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‘Tis the season for heatwaves in the Northern Hemisphere, as folks across Europe and parts of the US west have been reminded this week. In addition to providing weather to complain about—seemingly a necessary component of human communication—heatwaves can be straight up deadly. The 2010 Moscow heatwave (combined with thick air pollution from associated wildfires) caused thousands of deaths.

The stress of extreme heat on the human body is real. While most of us don’t see those conditions too often, they do occur today. And that means that our warming climate will ensure they occur more often. But how often will that be?

Evaluating this risk with precision isn’t easy, because global data on deaths attributable to heatwaves aren’t very good. But a group of researchers led by the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Camilo Mora gave it a shot, gathering together over 900 studies that covered 784 heatwaves in 36 countries.

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Humans have consumed our world’s resources as if they were infinite. Earth remains, however, a finite planet. Without significant structural and behavioural change—the sort that is difficult to effect en masse— the long-term consequences of our self-sabotaging choices appear grave. In a forthcoming BBC documentary titled Expedition New Earth the English physicist Stephen Hawking estimates that we may have only 100 years to colonise a new planet in order to escape our species’ extinction.

It’s a daunting challenge. Aside from the mechanical issue of a planetary emigration, there’s the issue of where the hell do we go? The moon is an uninhabitable orb of rock where, at night, temperatures can drop below minus 200 degrees Celsius, low enough to freeze-weld steel. Mars isn’t much more appealing. Its air is unbreathable. Its soil is toxic.

For centuries astronomers suspected that there may other planets beyond the eight found in our own solar system that, just maybe, could sustain human life. It wasn’t until 1992 that there was a confirmed discovery of a so-called exoplanet, which was found using high-power telescopes and spectrometer technology. More than 3,600 exoplanets have been discovered since. In recent years computer algorithms have been able to sift through much of the huge amount of data collected by various exoplanet-hunting satellites and telescopes, leading to, most recently, the discovery of three potentially life-sustaining planets in the relatively close TRAPPIST-1 system.

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