Author archives: Diana Coker

Galactic Goldilocks zone – the region around a black hole where the temperature supports life – has been proposed by a group of scientists from Harvard University. The team found that AGN-powered photosynthesis in our galaxy is over 1,100 light-years across, from Sagittarius A*. Scientists usually focus on the “Goldilocks zones” in every search for alien life. It is a centrifugal region surrounding a star where the temperature supports the existence of liquid water on the surface of an existing orbiting plant. Some scientists now bel...
NVIDIA Research team has made life easier for novice painters with a new deep learning tool: GauGAN that will turn rough doodles sketched into a Microsoft-like paint into “photorealistic masterpieces.” GauGAN converts ordinary lines and patches into “lifelike images” using GAN or generative adversarial networks, the famous class of machine learning systems developed in 2014 by Ian Goodfellow. GauGAN, which could be used to draw a landscape with all possible real-life features, could be a powerful tool to everyone; architects, urban p...
As Tesla’s premium car sales in the USA skyrocket, so has the number of babies named after the luxury electric automaker. The latest data from the Social Security Administration reveals that 109 babies were named “Tesla” in 2018 – and 222 children were named after the company’s CEO, Elon Musk, as The Drive points out. The name Tesla is far more poplar for girls than boys. In 2018, a total of 102 girls and 7 boys received the name. Of course, Tesla is also the last name of Serbian-American inventor Nikolai Tesla, for whom the auto com...
Apple unveiled an unexpected revival of its old iPad Air branding in March when it announced the Apple iPad Air 2019, a brand it discontinued two years ago. The new Apple iPad Air is a powerful, mid-priced, mid-sized tablet with an A12 processor as well as support for the Apple Pencil. Though the new iPad has joined the long list of different iPads available since released, the question to ask is if the Air is worth having. This review aims at answering that question by providing a decent review on the iPad Air 2019 specs, graphics...
Microsoft has announced plans to release a vital software development kit (SDK) that will give game developers the freedom to bring in any titles that run on PC, Xbox, iOS, Android, and Nintendo Switch into Xbox Live. Microsoft could announce the push for X-box Live cross-platform by next month, according to Windows Central, which first spotted the information. Some Android and iOS games have Xbox Live Achievements already, even though while there are just a few of them right now, it’s only in titles from Microsoft Studios that they ...
Dropbox is acquiring electronic signature start-up HelloSign for $230 million in cash. The company announced on Monday. Dropbox HelloSign acquisition marks the largest deal Dropbox has done since it was established in 2007. With HelloSign’s technology, Dropbox's technical capabilities can now be expanded enough to compete with both Adobe and DocuSign. The file hosting service firm will now include functionalities that can potentially lure more big businesses, placing it in a strong position to compete with the likes of Apple, Google,...
IKEA announced a partnership to sell a custom line of smart speakers with Sonos in 2017. Even though it’s not clear what the furniture company could venture into, there’s a confirmation about when. The IKEA Symfonisk line will kick start this August. IKEA and Sonos made the joint announcement in an intensely orchestral video shared by Variety. Although both companies didn’t give away what the speakers will look like, however, they both seem to have something different coming. Rather than a speaker that is placed on bookshelves, these...
Microsoft may have made marks in mainstream PCs, but Google has inarguable supported education in the US by far, having built a range of cheap laptops and learning-made-easier platforms. Well, Microsoft is making efforts to close this wide-growing margin. Together with its partners, which include Acer, Lenovo, and Dell, the tech giant at the BETT education conference announced seven (7) cheap laptops for students to tackle the onslaught of equally-affordable Chromebooks. The cheap laptop prices range from $189 to $319 and that includ...
Microsoft Windows mobile platform users have been advised by Microsoft to make a switch to either Android or iOS phones. Windows Phone’s support page had a change on Friday, first spotted by Thurrott, a site that covers Microsoft. Microsoft has announced that from Dec. 10, 2019, it will stop providing Windows mobile updates for free. This practically means that no more new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free assisted support options or technical content updates for Windows Phones. The company further stated that just a few ...
Facebook has inked lucrative deals with Samsung and other Android smartphone makers to make it impossible for people to delete the app. Bloomberg reported that the app comes pre-installed onto Android devices and can only be disabled and not permanently deleted. The revelation has caused quite a stir among Android users many of whom have taken up to Twitter to announce they’re now swinging to the mighty Apple. A Facebook spokesperson said the deals were put together in place to give loyal Android users “the best” smartphone experien...