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Apple unveils new iPod model

WT24 Desk Apple on Tuesday introduced its first new iPod model in four years, highlighting music and games as it continued to make a priority of serving up digital content, AFP reports.The new-generation iPod touch, essentially an iPhone without the phone calls, was available in more than two dozen countries at Apple’s online shop starting at $199.“We’re making the most ...

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SpaceX launches 60 Starlink satellites

WT24 Desk SpaceX has taken a giant leap towards making global Internet coverage a reality as its fifth Falcon 9 rocket of the year took flight, sending 60 Internet-beaming Starlink satellites into space, IANS reports. The Falcon 9 lifted off at 10.30 pm on Thursday from the Space Launch Complex 40 at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, following several ...

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US city hit by ransomware attack, internet shut

The tool that has paralysed the city is a National Security Agency creation called “EternalBlue”, which has been used in other high-profile cyber attacks including “Wannacry” in May 2017, The Verge reported on Saturday. WT24 Desk A ransomware attack has crippled the US city of Baltimore that has brought all of its email and online payment gateways to a standstill. ...

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Earth’s oldest fungi discovered

WT24 Desk Scientists have unearthed fossilised fungi dating back up to one billion years, in a discovery that could reshape our understanding of how life on land evolved, research showed Wednesday, AFP reports.For decades, the earliest known fungi — organisms such as mushrooms, mould and yeast — was thought to have appeared on earth around half a billion years ago.But ...

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SpaceX launches first internet satellites

WT24 Desk SpaceX on Thursday launched a rocket containing the first 60 satellites of its “Starlink” constellation, which is intended to provide internet from space and could one day number 12,000 satellites, AFP reports.One of the company’s Falcon 9 rockets took off without incident from Cape Canaveral in Florida around 10:30 pm (0230 GMT).The second stage of the rocket will ...

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Send your name to fly aboard next Mars rover

WT24 Desk Although it will be years before the first humans set foot on Mars, the US space agency has invited public to submit their names to fly abroad the next rover to Red Planet in 2020, IANS reports. Souvenir boarding passes will display names submitted by the people which will also be on microchips aboard the Mars 2020 rover, ...

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Anti-groper app becomes hit in Japan

WT24 Desk A Tokyo police smartphone app to scare off molesters has become a smash hit in Japan, where women have long run the gauntlet of groping on packed rush-hour trains, AFP reports. Victims of groping can activate the Digi Police app, which either blasts out a voice shouting “stop it” at top volume, or produces a full-screen SOS message ...

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Definition of kilogramme changes

WT24 Desk How we measure the world underwent a quantum leap on Monday as scientists adopted new hyper-accurate definitions for units of weight, electricity and temperature derived from the universal laws of Nature, AFP understands. The change, on the occasion of World Metrology Day, sees one of science’s most influential objects — a metal cylinder used to define what a ...

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Google starts to cut ties with Huawei

WT24 Desk US internet giant Google, whose Android mobile operating system powers most of the world’s smartphones, said Sunday it was beginning to cut ties with China’s Huawei, which Washington considers a national security threat, AFP reports. In the midst of a trade war with Beijing, president Donald Trump has barred US companies from engaging in telecommunications trade with foreign ...

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