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Sherpas genetically predisposed to living at altitude

2nd May 2019 | 0

This post was originally published on this siteSherpas like Tenzing Norgay, who along with Edmund Hillary first conquered Everest, have inherited genes from a long-extinct human sub-species that help them cope with living high in the mountains. A 160,000-year-old jawbone found in a cave has revealed the ancient human species Denisovans lived at altitudes of […]

Margot James: Devices with default passwords could be banned

1st May 2019 | 0

This post was originally published on this site By Alexander J Martin, technology reporter Digital Minister Margot James is prepared to force manufacturers and retailers’ hands when it comes to selling insecure internet-connected devices, she told Sky News. She warned consumer privacy and security was “at risk” because of flaws in security standards in internet […]

Venezuela web blackout lifted minutes before Maduro speech

1st May 2019 | 0

This post was originally published on this site By Alexander J Martin, technology reporter The Venezuelan regime is clamping down on social media as president Nicolas Maduro battles opposition leader Juan Guaido’s calls for a popular uprising. Network data collected by internet observatory NetBlocks shows the country’s state-run internet provider restricted access to social media […]

Company faked NASA tests and ruined missions worth $700m

1st May 2019 | 0

This post was originally published on this siteA company which manufactured aluminium components for NASA faked test results over 19 years, leading to the destruction of two space missions worth $700m (£536m). A NASA investigation into the root cause for two failed launches in 2009 and 2011 discovered that materials produced by Sapa Profiles Inc […]

Massive power outage delays SpaceX mission

1st May 2019 | 0

This post was originally published on this siteA massive power outage has delayed a SpaceX resupply mission to the International Space Station. The mission was scheduled to launch today, but a malfunction on the space station on Monday has knocked two power channels offline. There are six power channels which are still functioning properly according […]

Facebook redesign: Privacy, groups and dating in F8 overhaul

30th April 2019 | 0

This post was originally published on this site By Alexander J Martin, technology reporter Facebook is launching a new privacy push during its annual developer conference, telling businesses they will be getting less access to users’ data. And some major new features for the platform are being announced. They include: :: Moving away from a […]

Samsung launching vertical TV 'for millennials'

30th April 2019 | 0

This post was originally published on this siteSamsung says it will be launching a new vertical television after analysing “the characteristics of the millennial generation” and noting the popularity of mobile content. As mobile content is increasingly available in the vertical format, Samsung expects the vertical screen of the “Sero” will allow television owners to […]

Poor sense of smell linked to early death, says study

29th April 2019 | 0

This post was originally published on this siteA poor sense of smell has been linked to an early death, according to a new study. Older adults who were unable to recognise or distinguish between common scents are 50% more likely to die over a 10-year period than others with sharp noses. The researchers suggest smell […]

Social media summit: Will it produce real results?

29th April 2019 | 0

This post was originally published on this site By Rowland Manthorpe, technology correspondent Health Secretary Matt Hancock has summoned executives from Facebook, Google, Snapchat and Instagram to a “social media summit”, where he plans to tell them they should develop technology that can identify and tackle harmful content. The meeting will focus on messages promoting […]

Spotify upbeat as paid subscribers top 100m

29th April 2019 | 0

This post was originally published on this siteSpotify says it has achieved the “important milestone” of 100 million paid subscribers globally and is targeting a further boost through growth. The revelation, in its first quarter results, helped sooth investor fears about Spotify’s dominance after it was revealed earlier this month that Apple’s Music service had […]

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