The South Korean military said North Korea fired several projectiles off its eastern coast early Monday in what appears to be the second launch in a month. South Korean officials said the missiles flew about 1,000 kilometers, or 620 miles, into waters off its east coast. It was not immediately clear what type of missiles were fired or the exact number, The Associated Press reported. The tests come as leader Kim Jong Un pushes for a nuclear and missile program that can deter what he calls U.S. and South Korean hostility toward the North. NBC News reported that a missile was fired about 7:36 a.m. Monday local time, or 5:36 p.m. ET on Sunday, according to a South Korean military official. South Korea's acting president, Hwang Kyo-ahn, called for an immediate meeting of the National
When the 5G wireless standard hits the mainstream, our home internet speeds have the potential to be so fast that we'll be downloading 4K movies, games, software, and any other large form of content at a fraction of the time we're used to. 5G is the upcoming evolution of wireless 4G LTE, which is mostly used today for wireless mobile networks. It'll offer incredibly fast wireless communication that can be used for a number of applications outside of mobile networks, one of which is home internet. At Mobile World Congress this year, Samsung showcased its 5G Home Routers, which achieved speeds of up to 4 gigabits-per-second (Gbps), according to PC Mag. That's 500 megabytes-per-second, which could let you download a 50GB game in under two minutes, or a 100 GB 4K movie in und...
NASA has just published its 2017-2018 software catalog, which lists the many apps, code libraries and tools that pretty much anyone can download and use. Of course, most of it is pretty closely tied to… you know, launching spacecraft and stuff, which most people don’t do. But here are a few items that might prove useful to tinkers and curious lay people alike. If you’re interested in a piece of software, head to the link provided; it should provide the release or license type (some things are limited to the U.S., for instance), a contact you can hit up for more info and sometimes a dedicated site for the app or service. Flying around looking at things, NASA style Say you’re building a drone or satellite from scratch. I mean, why not? You may want to start with the Consultative Commi
Snapchat's parent company, Snap Inc., just raised $3.4 billion in the tech industry's largest initial public offering in over two years. Snap sold 200 million shares at $17 apiece, valuing the company at $23.8 billion, according to a person familiar with the matter. It had aimed to raise $3.2 billion by offering the shares at between $14 and $16 — for a maximum valuation of about $22 billion. It's the highest-profile tech IPO since Alibaba Group raised $25 billion in 2014, and represents an important milestone for the five-year-old Los Angeles startup, whose messaging app has become wildly popular with teenagers and is a growing threat to established internet companies such as Facebook and Twitter. Huge demand Demand for the IPO was heavy, and by Tuesday prospective investor
Facebook has begun using artificial intelligence to identify members that may be at risk of killing themselves. The social network has developed algorithms that spot warning signs in users' posts and the comments their friends leave in response. After confirmation by Facebook's human review team, the company contacts those thought to be at risk of self-harm to suggest ways they can seek help. A suicide helpline chief said the move was "not just helpful but critical". The tool is being tested only in the US at present. It marks the first use of AI technology to review messages on the network since founder Mark Zuckerberg announced last month that he also hoped to use algorithms to identify posts by terrorists, among other concerning content. Facebook also announced new ways ...
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer on Wednesday agreed to forgo any annual equity award she might get for 2017 because of the massive breach her company suffered in 2014. The Yahoo board also voted to withhold her 2016 annual bonus — usually around $2 million— for the same reason. Under her contract, her equity award is not to be less than $12 million per year. The announcement came as information about Yahoo's financial data and its sale to Verizon was posted with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The filing also said that Yahoo's general counsel Ronald S. Bell was resigning from the company and would get no payout in connection with his resignation. In a public post on Yahoo-owned Tumblr, Mayer said she had "expressed my desire that my bonus be redistributed to our company’s h
After a year of rumors, YouTube is finally drawing back the curtain on its latest play for entertainment industry domination — a live TV service.At the company’s Playa Vista offices, a crowd of roughly 100 journalists settled into tables and chairs arrayed in the company’s hangar-like foyer to the strains of “Video Killed the Radio Star” and “Coffee and TV” to hear the news. (Seriously, YouTube’s music game is on point). Distinct from YouTube Red, the new service, YouTube TV, which has been in the works for years at Google’s internet video behemoth, has quietly been inking contracts with media companies to distribute their content on its TV service. As previously reported by The WSJ and Bloomberg News, a steady drumbeat of leaks had already set the tone for what will be offered by th
The Nokia 3310, the phone that defined a generation of mobiles, has been reborn 17 years after it was first released.The new version recreates the design of the original, which was an icon of the early 2000 s and helped bring text messaging into the mainstream. It was one of the first mobiles to also become a cultural icon, with its distinctive Nokia ringtone, compact design and mobile game Snake, and sold more than 100 million units. The new version has been unveiled by HMD Global, a Finnish company made up largely of former Nokia employees, that has acquired the rights to the Nokia brand. Unveiled on Sunday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, it is instantly recognisable to previous 3310 owners, but is slightly thinner and features a colour screen as opposed to the origi
Storm Chasers Unite to Give Bill Paxton an Epic Tribute. Storm chasers combined forces this afternoon to pay tribute to a man who put them on the map by literally putting his initials on their maps. Hundreds of professionals and enthusiasts are checking in to form the letters “BP” with their GPS coordinates. Paxton reportedly died on Saturday due to complications following heart surgery. He was just 61-years-old. Like Paxton’s character in the 1996 blockbuster Twister, storm chasers grabbed their gear and hit the road to mark the coordinates that would draw out an epic tribute to the prolific actor. Coordinating through Facebook groups, the mourners placed their Spotter Network markers in apps like Radar Scope Pro. It was a small thank you to the actor who considerably raised the
Funding of £17.3m ($22m) for artificial intelligence and robotics research to be carried out by British universities is to be announced by the government. It is part of the government's digital strategy, to be published by Culture Secretary Karen Bradley on Wednesday. A report by Accenture released last year estimated that AI could contribute up to £654bn to the UK economy by 2035. But the government was criticised last year for its support of the UK tech scene. As part of the new digital strategy, computer scientist Prof Dame Wendy Hall and tech CEO Jerome Pesenti, former chief data scientist at IBM, have been asked to review the UK's artificial intelligence sector. "Our scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs are at the forefront of the development of artificial intellig