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World’s largest plane takes to the skies

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The jet stayed aloft for more than two hours, hitting a top speed of 304km per hour. — AP The world’s largest aeroplane made its first test flight on Saturday in California. The mega jet, called Roc, which has a wingspan the length of an American football field and is powered by six engines on a twin fuselage, carried out its maiden voyage over the Mojave Desert shortly before 7am Pacific time. The plane, built by Stratolaunch Systems Corp, stayed aloft for more than two hours, hitting a top speed of 304km per hour, and reached an altitude of 5 182m. It landed safely back at the Mojave Air and Space Port as a crowd of hundreds of people cheered. “What a fantastic first flight,” Stratolaunch Chief Executive Officer Jean Floyd said in a statement p

Nashua Zimbabwe’s Trial Run 3D Printing Prosthetic Hands Is Yielding Interesting Results

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When Nashua informed us that they were experimenting with 3D printing we couldn’t hide the fact that we were in awe. At the time they had just called for interested parties to apply and be part of their trial run 3D printing prosthetic hands. One month later and Nashua have handed out the first prosthetic arm to one Tonderai Makunya. Tonderai was involved in a work accident 6 years ago and ever since then he had to make do without his hand. One of the main reasons being prosthetic hands are prohibitively expensive. Some of the organisations Tonde had reached out to prior to Nashua also couldn’t assist him  because of the costs involved so clearly there’s a big void that can be filled. One of the 3D printer Tonderai is still getting to grips with his new hand but the mobi
Fornite gamer Griffin ‘Sceptic’ Spikoski made almost US$200,000 last year. He’s 14

Fornite gamer Griffin ‘Sceptic’ Spikoski made almost US$200,000 last year. He’s 14

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His YouTube channel – where he regularly uploads videos of himself playing the online game – has nearly 1.2 million subscribers and more than 71 million views; figures that have netted him advertisers, sponsorships and a steady stream of income. Last year, that income totalled nearly US$200,000. The healthy sum – more than enough to comfortably raise a family in most American cities – is all the more impressive considering Spikoski is 14 years old. Still, he approaches video games the way an elite student athlete would approach a sport like football or basketball: when he’s not playing, Spikoski, who goes by the name “Sceptic” on YouTube, completes school work online. But video games remain his focus, according to family members. “It’s kind of like my job,” Griffin told ABC affi

Ford’s pure electric SUV will ‘go like hell’ with a 370 mile range

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Ford's huge Go Further event in Europe has thrown some more light on the forthcoming Mustang-inspired SUV. Go Further was the showcase for a wide range of electrified vehicles, but most fell into the hybrid category, spanning mild, self-charging and plug-in hybrid vehicles across a number of different car categories. What Ford didn't quite manage to do was launch a pure electric vehicle. The forthcoming electric Transit was shown off as a prototype and is due in 2021, but before that we're going to be seeing the Mustang-inspired SUV. Ford's only addition to this story is that it will aim for a 600km WLTP range - about 370 miles - which is in excess of most current rivals. Ford also confirmed in a later session during the Go Further event that it will be arriving in 2020. What w...
Tempered Glass A No For Fingerprint Reader On The Samsung Galaxy S10

Tempered Glass A No For Fingerprint Reader On The Samsung Galaxy S10

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The latest and greatest from Samsung the Galaxy S10 makes use of a new type of under display fingerprint reader. It’s called an ultrasonic fingerprint reader and this tech makes use of high frequency sound waves to read your fingerprint. It works like sonar and generates a 3D map of your fingerprint making it both faster and more secure than the optical under display fingerprint reader. While the optical fingerprint reader fails if your finger is wet or dirty, the ultrasonic implementation on the latest Galaxy device is non functional when you apply a tempered glass screen protector. The 2 glass surfaces distort the high frequency sound waves responsible for reading your fingerprint resulting in failure to authenticate. Plastic screen protectors don’t seem to be an issue though so th

US-China battle over Huawei comes to head at tech show

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Chinese tech company Huawei takes center stage Monday at the world’s biggest mobile industry trade fair, as it wages a geopolitical battle with the U.S. government over its role in next-generation telecom networks. Huawei has an outsize presence at MWC Barcelona, a four-day industry showcase of mobile devices and innovations that’s expected to draw 100,000 visitors. The focus at this year’s meeting is new 5G networks due to roll out in the coming years. But an ongoing U.S.-China dispute over Huawei, the world’s biggest maker of networking gear, is casting a pall. Washington is dispatching a big delegation to press its case with telecom executives and government officials that they should avoid Huawei over national security concerns. U.S. President Donald Trump
Huawei exec pokes fun at US spying, Snowden at tech show

Huawei exec pokes fun at US spying, Snowden at tech show

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A top executive at Chinese tech supplier Huawei poked fun at U.S. intelligence on Tuesday as he sought to reassure people attending the world’s biggest mobile industry fair that the company’s technology is secure. Guo Ping, Huawei’s rotating chairman, used his keynote speech at MWC Barcelona to fight back against U.S. allegations that the company’s technology poses a national security risk to next-generation mobile networks. “PRISM, PRISM, on the wall, who is the most trustworthy of them all?” Guo said, in a reference to a U.S. data gathering program. “If you don’t understand that, you can go ask Edward Snowden,” he said, referring to the former National Security Agency contractor who exposed the program in 2013. Under the PRISM program, the NSA, pursuan
Look but don’t touch as smartphone’s flexible future unfolds

Look but don’t touch as smartphone’s flexible future unfolds

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BARCELONA (Reuters) – Flexible and folding formats framed the future of smartphones this week as manufacturers focused on new forms in an effort to jolt the market out of uniformity and re-invigorate sales. But anyone hoping to tap or swipe Huawei’s Mate X, a smartphone that wraps the screen around the front and back, was soon disappointed at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress. Initial cheers were quickly followed by gasps when the Chinese firm revealed its eye-watering 2,299 euros ($2,600) price tag, although that includes a 5G connection. This is even more than Samsung’s Galaxy Fold, which was unveiled last week and will be priced from $1,980 when it goes on sale in some markets in April. It was on display in Barcelona in a glass case like a museum artefact. While the hands-off

OnePlus says no wireless charging for the OnePlus 7, citing utter nonsense

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Wireless charging is "a thing" again, and it's better than it was the last time. OnePlus says its upcoming flagship phone won't have it, though. Its reason for not including wireless charging on the OnePlus 7? Wired charging is faster. That's not wrong, but it's not really the point. Our first infatuation with wireless charging ran from about 2012 to 2014, but the shift to metal phones took precedence. Now that everything is made of glass, wireless charging is back, baby. It's better, too. You can get 10 or 15 watts of power into a phone wirelessly instead of just 5W. That's apparently not fast enough for OnePlus CEO Pete Lau, who told Cnet that wireless charging isn't on the table right now. In fairness, Lau is right that wireless charging isn't as fast. Warp Charge on the latest OP p...
As Samsung Reveals S10 Partners One Crypto Goes to The Moon With 67% Spike

As Samsung Reveals S10 Partners One Crypto Goes to The Moon With 67% Spike

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There has been a lot of hype and anticipation over Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S10. The inclusion of crypto functionality and a hard wallet is a massive boost for the industry as it could potentially expose crypto to millions of new users. This week the South Korean tech giant revealed its partners for the S10 sending one alternative cryptocurrency to spike substantially. S10 Wallet to Support 4 Crypto Assets The announcements were made at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week when a company representative took the stage revealing that there will be four supported crypto assets for the new wallet. In addition to Bitcoin and Ethereum, the cold wallet will also be able to store a relatively obscure beauty related crypto platform called Cosmo according t
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