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PC Market Could Return To Growth in 2019

Slashdot Updates - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 6:00am
IDC's latest Worldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker offers new insight as to why the firm believes the PC market is set for a growth period a few years from now. From a report: Detachable tablets such as Microsoft's Surface line and Apple's iPad Pro will lead the growth as consumers have turned away from laptops in favor of these more versatile computing devices. Last year, 21.5 million of these devices were shipped and the number of units sold could reach as high as 45.9 million in 2021. Notebook computers and mobile workstations are another category that will see continued growth with shipments rising from 156.8 million units in 2016 to 163.7 million by the year 2021. Desktop computers are still decreasing in popularity and that trend is likely to continue with their sales predicted to decrease by 15 million a year leading up to 2021.

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CRISPR causes many unwanted mutations, small study suggests

New Scientist - Breaking news - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 5:17am
Other studies may have failed to spot most of the unwanted mutations caused by the CRISPR gene-editing method, according to a study in only three mice
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More Than Half of US Workers Didn't Use Up Their Time Off Last Year

Slashdot Updates - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 5:00am
An anonymous reader shares an article: Americans, famously, take far less vacation time than their European counterparts: less than 17 days, on average, compared to 30 days in France, for example. But for many Americans, that's apparently all the time they need. More than half of all US employees (54%) didn't use all their days off last year, working a combined total of 662 million more days than required. Of those days, 206 million couldn't be rolled over or cashed out, meaning they were forfeited, costing the equivalent of $66 billion, according to a report (PDF) from Project: Time Off, a group funded by the travel industry. While it's a group with a strong interest in promoting more vacations, their findings are still revealing about America's unhealthy reluctance to take time off. Almost 60% of US workers who don't take their allotted vacation say they fear the amount of work they'll have to return to, according to the survey of 7,331 working Americans. Others (47%) say they stay put because they believe no one else can do their job, or because they want to impress their bosses with their dedication (36%).

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Weird energy beam seems to travel five times the speed of light

New Scientist - Breaking news - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 5:00am
The galaxy M87 emits a jet of plasma that looks like it’s breaking the cosmic speed limit – here’s how it manages the trick
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Sea stars filmed hunting squid and squabbling over eating it

New Scientist - Breaking news - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 4:33am
Snails feast on sea lily faeces in the latest videos from submersibles diving in never-before-explored parts of the ocean
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Plasma jet engines that could take you from the ground to space

New Scientist - Breaking news - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 4:15am
Jet engines that compress gas into a plasma have been successfully tested at ground level for the first time
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Monkey mafia steal your stuff, then sell it back for a cracker

New Scientist - Breaking news - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 4:00am
Long-tailed macaques living near an Indonesian temple have learned how to steal human possessions, including cash, and then trade them for food
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Android Creator Andy Rubin Launches Top-of-the-line Essential Phone

Slashdot Updates - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 2:20am
The much-anticipated smartphone from Andy Rubin, the creator of Android, is here. It's called the Essential Phone, and it runs a custom version of Android. Priced at $699, the Essential Phone offers top-of-the-line specifications including "an edge-to-edge display that one-ups even the Samsung Galaxy S8 by bringing it all the way to the the top of the phone, wrapping around the front-facing selfie camera." From a report on The Verge: It's a unique take on a big screen that makes the phone stand out -- and it's smart too. Often, the status bar at the top of an Android phone doesn't fill that middle space with icons, so it's efficient. The screen does leave some bezel at the bottom of the phone, but nevertheless it's as close to the whole front of a phone being display as I've seen. Essential is launching the phone in the US to start, and it's filled the phone with radios that should make it work on all major carriers, alongside usual Android flagship internals like a Qualcomm 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. [...] Essential will ship a 360-degree camera that can click in to the top of the phone, and the company will also offer a charging dock. Both connect to the phone with small metal pogo pins. They won't entirely replace USB-C for most people, but Essential is clearly hoping that they could someday. Speaking of ports, there is no traditional 3.5mm headphone jack -- which is a bummer. We're told that it will ship with a headphone dongle in the box.

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Your mind as well as your senses deserves a place at mealtimes

New Scientist - Breaking news - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 1:00am
Molecular gastronomy was just for starters. Now cross-sensory dining is all set to warp your perceptions and show the value of neuroscience in cooking
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Get Real, Microsoft: If the New Surface Pro Is a Laptop, Bundle It With a Type Cover

Slashdot Updates - Mon, 05/29/2017 - 11:30pm
An anonymous reader shares an article: If Microsoft sold cars like it's trying to sell its Surface Pro (2017), it would charge extra for wheels -- and would be laughed out of the market. But Microsoft's using this tactic to sell its new Windows tablet as a "laptop," and we're still trying to figure out why. Microsoft's Surface Pro is clearly a Windows tablet, just like its predecessor, the Surface Pro 4. Nevertheless, devices chief Panos Panay calls it a "laptop" no fewer than three times in his blog post, including the very first sentence. No "laptop" or notebook PC forgoes a keyboard, however, as the Surface Pro does. Long-time Surface fans may know that Microsoft charges $129 to $159 more for that accessory, but does the average buyer get it? That's where the confusion starts.

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China To Implement Cyber Security Law From Thursday

Slashdot Updates - Mon, 05/29/2017 - 8:30pm
China, battling increased threats from cyber-terrorism and hacking, will adopt from Thursday a controversial law that mandates strict data surveillance and storage for firms working in the country, the official Xinhua news agency said. From a report: The law, passed in November by the country's largely rubber-stamp parliament, bans online service providers from collecting and selling users' personal information, and gives users the right to have their information deleted, in cases of abuse. "Those who violate the provisions and infringe on personal information will face hefty fines," the news agency said on Monday, without elaborating.

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