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  • Graphene Light Bulbs Coming To Stores Soon

    3h By Soulskill
    An anonymous reader writes: A light bulb made from graphene — said by its UK developers to be the first commercially viable consumer product using the super-strong carbon — is to go on sale later this year. The dimmable LED bulb with a graphene-coated…
  • Measuring How Much "Standby Mode" Electricity For Game Consoles Will Cost You

    Sat 8:00pm By Soulskill
    An anonymous reader writes: Modern game consoles have a "standby" mode, which you can use if you want the console to instantly turn on while not drawing full power the whole time it's idle. But manufacturers are vague about how much power it takes to keep the…
  • Russia Wants To Work With NASA On a New Space Station

    Sat 6:56pm By Soulskill
    HughPickens.com writes with news that Russian officials are talking about working with NASA to build a new space station as a replacement for the ISS after its operations end in 2024. Igor Komarov, head of the Russian Federal Space Agency, was unambiguous in…
  • Citizen Scientists Develop Eye Drops That Provide Night Vision

    Sat 5:51pm By Soulskill
    rtoz writes: A group of scientists in California have successfully created eye drops that temporarily enable night vision. They use mixture of insulin and a chemical known as Chlorin e6 (Ce6) to enable the user to view objects clearly in darkness up to 50…
  • Europe Agrees On Regulatory Drone Framework

    Sat 4:49pm By Soulskill
    Hallie Siegel writes: Not a week goes by where some aspect of drone regulation fails to make the news. But for any regulated industry where technology is advancing faster than new rules can be agreed upon, it will undoubtedly cause a few headaches. This week…
  • Best Buy Kills Off Future Shop

    Sat 3:45pm By Soulskill
    Lirodon writes: Future Shop, a Canadian electronics chain that was bought by Best Buy in 2001, but continued to operate in parallel with the newly-opened Canadian locations of the U.S. retailer, is no more. Today, the company abruptly announced the closure of…
  • Commercial Flamethrower Successfully Crowdfunded

    Sat 2:40pm By Soulskill
    ColdWetDog writes: You've always wanted one, of course. Zombies, the occasional alien infestation. The neighbor's smelly roses. You just need to be prepared for things. You can get freeze dried food, AR15's, enough ammo to start a small police action (at least…
  • Another Patent Pool Forms For HEVC

    Sat 1:36pm By Soulskill
    An anonymous reader writes: A new patent pool, dubbed HEVC Advance, has formed for the HEVC video codec. This pool offers separate licensing from the existing MPEG LA HEVC patent pool. In an article for CNET, Stephen Shankland writes, "HEVC Advance promises a…
  • Ikea Refugee Shelter Entering Production

    Sat 12:33pm By Soulskill
    jones_supa writes: Ikea's line of flatpack refugee shelters are going into production, the Swedish furniture maker announced this week. The lightweight Better Shelter was developed under a partnership between the Ikea Foundation and the United Nations High…
  • Startups Increasingly Targeted With Hacks

    Sat 11:31am By Soulskill
    ubrgeek writes: Slack, makers of the popular communications software, announced yesterday that they'd suffered a server breach. This follows shortly after a similar compromise of Twitch.tv, and is indicative of a growing problem facing start-up tech companies.…
  • Prison Inmate Emails His Own Release Instructions To the Prison

    Sat 10:30am By Soulskill
    Bruce66423 writes: A fraudster used a mobile phone while inside a UK prison to email the prison a notice for him to be released. The prison staff then released him. The domain was registered in the name of the police officer investigating him, and its address…
  • European Commission Will Increase Use of Open Source Software

    Sat 9:26am By Soulskill
    jrepin writes: The European Commission has updated its strategy for internal use of Open Source Software. The Commission, which is already using open source for many of its key ICT services and software solutions, will further increase the role of this type of…
  • IBM and OpenPower Could Mean a Fight With Intel For Chinese Server Market

    Sat 8:24am By timothy
    itwbennett writes With AMD's fade out from the server market and the rapid decline of RISC systems, Intel has stood atop the server market all by itself. But now IBM, through its OpenPOWER Foundation, could give Intel and its server OEMs a real fight in China,…
  • Taxpayer Subsidies To ULA To End

    Sat 6:54am By timothy
    schwit1 writes Because it has concluded that they make it impossible to have a fair competition for contracts, the Air Force has decided to phase out taxpayer subsidies to the United Launch Alliance (ULA). The specific amounts of these subsidies have been…
  • UK Licensing Site Requires MSIE Emulation, But Won't Work With MSIE

    Sat 4:22am By timothy
    Anne Thwacks writes The British Government web site for applying for for a licence to be a security guard requires a plugin providing Internet Explorer emulation on Firefox to login and apply for a licence. It won't work with Firefox without the add-on, but it…