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Samsung Unveils Upgraded Memory Cards for Portable Devices

Samsung Unveils Upgraded Memory Cards for Portable Devices Seoul, 18 Apr (ONA) --- Samsung has unveiled the latest version of its EVO Select and EVO Plus micro SD memory cards, designed for portable devices and handheld gaming devices. EVO Select and EVO Plus micro SD memory cards feature enhanced transfer speeds of up to 160 MB/s, a 23 percent increase over previous versions. The new micro SD memory cards come in a variety of sizes to suit users' needs. Thanks to its transfer speeds of up to 160 MB/s, users can instantly transfer and store everything from photos ...

Microsoft to End Support for Office 2016 and Office 2019

Microsoft to End Support for Office 2016 and Office 2019 Washington, 17 Apr (ONA) --- Microsoft will no longer provide security updates for Office 2016 and Office 2019 after 14 October 2025. To avoid potential security risks, Microsoft recommend moving those licenses to the cloud with Microsoft 365. After this end date, Microsoft will no longer provide security fixes, bug fixes, or technical support. Using products after end of support leaves organizations vulnerable to potential security threats, productivity losses, and compliance issues. Microsoft recommend ...

NASA Seeks Faster, Cheaper Way to Bring Mars Samples to Earth

NASA Seeks Faster, Cheaper Way to Bring Mars Samples to Earth Florida, 16 Apr (ONA) --- NASA’s plan to bring samples from Mars back to Earth is on hold until there’s a faster, cheaper way, space agency officials said. Retrieving Mars soil and rocks has been on NASA’s to-do list for decades, but the date kept moving forward, as costs ballooned. A recent independent review put the total cost at $8 billion to $11 billion, with an arrival date of 2040, about a decade later than advertised. NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said that’s too much and too late. ...

Adobe Launches Acrobat AI Assistant

Adobe Launches Acrobat AI Assistant Washington, 16 Apr (ONA) --- Adobe has launched a new AI-powered assistant called "Acrobat AI", which helps users summarize and search through lengthy documents. Available on desktop, web and mobile versions of the app, Acrobat AI will be available as an add-on subscription starting at $4.99 per month. Adobe said the new generative AI-powered assistant is deeply integrated into Reader and Acrobat workflows and enables users to "get insights and format and share content from all kinds of digital documents quickly and easily." Acrobat AI ...

Astronomers Discover Largest Black Hole in Milky Way

Astronomers Discover Largest Black Hole In Milky WayParis,16 Apr (ONA) --- Astronomers identified the largest stellar black hole yet discovered in the Milky Way, with a mass 33 times that of the sun, according to a study published today.The black hole, named Gaia BH3, was discovered "by chance" from data collected by the European Space Agency's Gaia mission, an astronomer from the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) at the Observatoire de Paris, Pasquale Panuzzo said.Astronomers using Gaia's telescope discovered a high-mass black hole, BH3, nearby in the Milky Way, a rare find ...

X Offers Grok Chatbot for Premium Subscribers

X Offers Grok Chatbot for Premium SubscribersWashington, April 07 (QNA) - The social media platform X has begun offering its AI chatbot, Grok, to subscribers of its paid "Premium" plan. The platform had previously made the chatbot available since last year to subscribers of the "Premium Plus" plan, who pay higher subscriptions of $16 monthly or $168 annually. Now, subscribers of the "Premium" plan, paying $8 monthly, can access the Grok chatbot on the X platform, according to information provided by the platform through its technical support pages. However, the chatbot is still unavailable to ...

China Launches New Remote Sensing Satellite into Space

China Launches New Remote Sensing Satellite into Space Beijing, 3 Apr (ONA) --- China today launched a new remote sensing satellite (Yaogan-42 01) into space, on board a Long March-2D carrier rocket, which was launched from the Xichang Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan. The satellite entered its preset orbit. This launch marks the 515th mission of the Long March series of carrier rockets. China launched the 514th mission of the Long March series of carrier rockets on 27 March 2024, from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Shaanxi Province, where ...

Google Tests New Changes in Android 15 Operating System's User Interface

Google Tests New Changes in Android 15 Operating System's User Interface Washington, 3 Apr (ONA) --- Google is testing several new changes in the user interface in the Android 15 operating system, which is expected to launch the first beta version of this new system in April, including modifying the display of applications according to users' preferences. The company added "color contrast" options hidden within the "Accessibility" settings in the system. These settings allow users to control the contrast of text, buttons, and even icons within applications. The options ...

Apple Says iPhone 6 Plus Now 'Obsolete'

Apple Says iPhone 6 Plus Now 'Obsolete' Washington, 2 Apr (ONA) --- Apple added a handful of devices to its public-facing vintage and obsolete products list, including some older iPhone and iPad models. Apple now considers the iPhone 6 Plus to be "obsolete" worldwide, meaning that Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers no longer offer repairs or other hardware service for the device. Apple says it considers a product "obsolete" once seven years have passed since the company last distributed it for sale. Apple launched the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in ...

Google Says Running AI on Phones Requires Huge RAM

Google Says Running AI on Phones Requires Huge RAM Washington, 31 Mar (ONA) --- Google said running AI models on phones is a huge RAM hog Google wants AI models to be loaded 24/7, so 8GB of RAM might not be enough. In early March, Google made the announcement that only one of its two latest smartphones, the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, would be able to run its latest AI model, called "Google Gemini." Despite having very similar specs, the smaller Pixel 8 wouldn't get the new AI model, with the company citing "hardware limitations" as the reason. A few weeks later, the company ...

Two Nights of Broken Sleep Can Make People Feel Years Older: Study

Two Nights of Broken Sleep Can Make People Feel Years Older: Study Stockholm, 27 Mar (ONA) --- Two consecutive nights of poor sleep can make individuals feel years older, according to Swedish researchers. The study revealed that volunteers felt over four years older after just four hours of sleep for two nights. Conversely, after nine hours of sleep, participants felt an average of three months younger than their real age. The impact of sleep deprivation goes beyond feeling decrepit, affecting health by encouraging unhealthy habits and reducing social ...

Researchers Develop Technology That May Revolutionize Computing

Researchers Develop Technology That May Revolutionize Computing Tokyo, 24 Mar (ONA) --- Researchers from Tohoku University have created a theoretical framework for an advanced spin wave reservoir computing (RC) system that leverages spintronics.This innovation advances the field toward realizing energy-efficient, nanoscale computing with unparalleled computational power.The brain is the ultimate computer and scientists are constantly striving to create neuromorphic devices that mimic the brain’s processing capabilities, low power consumption, and its ability to adapt to neural ...

WhatsApp Tests AI-Powered Image Editor

WhatsApp Tests AI-Powered Image Editor Washington, 24 Mar (ONA) --- WhatsApp is testing new features that allow users to edit photos based on integration of artificial intelligence (AI) technology when sharing them. According to what was observed in the latest beta version of the application on the Android system, the platform is testing additional options to improve users' experience in editing photos before sharing them. Users can see the new options in the image editing interface that appears after selecting images and before sending them. When clicking on the icon ...

Climate Change Heats Up Fungal Threats Worldwide: Study

Climate Change Heats Up Fungal Threats Worldwide: StudyLondon, 21 Mar (ONA) --- In a recent study published in The Lancet Microbe, researchers examined the impact of rising global temperatures on fungal behavior and its implications for human health.Researchers warn that as fungi adapt to higher temperatures, they may become more virulent and pose greater risks to human health.Of particular concern is Candida auris, a pathogen exhibiting increased virulence. Climate change, coupled with pollution and microplastic accumulation, further exacerbates these risks.The study highlights the ...

New Material Increases Solar Cell Efficiency

New Material Increases Solar Cell EfficiencyBrasília, 21 Mar (ONA) --- A new study from São Paulo State University (UNESP) offers promising advancements for the solar power sector.Published in the Journal of Materials Chemistry C, Brazilian researchers present a method utilizing MXenes to enhance the efficiency and stability of perovskite solar cells.The innovative approach involves incorporating MXene Ti3C2Tx into a passivation coating, applied atop the perovskite layer of inverted solar cells.This addition boosted the cells' power conversion efficiency from 19% to 22% ...

Theory Established to Solve Mystery of Century-Old Melting Point

Theory Established to Solve Mystery of Century-Old Melting Point London, 20 Mar (ONA) --- A researcher from Queen Mary University of London published a theory in Physical Review E, offering a universal method to predict melting points, which is set to be considered a revolutionized physics breakthrough. This achievement, undertaken by Professor Kostya Trachenko, tackles a century-old challenge, providing a vital tool for materials science.Traditionally, understanding the three states of matter relied on temperature-pressure phase diagrams, but predicting melting points has eluded ...

New Archive Unveils Ancient Human Brains

New Archive Unveils Ancient Human Brains London, 20 Mar (ONA) --- Researchers in the United Kingdom have assembled a pioneering archive of ancient human brains, challenging conventional assumptions about their preservation. This collection comprises shrunken, discolored specimens from diverse individuals, including royalty, explorers, and war victims, dating back up to 12,000 years and spanning various locations worldwide. Preservation of brain tissue is typically rare in geological records, often requiring deliberate intervention like embalming. However, this ...

WhatsApp Tests out New Feature to Convert Voice Messages into Text

WhatsApp Tests out New Feature to Convert Voice Messages into Text Washington, 20 Mar (ONA) --- WhatsApp is currently testing a new feature that will convert voice messages into text. This new feature was spotted in the source code of the latest beta version of the app for Android systems. According to the code, activating the voice message-to-text feature will require downloading approximately 150 MB of additional data for the app, likely related to voice recognition software within the system. The source code indicates that WhatsApp will convert audio into text on ...

Apple to Launch Two Versions of 4th Generation AirPods 4 Headphone

Apple to Launch Two Versions of 4th Generation AirPods 4 Headphone Washington, 19 Mar (ONA) --- Apple intends to launch two versions of the fourth generation of its AirPods 4 wireless headphones later this year (2024). Production of the new headphones is scheduled to begin next May, and Apple will launch them in the markets during September or October, coinciding with the launch of the upcoming iPhone 16 phones. The AirPods 4 are expected to have a new design with a better fit to the ear, in addition to improved sound quality, and an updated charging case with a ...

Researchers Unveil Insights into Proton-Coupled Electron Transfers

Researchers Unveil Insights into Proton-Coupled Electron TransfersMassachusetts, 18 Mar (ONA) --- Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have uncovered new insights into proton-coupled electron transfers (PCET) at electrode surfaces, crucial for fuel cells and electrolyzers.The study, led by MIT chemists, detailed how protons move between electrodes and electrolytes, impacting energy conversion technologies. Understanding PCET mechanisms could enhance fuel cell and electrolyzer efficiency.Contrary to existing assumptions, they found PCET rates peak at extreme ...

New Research Predicts Next-Gen AI Smartphones to Surpass 50pc by 2027

New Research Predicts Next-Gen AI Smartphones to Surpass 50pc by 2027 Beijing, 18 Mar (ONA) --- OPPO, a global leader in smartphone innovation, has forecast a significant surge in next-gen AI smartphone sales. In its "Oppo AI Smartphone White Paper," OPPO delves into the drivers and characteristics of AI smartphones, providing an insightful industry outlook. According to International Data Corporation (IDC) forecasts, the AI smartphone market is set for exponential growth, with 170 million next-gen AI smartphones projected to ship in 2024, constituting nearly 15% of the ...

Researchers Unveil AI-Powered Atomic Fabrication Technique

Researchers Unveil AI-Powered Atomic Fabrication TechniqueSingapore, 17 Mar (ONA) --- Researchers at the National University of Singapore (NUS) have pioneered a groundbreaking method for crafting carbon-based quantum materials atom by atom, leveraging scanning probe microscopy and advanced deep neural networks.This innovative approach showcases the prowess of artificial intelligence (AI) in manipulating materials at the sub-angstrom scale, offering immense potential for scientific exploration and future applications.The team, led by Associate Professors Lu Jiong and Zhang Chun, ...

Engineers Develop Light-Controlled Molecular Devices

Engineers Develop Light-Controlled Molecular DevicesBogotá, 17 Mar (ONA) --- In a breakthrough study detailed in Nature Communications, Columbia Engineering researchers have introduced highly conductive, customizable single-molecule devices.Using direct metal-metal contacts, they've crafted a method to employ light for controlling these devices' electronic properties.This innovation could revolutionize molecular electronics, offering solutions to the miniaturization challenges faced by traditional semiconductors.Lead researcher Latha Venkataraman explains, "We've unlocked a new ...

Space One Rocket Explodes after Liftoff from Japan Private Launch Pad

Space One Rocket Explodes after Liftoff from Japan Private Launch Pad Tokyo, 13 Mar (ONA) --- A Space One Co. satellite-carrying rocket today exploded shortly after liftoff from a spaceport in western Japan, the first private Japanese firm. The company's 18-meter-long Kairos rocket failed in its launch from Space Port Kii in Kushimoto, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan's first commercial launch site. It was announced shortly after that "flight termination measures" had been implemented. Local firefighters were dispatched to the scene. Police said there have been no reports of ...

Apple Allows Developers to Offer Apps via Websites

Apple Allows Developers to OfferApps via Websites Washington, 13 Mar (ONA) --- Apple announced more changes related to the mechanism for developers to offer their applications by allowing those who meet certain criteria to make their applications available on their websites and enabling users to download them directly. The Web Distribution option will allow developers to publish their applications more widely outside the company's App Store. For developers to be eligible to take advantage of the new option, they will need to agree to the new App Store rules imposed ...

Scientists Discover 100 Potential New Deep-Sea Species

Scientists Discover 100 Potential New Deep-Sea SpeciesWellington, 12 Mar (ONA) --- Marine researchers uncovered around 100 potential new species, including a mysterious starlike creature.Conducted aboard the research vessel Tangaroa, the three-week voyage delved into the little-explored depths of the ocean, collecting nearly 1,800 samples from depths of up to 3 miles.Led by Dr. Daniel Moore of Ocean Census, the team aims to identify 100,000 unknown species within a decade.The findings from the expedition are being closely examined, with scientists intrigued by one unidentified ...

Scientists Discover World’s Oldest Fossilized Forest

Scientists Discover World’s Oldest Fossilized ForestLondon, 12 Mar (ONA) --- The oldest fossilized forest ever found, dating back 390 million years, has been unearthed along the Devon and Somerset coast in South West England.Researchers from the Universities of Cambridge and Cardiff made the discovery, marking it as the oldest known fossil forest on Earth, surpassing the previous record-holder in New York State by four million years.These ancient trees, ranging from two to four meters tall, shed branches, creating a forest floor rich with vegetation litter that supported ...

Happiness May be Learnt: Study

Happiness May be Learnt: Study London, 11 Mar (ONA) --- A groundbreaking study from the University of Bristol reveals that while individuals can learn to be happier, sustained benefits require ongoing practice.The research, based on the university's 'Science of Happiness' course, demonstrates that short-term boosts in wellbeing from learning evidence-informed habits like gratitude and meditation fade without continuous implementation.Senior author Prof Bruce Hood compares happiness training to physical fitness, emphasizing the need for ongoing mental health efforts.Launched in 2018, ...

Microsoft Launches Custom AI Model Creation Feature for Copilot Subscribers

Microsoft Launches Custom AI Model Creation Feature for Copilot Subscribers Washington, 11 Mar (ONA) --- Microsoft launched the feature of creating custom artificial intelligence (AI) models, GPT Builder, for subscribers of its artificial intelligence assistant Copilot. Vice President of Bing at Microsoft, Michael Schechter, announced on his X platform account that Copilot Pro subscribers are now able to access the GPT Builder feature in their accounts. GPT Builder is a tool that allows users to create custom artificial intelligence models known as GPT, which ...

Google Unveils "Social Learning" AI Framework

Google Unveils "Social Learning" AI Framework Washington, 11 Mar (ONA) --- Google has introduced a groundbreaking AI framework called "Social Learning" aimed at enhancing the collaborative capabilities of language models without compromising user privacy. This framework allows AI models to learn from each other through natural language interactions, enabling them to share knowledge and improve performance on various tasks. Through the Social Learning framework, teacher models can impart knowledge to student models without directly sharing sensitive or private ...