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December 17, 2016 12:03 AM Tech Workers Pledge Not to Build Muslim Registry

Close to 1,300 workers in the tech world have so far promised not to take part in building a database of Muslims if asked to do so. It wasn't immediately clear whether the topic of a Muslim registry came up during Wednesday's meeting. Trump said last November that he "would certainly implement" a database system tracking Muslims in the United States 29

December 16, 2016 11:14 AM Will the Nintendo Switch feature virtual reality? Patent hints that the console could slot into a VR headset when in 'portable mode'

Nintendo has so far remained guarded on the details of its incoming Switch console, but new patents reveal that it could support virtual reality. A patent illustration suggests that the console's handheld screen would be slotted into VR headset, while the user would use the detachable hand controllers to play. The long-awaited Nintendo Switch is due to land in March 28

December 16, 2016 5:00 AM More rains forecast, record flooding possible

The floods of 1999/2000 covered vast areas of the country and are still regarded as the worst in Botswana’s history. However, the bittersweet forecast follows the record dry spell suffered in the 2015/2016 season, which left nearly one million Batswana in need of assistance, according to SADC figures. Presenting the rainfall prospects for the January 37

December 16, 2016 12:33 AM German-Russian relations: What is next?

A relationship that used to be characterised by the 1969-invoked “change through rapprochement” and “partnership on eye-level”, has seen a rapid cooling over the course of the last two years. Germany and Russia used to be close partners with vibrant exchange on the political, economic, social and cultural levels. Even when Russia’s relations with the rest of the West began 33

December 16, 2016 12:11 AM Ceres: Water ice in eternal polar night

Thomas Platz is the lead author of the study now published in Nature Astronomy, a new specialist journal. "Using our cameras, we looked at the craters in the region near the north pole between 65 and 90 degrees north. Some of these craters are at least partially in eternal darkness which means they are never reached by sunlight. The reason for this is that Ceres' 48

December 15, 2016 7:12 PM Uber wants its new Beacon to guide passengers to their rides

Uber is making it easy to spot a ride with a hardware accessory called Beacon, a light fixture drivers can add in their car to signal passengers. Beacon is a Bluetooth-enabled circular LED display that’s shaped like the Uber logo. Drivers are meant to place it on the inside of their windshields, and reflections in the glass keep the driver aware of what color 29

December 15, 2016 6:37 PM Facebook unveils first serious effort to wipe out fake news

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook is taking steps to weed out fake news and hoaxes, addressing the growing controversy over its role in the spread of misinformation on the Internet that sharpened political divisions and inflamed discourse during the presidential election. The giant social network said Thursday it plans to make it easier to report a hoax and for fact-checking 56

December 15, 2016 4:20 PM Uber puts a Beacon in its cars for easier pick-ups

Spotting your Uber is about to become easier, with the ride-sharing firm set to roll-out its new Beacon feature. The Beacon is an LED light in the shape of the Uber logo that attaches to the inside of a windshield and glows in a color that the rider chooses. If the concept sounds familiar, it's likely because Lyft announced a similar feature, called 42

December 15, 2016 3:20 PM The iPhone switcher's guide: Move from iOS to Android and keep all your stuff

We can help move your photos, contacts, calendars, mail, music, and messages over to their new home. So you’ve decided to switch to Android. We can’t say we blame you—as you’ll soon see, the grass over here is as green as our bots—but we know that starting from scratch can be a scary experience. There’s all sorts of information on your old iPhone that you’re 65

December 15, 2016 2:52 PM Researchers reckon with the ‘Trumpocene’ at the world’s largest Earth science meeting

SAN FRANCISCO — Activism wasn't originally on the agenda for Stephen Mullens, a meteorologist at the University of Oklahoma. He'd come to the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union — the first major gathering of the world's Earth and climate scientists since the election of Donald Trump — to do what one usually does at these sorts of conferences 43