Solar Impulse 2: Sun-powered plane takes off from Cairo on last leg of round-the-world voyage

The Independent - Tech

Nasa has announced that it has found evidence of flowing water on Mars. Scientists have long speculated that Recurring Slope Lineae -- or dark patches -- on Mars were made up of briny water but the new findings prove that those patches are caused by liquid water, which it has established by finding hydrated salts. Several hundred camped outside the London store in Covent Garden. The 6s will have new features like a vastly improved camera and a pressure-sensitive "3D Touch" display


UN expert voices 'serious concerns' over allegations Yahoo scanned customer emails at behest of US intelligence

The Independent - Tech

Nasa has announced that it has found evidence of flowing water on Mars. Scientists have long speculated that Recurring Slope Lineae -- or dark patches -- on Mars were made up of briny water but the new findings prove that those patches are caused by liquid water, which it has established by finding hydrated salts. Several hundred camped outside the London store in Covent Garden. The 6s will have new features like a vastly improved camera and a pressure-sensitive "3D Touch" display


Palmer Luckey, whose Oculus seeded Facebook's virtual reality efforts, is out

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Palmer Luckey, founder of Oculus Rift VR, a virtual reality headset that was the hit of CES 2014. SAN FRANCISCO -- Palmer Luckey, the controversial co-founder of virtual-reality gear maker Oculus, is leaving parent Facebook. Luckey's role at Facebook has been in question since he was outed in September for secretly funding an Internet trolling group that supported Donald Trump and created anti-Hillary Clinton memes. Luckey said at the time he was "deeply sorry" his actions "are negatively impacting the perception of Oculus and its partners." His leadership developing the product was also questioned by observers such as veteran tech blogger Robert Scoble, who suggested rival headset HTC Vive was further advanced.


Text analysis of Trump's tweets confirms he writes only the (angrier) Android half

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I don't normally post about politics (I'm not particularly savvy about polling, which is where data science has had the largest impact on politics). But this weekend I saw a hypothesis about Donald Trump's twitter account that simply begged to be investigated with data: Every non-hyperbolic tweet is from iPhone (his staff). Every hyperbolic tweet is from Android (from him). When Trump wishes the Olympic team good luck, he's tweeting from his iPhone. Is this an artifact showing which tweets are Trump's own and which are by some handler?


Apple granted FCC license to test 5G wireless technology

Mashable

The FCC has officially granted Apple approval to begin testing experimental 5G technology, according to DSLR Reports. The iPhone maker now has permission to begin using something called "short-range millimeter wave spectrum" at two locations in California. The technology could be used in next-generation broadband, also known as 5G. Apple applied for the license back in May, with few details about its plans or objectives other than a goal that the tests would range from the 28 GHz and 39 GHz bands. The company's hope is that the results "will provide engineering data relevant to the operation of devices on wireless carriers' future 5G networks."