NEWS 13 FEBRUARY 2018

Accelerated sea level rise could lead to twice as much sea level rise by 2100

Steve Nerem, a professor of aerospace engineering sciences at the University of Colorado-Boulder and lead author on the paper, analyzed 25 years of satellite data to calculate how fast sea levels are rising as a result of climate change. He found that sea levels are currently growing by 3 mm/year, but this isn’t a steady growth. The rate is accelerating by 0.08 mm/year every year. It might not seem like much, but it picks up year after year and in the long-term, it can end up making a big difference [read more]


AMP for email launched by Google to bring web-like actionable content to its Gmail

The accelerated mobile pages (AMP) project has come a long way since Google first announced the initiative to the world back in 2015. The open source AMP framework, which is designed to enable blazing-fast and efficient mobile web pages, is now used by 31 million domains. Today, Google announced an extension of the AMP program to include another popular communications medium.
The internet giant unveiled the Gmail developer preview of AMP for email, a web-like experience designed to make emails more engaging and interactive. One of the key benefits of AMP for email will be that content within an email can be updated, and recipients will be able to browse email content much like they would a web page [read more]


$10M investment from Apple, LG denied by eMagin

A small company that makes OLED microdisplays is getting some attention from tech giants with big plans for virtual and augmented reality. Apple, LG and Valve are listed as "specified investors" making a $10 million investment in eMagin, according to documents filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The Hopewell Junction, New York-based company makes microdisplays used in the military, medical and industrial fields, but it has recently turned its attention to companies building consumer headsets [read more]


NEWS 13 FEBRUARY 2018

Microsoft testing Windows 10 S features that negates the need for passwords

It seems like Microsoft may soon kill the need to memorise passwords, at least on its Windows 10 S operating system. With the new Insider preview release, build 17093, the company is in the process of testing a feature that would negate the need to remember passwords. Users will have to download and connect the Authenticator app to log in. 

“With the changes in this build, your Windows 10 S PC will automatically make your experience password-free. You will notice that if you have Windows Hello set up, you won’t see passwords anywhere in the Windows experience – not on the unlock screen nor in Sign-in options,” the company notes in its blog [read more]


Galaxy Note 9 in-display fingerprint sensor unlikely

Yes, you read that right, this is an article speculating about the Galaxy Note 9 and not the Galaxy S9. It’s far too early to be sure of what the Galaxy Note 9 will bring to the table but according to a report out of South Korea, an in-display fingerprint sensor won’t be it. While Samsung was expected to introduce an in-display fingerprint sensor with the Galaxy S8, that didn’t happen.

Many then expected the company to introduce it with the Galaxy Note 8 last year but Samsung was said to have given up on the idea due to technical challenges. If this report is to be believed, it will be futile to keep your fingers crossed for the Galaxy Note 9 in-display fingerprint sensor [read more]