Technology

DOST to showcase programs for SMEs, communities

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is holding a “Technical Session on DOST’s Major Programs and Projects” as one of the major activities during the 2017 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) regional celebration on Nov. 22-24. The event is geared towards providing fast and reliable science and technology services to …

Consumers with shared wireless accounts advised to watch out for overage fees

TORONTO—Consumers are being advised to vigilantly check their wireless data consumption and roaming fees, as it looks increasingly unlikely that Canadian telecoms will implement notification methods required under a new wireless code by the December deadline. The advice comes after Telus Corp. (TSX:T) and Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX:RCI.B) told the CRTC recently that they won’t …

Mars 2020 mission performs first supersonic parachute test: NASA

LOS ANGELES – US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has completed the first test of its Mars 2020 mission’s parachute-testing series, the Advanced Supersonic Parachute Inflation Research Experiment, or ASPIRE, the US space agency announced. The Mars rover mission set to launch in 2020 will seek signs of ancient Martian life by investigating evidence in …

What is a digital currency and how does cryptocurrency mining work?

VANCOUVER — Cryptocurrency is a digital currency with no physical form or intrinsic value, but is an increasingly hot commodity as Bitcoin, its most well-known iteration, flirts with a record high. Bitcoin, the self-proclaimed original decentralized digital currency, is hovering around US$8,000 as investors pour into alternative currencies. Many other types of cryptocurrencies exist, including …

Tesla wants to electrify big trucks, adding to its ambitions

DETROIT — After more than a decade of making cars and SUVs — and, more recently, solar panels — Tesla Inc. wants to electrify a new type of vehicle: big trucks. The company unveiled its new electric semitractor-trailer Thursday night near its design centre in Hawthorne, California. CEO Elon Musk said the semi is capable …

Electric road train makes first demo run in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY— The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) innovative “train-like bus” dubbed Hybrid Electric Road Train (HERT) made its maiden demonstration run on Wednesday morning in major roads here. Dominador Lagare Jr., chair of the city council’s committee on transportation, said the initial road test is part of the ongoing preparations for the …

Broadband infra project launched to improve Internet speed

MANILA— The government is expected to have the capability to become the third major player in the local telco industry once its newly launched broadband infrastructure, which would help improve Internet speed and accessibility in the country, becomes operational by 2019. The project, dubbed Strategic Engagement and Collaboration to Undertake a Reliable and Efficient Government Internet …

US regulators approve first digital pill to track patients

WASHINGTON — U.S. regulators have approved the first drug with a sensor that alerts doctors when the medication has been taken, offering a new way of monitoring patients but also raising privacy concerns. The digital pill approved Monday combines two existing products: the former blockbuster psychiatric medication Abilify — long used to treat schizophrenia and …

US official: 15 per cent of agencies used Kaspersky software

WASHINGTON — Computer systems at 15 per cent of U.S. government agencies were running Kaspersky Lab software that’s been banned because of concerns about the company’s ties to the Kremlin and Russian spy operations, a top Homeland Security Department official told Congress on Tuesday. In July, the General Services Administration removed Kaspersky from its list …

AP Exclusive: US scientists try 1st gene editing in the body

OAKLAND, Calif. — Scientists for the first time have tried editing a gene inside the body in a bold attempt to permanently change a person’s DNA to try to cure a disease. The experiment was done Monday in California on 44-year-old Brian Madeux. Through an IV, he received billions of copies of a corrective gene …

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