Science and Technology News: 30 October 2021

30 October, 2021

Latest Science Technology news:

  1. On Thursday, a solar flare was recorded at its peak by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory at 11:35 a.m. Eastern Time. The burst of energy caused a coronal mass ejection (CME), which is essentially a giant magnetic field fart. The light and particles from the CME will reach Earth this Sunday as a solar storm, but won’t physically affect humans or wildlife. Popsci
  2. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that the company is working on futurist virtual reality and augmented reality projects, dubbed respectively Project Cambria and Project Nazaré. Venturebeat
  3. Microsoft announced Friday that it purchased Two Hat, a Kelowna-based content moderation platform that uses AI to classify and filter messages, usernames, images and videos in real time to create safer online communities. Globalnews
  4. Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 vs AMD Radeon RX 6600. PCWorld
  5. Mark Zuckerberg highlighted the company’s efforts to make the Quest a fitness platform for third-party apps like Supernatural and FitXR. He compared it directly to the Peloton as a connected fitness device. Yahoo News
  6. iFixit reveals that Apple’s $19 Screen Polishing cloth is actually two pieces of material glued together and even takes a microscope to it to compare it to regular old microfiber.  TheVerge
  7. How VPN works ? Your data goes to a VPN server in an encrypted form. It is then decrypted by the VPN server, and from there, gets transmitted to its online destination with an IP address designated by the VPN server. So, anyone who tries to intercept your data will see it originating from the VPN server and not your actual device address. Techtimes
  8. Continuing about about smart devices, today we talk about smart switch. Smarteefi Touch 4 Port WiFi Smart Switch, Execute Schedule Even if no Internet, Compatible with Alexa/Google Home. WiFi enabled Smart Switch with 4 outputs whereas each output can be controlled and programmed independently. It allows you to turn ON/Off your appliances from Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Smarteefi App.


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