Google Just Announced A $1.1 Billion Deal With HTC To Challenge The Apple Empire

By: Karla Lant/Futurism  Google is back in the smartphone game after announcing their $1.1 billion cooperation agreement with HTC. Google’s $1.1 billion in cash will buy the non-exclusive license for HTC’s intellectual property and give them 2,000 HTC smartphone employees. GOOGLE’S EMERGING HARDWARE BUSINESS In a joint statement Wednesday evening, Google and HTC announced their $1.1 billion…

Scientists Have Managed To Store Light As Sound For The First Time

By: Alfredo Carpineti/IFLScience  A team of researchers from the University of Sydney has managed to convert the digital information carried by light waves into sound waves inside a microchip. This is the first time such a feat has been achieved. This technological breakthrough is crucial in the development of photonic integrated circuits, the basis of computers…

Thanks To Lobbying, It’s Illegal To Power Your Home With Solar Panels In Florida

By: Robin Andrews/IFL Science  It may have ravaged much of the Caribbean, but Hurricane Irma weakened mercifully quickly as it passed over Florida. That’s not to say that it didn’t cause significant infrastructural damage, of course, and soon after the storm had passed, 40 percent of Florida lacked electricity, something that ended up killing several people who relied on it….

The Majestic Long-Endangered Snow Leopard Is Not Endangered Anymore

By: McKinley Corbley/Good News Network  After decades of being listed as endangered, the status of the majestic snow leopard has finally been upgraded to “vulnerable”. The reclassification was announced this week by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) after a 3-year survey showed great improvements in their population. Thanks to improved tracking techniques, such as camera traps…

Here’s Everything We Know About RED’s Smartphone With A Holographic Display

By: Bradd Bergan/Futurism  Cinematic camera developer RED has partnered with HP Labs’ Leia Inc. on the Hydrogen, a smartphone with a holographic display. Though exciting, the complexity of creating content to be displayed holographically on the phone might prove to be too difficult for amateurs. THE HOLOGRAPHIC FUTURE Cinematic camera developer RED is building a new kind…

Artificial Intelligence Is Attempting To Write The Next Game Of Thrones Book

By: Jonathan O’Callaghan/IFL Science  Are you tired of waiting for George R. R. Martin to finish his latest installment of A Song of Ice And Fire, called The Winds of Winter? Well, maybe you don’t have to be. A software engineer called Zack Thoutt has used artificial intelligence (AI) to try to write the book himself, reports Motherboard. Known as…

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