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Bats with Covid-like viruses found in Laos: study

Scientists have discovered another clue to the origins of the virus that causes Covid-19, with bats living in caves in Laos found to be carrying a similar pathogen that experts suggest could potentially infect humans directly.The virus has killed millions since it emerged in China in late 2019, and controversy continues to swirl around where it came...

Bill Gates’ green tech fund bets on farming robots

As California struggles with another crippling drought, a Silicon Valley startup that believes robots can grow produce more sustainably said Wednesday it raised $50 million in a funding round led by Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Ventures.Iron Ox uses robots that are integrated with a hydroponic system consuming 90% less water than traditional farms,...

Microsoft Office 2021 will be available without subscription, launch date unveiled

Microsoft has announced that Office 2021 will be launching alongside Windows 11 with the company already set the new operating system’s launch date for October 5.Office 2021 will be available in the following versions:Microsoft Office Home and Student 2021Microsoft Office Home and Business 2021Microsoft Visio Standard 2021Microsoft Visio Professional...

The best new features of Apple Watch Series 7

Apple Watch Series 7, the latest addition to Apple’s wearable tech family. The Series 7‘s new features have the potential to add more convenience to a lot of everyday tasks, from checking the time to responding to texts and tracking your sleep. Apple unveiled the $399 Apple Watch Series 7 during its product launch event on Sept. 14 alongside the iPhone...

Nikon Z MC 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens Review: A Solid Introduction to Macro

The Nikon 50mm f/2.8 Macro Prime lens is part of a pair announced in June. While the lens is designated as a macro, the 50mm focal length makes it more of a walkabout lens with macro capabilities.While Nikon’s legacy macro lenses would still work using the FTZ adapter on the Z-System, the new lenses note another step of Nikon’s promise to deliver a...

Here are beta version details of Call of Duty: Vanguard

The much-anticipated World War II game, Call of Duty: Vanguard, is slated to be released on November 5. The details of its beta version have been announced.According to reports, the version was supposed to be brought down on September 20, but the date was extended by two days.The available maps in the beta version are Hotel Royal, Gavutu, Red Star and...

US sanctions cryptocurrency exchange over ties to ‘ransomware attacks’

The United States imposed sanctions Tuesday on cryptocurrency exchange SUEX for its ties to ransomware attackers, as Washington seeks to crack down on digital crime.The move comes after hacks and data breaches that have targeted a major US oil pipeline, a meatpacking company and the Microsoft Exchange email system, as well as ransomware attacks hitting...

Robinhood testing crypto wallet, cryptocurrency transfer features

Robinhood Markets is testing new crypto wallet and cryptocurrency transfer features for its app which would allow customers to send and receive digital currencies such as bitcoin, Bloomberg News reported on Monday.A beta version of its iPhone app showed the company’s work on such features, the report said.There was also a hidden image showing a waitlist...

Sorare raises $680 million for its fantasy sports NFT game

image credit:SorareFrench startup Sorare has announced that it has raised a significant funding round. SoftBank's Vision Fund 2 has led a $680 million Series B round, which values the company at $4.3 billion.Sorare has built a fantasty football (soccer) platform based on NFTs, or non-fungible tokens. Each digital card is registered as a unique token...

Netflix launches free plan in Kenya to boost growth

Image Credits: Krisztian Bocsi / Bloomberg / Getty ImagesNetflix said on Monday it is launching a free mobile plan in Kenya as the global streaming giant looks to tap the East African nation that is home to over 20 million internet users.The free plan, which will be rolled out to all users in Kenya in the coming weeks, won’t require them to provide...

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