02 Feb

Seagate hit with class action lawsuit over defective hard drives

Consumers aren’t happy with the reliability of Seagate’s hard drives, filing a class-action lawsuit against the company in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California alleging that their hard drives “failed to live up to the advertised promises.”

The lawsuit specifically relates to Seagate’s 3TB hard drive models: the Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive, or the Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk Drive. Hagens Berman, the firm representing consumers against Seagate, claims that these drives “failed at exceptionally high rates, leaving consumers with broken hardware and significant loss of data.”

Source: Seagate hit with class action lawsuit over defective hard drives

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02 Feb

Google’s planning to deliver super-fast 5G Internet from solar-powered drones

Google’s been secretly trialling a drove of 5G Internet-compatible drones out in New Mexico that have the potential to transmit gigabits of data every second – that’s 40 times more data than the world’s fastest wireless services.

Codenamed Skybender, the project aims to take advantage of high frequency millimetre waves – a specific region on the electromagnetic spectrum that can theoretically transmit data far more efficiently than the frequencies our phones and wireless Internet have well and truly clogged up.

Source: Google’s planning to deliver super-fast 5G Internet from solar-powered drones

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02 Feb

Robot Farm to Churn Out 30K Heads of Lettuce a Day

“Robot-obsessed Japan” is how Phys.org describes a country bent on automation, and its latest agricultural efforts seem to back that claim up. The world’s first robot-run farm will be up and running by mid-2017, Kyoto-based Spread has announced, and it plans to churn out 30,000 heads of lettuce a day to start, boosting that to 500,000 within five years. The lettuce, which will be grown without pesticides, will also boast more beta carotene than lettuce grown on traditional farms, the company says, and the automated process will result in significant savings.

Source: Japan readying to open massive lettuce farm–world’s first run by robots

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02 Feb

Gmail Now Has More Than 1B Monthly Active Users

During its earnings call, Google today announced that Gmail now has more than 1 billion monthly active users. That’s up from 900 million the company announced during its I/O developer conference last May and up from 425 million in 2012.

With this, Gmail joins six of Google’s other popular projects, including Search, Chrome, Android, Maps, YouTube and Google Play that all also have more than a billion active users.

Source: Gmail Now Has More Than 1B Monthly Active Users

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14 Dec

Apple CEO: More Computer Science and Coding Education Needed

Teaching kids to code is just as important as teaching them any other language. And the younger they start learning it, the better, Apple CEO Tim Cook said Wednesday.

Cook spoke to a group of New York third graders who visited a Manhattan Apple store for an “Hour of Code” class. In an interview afterward, he said that schools aren’t putting enough emphasis on computer-science education, but he has “great hope” that will change and coding will ultimately become a required class for all kids.

Source: Apple CEO: More Computer Science and Coding Education Needed | Sci-Tech Today

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