Black hole eats and destroys hapless star which wandered too close

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Beware of the hungry black hole.

Astronomers tracked a supermassive black hole, 20 million times larger than the sun, which ate up and destroyed a star that came too close.

Located nearly 150 million light years away from Earth, scientists theorise the star swirled around the black hole, emitting intense x-rays and visible light, as a jet of material spat out at a quarter of the speed of light.

Such an occurrence, called a tidal disruption event (TDE), has been rarely spotted. But scientists think they happen more often. Read more…

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LG V30S ThinQ goes on sale for close to $1,000

LG introduced two new top-tier smartphones last month at Mobile World Congress – the LG V30S ThinQ and V30S+ ThinQ, although the South Korean company did not unveil another flagship. The announcement of the LG G7 is still one of the mysteries that we have yet to unravel, but rumor has it LG scrapped the development of the device at some point.

Until another LG flagship smartphone arrives on the market, fans of the brand may consider the two high-end devices announced at MWC 2018: LG V30S ThinQ and V30S+ ThinQ. While you can find more about these smartphones reading our previous report, we …

Sony Xperia XZ2 hands-on: up close with Sony's fresh, new design philosophy

It’s that time of year again, kiddies; Mobile World Congress is in full swing and with it comes a flagship phone announcement from Sony Mobile. Say hello to the Sony Xperia XZ2!
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As you may have noticed, aesthetically, it’s quite a departure from Sony’s well-known and omnipresent rectangular, full-metal or metal-and-plastic designs. Instead, this year Sony decided to no longer resist popular trends, now integrating a back-mounted fingerprint sensor, an 18:9 display, and Gorilla Glass 5 on both sides, for the ubiquitous glass-meets-metal aesthetic found on high-end flagships …

Drone gets way too close to an airplane in terrifying video

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Hey, if you own a drone, maybe don’t fly it over an airplane filled with passengers?

The FAA is investigating a video that seems to show a drone’s close call with a commercial airliner landing at McCarran International Airport near Las Vegas, according to the local CBS affiliate

Flying a drone near an airport is definitely not allowed by the FAA. Neither is going above 400 feet. Here’s video of the incident shared online, from ABC News:

Yes, that’s pretty terrifying. The FAA released a study last year comparing drones and birds of the same weight, and how they might affect an airplane during a mid-air collision. Surprise: The metal drones were capable of causing way more damage than birds, especially to a plane’s windshield and wings.  Read more…

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Apple vs Samsung vs LG vs Huawei mobile profits are not even close

It ain’t over until the fat lady sings, and she sang over Apple’s record quarterly profit to the tune of a $20 billion fanfare. While that’s not as much as analysts expected, and a bit too close to the $18.4 billion it booked on the wings of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus upgrades, it is still a record profit in the company’s history… any modern company’s history. 
That chunk of change boosted Apple’s cash hoard to $285 billion, and, now that its overseas holdings can be repatriated with a low tax rate, Apple’s only trouble will be how to spend this on future …

Huawei's Daydream VR headset very close to unveiling, here are some pictures of its controller

Google kind of jumped the gun on Huawei’s Daydream VR back in January, but the year is almost over and the accessory is nowhere to be seen. Although the Chinese company doesn’t have too many Daydream-ready smartphones available on the market, its VR headset will most likely work with other brands as well.

Currently, Mate 9 Pro and Porsche Design Mate 9 are the only smartphones that have been certified to support Daydream VR. Also, the newly launched Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro could soon be certified as well.

Well, it appears that Huawei’s Daydream VR …

Apple's new ad hints that with the iPad Pro, we are close to a post-PC world

Apple says that with the iPad Pro and iOS 11, a post-PC world is closer than we think. And that is the focus of a new ad for the device that was released yesterday by Apple. It isn’t until the very end of the commercial when you understand what Apple is trying to say in 60 seconds. A young girl named Scout (maybe 11 or so) hops on her bike, carrying her iPad Pro in a bag. It’s a busy day for this young iPad Pro user as she meets a friend on an apartment stoop, and works on a report about insects (using the camera to take a picture of a praying mantis).

Our heroine then sits down …

The OnePlus 5T price may be pretty close to its predecessor's

Hot on the heels of CEO Pete Lau’s tweet that the OnePlus fans will “appreciate what’s coming” despite that the “cost of smartphone components is rising,” comes a new leak which claims that the upcoming 5T handset will cost the same as its predecessor. In fact, the source posted what it says a table with the OnePlus 5T model pricing, allegedly sourced from a local carrier, which shows two versions of the handset will be in play, just as the rumors suggest.

The 6 GB RAM / 64 GB storage model carries the $505 equivalent price tag, while the 8 GB RAM / 128 GB storage high-ender …

Once you enable audio on Instagram, sound now continues until you close the app

A change to Instagram rolled out to the app recently and this is how it works. When you open the picture and video sharing app, videos will autoplay with the sound off. But when you tap on the screen to turn the volume on one video on, all other videos will autoplay with the sound on for the remainder of your Instagram session. We’d say that makes common sense. And if you tap on the screen again turning the audio off on the current video, all of the subsequent videos will go silent. If you disable the sound on your Instagram videos, they will remain off when you finish your session and start up …

The Essential Phone is unreasonably difficult to repair, close to impossible

When Andy Rubin announced its start-up will launch an Android smartphone called Essential Phone, many have been reluctant that the device will find its place among the flagships launched by more experience and tradition in the industry.

After a couple of missed deadlines, it became clear that the Essential Phone was not ready for prime time. Now that the smartphone is shipping to those who placed pre-orders, people are probably wondering whether or not to purchase it.

At first glance, the Essential Phone looks like an unusual device, but not necessarily in a bad way. But how easy …