For the sixth year in a row Toyota's luxury marque has topped the annual JD Power Vehicle Dependability Study. With an overall average score of 110, Lexus is once again the most reliable marque in the US, however this year it tied with Porsche. Away from luxury carmakers, Toyota came out top of the mainstream marques (and third overall) with a score of 123, just ahead of Buick (126) and Mercedes-Benz (131).
Texas has a new plan for its 2.5 million feral hogs: total annihilation. Sid Miller, the state's agriculture commissioner, just approved a pesticide — called "Kaput Feral Hog Lure" — for statewide use. "The 'hog apocalypse' may finally be on the horizon," Miller said in a statement on Tuesday. SEE ALSO: First human-pig chimeras created, sparking hopes for transplantable organs — and debate "This solution is long overdue," he added. "Wild hogs have caused extensive damage to Texas lands and loss of income for many, many years." Texas's agriculture commission estimates that feral hogs cause $52 million in damage each year to agricultural businesses by tearing up crops and pastures, knocking down fences and ruining equipment. The so-called hog lure is derived from warfarin, a blood-thinning agent that's also used to kill rats and mice in homes and buildings. Animals don't die immediately from eating the odorless, tasteless chemical. That would be too kind. Instead, they keep eating it until the anti-clotting properties cause them to bleed to death internally. This week, Miller approved a rule change in the Texas Administrative Code that allows landowners and agricultural producers to use Kaput — essentially warfarin-laced pellets — to keep feral hogs off their property. Not on my watch, hogs. Image: mark thompson/Getty Images Proponents of the hog toxicant, including the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service, say it's an effective tool because it's only strong enough to kill the swine, and not other wildlife populations or livestock. In January, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency registered Kaput's hog bait under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, a move that made the product available for general use. Still, environmentalists and hog hunters alike staunchly oppose using warfarin to stamp out Texas's feral pig problem. Pigs poop, after all, and other animals could ingest the warfarin along the way. Some Texans hunt the pigs for sport and food, and they're worried about eating poisoned swine. "For Texas to introduce a poison into the equation is a bad decision in our opinion and could likely contaminate humans who unknowingly process and eat feral hogs," the Texas Hog Hunters Association said in a Change.org petition to block the rule change. MIke and his big ole boar from yesterday. Lamar county Texas https://t.co/jQoS5JbtnQ pic.twitter.com/2SeAKs7zbh — TX Hog Hunters Assn. (@texashoghunters) February 14, 2017 Louisiana might become the next state to use Kaput to quell its feral hog population, which worries state wildlife veterinarian Jim LaCour. He said local black bears and raccoons could easily lift the lid to the cages containing the warfarin-laced pellets. "We do have very serious concerns about non-target species," LaCour told the Times-Picayune in New Orleans. "When the hogs eat, they're going to drop crumbs on the outside, where small rodents can get them and not only intoxicate themselves but also birds of prey that eat them. Since the poison will be on the landscape for weeks on end, the chances of these birds eating multiple affected animals is pretty good," he told the newspaper. The pesticide's manufacturer, Scimetrics Ltd. Corp., assures the pesticide is safe for humans and wildlife — just not for feral pigs.
(Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc said on Wednesday it would offer its high-speed wireless 5G network to certain customers in 11 U.S. cities in the first half of 2017. Verizon will begin pilot testing 5G "pre-commercial services" in cities, including Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Miami, Seattle and Washington, D.C. The company had said last July that it laid out plans to conduct trials for its 5G network this year. AT&T Inc said in January that it planned to test its high-speed wireless 5G network for customers of its online streaming television service, DirecTv Now, in Austin, Texas.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — More than a week has passed since the North Korean leader's estranged half brother died in Malaysia, but what killed him, who instigated it and why are still unknown. Malaysian authorities have identified several suspects in the death of Kim Jong Nam, but many questions remain.
The picture shows what could be the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus sitting side by side, highlighting the notable size difference between the two phones as well as teasing some potential key features. Originating from SlashLeaks (and later posted to Android Headlines) the photo reveals what could be the S8's new home key, which appears to be an on-screen virtual button rather than a physical one. Interestingly, the rest of the S8's display appears to be off, which suggests that the new phones will continue to have some sort of "always-on" screen functionality to display key information even when the device is asleep.
The Galaxy S8 was supposed to be Samsung’s big focus at MWC 2017 this year, reports said, just like its most recent Galaxy S flagships. However, Samsung had to postpone the launch of its next big thing following the massive Galaxy Note 7 debacle. But the new Galaxy S version is still expected to be teased during Samsung’s press event on Sunday, when Samsung will unveil a series of new products including a brand new Android tablet. And that device, which goes by the name of Galaxy Tab S3 in leaks and rumors, might reveal one key detail about the Galaxy S8. Well-known leaker Evan Blass posted a press render of the Galaxy Tab S3 complete with its keyboard dock. https://twitter.com/evleaks/status/834214088553144320 The new tablet and dock combo could be Samsung’s answer to Apple’s iPad Pro series, making it a device that could replace your desktop or laptop, even for work. That keyboard dock certainly comes in handy, and the Tab S3 is already expected to come with an S Pen stylus. But what if there was one way of making the Galaxy Tab S3 even better? What if you could connect it to a special accessory that would let you hook up an external monitor to your Android device to power a desktop computing experience? If that sounds familiar, it's because the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are expected to feature a special new desktop-mode feature. A separate accessory called the DeX station is what you’ll supposedly need to connect the phone to a bigger display. Samsung is yet to confirm the feature, but we’ve seen it appear in various reports, including leaks from the Galaxy S8’s purported manual. Considering the Galaxy Tab S3 tablet will be a high-end device, expected to pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset and 4GB of RAM, it would make even more sense to make it DeX-compatible. After all, you can be even more productive on a tablet than on a smartphone, so DeX support should be a no-brainer. However, this is just speculation at this point. There’s no indication that any other Samsung device will come with desktop mode enabled. But it would obviously make sense for Samsung to extend DeX support to any Android device that can support it. After all, DeX mode requires the purchase of an extra piece of hardware that only Samsung makes, and offers Samsung a key advantage over competing devices. On that note, a recent Galaxy S8 manual leak indicates the DeX Station might only fit smartphones: Samsung will tell us all about the Galaxy Tab S3 on Sunday during its official MWC 2017 press conference.
SpaceX made headlines earlier this week when its Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched and then performed a perfect vertical landing. Today's SpaceX news isn't nearly as cheerful, as the Dragon cargo ship that was placed into orbit by the rocket has been forced to make an emergency abort before it reached the International Space Station, delaying the delivery of supplies to astronauts aboard the craft.
The Dragon capsule, which is unmanned and guided entirely by remote commands, experienced a software glitch that produced a faulty value in its navigation calculations. The Dragon was less than a mile from the ISS when the capsule's software cried foul and, according to a NASA spokesperson, the SpaceX craft "did exactly what it was designed to do" by breaking off its approach. According to both SpaceX and NASA, the crew of the ISS was never in any real danger, and the capsule itself is said to be "in excellent shape." SpaceX and NASA appear to be chalking up the erroneous data as a fluke.
The capsule is carrying 5,500lbs of supplies for the astronauts on board the International Space Station, and this is SpaceX's tenth cargo run in service of NASA. The supplies will still make it to their destination, however, as SpaceX is planning on making another attempt at delivery Thursday morning. The 24-hour delay in supply delivery won't spell doom for anyone on board the space station, and "will not adversely impact" any of the biological materials or experiments housed within the Dragon.