News: Technology

Archos reveals Citee Connect, first Google Android Scooter

Thursday  18:36,   22 february 2018
Relaxnews (AFP)

If you've ever thought about using a scooter to commute to work, you'll want to check out the ARCHOS Citee Connect, the first ever Google Android Scooter that comes with navigation apps.   Below the handles of the ARCHOS[...]

Weekend stargazer wins supernova 'cosmic lottery'

Thursday  18:22,   22 february 2018
AFP

To say that Victor Buso was in the right place at the right time may be the biggest understatement in the history of stargazing. By pure luck, the amateur astronomer from Rosario, Argentina snapped the first before-and-after images ever captured of[...]

This startup wants to create a 3D-printed heart

Thursday  15:02,   22 february 2018
USA TODAY

The goal is to create more viable organs in the event of a transplant.Company BioLife4D is working on just that: a printing process that could recreate a beating human heart using a patient's own[...]

How SpaceX plans to bring speedy broadband to the whole world

Thursday  14:56,   22 february 2018
CNET

The first Starlink satellites are set to launch aboard a Falcon 9 on Thursday. It could be the start of a whole new way to share Elon Musk memes.After a third delay, Thursday is now the day SpaceX plans to launch two small prototype[...]

Twitter's new rules prohibit bulk tweeting to fight spam

Thursday  14:51,   22 february 2018
Engadget

Twitter's spam bot issue isn't new, but it came to a head when it was revealed that thousands of Russian troll accounts used the platform to influence the 2016 Presidential elections. Twitter has always had anti-spam rules, but its[...]

YouTube's trending section shows it has a fake news problem, too

Thursday  14:26,   22 february 2018
Engadget

In discussions of the ongoing battle over fake news, we often hear Facebook and Google criticized for playing a hand in spreading false information. YouTube is talked about less often when it comes to fake news, though it isn't short of[...]

Snap responds to the 1.2 million petition signers who hate the redesign

Thursday  10:20,   22 february 2018
The Verge

Snap has officially responded to a hugely popular Change.org petition calling for the company to walk back the recent redesign of Snapchat. In a message signed by the Snapchat team and posted as a reply to the petition, the company says it’s heard[...]

Google tries to make Android more enterprise-friendly with new recommendation program

Thursday  10:20,   22 february 2018
TechCrunch

With so many Android devices out there to choose from, it's not always easy to find one that's enterprise-friendly. To help alleviate that problem, Google announced the Android Enterprise Recommended program today.As the name implies,[...]

Facebook Messenger adds an easy way to start group calls

Thursday  10:05,   22 february 2018
Engadget

If you've ever tried initiating a group voice or video call on Messenger, then you know that it's not intuitive at all. From there, you can choose the people to add and be able to see them all on your screen if it's a video chat.[...]

Qualcomm announces new Snapdragon 845 VR reference headset

Thursday  06:41,   22 february 2018
The Verge

Qualcomm has revealed a new reference design for a Snapdragon 845 VR headset today. The headset uses the similarly named mobile Snapdragon 845 system architecture that the company announced last month, which can be used for VR and AR. The[...]

SIM cards could soon be built into processors to save even more space

Thursday  06:20,   22 february 2018
The Verge

Every millimeter of space matters when you’re trying to build increasingly complex electronics into increasingly tiny packages, and the relatively spacious SIM card has long been an area of frustration for hardware manufacturers. Now, the chip[...]

Uber rolls out cheaper Express Pool service that rivals buses

Thursday  06:01,   22 february 2018
USA TODAY

Service requires riders to meet drivers at select pick-up spots.The ride-hailing service on Wednesday rolled out its Express Pool service, a cheaper version of its Uberpool option, where Uber users can basically carpool together in the same[...]

Apple may secure its own battery materials to avoid shortages

Wednesday  19:05,   21 february 2018
Engadget

Cobalt is an essential component in lithium ion batteries, making it a crucial material in the production of smart devices and electric vehicles. According to the report, Apple is seeking to lock down a long-term deal, securing several[...]

Google's Gboard can now search emoji, stickers and GIFs at once

Wednesday  19:05,   21 february 2018
Engadget

Gboard is making it easier to look for the perfect emoji, sticker and GIF in one go -- at least for beta testers on Android. As 9to5google reports, the keyboard's latest beta update adds a "Search all media" option that surfaces all the[...]

Samsung set to launch new flagship smartphones

Wednesday  19:05,   21 february 2018
AFP

Samsung Electronics will unveil its next flagship smartphones -- the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ -- on Sunday, after it reported record profits in recent weeks and its vice chairman was released from prison. Samsung, the flagship subsidiary of South[...]