News: Technology

Oops. Pixel 2's secret menu button was a mistake

Friday  15:31,   20 october 2017
CNET

Turns out an invisible menu button was actually a bug.If you've been an Android user since the early days, you may remember when your phone had a dedicated menu button in its navigation bar. So, if you have the Pixel 2, you may want to play around[...]

Volkswagen is building an electric supercar to tackle Pike’s Peak

Friday  15:07,   20 october 2017
Engadget

Last month, Volkswagen laid out a roadmap for its EV rollout, promising 300 zero-emissions vehicles by 2030. While it's certainly good PR to move the company beyond its lingering diesel scandal, it also follows other automakers that recently[...]

BBC will use machine learning to cater to what audiences want to watch

Friday  15:06,   20 october 2017
The Verge

Today, BBC’s R&D team announced a five-year initiative to use machine learning to work out what audiences want to watch. To accomplish this, the team is partnering up with data scientists and experts from UK universities as well as media[...]

Facebook’s news subscription service will debut on Android, not iOS

Friday  15:06,   20 october 2017
Engadget

Back in June, we reported that Facebook was working on a subscription deal with The Wall Street Journal. Then in July, we learned that the social platform was launching a news subscription service which would layer a paywall above Instant Articles. [...]

Google will pay hackers who find flaws in top Android apps

Friday  11:53,   20 october 2017
Engadget

Google is probably hoping to raise the quality of apps in the Play store by launching a new bug bounty program that's completely separate from its existing one. Google promises $1,000 for every issue that meets its criteria, but bounty[...]

Verizon’s streaming TV service reportedly delayed until spring 2018 at the earliest

Friday  11:53,   20 october 2017
The Verge

Verizon has supposedly had its own over-the-top TV service in the works for a while now. Bloomberg first reported that it was supposed to launch in the summer back in March, and Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam confirmed in a Variety report that the[...]

Amazon's original Echo gets a much-needed upgrade

Friday  11:52,   20 october 2017
TechCrunch

With a good software-driven product, the hardware is almost inconsequential. After the unboxing and the setup, it just sort of fades into the scenery. That was always the case with Amazon’s original Echo, but even as Alexa continues to do all of the [...]

Twitter now has a timeline to go after bullies and trolls

Friday  11:52,   20 october 2017
CNET

For the first time, the social network makes its safety calendar public. Now you can see when it plans to enforce rules against abusive behavior.After facing criticism for allowing abusive behavior, Twitter aims to be more[...]

Microsoft Surface Book 2 OFFICIAL: Massive Specs, Stunning Design

Friday  07:36,   20 october 2017
Know Your Mobile

Microsoft has announced two new Surface Book 2 hybrids in 13.5in and 15in sizesThis is an all-round update with a new design on the outside, and enhanced specs and hardware on the inside. Microsoft has also taken steps to improve the connectivity[...]

Gmail launches its first public iOS beta to test support for third-party accounts

Friday  07:36,   20 october 2017
TechCrunch

Google wants to make Gmail the place where you check all your email accounts, not just your Google accounts. The company announced this week it's testing a new version of the Gmail app on iOS that will allow users to add their non-Google[...]

Facebook's discovery-focused 'Explore Feed' hits the desktop

Friday  07:35,   20 october 2017
TechCrunch

Facebook's tests of an alternative News Feed dubbed the "Explore" feed are progressing, it seems. Previously available on mobile devices in the main navigation, Facebook's new Explore Feed is now appearing for users on the[...]

Nissan's Rogue is its first US car with semi-autonomous driving

Friday  07:11,   20 october 2017
Engadget

You won't have to wait long to try Nissan's semi-autonomous ProPilot Assist on American streets. Again, ProPilot Assist isn't as slick as Tesla's Autopilot. It won't roll out to meet you in the driveway, or change lanes just by[...]

How to make Facebook less annoying to use

Thursday  11:06,   19 october 2017
T3

Facebook: can't live with it, can't live without it. If you're despairing at the dross served up by the world's biggest social network every time you log in, then we've got some advice for you - it doesn't have to be that[...]

Nintendo Switch update adds video capture and profile transfers

Thursday  11:06,   19 october 2017
Engadget

Nintendo's convertible Switch console has a new software update available, and owners will likely want to grab version 4.0.0 of its OS right away. In a world full of Twitch streams and YouTube Let's Plays that should be well received.[...]

Google Confirms Android 8.1 Coming Soon To Pixel Phones

Thursday  11:06,   19 october 2017
Know Your Mobile

Google's already prepping Android 8.1 for launch on the Pixel series and Pixel 2 seriesIt's not far off either, Google promises it will arrive "in the coming weeks," as part of an official blog post on te Pixel 2 camera[...]