News: Technology

Cracking discovery: Japan scientist uses egg white for clean energy

Thursday  18:35,   15 february 2018
AFP

A Japanese scientist said Thursday his team has cracked open a method to improve the production of carbon-free energy -- by using proteins taken from egg white. Yusuke Yamada, a professor at Osaka City University, said his team has managed[...]

Apple's HomePod Speaker Costs $216 to Build, TechInsights Says

Thursday  17:46,   15 february 2018
Bloomberg

Apple Inc.’s HomePod, the company’s first foray into speakers in a decade, costs $216 to build and generates thinner profit margins than other products like the Apple Watch and iPhone, according to analysis by TechInsights. Given the HomePod’s $349[...]

Getting to the Heart of the Rosette Nebula: How It Got Its Rose Shape

Thursday  17:11,   15 february 2018
MSN

The Rosette Nebula sits in the Milky Way about 5,000 light-years from Earth. Massive stars at its core have blasted a hole in the cloud of material with radiation and flows of charged gas particles, called stellar wind.But the size of the hole[...]

Intel expands bug bounty to catch more Spectre-like security flaws

Thursday  14:55,   15 february 2018
Engadget

It might not always spot exploits, but it can ask for help.The higher bounty stems in part from the complexity of demonstrating exploits. Unlike most purely software-driven attacks, the speculative execution tricks behind Meltdown and Spectre[...]

Fujfilm targets video shooters with the new flagship X-H1

Thursday  14:37,   15 february 2018
Engadget

Fujifilm has dropped a hefty gauntlet on rivals with the X-H1, its new flagship APS-C mirrorless that excels at both photography and video. The X-H1 has a dust- and water-resistant body that is meatier than others in the X-series with a big [...]

Here’s how Google Chrome will block ads starting today

Thursday  13:32,   15 february 2018
MSN

Google has previously outlined its plans to kill annoying ads on web pages in its Chrome browser, and it’s turning the feature on in version 64 of the desktop and mobile app today. Essentially, an industry group called the Coalition for Better Ads – [...]

Facebook’s controversial Messenger Kids app arrives on Android

Thursday  11:01,   15 february 2018
Engadget

Facebook's Messenger app for kids launched in December, though only for iOS, and last month, Facebook made it available for Amazon Fire tablets. Now, TechCrunch reports, and Facebook confirmed to us, that Messenger Kids will be available for[...]

Samsung filing hints that smart glasses might still be coming

Thursday  11:01,   15 february 2018
The Verge

For years, there have been rumors that Samsung might be making smart glasses. The first hint of Samsung developing some sort of Google Glass-style wearable was back in 2013, with a design patent for a pair of “sports glasses.” Then, in[...]

FBI Director Warns Huawei Phones Pose Spy Threat

Thursday  07:02,   15 february 2018
Newsweek

The heads of the CIA, FBI and NSA warned of the ties between Huawei and the Chinese government.The intelligence chief told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday that American telecom companies should be cautious of Chinese technology[...]

Rise of the data protection officer, the hottest tech ticket in town

Thursday  07:01,   15 february 2018
Reuters

But finding DPOs is not[...]

Tesla’s China Dream Threatened by Standoff Over Shanghai Factory

Wednesday  18:36,   14 february 2018
Bloomberg

Tesla Inc., the biggest-selling electric carmaker in the U.S., is in danger of being relegated to an expensive niche in China because Elon Musk can't clinch a deal to open a factory there. More than seven months after Tesla said it was working[...]

Walmart goes to the cloud to close gap with Amazon

Wednesday  16:31,   14 february 2018
Reuters

Walmart’s cloud effort is significant at a time when U.S. retail is undergoing immense disruption, and data-based decision making has become more important than ever to understand how shoppers make purchases. Walmart's online revenue climbed 50[...]

SpaceX satellite broadband plans ready to blast off

Wednesday  13:20,   14 february 2018
CNET

Elon Musk's rocket company has been working on getting satellite broadband off the ground for years. A Falcon 9 is set to launch the first test Saturday.More than three years ago we learned Elon Musk and his rocket company were working on[...]

Google team will bring Smart Replies to more chat apps

Wednesday  12:52,   14 february 2018
Engadget

If you've wanted to use Google's canned Smart Replies in chat apps, you've been limited to using Allo or (if you're on the right carrier) Android Messages. But what if you're one of the many, many people using something else? [...]

Fitbit just acquired a cloud-based health care company that you probably haven’t heard of

Wednesday  12:35,   14 february 2018
The Verge

<p>Nearly all Twine Health employees will join Fitbit</p>Twine Health probably isn’t a name that will resonate with a lot of people who don’t follow digital health closely, but it’s a collaborative software platform aimed at workplace wellness [...]