News: Technology

The Planet That Took Us Beyond the Solar System

Tuesday  11:54,   17 april 2018
The Atlantic

<p>An unusual discovery in the 1990s paved the way for space telescopes to spot thousands of exoplanets.</p>The discovery of 51 Pegasi b, as it was called, was just the beginning. The astronomy community was witnessing “A Parade of New[...]

It would be the world’s largest airplane. It’s being built by a billionaire. And it’s getting ready to fly.

Tuesday  11:53,   17 april 2018
The Washington Post

Paul Allen, the Microsoft co-founder, is building an airplane that could “air launch” as many as three rockets and perhaps even a space shuttle.If it flies successfully, Stratolaunch, as the plane is called, would be the largest aircraft ever to[...]

A 150-Foot Asteroid Flew Alarmingly Close to Earth Just Hours After Being Spotted

Tuesday  11:51,   17 april 2018
Time

<p>An asteroid estimated to be at least 150 feet in diameter made an alarmingly close pass to Earth on Sunday morning just hours after it was first observed by astronomers.</p>The asteroid, named Asteroid 2018 GE3, was closest to Earth at[...]

Adobe acquires voice interface platform Sayspring

Tuesday  07:55,   17 april 2018
TechCrunch

Adobe today announced that it has acquiredSayspring, a startup that helps developers prototype and build the voice interfaces for their Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant apps. The company says the Sayspring team will join Adobe tomorrow and that[...]

Microsoft introduces Azure Sphere to protect your IoT

Tuesday  07:52,   17 april 2018
CNET

It's a comprehensive system meant to secure some of the most vulnerable devices connected to the internet.With smart fridges, thermometers and lightbulbs designed to be convenient and easy to use, security is often an afterthought. That means[...]

Google will help preserve endangered historical sites in virtual reality

Tuesday  07:51,   17 april 2018
The Verge

Google has partnered with 3D laser scanning nonprofit CyArk to help preserve historical sites around the world that are at risk of irreversible damage or total erasure due to human conflict and natural disasters.&nbsp;“With modern technology, we [...]

Facebook must face class action over facial recognition: U.S. judge

Tuesday  07:51,   17 april 2018
Reuters

<p>A U.S. federal judge ruled on Monday that Facebook Inc must face a class action lawsuit alleging that the social network unlawfully used a facial recognition process on photos without user permission.</p>The ruling adds to the privacy woes[...]

Sony's dual camera Xperia XZ2 Premium takes ultra-low-light photos

Monday  15:42,   16 april 2018
Engadget

Sony's regular Xperia XZ2 is, to put it mildly, underwhelming -- as capable as it is, there's little to recommend it over its rivals. You can't say that about the just-announced Xperia XZ2 Premium, though. The new handset preserves the 4K[...]

Sony announces smaller version of giant Digital Paper E Ink tablet

Monday  15:41,   16 april 2018
The Verge

The selling point of Sony’s DPT-RP1 “Digital Paper” tablet is right there in the name — it’s basically a giant slab of E Ink the same size as a sheet of A4 paper, and it works with a stylus for document creation, PDF annotation, and so[...]

iOS 12: everything we know about Apple's next mobile OS

Monday  15:41,   16 april 2018
T3

Amidst all the keen speculation over what Apple might produce with the iPhone XI, it can be easy to forget the annual refresh of iOS – but in its own way the mobile software that Apple makes is just as important as the hardware updates that the[...]

Facebook fuels broad privacy debate by tracking non-users

Monday  10:42,   16 april 2018
Reuters

<p>Concern about Facebook Inc's respect for data privacy is widening to include the information it collects about non-users, after Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said the world's largest social network tracks people whether they have[...]

NASA's new planet-hunter to seek closer, Earth-like worlds

Monday  10:42,   16 april 2018
AFP

NASA is poised to launch a $337 million washing machine-sized spacecraft that aims to vastly expand mankind's search for planets beyond our solar system, particularly closer, Earth-sized ones that might harbor life. The Transiting Exoplanet[...]

Why Europe, not Congress, will rein in big tech

Monday  10:41,   16 april 2018
The Washington Post

Ireland’s Helen Dixon, who will receive enhanced powers under new regulations, is a watchdog to watch.Europe has been moving aggressively to impose order on the tech space. Already, it has inflicted painful penalties on Apple and Google for their[...]

Study finds over 3,300 Android apps improperly tracking kids

Monday  10:41,   16 april 2018
Engadget

There's little doubt that mobile apps sometimes overstep their bounds by collecting more data from kids than the law allows.&nbsp;Researchers using an automated testing process have discovered that 3,337 family- and child-oriented Android[...]

This new Samsung Galaxy phone can't connect to the internet

Sunday  14:41,   15 april 2018
CNET

Would you buy a smartphone without internet connectivity.That's right. No 3G, no LTE, no Wi-Fi, no nothing. Samsung says the phone is intended for students and senior citizens as a way for them to make calls and use apps, minus the distractions or[...]