News: Technology

Apple’s Venmo-like money transfers will arrive after iOS 11

Tuesday  11:42,   19 september 2017
Engadget

A new payment service from Apple is set to launch sometime this fall through iOS 11 and watchOS 4 updates. Once it's available, users can tap the App Store icon in the Messages app and then select Apple Pay from the app options. After[...]

Samsung’s Bixby button is structural bloatware

Tuesday  11:42,   19 september 2017
The Verge

It’s hard to argue that Samsung hasn’t had a terrific year so far. In 2017, the world’s most prolific smartphone maker delivered a critically acclaimed new flagship in the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, and it followed that up with a record-breaking Note 8[...]

Gmail finally turns addresses and phone numbers into links

Tuesday  11:42,   19 september 2017
Engadget

Next time someone emails you an address, you no longer have to copypaste it on Maps after viewing it on Gmail or Inbox. Addresses and phone numbers will appear as hyperlinks whether you're using Android and iOS on mobile or the web on your[...]

A Chip That Saves Optic Data As Sound Waves

Tuesday  10:37,   19 september 2017
International Business Times

Researchers from University of Sydney have created a microchip that converts data from photons into acoustics and then back to the optical domain, and it could change the way computers work.A new microchip developed by researchers from the[...]

Boston Startups Are Teaching Boats to Drive Themselves

Tuesday  10:37,   19 september 2017
Bloomberg

A small industry of startups trying to teach boats to drive themselves is emerging along the harbor.In a slightly apologetic tone, Marino acknowledged the experience wasn’t as harrowing as barreling down a highway in an SUV that no one is steering.[...]

Giant, Scorching-Hot Alien Planet Is Darker Than Asphalt

Tuesday  10:37,   19 september 2017
MSN

Exoplanets come in pretty much all colors, including pitch black.  The huge, blistering-hot alien world WASP-12b has a reflectance, or albedo, of just 0.064 at most, a new study[...]

Why you'll wait 7 weeks for the iPhone X

Tuesday  10:35,   19 september 2017
USA TODAY

The reason is as crystal clear as iPhone X's new OLED screen.But that line will be long and slow: Apple won't start shipping the redesigned phone until Nov. 3, more than seven weeks after it was unfurled[...]

Hackers compromised free CCleaner software, Avast's Piriform says

Monday  17:55,   18 september 2017
Reuters

Hackers broke into British company Piriform's free software for optimising computer performance last month potentially allowing them to control the devices of more than two million users.The malicious program was slipped into legitimate software [...]

Six apps to add blockbuster special effects to your smartphone videos

Monday  17:46,   18 september 2017
Popular Science

Andaction!  The clue's in this app's name: Action Movie FX can overlay explosions and monsters with such aplomb that it's previously earned an Apple award. From natural disasters to wandering spaceships, it offers a ton of[...]

Slack Gets Slice of SoftBank’s $100 Billion Tech Bounty

Monday  17:32,   18 september 2017
Bloomberg

Slack Technologies Inc. closed a $250 million funding round led by SoftBank Group Corp.’s Vision Fund, giving it more ammunition for expansion in an increasingly competitive market for workplace messaging services. The financing round[...]

Time to do a 15 minute cybersecurity makeover

Monday  17:21,   18 september 2017
USA TODAY

Scan today’s headlines and it’s easy to see it’s a scary time in the digital age: an Equifax hack exposing up to 143 million credit records; mobile malware (malicious software) that targets early versions of Android Oreo; and new “phishing” scams[...]

Snapchat scrubs Al-Jazeera in Saudi Arabia

Monday  14:51,   18 september 2017
AFP

Global image messaging service Snapchat has scrubbed Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera from its app in Saudi Arabia at the request of Saudi authorities, the company said on Monday. "We make an effort to comply with local laws in the countries where we[...]

The Best Apps for Video Calling No Matter What Device You Own

Monday  14:37,   18 september 2017
Time

The future is here: Using your smartphone or tablet, you can place a video call to someone, just like on The Jetsons. To make or receive a video call, you need an app — either one that comes with your phone or one you download separately.[...]

Google debuts Tez, a mobile wallet and payments app for India

Monday  14:16,   18 september 2017
TechCrunch

After several weeks of speculation and leaked details, today Google officially unveiled its first big foray into mobile payments in Asia. The Android and search giant has launched Tez, a new mobile wallet in India that will let users link up their[...]

Nintendo Switch carries a copy of NES 'Golf,' enthusiasts find

Monday  11:21,   18 september 2017
Engadget

Much to the joy of its acolytes, Nintendo recently promised to revive the NES Classic Edition in 2018. But, the nostalgia trip doesn't end there. As it turns out, the company's latest console may carry a NES emulator. Hackers have found the system[...]