News: Technology

German court rules Facebook use of personal data illegal

Monday  19:01,   12 february 2018
Reuters

The verdict, from a Berlin regional court, comes as Big Tech faces increasing scrutiny in Germany over its handling of sensitive personal data that enables it to micro-target online advertising. The Federation of German Consumer Organisations (vzvb) [...]

A culprit for financial site glitches: you and your apps

Monday  18:36,   12 february 2018
Reuters

For many firms an issue was the growing adoption of financial apps on mobile devices, which make it much easier for clients to check their balances or watch market indexes. That created greater network loads, even when clients were not looking to[...]

Airbus drone set to deliver parcels throughout a university campus

Monday  18:22,   12 february 2018
CNBC

Airbus and the National University of Singapore have teamed up to start offering deliveries by drone later this year.Unmanned drones will begin flying between parcel stations on campus by the middle of the year. The drones will land on roofs of[...]

Google Maps may let you share your battery life

Monday  15:07,   12 february 2018
Engadget

Ever wanted to know if someone made it home safely, but didn't know if they had enough battery life to stay in touch along the way? Appropriately, the Maps code also alludes to sharing your mass transit trips with others, including the[...]

Amazon paid $90 million for camera maker's chip technology - sources

Monday  14:14,   12 february 2018
Reuters

<p>Amazon.com Inc paid about $90 million to acquire the maker of Blink home security cameras late last year, in a secret bet on the startup's energy-efficient chips, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.</p>The deal's rationale and [...]

Niantic’s Harry Potter game will be a defining moment for AR

Monday  13:26,   12 february 2018
MSN

Niantic, the company behind Pokémon GO, has recently announced that they’re working on a follow-up to their monumentally successful Augmented Reality (AR) game.&nbsp;Pokéballs and Pocket Monsters move aside; and wands and wizardry will take[...]

HomePod repairs cost nearly as much as a new speaker

Monday  10:50,   12 february 2018
Engadget

If you're getting a HomePod, be sure to place it somewhere safe depending on what you break, it might be expensive to get a fix.&nbsp;Apple has updated its support pages to reveal that an out-of-warranty HomePod repair will cost $279 (£269). [...]

Five things to know before you buy an Apple HomePod

Monday  10:50,   12 february 2018
The Washington Post

We donned blindfolds to test Apple’s smart speaker versus Amazon, Google and Sonos. But it was Siri that really let us down.Apologies to Meghan Trainor for my geeky remix of her ode to bottom notes. It sums up how I feel about the first talking[...]

Alibaba to Invest $865 Million in China Home Improvement Chain

Monday  06:35,   12 february 2018
Bloomberg

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. plans to buy a 15 percent stake in a chain of Chinese home improvement and furniture stores as part of its pushing into “new retail,” the company said Sunday. The e-commerce giant will invest about 5.45 billion yuan ($865[...]

Magnetic 'Cages' on the Sun Could Limit the Strength of Dangerous Solar Flares

Sunday  18:46,   11 february 2018
MSN

New research may have identified a mechanism that limits just how powerful explosions from the sun can become.Solar flares are explosions of radiation from the surface of the sun that can harm satellites and astronauts in orbit. One type of solar[...]

What to expect from Samsung's next Galaxy flagships

Sunday  18:40,   11 february 2018
TechCrunch

It's that time of year again. Samsung is getting ready to unpack some shiny new <g class="gr_ gr_9 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling multiReplace" data-gr-id="9" id="9">high[...]

Google explores texting from your browser

Sunday  14:06,   11 february 2018
Engadget

Google's Android Messages app could soon get a dramatic makeover with some interesting new features, judging by an APK teardown by XDA Developers and Android Police.&nbsp;Unlike Allo, however, Android Messages could allow you to send mobile[...]

Snapchat almost acqui-hired anonymous app Secret

Sunday  13:41,   11 february 2018
TechCrunch

Evan Spiegel secretly tried to hire away the team at Secret, but the price was too high.&nbsp;TechCrunch got an early look at the book that includes bombshells about how Snapchat got started in San Francisco on February 12th at[...]

5 incredible ways to use your smartphone’s camera you never knew until now

Sunday  11:05,   11 february 2018
USA TODAY

Your phone’s camera is a powerful tool, capable of far more than regular picture-taking. With the right apps, your phone can absorb visual information and use it for everyday tasks. You can conduct searches, tackle a shopping list, read a foreign[...]

YouTube details how it will punish creators for ‘harming’ the community

Sunday  11:05,   11 february 2018
The Verge

YouTube this afternoon detailed new policy changes going into effect after the latest controversy featuring YouTube creator Logan Paul, who had <g class="gr_ gr_10 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar multiReplace"[...]