News: Technology

Android P might include iPhone X-style navigation gestures

Sunday  14:41,   15 april 2018
Engadget

It's well-established that Android P will support notched displays when it arrives later in the year. The image doesn't include hints as to functionality, but 9to5Google had previously heard through a source that Google was testing a[...]

Facebook's Bookmarks menu gets a facelift that makes its settings easier to find

Sunday  10:55,   15 april 2018
TechCrunch

Facebook is rolling out a redesigned bookmarks section in its app that will make it easier to navigate and access various Facebook settings.The updated menu, at first glance, appeared to be a continuation of the redesign to Facebook's Settings,[...]

Google AI experiment has you talking to books

Sunday  10:55,   15 april 2018
Engadget

Google Research is giving us a (fun) glimpse of how far natural language processing in artificial intelligence has come. In the announcement post, notable futurist/Google Research Director of Engineering Ray Kurzweil and Product Manager[...]

Wireless Android Auto is available for Google phones

Saturday  15:50,   14 april 2018
Engadget

You need a Pixel or Nexus to ditch the USB cable in your car.Wireless, smartphone-based in-car interfaces have been slow in coming regardless of which smartphone you use. Apple's CarPlay has supported wireless connections for longer, but it's still[...]

Huawei and Samsung are neck and neck in the foldable smartphone race

Saturday  15:45,   14 april 2018
Relaxnews (AFP)

It looks as though Huawei is in a race against Samsung, LG and other manufacturers for the title of “world's first truly foldable smartphone.”  According to a report from Korean news site ETNews, which claims its information[...]

Apple Warns Employees to Stop Leaking Information to Media

Saturday  11:15,   14 april 2018
Bloomberg

Apple Inc. warned employees to stop leaking internal information on future plans and raised the specter of potential legal action and criminal charges.The Cupertino, California-based company said in a lengthy memo posted to its internal blog that it [...]

Planets Orbiting Binary Stars Can Be Thrown Into Space

Saturday  11:07,   14 april 2018
International Business Times

If one planet gets thrown out, others in the neighborhood might go down with it, the study suggested.David Fleming, a student from University of Washington and the lead author of the study, posited the theory after taking a close look at short-term[...]

'Gold rush' for Wi-Fi on board planes spurs innovation

Saturday  11:06,   14 april 2018
Reuters

<p>Satellite technology to provide Wi-Fi on board planes has matured to a point where more and more airlines are looking to use it, triggering a "gold rush" among suppliers.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>That brings opportunities for a vast [...]

Singapore to test facial recognition on lampposts, stoking privacy fears

Friday  16:30,   13 april 2018
Reuters

In the not too distant future, surveillance cameras sitting atop over 100,000 lampposts in Singapore could help authorities pick out and recognize faces in crowds across the island-state. The plan to install the cameras, which will be linked to[...]

Are robots people? Europe isn't sure...

Friday  15:06,   13 april 2018
CNET

If a Terminator pours coffee in your lap, who's to blame? The Terminator or Skynet? Who the hell knows at this point.Tricky question, and one that European lawmakers are currently wrestling with right now in the year[...]

Why Is Jupiter's Great Red Spot Shrinking?

Friday  14:57,   13 april 2018
The Atlantic

<p>The mystery behind the solar system’s most famous storm</p>Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is shrinking, and has been for[...]

China’s pioneers to the moon will be flowers and silkworms

Friday  14:51,   13 april 2018
Quartz

Seeds of potatoes and arabidopsis—a small flowering plant —along with silkworm cocoons, will hitch a ride with the Chang’e-4 lander and rover on China’s first probe to the far side of the moon in December. China hopes to create a “mini lunar[...]

Russian court bans access to Telegram messenger

Friday  14:27,   13 april 2018
Reuters

A Russian court on Friday ordered that access to the Telegram messenger service should be blocked in Russia, Russian news agencies reported, heralding communication disruption for scores of users - including government officials. The decision came a [...]

AI stuntpeople could lead to more realistic video games

Friday  11:46,   13 april 2018
Engadget

Why use motion capture when characters can learn for themselves?At its heart, DeepMimic revolves around reinforcement training. The closer it gets to the reference material, the more positive reinforcement it receives. It's a bit more complex than [...]

Facebook Stories adds funky AR drawing and Instagram's Boomerang

Friday  11:25,   13 april 2018
TechCrunch

You'll soon be able to draw on the world around you and shoot back-and-forth Instagram Boomerang GIFs with the Facebook Camera.&nbsp;&nbsp;“We wanted to give people an easy way to create with augmented reality and draw in the world[...]