News: Technology

Slack’s new policy lets bosses read employees’ DMs without consent

Thursday  19:17,   22 march 2018

If your company uses Slack for group communication, you might want to watch what you say in Direct Messages with your colleagues: the app now lets administrators export all the data shared through it, including those private conversations – without[...]

Google Chrome’s next update will finally block autoplay videos that have sound

Thursday  19:17,   22 march 2018
The Verge

Google is finally getting serious about blocking annoying autoplay videos that start with the sound blaring. These changes were originally scheduled for Chrome 64, which arrived in January with an option to permanently mute annoying[...]

Best Buy cuts ties with China's Huawei: source

Thursday  19:17,   22 march 2018

<p>Best Buy Co Inc, the largest U.S. consumer electronics retailer, will cut ties with China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, a person familiar with the matter said, amid heightened scrutiny on Chinese tech firms in the United States.</p>Best [...]

YouTube's 'miniplayer-bar' keeps videos at the top as you scroll

Thursday  19:16,   22 march 2018

It looks like YouTube is testing more than one multitasking feature on the web. Aside from giving select users access to its experimental picture-in-picture floating video panel on desktop, it's also testing a video bar that follows you as you[...]

Physicists Are Trying to Turn Light Into Matter

Thursday  15:14,   22 march 2018

Physicists are attempting to prove the "impossible" in a potentially groundbreaking experiment. The theory, known as the Breit-Wheeler process, states that smashing together two particles of light, or photons, would create matter in the[...]

A Chinese Space Lab is Going to Fall to Earth — And Nobody Knows Where It Will Land

Thursday  15:13,   22 march 2018

Chinese space lab Tiangong-1 (or “heavenly palace”) is set to fall back to Earth some time at the end of March or beginning of April. The catch: It’s unclear where it will fall.&nbsp;&nbsp;The 19,000-pound space lab — China’s precursor to a[...]

Zuckerberg apologises for Facebook mistakes with user data, vows curbs

Thursday  10:00,   22 march 2018

"This was a major breach of trust. I'm really sorry this happened. We have a basic responsibility to protect people's data"The world's largest social media network is facing growing government scrutiny in Europe and the United[...]

Google Is Said to Work on Blockchain-Related Technology

Thursday  09:28,   22 march 2018

Google is working on blockchain-related technology to support its cloud business and head off competition from emerging startups that use the heavily-hyped technology to operate online in new ways.Companies use blockchain and other so-called digital [...]

Nearby Planetary System Could Host Water Worlds

Thursday  09:22,   22 march 2018

But there's so much it might get in the way of detecting life.Two TRAPPIST-1 planets, researchers report in the journal Nature Astronomy, are very, very wet. With both having more than half their entire mass made of water, it may be very[...]

Facebook, Cambridge Analytica sued in U.S. by users over data harvesting

Thursday  07:00,   22 march 2018

Facebook Inc and the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica have been sued in the United States for obtaining information belonging to 50 million of the social media company's users without permission.The proposed class-action complaint[...]

Facebook makes it easier to control large Messenger groups

Thursday  06:45,   22 march 2018

Facebook's Messenger app is on its way to becoming a social network in its own right, thanks to new group chat features rolled out today.&nbsp;This should be useful in discussions with friends of friends, or if you're trying to get large[...]

Google Maps for iOS now shows restaurant waiting times

Thursday  06:20,   22 march 2018

Last month Google Maps for iOS got an update that brought users real-time transit and driving information.&nbsp;The app displays average waiting times hour-by-hour throughout the day, tells you how long the average wait is and also when a[...]

AMD vows to fix newly-disclosed processor vulnerabilities

Thursday  06:06,   22 march 2018

Semiconductor company AMD has finally acknowledged there's a problem with its Platform Security Processor.&nbsp;The announcement comes against a wider backdrop of controversy involving responsible disclosure. When researchers find[...]

Sources: Google is buying Lytro for about $40M

Wednesday  19:19,   21 march 2018

Last week, Google showed off a new app to display immersive photography in virtual reality, and a multi-camera technique for capturing it, and now it looks like there may be plans to enhance that with some bolted-on technology created by a third[...]

YouTube now lets you livestream straight from your webcam

Wednesday  19:18,   21 march 2018

YouTube is making it easier for you to broadcast a livestream right from your desktop with a handy new update to its site. Instead of fiddling with an encoder app, you’ll only need Chrome and a webcam. Simply visit, or click on[...]