News: Technology

How Did Dino-Era Birds Survive the Asteroid 'Apocalypse'?

Friday  15:30,   25 may 2018
nationalgeographic

Fossil spores and bird family trees suggest that deforestation was a key factor in determining who survived 66 million years ago.The long-standing question, then, is why certain birds lived while others died in the mass extinction event at the end[...]

The Essential Phone 2 has reportedly been canceled

Friday  15:30,   25 may 2018
theverge

Essential has canceled plans to develop a second phone and is exploring selling off the entire company, according to Bloomberg. One thing that does sound certain is that Essential’s second phone — at least as it was originally planned —[...]

Amazon Music's app adds hands-free listening, courtesy of Alexa

Friday  15:30,   25 may 2018
techcrunch

In September, Amazon announced it was adding support for Alexa voice control to its Amazon Music app for iOS and Android. That means customers can command Alexa to do things like play or pause music, move back and forth between songs, and[...]

Google and LG Display have made the highest resolution VR screen yet

Friday  15:30,   25 may 2018
engadget

Google and LG Display have joined forces to design the clearest OLED display to date. The display offers an impressive 120Hz refresh rate, which is also a step up from the 90Hz achieved on Oculus Rift and Vive Pro. Measuring in at 4,800 x[...]

Apple blocks Steam's plan to extend its video games to iPhones

Friday  11:06,   25 may 2018
reuters

<p>Apple Inc has blocked the plans of the biggest distributor of PC-based video games to extend its reach into iPhones, according to the game distributor, a sign that Apple is serious about protecting its ability to take a cut of digital[...]

Hey Alexa, come clean about how much you’re really recording us

Friday  11:06,   25 may 2018
washingtonpost

The Amazon Echo and Google Home promise to listen only when we give a “wake word.” But how often do they go off on their own?Putting live microphones in our homes has always been an out-there idea. But tech companies successfully marketed talking[...]

YouTube direct messaging moves from mobile to desktop

Friday  11:06,   25 may 2018
engadget

YouTube has been flirting with in-app messaging for a bit on mobile, and now it's finally ready to roll out private video messaging to the web. It looks pretty easy to use too, according to 9to5Google. In the upper righthand corner where your[...]

AirPods are what the Apple Watch should’ve been

Thursday  17:43,   24 may 2018
qz

Apple has put out a string of iterative or uninspiring products over the last few years, from the iPhones that have looked the same since…Apple’s $160 wireless earbuds, first released after a string of delays in late 2016, are exceedingly useful,[...]

AirPods are what the Apple Watch should’ve been

Thursday  17:43,   24 may 2018
qz

Apple has put out a string of iterative or uninspiring products over the last few years, from the iPhones that have looked the same since…Apple’s $160 wireless earbuds, first released after a string of delays in late 2016, are exceedingly useful,[...]

Uber opens new Paris hub to develop flying taxi tech

Thursday  17:43,   24 may 2018
cnet

Up, up and away! But in French.The research center, which will be Uber's first outside North America, will open this fall and see a €20 million ($23.5 million) investment over the next five[...]

Uber opens new Paris hub to develop flying taxi tech

Thursday  17:43,   24 may 2018
cnet

Up, up and away! But in French.The research center, which will be Uber's first outside North America, will open this fall and see a €20 million ($23.5 million) investment over the next five[...]

Tinder Places matches you with people from your favorite hangouts

Thursday  17:42,   24 may 2018
engadget

The science involved in making a match on Tinder is rudimentary at best: you can narrow your pool of potential baes by age and distance, and after that you're largely on your own, relying on carefully selected photographs and vague bios that[...]

Tinder Places matches you with people from your favorite hangouts

Thursday  17:42,   24 may 2018
engadget

The science involved in making a match on Tinder is rudimentary at best: you can narrow your pool of potential baes by age and distance, and after that you're largely on your own, relying on carefully selected photographs and vague bios that[...]

Scientists Believe They Spotted Six 'Dark Galaxies' Thanks to New Technology, Here's What That Means

Thursday  17:42,   24 may 2018
europe.newsweek

The search for dark galaxies may have finally come to an end.Dark galaxies live up to their name, for without nearly any stars they are void of sufficient light. This trait makes them extremely important to our understanding of how gases are[...]

Google Lens updated with smart text selection and real-time lookup

Thursday  17:42,   24 may 2018
engadget

The new features Google showed off at I/O 2018 will soon land on your Android devices if they haven't yet.&nbsp;According to 9to5google, smart text selection, style match and real-time results have started rolling out to people's Lens[...]