News: Technology

Sony may launch an AI-powered taxi hailing system

Tuesday  10:16,   20 february 2018
Engadget

Algorithms would predict when you're likely to need a ride.There's no word on when this would be ready, or whether Sony hopes to offer the service outside of[...]

A new form of light could power next-gen quantum computers

Tuesday  06:07,   20 february 2018
Engadget

Photons are among the most ubiquitous, but loneliest particles in the quantum world -- they're always around us, but never interact with each other. When you throw certain elements together like hydrogen or oxygen, they can bond in[...]

5G will be less sizzle, more substance at MWC

Tuesday  05:26,   20 february 2018
CNET

Hype is starting to give way to reality, but the wireless industry still needs to finish ironing out the kinks for the next-gen wireless technology.Well,[...]

6 key factors to remember when buying a TV

Tuesday  04:56,   20 february 2018
T3

The good news for anyone shopping for a TV set is there's a whole host of choice out there – the bad news is you might be overwhelmed with all the options you've got to pick from. Start with these questions and you'll be able to[...]

LG will reportedly introduce a redesigned flagship phone in June

Monday  19:01,   19 february 2018
The Verge

LG will introduce a redesigned flagship phone in June, codenamed Judy, reports Venture Beat. LG has previously said it would depart from its predictable smartphone launch cycle, with this June rumor marking a notable change . LG traditionally[...]

Throat sensor helps you recover from a stroke

Monday  14:53,   19 february 2018
Engadget

It can track speech and swallowing cues that reflect your progress.The sensor is not only more accurate than a mic, but considerably more comfortable and durable. A set of "novel materials" help it bend and stretch so that it's not irritating your[...]

Wikipedia ends no-cost mobile access for developing countries

Monday  14:53,   19 february 2018
Engadget

Low awareness and falling data prices led to the shutdown.The outlet cited a few reasons for the shutdown, and not all of them were bad. Low awareness may have been one problem -- people in developing nations aren't as aware of Wikipedia as North[...]

Facebook is still testing the patience of its users, but rewarding patient investors

Monday  14:52,   19 february 2018
CNBC

Facebook is still requiring a lot of patience from some users even as it's rewarded big investors who've held onto its stock.Within the last week, it was still flooding users' phones with annoying texts, in some cases in reply to a request[...]

Robotic Gunner Screened Human Soldiers in U.S. Army War Game

Monday  11:22,   19 february 2018
The Daily Beast

Robotic fire support could signal a profound shift in the ground-combat branch's acceptance of armed robots.The robotic fire support, part of the Army's Northern Strike exercise in Michigan in late July and early August, could signal a profound[...]

Israeli scientists complete mock Mars mission in Negev desert

Monday  09:57,   19 february 2018
Reuters

A team of six Israeli researchers on Sunday ended a four-day Mars habitat experiment in Israel's Negev desert where they simulated living conditions on the Red Planet, Israel's Science and Technology Ministry said. The experiment was held[...]

That orbiting Tesla Roadster could stay in space for a long time

Monday  09:31,   19 february 2018
USA TODAY

Researchers suggest a small chance the Tesla Roadster will hit Earth in one million years.More like "a few tens of millions of years," said researchers in a study posted to Cornell University's arXiv's site. According to reports, the study will be[...]

Software may have helped Daimler pass U.S. emissions tests: report

Monday  04:35,   19 february 2018
Reuters

U.S. investigators probing Mercedes maker Daimler have found that its cars were equipped with software which may have help them to pass diesel emissions tests, a German newspaper reported on Sunday , citing confidential documents.There has been[...]

Myanmar farmers going against the grain with apps

Monday  04:22,   19 february 2018
AFP

A free app on farmer San San Hla's smartphone is her new weapon in the war against the dreaded stem borer moth that blighted her rice paddy in southern Myanmar for the last two years. As she watches her workers haul in this year's harvest, the[...]

Electronic skin can display a heartbeat on your hand

Monday  04:22,   19 february 2018
Engadget

You'd know someone's health just by looking at them.There have been stretchable displays before, but they typically fall apart quickly after exposure to air and the usual stretching and twisting of your skin. The sensor itself lasts for[...]

LG's next flagship phone may tout an extra-bright, low-power screen

Sunday  13:05,   18 february 2018
Engadget

Just because LG is shying away from typical smartphone release cycles doesn't mean it will have nothing big to show in 2018. Well-known leaker Evan Blass has heard that LG is planning to unveil a new flagship phone, nicknamed Judy. The [...]