News: Technology

Another flying car just had a test flight in Germany

Friday  15:11,   21 april 2017
CNET

I know, you've heard it all before, and so have I. But this latest flying car prototype at least looks cool.Meet the Lilium Jet, a funky carlike thing with 36-propellers spread across its wings. Despite its seemingly small design, the company[...]

Snap acquires the crucial geofilter patent from Mobli for a record $7.7M

Friday  15:10,   21 april 2017
TechCrunch

According to Snap’s S-1 Filing for its IPO, of the $400m in revenues the company has, $360 million is made by selling “Geofilters", or photo filters based on location which advertisers can buy. So owning the patent on that concept would seem[...]

A New State Of Matter: 3D Quantum Liquid Crystal

Friday  15:10,   21 april 2017
International Business Times

The material, which falls somewhere between a solid and a liquid, could help overcome challenges in the field of quantum computing.Liquid crystals are called such because they have properties of both solids and liquids. Molecules within the material [...]

Google Home can now tell who's talking

Friday  11:46,   21 april 2017
USA TODAY

Among the first things you might ask the cloud-based voice activated Google Assistant inside Google Home is to “tell me about my day.” Among the first things you might ask the cloud-based voice activated Google Assistant inside Google Home[...]

How Facebook is taking mind reading from sci-fi to reality

Friday  11:46,   21 april 2017
The Verge

The rumblings started months ago. Through a series of peculiar job listings and key hires, it became clear Facebook was up to something unlike anything it had ever pursued. Building 8, as the company would name it, was to be a new division under[...]

Now Apple's Live Photos can work on any website

Friday  11:46,   21 april 2017
Engadget

Apple first introduced Live Photos in the iPhone 6S series back in 2015, but the odd photo/video-clip hybrid has taken its time coming to the internet. Developers will add their Live Photo as a DOM element like any other photo or video.[...]

Instagram is starting to crack down on fake account activity

Friday  11:45,   21 april 2017
Tech Insider

<p>Instagram is cracking down on fake account activity with the closing of Instagress, a popular third-party service that advertised itself as an automated way to "get real Instagram followers and become incredibly[...]

Tesla Customers Sue Over 'Dangerous' And Non-Functioning Autopilot Software

Friday  08:26,   21 april 2017
Forbes

The lawsuit filed by three angry owners says Tesla hasn't delivered promised features after months of delay. The company dismisses the suit as "disingenuous." Separately, Tesla ends suit against Aurora and former Autopilot chief.The[...]

Nintendo Classic Mini review: Is this micro NES all it's cracked up to be?

Friday  08:25,   21 april 2017
T3

T3 dons the shoulder pads and travels back to 1983 in a quest to find outI know, arousing[...]

Googling gives us answers—but deprives us of intelligence

Friday  08:25,   21 april 2017
MSN

From the explicit knowledge acquired from the lost art of slow, considered research to the implicit knowledge lost in imagining what we don’t yet know, search engines are eroding the richness and diversity of our knowledge and lives. We reveal our[...]

Spotify lets thousands of indie labels limit free streaming

Thursday  20:01,   20 april 2017
Engadget

Free users will have to wait two weeks before streaming new releases from some of the biggest indie label.But the biggest news from this new deal is that Merlin will also get to restrict new releases from Spotify's free tier for up to two weeks.[...]

Apple is on a mission to only use recycled materials

Thursday  20:01,   20 april 2017
Engadget

Apple wants to end the practice of using mined raw materials like aluminum and gold in its products.Apple believes that it's now on the road to being able to use only recycled materials to build its next generation of products. It's not there yet,[...]

Holiday Inn hotel chain reveals malware attack that stole credit card info

Thursday  20:01,   20 april 2017
USA TODAY

Of the company's brands, only Holiday Inn, Crown Plaza, Hotel indigo, Candlewood Suites and Staybridge Suites were affected , it said.The hotels so far identified are all in the United States and Puerto Rico, but the company is still[...]

Mark Zuckerberg's quest to kill the smartphone could have some scary side effects (FB)

Thursday  20:01,   20 april 2017
Tech Insider

What happens if a Facebook glitch in augmented reality causes some people to become invisible in your field of vision? What if you start seeing people who aren't there? Or an audio error accidentally means you can only communicate in Tagalog until[...]

GoPro’s new 360-degree camera will let you shoot first and pick images later

Thursday  20:01,   20 april 2017
The Verge

<p>Available at the “end of 2017”</p>GoPro didn’t share any further specs or pricing information, saying only that the camera “will see a limited commercial release by the end of 2017.” In fact, Fusion will be available this summer, but only[...]