News: Technology

U.S. Chip Engineers Charged in Theft Scheme for Chinese Firm

Thursday  17:25,   07 december 2017
Bloomberg

Four former engineers at Applied Materials Inc. were charged by the U.S. with trying to steal chip designs from the semiconductor equipment giant to sell them to a Chinese startup.Liang Chen, Donald Olgado, Wei-Yung Hsu and Robert Ewald are accused[...]

Sharp to seek all-Japan OLED alliance to counter South Korea's Samsung, LG

Thursday  17:25,   07 december 2017
Reuters

Japan's Sharp Corp will ask the government to help it form an alliance with rival Japan Display Inc in OLED technology to better compete with South Korean makers, its chief executive said on Thursday. "We should create a Japan alliance" in[...]

You can now search for specific interests on OkCupid's mobile app

Thursday  17:25,   07 december 2017
The Verge

OkCupid's bringing one of its desktop features over to iOS this week.  I played around with a test build of the feature and found it to be useful if you're hyper-focused on a potential match being interested in the same things[...]

Warm and Wet Ancient Mars? Maybe Not

Thursday  14:08,   07 december 2017
MSN

Ancient Mars may not have been all that warm and wet after all.  The Red Planet has widespread deposits of clay minerals, which are formed via the interaction of volcanic rock and water. This fact has led some researchers to[...]

Apple claims its data-gathering method doesn’t invade your privacy — much

Thursday  14:08,   07 december 2017
MSN

Apple today published a paper on its Machine Learning Journal which addressed the topic of differential privacy, and how it can be used to protect user privacy in a time when every business needs to gather increasing amounts of data. The[...]

EXCLUSIVE: Uber paid 20-year-old Florida man to keep data breach secret - sources

Thursday  14:07,   07 december 2017
Reuters

A 20-year-old Florida man was responsible for the large data breach at Uber Technologies Inc last year and was paid by Uber to destroy the data through a so-called "bug bounty" program normally used to identify small code vulnerabilities,[...]

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845: All the best new features

Thursday  14:07,   07 december 2017
Expert Reviews

Next year's top-end smartphones will mostly be powered by the Snapdragon 845 – here's a rundown of its best featuresNext year, the chip behind the biggest and best smartphones is going to be the Snapdragon 845, and with Qualcomm just[...]

Google's AlphaGo AI can teach itself to master games like chess

Thursday  14:07,   07 december 2017
Engadget

No humans[...]

Wall Street analyst predicts Apple will launch a supersized iPhone X next year

Thursday  09:11,   07 december 2017
Tech Insider

<p>Apple could release three new iPhone models in 2018, according to a note distributed to investors on Monday by Nomura analysts.</p>Several of the predictions line up with a forecast from renowned KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo issued[...]

Qualcomm adds security, battery life features to phone chips

Thursday  09:11,   07 december 2017
Reuters

<p>Qualcomm Inc on Wednesday revealed new security and battery life features on its latest Snapdragon 845 mobile phone processor, a chip that customarily powers high-end Android-based phones from Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and others.</p>The[...]

Scientists discover the oldest, most distant black hole yet

Thursday  09:11,   07 december 2017
USA TODAY

The most distant and oldest supermassive black hole ever seen has been discovered, astronomers announced in a study published Wednesday.&nbsp;The black hole resides in a quasar and its light reaches us from when the universe was only 5% of its[...]

Amazon Prime Video comes to Apple TV, finally

Thursday  06:36,   07 december 2017
The Verge

It's here at last: the Amazon Prime Video app is now available for the Apple TV.&nbsp;&nbsp;The native Prime Video application joins similar apps from Hulu, Netflix, and other streaming services available on the Apple TV. Previously,[...]

MIT researchers made a living ink that responds to its surroundings

Wednesday  19:17,   06 december 2017
Engadget

The 3D-printed, bacteria-loaded gel can be used as a sensor.To demonstrate the living ink's abilities, the researchers printed the hydrogel in a tree pattern with different sections of the tree's branches containing bacteria sensitive to different[...]

Apple's Cook optimistic that apps pulled in China will be back

Wednesday  19:16,   06 december 2017
Reuters

Apple Inc is optimistic that some of its popular apps removed from its China App Store this year to comply with government requests will be reinstated, the U.S. tech giant's Chief Executive Tim Cook said on Wednesday. Cook, speaking at the[...]

When Triton Crashed the Party at Neptune

Wednesday  19:16,   06 december 2017
MSN

Neptune's original family of satellites may have been destroyed when its largest moon, Triton, entered the picture. New research suggests that the massive moon may have tossed some of the original satellites into the ice giant, kicked others[...]