News: Technology

Facebook faces big challenge to prevent future U.S. election meddling

Sunday  09:35,   18 february 2018
Reuters

<p>The Russian influence operation designed to tamper with the 2016 U.S. presidential election used a combination of old-school espionage tactics and 21st-century technologies that will not be easy to stop, even now that the methods have been[...]

Facebook admits SMS notifications sent using two-factor number was caused by bug

Sunday  09:20,   18 february 2018
The Verge

Facebook this evening clarified the situation around SMS notifications sent using the company’s two-factor authentication (2FA) system, admitting that the messages were indeed caused by a bug.&nbsp;Facebook uses the automated number 362-65, or[...]

WhatsApp to go ahead with 'full feature' money transfer service in India

Saturday  13:51,   17 february 2018
Reuters

WhatsApp will launch a "full feature" inter-bank money transfer service in India, its biggest market, after a test involving a million users, National Payments Corp of India said. Friday's statement marks the de facto official launch of[...]

Google Pixel 2 users report warming phones and shortened battery life

Saturday  13:51,   17 february 2018
Engadget

If you've noticed your Pixel 2 running warm lately or found its battery life to suddenly be shortened, you're not alone.As 9to5Google points out, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL users are reporting on Reddit and Google's Pixel User Community that[...]

Google's Chrome ad blocker means the Web's largest ad company is also now advertising's biggest traffic cop

Saturday  09:00,   17 february 2018
The Washington Post

The Chrome tool has begun automatically blocking what Google has determined to be some of the Web's most annoying ads.Google’s Chrome browser, which is used by about 60 percent of desktop and mobile Internet users, on Thursday began the process[...]

Qualcomm rejects Broadcom's offer, says open to more talks

Saturday  09:00,   17 february 2018
Bloomberg

Qualcomm Inc.’s board said discussions with Broadcom Ltd. failed to persuade the chipmaker to sign off on a $121 billion takeover offer, making it more likely shareholders will get to decide on the fate of the deal.&nbsp;“The board remains[...]

Physics Creates New Form Of Light

Saturday  09:00,   17 february 2018
Newsweek

"It's very uncharted territory," the researchers say.In results published in Science, researchers suggest that this new light could be used to perform highly complex, incredibly fast quantum[...]

Facebook loses Belgian privacy case, faces fine up to $125 million

Friday  19:27,   16 february 2018
Reuters

A Belgian court threatened Facebook with a fine of up to 100 million euros ($125 million) if it continued to break privacy laws by tracking people on third party websites. In a case brought by Belgium's privacy watchdog, the court also ruled on[...]

Origins of Earth's Weird 'Pulsating Auroras' Nailed Down

Friday  18:03,   16 february 2018
MSN

The origins of intense flickering displays of light high up in Earth's atmosphere are now revealed after a decades-long hunt.Similar auroras may take place high above Jupiter and Saturn, according to the scientists behind the new[...]

Exclusive: Walmart in talks to buy more than 40 percent of India's Flipkart - sources

Friday  17:06,   16 february 2018
Reuters

A deal with Walmart would give Flipkart much needed muscle in its fight against Amazon, which has committed to investing $5 billion in India as it expands aggressively, including into online grocery deliveries. For Bentonville, Arkansas-based[...]

Twitch launches public and private chat rooms for streamers

Friday  13:51,   16 february 2018
The Verge

Amazon-owned streaming giant Twitch today announced the launch of a chat room feature that will exist outside the standard Twitch chat that lives on the righthand side of live streams.&nbsp;Twitch first announced the feature back at its annual[...]

Tinder update to give women control of conversation

Friday  11:07,   16 february 2018
USA TODAY

Dating app plans to add option allowing women to initiate conversations.During an interview with Marketwatch, Match Group CEO Mandy Ginsburg said it plans to add a "women-talk-first setting" to Tinder, where any time a woman is matched by swiping[...]

Google gives Gmail the Android Go treatment to save data and storage

Friday  11:07,   16 february 2018
Engadget

Last December, Google launched Android Go, a lightweight operating system for less capable phones typically used in places like India and Indonesia. The company has also been creating apps for these less-capable phones, too, including YouTube Go[...]

MIT has a new chip to make AI faster and more efficient on smartphones

Friday  07:02,   16 february 2018
Engadget

These chips process data seven times faster using 95 percent less power than traditional means.Neural networks are made up of lots of basic, interconnected information processors that are interconnected. Typically, these networks learn how to[...]

VW looks at Apple for electric-car design guidance

Friday  07:02,   16 february 2018
Reuters

Volkswagen is looking at Apple products for guidance on how to style its new generation of electric cars, its top designer said, as the automaker aims to turn profits on battery-powered vehicles when they launch in 2020. The U.S. tech giant has[...]