News: Technology

WhatsApp rolls out new group chat features

Wednesday  10:32,   16 may 2018
reuters

Messaging service WhatsApp rolled out new group-chat features on Tuesday, including more controls for administrators as well as regular group members. Users can now leave a group permanently to avoid being repeatedly added back after they have left, [...]

Facebook deleted 583 million fake accounts in the first three months of 2018

Wednesday  10:31,   16 may 2018
cnet

That's more than a quarter of Facebook's 2.2 billion monthly active users.The social network released its Community Standards Enforcement Report for the first time on Tuesday, detailing how many spam posts it's deleted and how many fake[...]

Google is delaying a Chrome audio update that broke countless web games

Wednesday  10:31,   16 may 2018
theverge

Google is partially and temporarily rolling back a recent Chrome change that blocked autoplaying audio, after web developers complained that it had broken countless games and apps. The update rolled out with Chrome version 66 in early May, and it[...]

YouTube TV turns on 'voice remote' feature for some users

Tuesday  15:57,   15 may 2018
engadget

YouTube TV and Google Home have worked together to give you voice control over your live TV since last October. First spotted by Android Police, the feature does not require an app update, but is only showing up to some[...]

Fujifilm made its first ever square format analog Instax camera

Tuesday  15:57,   15 may 2018
theverge

Fujifilm is announcing a square format analog Instax camera, and it sounds like a cute novelty gift to whip out at the dinner table. The Instax Square SQ6 has an auto-exposure control feature so that you don’t have to manually tweak the[...]

Google will make its paid storage plans cheaper

Tuesday  11:06,   15 may 2018
theverge

Google is rolling out new changes to its storage plans that include a new, low-cost storage plan and half off the price of its 2TB storage option, the company announced today. Google One will get a new $2.99 a month option that gets you[...]

Facebook adds option to report conversations in Messenger following widespread criticism

Tuesday  11:06,   15 may 2018
techcrunch

In reaction to criticism around the use of Messenger in some countries worldwide, particularly Myanmar, Facebook has introduced new tools that it allow users of the app to report conversations that violate its community standards. A new tab inside[...]

Europa's plumes make Jupiter moon a prime candidate for life

Tuesday  11:06,   15 may 2018
reuters

<p>A new look at old data is giving scientists a fresh reason to view Europa, a moon of Jupiter, as a leading candidate in the search for life beyond Earth, with evidence of water plumes shooting into space.</p>A new look at old data is giving [...]

Gmail's native Offline mode is making its way to users' accounts

Tuesday  11:05,   15 may 2018
engadget

You might have access to Google's native Offline mode very, very soon if it hasn't landed on your account yet.The feature, which debuted as part of Gmail's redesign at Google I/O, has started rolling out to users. If you're using a work or[...]

Facebook suspends 200 apps over data misuse investigation

Monday  16:12,   14 may 2018
reuters

Facebook Inc (FB.O) has so far suspended around 200 apps in the first stage of its review into apps that had access to large quantities of user data, in a response to a scandal around political consultancy Cambridge Analytica. The apps were[...]

I asked Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant if they're spying on me — here's what they said

Monday  16:11,   14 may 2018
cnbc

I asked Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant if they are spying on me. Here's what each voice assistant had to say.All three companies have said the assistants are not listening all the time, but only listen for a wake word — or perhaps hidden[...]

Asteroid Set to Skim Past Earth Tuesday

Monday  16:11,   14 may 2018
newsweek

The asteroid was mysteriously "lost" to astronomers for a number of years.Estimated to stretch about 170-400 feet across, asteroid 2010 WC9 should pass at about half the distance to the Moon at its closest approach at 6:05 p.m. ET. It’s[...]

Lenovo teases what might be the first true ‘all screen’ phone

Monday  16:11,   14 may 2018
theverge

Lenovo teases what might be the first true ‘all screen’ phoneThe sketch of the upcoming Lenovo Z5 follows the earlier release of a partial image alongside a claim that the phone would feature an impressive screen-to-body-ratio of 95 percent. Cheng[...]

In an interplanetary first, NASA to fly a helicopter on Mars

Monday  11:27,   14 may 2018
reuters

<p>NASA said on Friday it will send a small helicopter to Mars as part of the U.S. space agency's 2020 mission to place a next-generation rover on the Martian surface, marking the first time such an aircraft will be used on another[...]

YouTube’s newest feature reminds you to stop watching YouTube

Monday  11:27,   14 may 2018
msn

Google made a big deal about the concept of digital wellbeing at Google I/O this year.&nbsp;Yep, that’s right: YouTube can now help you stop watching YouTube. Granted, the feature isn’t turned on by default, but it’s still a nice gesture. You[...]