News: Technology

China's version of Twitter has more users than actual Twitter

Friday  20:01,   19 may 2017
CNET

Twitter may be used globally, but more people are using Weibo, its Chinese equivalent, in China alone.Owned by Sina, Weibo says it's garnered 340 million monthly active users as of March. This number is higher than Twitter's reported 328 million[...]

Google declares war on 1-star app reviews

Friday  15:31,   19 may 2017
CNET

Apps in the bottom 25 percent of the Google Play Store had better watch out.Crashing, slowness and battery vampirism enrage Android device owners and make the appmaker look[...]

Russia’s ‘Killer Satellites’ Re-Awaken

Friday  15:31,   19 may 2017
The Daily Beast

The trio of mysterious spacecraft were idle for at least a year. Now they’re zooming towards foreign satellites again—and no one really knows why.Now after being idle for a year or more, two of the mystery-sats are on the move again. On April 20,[...]

Uber Renews Push for Arbitration in Waymo Trade-Secrets Case

Friday  15:30,   19 may 2017
Bloomberg

Uber Technologies Inc. renewed a bid to move its driverless-car trade-secrets fight with Waymo into closed-door arbitration. The ride-hailing company on Thursday filed notice that it will appeal a May 11 ruling denying its request to move the[...]

Facebook Wins Dismissal of Suits Brought by Terror Victims

Friday  15:30,   19 may 2017
Bloomberg

Facebook won the dismissal of two lawsuits brought by victims of terror attacks and their families who claimed the firm helped groups in the Middle East, such as Hamas, by giving them a platform to air their incendiary views. U.S. District Judge[...]

At the heart of laptop ban debate, officials ask which is worse: Bombs or accidental battery fires?

Friday  10:56,   19 may 2017
MSN

In a debate over air travel safety, US and European officials agree on one thing: Laptops on flights could be dangerous. The proposed expansion of…The proposed expansion of a US ban on laptops and other large consumer electronics in cabins could[...]

Rivers Flow On Saturn’s Moon Titan More Like Mars

Friday  10:56,   19 may 2017
International Business Times

The rivers on Titan, Saturn’s biggest moon, flow across its landscape the way they used to on Mars before it dried up, so Titan may not be as similar to Earth as we thought.Recent research suggests while Earth’s landscape was formed more by[...]

Can artificial intelligence help thwart ransomware?

Friday  10:56,   19 may 2017
MSN

In the future, security systems could use artificial intelligence to monitor user behavior, track activity, suggest when there may be a danger, and even mount an attack against the ransomware purveyors.If you don’t believe that, just ask emergency[...]

Antivirus firm warns of cyberattacks on home appliances

Friday  10:25,   19 may 2017
AFP

Avast, the company behind the leading antivirus software, warned Thursday against attacks on home appliances connected to the internet, calling hackers targeting home routers a major threat to consumers. "It's a trivial thing to do and[...]

How to spot the new brightest supernova in the sky

Friday  10:14,   19 may 2017
CNET

A star in its explosive death throes lights up a corner of the night sky, and it's bright enough to spot on your own.A new supernova tediously named "2017 eaw" was first spotted by Utah amateur astronomer Patrick Wiggins on May 14. According to[...]

Facebook makes Messenger easier to use for social butterflies

Friday  07:07,   19 may 2017
Engadget

First it added stickers, then it was games. The service is now split into three tabs, letting users instantly access their messages, see which friends are 'Active now' and lastly, go straight into their favorite Groups. As well as this top[...]

OnePlus 5 will feature DxO's photography expertise

Friday  07:07,   19 may 2017
Engadget

In a world where Instagram has more users than the population of most countries, it's no secret that a phone's camera is often its selling point. As you may remember, this isn't the first time that DxO has attempted to bring its[...]

Uber launches Uber Freight, its app for long-haul trucking jobs

Friday  06:35,   19 may 2017
The Verge

Available on iOS and[...]

Why Google Assistant and Search are two different iPhone apps

Friday  05:50,   19 may 2017
The Verge

Now that Google Assistant has officially arrived to the iPhone (at least, for US-based users) a lot of people may be wondering why Google pushed the AI as a separate app from the main one. Here’s an overview of the differences between the two.While [...]

3 reasons why Google Lens won I/O

Friday  05:40,   19 may 2017
CNET

Lens received one of the biggest reactions at I/O, and we hope it lives up to the hype.It sounds pretty dry on paper (Google uses phrases like "machine learning," "vision-based computing" and "artificial intelligence" to describe it), but when it[...]