News : Technology

Nissan's self-driving taxi is ready for passengers

Saturday  01:20,   24 february 2018
Engadget

Nissan will start testing its self-driving taxi service Easy Ride in a few days in hopes of launching it in time for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Passengers will be able to tell the app via text or voice what activity they want to do[...]

Sony’s new flagships ditch an aging design for full screens

Saturday  01:20,   24 february 2018
Engadget

Sony's phones have looked largely the same for years now, but that's apparently about to change. The two phones appear to be mostly similar, other than their different sizes. The XZ2 boasts a 5.7-inch screen, while the compact[...]

Google plans deeper Assistant integration with phones and wireless carriers

Saturday  01:20,   24 february 2018
The Verge

Google is announcing a bunch of forthcoming updates to Assistant today, but one arrives right away: routines, a feature announced back in October that’ll allow Assistant to perform multiple actions at once from a single command you set up ahead of[...]

Nintendo now lets people leave Switch game reviews on its site

Friday  22:51,   23 february 2018
Polygon

A new update to Nintendo’s website now allows users to leave customer reviews of specific Switch games. Certain games like Splatoon 2 and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild already have the new review mechanic implemented on those individual[...]

Apple devices are butt dialing 911 from its refurbishing facility - 20 times per day

Friday  18:16,   23 february 2018
TechCrunch

Since October, emergency responders in Elk Grove and Sacramento County, California have received over 1,600 false alarm 911 calls coming from an Apple repair and refurbishing site in the area. It's not clear if the calls are coming from Apple's[...]

Japanese scientists invent floating 'firefly' light

Friday  18:16,   23 february 2018
Reuters

<p>Japanese engineering researchers say they have created a tiny electronic light the size of a firefly which rides waves of ultrasound, and could eventually figure in applications ranging from moving displays to projection mapping.</p>Named[...]

Samsung saves Opera Max browser app from the deadpool

Friday  18:16,   23 february 2018
TechCrunch

Opera Max lives on after Samsung acquired the mobile browser to save it from oblivion.The browser was one of the first data-friendly mobile browsers and it later added privacy-focused settings, including safeguards against insecure WiFi connections[...]

SpaceX’s satellites for beaming internet access to earth are now in orbit

Friday  12:00,   23 february 2018
MSN

SpaceX is now one step closer to delivering broadband access via satellite, as it’s successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket (seen above) that delivered two Starlink demo satellites into low-earth-orbit. Load Error The company’s been working[...]

Instagram is dissolving its global community team

Friday  07:41,   23 february 2018
The Verge

Instagram is dissolving its Global Community Team, which worked to build deep ties with photographers and promote the service around the world, The Verge has learned.&nbsp;The move was designed to eliminate duplicate efforts among some members[...]

States refile lawsuits to block repeal of U.S. net neutrality

Friday  06:35,   23 february 2018
Reuters

<p>A coalition of 22 state attorneys general and the District of Columbia on Thursday refiled legal challenges intended to block the Trump administration's repeal of landmark rules designed to ensure a free and open internet from taking[...]

Case closed: Oldest known cave art proves Neanderthals were just as sophisticated as humans

Friday  02:30,   23 february 2018
Tribune News Service

A red hand stencil. A series of lines that look like a ladder. A collection of red dots. These images, painted in ocher on the walls of three separate caves in Spain, are the oldest-known examples of cave art ever found.&nbsp;These images,[...]

Virtual reality an alien world for game designers

Friday  02:30,   23 february 2018
Polygon

Owlchemy Labs is best known for its wonderful virtual reality hit Job Simulator, so for VR fans, company CEO Alex Schwarz was a welcome addition to DICE’s roster of speakers this week. Schwarz spoke about the lessons he’s learned designing VR games, [...]

Spectacular predawn launch for SpaceX Falcon 9

Thursday  20:30,   22 february 2018
CBS News

Just two weeks after launching a Tesla Roadster into space, SpaceX gets back to businessRunning a day late because of high upper level winds, the 229-foot-tall rocket blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 9:17 a.m. EST, streaking[...]

Intel will bring 5G to laptops in 2019

Thursday  19:32,   22 february 2018
Engadget

5G will be a key part of the company's "Always Connected" PC plans.To give us an idea of what 5G will look like in a laptop, Intel will also be showing off a 2-in-1 concept at Mobile World Congress next week. There aren't too many[...]

The ISS was never supposed to end like this

Thursday  18:59,   22 february 2018
NBC News

New plan to defund space station opens up some surprising possibilities.When the Trump administration released its latest budget proposal on Feb. 11, fans of human space exploration were dismayed to learn that it included plans to end America's[...]