Technology


Signature Microsoft Office apps get new-look logos Signature Microsoft Office apps get new-look logos
- December 01, 2018

While the updated icons have little impact on the functionality of Microsoft's Office suite, it's just part of a larger pass on the software's user experience, as outlined by Jared Spataro, Corporate VP for Microsoft 365 back in June . Microsoft said this change is meant to emphasize the content over the program, as Microsoft has focused on jumping across apps within its largest suite and collaborating on documents. (more...)
Instagram now lets you share stories with close friends only Instagram now lets you share stories with close friends only
- December 01, 2018

If a user adds you to their friend list, you'll see a green ring around their Story ring, same with you adding a story. You'll also see a green badge when you're viewing their Stories. It's terrible to think that everyone has more social media followers than you. Facebook has been focusing on Instagram, its fastest-growing revenue generator, as the social networking website's core platform has come under fire from regulators. (more...)
Qualcomm sets up $100 million fund targeting AI ventures Qualcomm sets up $100 million fund targeting AI ventures
- December 01, 2018

The future of AI isn't in the cloud according to Qualcomm , but rather on-device AI. As investment from this fund , Qualcomm participated in a $28 million Series A funding round for AnyVision , an AI startup based in Tel Aviv working on face, body and object recognition technology. (more...)
Missing NC girl found safe in Oklahoma, 23-year-old man arrested Missing NC girl found safe in Oklahoma, 23-year-old man arrested
- November 30, 2018

The FBI and a sheriff's office in North Carolina have found 13-year-old Aubrey Joelle Acree, according to WGHP . Jacob Gardea, 23, of Albuquerque, New Mexico , faces charges in North Carolina of abduction of a child, said the FBI, noting the case is still under investigation. (more...)
At re:Invent, AWS Announces Services with Open Source, IoT Focus At re:Invent, AWS Announces Services with Open Source, IoT Focus
- November 30, 2018

This new service will give Spire additional options: scalability, and access to downlink data directly into AWS to process data from over 60 satellites in orbit on a "pay per use" basis. AWS offers over 125 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR), media, and application development, deployment, and management ... (more...)
Mobile quietly launches site for mobile banking service Mobile quietly launches site for mobile banking service
- November 30, 2018

T-Mobile subscribers with balance at or below $3,000 can avail of a 4% annual percentage yield. With the T-Mobile Money service, everyone will earn 1.00 percent annual percentage yield on all balances. T-Mobile Money is also offering support for Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay straight from the get-go, which is great considering its only for smartphone users. (more...)
Hyundai Palisade makes a stronger SUV statement Hyundai Palisade makes a stronger SUV statement
- November 30, 2018

The 291-horsepower V-6 offers 262 pound-feet of thrust in the Palisade , which is not far from the Santa Fe XL's 3.3-liter V-6 that made 290 hp. A seven-seat configuration uses second-row captain's chairs that are available with ventilated seating surfaces. (more...)
Jeep Gladiator Official Photos And Info Leaked Hours Before Official Reveal Jeep Gladiator Official Photos And Info Leaked Hours Before Official Reveal
- November 30, 2018

It's was long awaited by many Jeep fans, and after 26 years, the manufacturer on Wednesday introduced a pickup truck that looks a whole lot like the timeless and iconic Wrangler . The Gladiator's 5-foot bed comes equipped with underrail lighting to illuminate the cargo area, integrated cargo tie-downs and an available covered, external 115-volt plug. (more...)
Nintendo loosens grip on YouTube videos about its products Nintendo loosens grip on YouTube videos about its products
- November 30, 2018

In a short statement on the Nintendo Creators Program website , Nintendo announced that the program will be shut down by the end of the year, and the website itself will cease to exist after March 20, 2019. Previously, Nintendo wouldn't really allow people to monetize videos on YouTube featuring any of their games. Other forms of monetization of our intellectual property for commercial purposes are not permitted. (more...)
Android Auto adds media and messaging features Android Auto adds media and messaging features
- November 30, 2018

Android Auto probably gets my vote for the best Android tool that often gets overlooked, and Google just announced some nifty features to make it even better-especially if you have a dedicated head unit for Auto in your vehicle. Sometimes you can get far more information from the text preview of a message in a shorter amount of time than having a message read aloud. This message previewing capability is optional and you can enable it via Android Auto's settings menu. (more...)
Bethesda Responds to 'Fallout 76' Controversy Over Power Armor Edition Bethesda Responds to 'Fallout 76' Controversy Over Power Armor Edition
- November 30, 2018

So those who picked up the $200 Power Armor edition might already be feeling some buyer's remorse. The Fallout 76 drama just never ends, does it? Bethesda did give an official response to the message, apologizing to the customer and explaining that the person was a "temporary contract employee and not directly employed by Bethesda". (more...)
This is the new Kia Soul EV This is the new Kia Soul EV
- November 30, 2018

Moving to the side, you can see that Kia has also given the all-new Soul a "floating roof" design by blacking out the upper section of the rear pillar. They also modify the level of regenerative braking, air conditioning and heating and let driver set speed limits. Drive is to the front wheels only across the range. (more...)
Microsoft wins $480 million HoloLens contract with US Military Microsoft wins $480 million HoloLens contract with US Military
- November 29, 2018

The company was awarded a $480 million contract with the Army for the goal of supplying augmented reality systems that could potentially be used during training and in combat. The technology industry's cooperation with the USA military and law enforcement has become increasingly tense over the a year ago, with employees at companies like Alphabet Inc.'s Google and Amazon.com Inc. (more...)
Gmail Removes Gender Pronouns From Smart Compose 11/27/2018 Gmail Removes Gender Pronouns From Smart Compose 11/27/2018
- November 29, 2018

But Paul Lambert, Google's product manager, revealed to Reuters that sentences will no longer autocomplete if there's a gender in the mix. This is because Google is anxious that its predictive technology will inadvertently offend users by suggesting the incorrect pronoun. (more...)
Huawei to launch Mate 20 Pro in India on November 27 Huawei to launch Mate 20 Pro in India on November 27
- November 29, 2018

Huawei Mate 20 Pro comes with a 40MP wide-angle sensor with f/1.8 aperture, 20MP ultra-wide angle sensor with f/2.2 aperture and 8MP 3x telephoto sensor with f/2.4 aperture and Optical Image Stabilization. The major highlight of Huawei Mate 20 Pro is the triple-camera setup at the back. Once the display was put against a lighter for 25 seconds, it began burning with the burned pixels remaining same even after the display is turned on. (more...)
Huawei Mate 20 Pro First Impressions: Insane camera and gorgeous design Huawei Mate 20 Pro First Impressions: Insane camera and gorgeous design
- November 29, 2018

In terms of software, the Mate 20 Pro will run EMUI 9 based on Android 9 Pie operating system out of the box. While the Huawei Mate 20 Pro does seem like an nearly flawless smartphone, the exorbitant pricing would surely be a deal breaker for many. (more...)
New Zealand becomes latest country to bar Huawei technology from 5G network New Zealand becomes latest country to bar Huawei technology from 5G network
- November 29, 2018

Huawei has been developing New Zealand communication networks since the implementation of 4G, investing NZD400 million, or over $270 million. Huawei said in a statement that it will " actively address any concerns and work together to find a way forward ", adding it has signed more than 20 5G contracts with carriers worldwide. (more...)
New Zealand intelligence bans China's Huawei from 5G rollout New Zealand intelligence bans China's Huawei from 5G rollout
- November 29, 2018

Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that the United States government is trying to persuade wireless and internet providers in allied countries to avoid telecommunications equipment from China's Huawei Technologies . During the live trial, Huawei demonstrated a technical implementation of access and core network separation. The New Zealand bureau's decision means that Spark can not implement or give effect to its proposal to use Huawei equipment in its planned 5G network, the ... (more...)
Fortnite is finally getting a gifting feature-for a week Fortnite is finally getting a gifting feature-for a week
- November 28, 2018

With the v6.31 update , Fortnite players can send gifts to friends in the item shop. Epic says that they've recently hit a record of 8.3 million players that play Fortnite on a dail basis while the others only occasionally play the game. (more...)
Loot Boxes to Be Investigated by the FTC Loot Boxes to Be Investigated by the FTC
- November 28, 2018

Now the regulator is planning to do something about it. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined earlier this week and directly called on the FTC to intervene. It's also interested in finding ways for parents to be made aware of which of their children's games include loot boxes. This is particularly concerning-especially from a regulatory standpoint-when loot boxes make their way into kid's games. (more...)
Samsung 860 QVO Affordable Multi-Terabyte Storage SSD Launched Samsung 860 QVO Affordable Multi-Terabyte Storage SSD Launched
- November 28, 2018

These prices put the Samsung 860 QVO SSD series at around 15c/GB, a somewhat lower price compared to high-capacity TLC drives. The result: Up to 550MB/s sequential read and 520MB/s sequential write, and 97,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS) random read and 89,000 IOPS random write. (more...)
Canada’s emergency alert system to be tested Wednesday afternoon Canada’s emergency alert system to be tested Wednesday afternoon
- November 28, 2018

If you get an emergency alert message on your phone Wednesday afternoon, don't worry - it's only a test. On its website, Alert Ready said the error was due to compatibility issues with certain phones but said that these tests are vital to working out any kinks in the system before an actual emergency occurs. (more...)
It's true: Google Fi now available for iPhones, Samsung and OnePlus phones It's true: Google Fi now available for iPhones, Samsung and OnePlus phones
- November 28, 2018

Project Fi , Google's alternative to the services offered by major cell providers like AT&T and Verizon, has been around for quite some time now. It's a shame that customers who do bring their OnePlus 6T , Samsung Galaxy S9 , or other supported devices to the network won't get that full experience, though. (more...)
Microsoft's Windows 10 1809 struggles continue as media player breaks Microsoft's Windows 10 1809 struggles continue as media player breaks
- November 28, 2018

On November 27, Microsoft made available for download CUs for several of its older variants of Windows 10. Microsoft says that it will provide a fix in "an upcoming release", but in the meantime the Movies & TV app or VLC Media Player should be areat alternatives. (more...)
Apple Watch Series 3 gets Cyber Monday deals on Amazon Apple Watch Series 3 gets Cyber Monday deals on Amazon
- November 28, 2018

The Apple Watch Series 4 represented the biggest design shift on an Apple Watch since the original, but with Global Positioning System and the option to add a cellular plan for data on the move and unrivalled untethering possibilities for a smartwatch - it's a tasty saving. (more...)
Google workers push to stop censored Chinese search project Google workers push to stop censored Chinese search project
- November 28, 2018

The Google dissenters were joined by human rights groups including Amnesty International , which warned that releasing Dragonfly as planned "would set a risky precedent for tech companies enabling rights abuses by governments". "Providing the Chinese government with ready access to user data, as required by Chinese law , would make Google complicit in oppression and human rights abuses", they wrote. (more...)
Crossover SUV stamps its docs, returns to market — Honda Passport debuts Crossover SUV stamps its docs, returns to market — Honda Passport debuts
- November 28, 2018

Unlike the last Honda SUV to bare the Passport name-a rebadged Isuzu Rodeo sold in the initial SUV boom in the 1990s and early 2000s-the new model's styling is decidedly sportier. The Honda Pilot is rated at 22 mpg in most configurations; the Passport will likely weigh less, but its higher ground clearance could erase any fuel-savings gains. (more...)
Realme U1 launched in India; sports MediaTek Helio P70 processor Realme U1 launched in India; sports MediaTek Helio P70 processor
- November 28, 2018

The Realme U1 sports a 6.3-inch dewdrop display with Full HD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels) resolution and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Realme U1's MediaTek Helio P70 processor is essentially aimed at mid-range phones. In terms of optics, the device sports 13MP + 2MP dual rear cameras with f/2.2 aperture and a 25MP single front camera with f/2.0 aperture. For the front, there is a 25-megapixel Sony IMX576 sensor with f/2.0 aperture, 1.8-micron pixels, and 4-in-1 pixels tech and AI beautify feature ... (more...)
Xbox Games with Gold December 2018 lineup includes Dragon Age II Xbox Games with Gold December 2018 lineup includes Dragon Age II
- November 28, 2018

On Xbox 360 (and through backwards compatibility on Xbox One), Dragon Age II will be available from December 1st until December 15th whilst Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction will be available from December 16th until December 31st. (more...)
Porsche 911 goes official, here in Q2 2019 Porsche 911 goes official, here in Q2 2019
- November 28, 2018

When it arrives at dealerships next year, the Carrera S and 4S will be offered with only an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, although Porsche said it would detail a manual transmission later. The 992's door handles now sit flush with the bodywork. The rear sports a wider window with more rounded edges at the top. At the heart of every 911 is a rear-mounted flat-six engine. (more...)