News: Tech & Science

How Did Dino-Era Birds Survive the Asteroid 'Apocalypse'?

Friday  15:26,   25 may 2018
nationalgeographic

Fossil spores and bird family trees suggest that deforestation was a key factor in determining who survived 66 million years ago.The long-standing question, then, is why certain birds lived while others died in the mass extinction event at the end[...]

The Essential Phone 2 has reportedly been canceled

Friday  15:26,   25 may 2018
msn

Essential has canceled plans to develop a second phone and is exploring selling off the entire company, according to Bloomberg. One thing that does sound certain is that Essential’s second phone — at least as it was originally planned —[...]

Amazon Music's app adds hands-free listening, courtesy of Alexa

Friday  15:25,   25 may 2018
techcrunch

In September, Amazon announced it was adding support for Alexa voice control to its Amazon Music app for iOS and Android. That means customers can command Alexa to do things like play or pause music, move back and forth between songs, and[...]

A couple says that Amazon's Alexa recorded a private conversation and randomly sent it to a friend (AMZN)

Friday  14:16,   25 may 2018
techinsider.io

 A couple in Portland, Oregon, say their Amazon Alexa-powered devices in their home recorded a private conversation and sent it to a person in their contacts 176 miles away in Seattle. They say the incident occurred about two weeks[...]

Google Lens updated with smart text selection and real-time lookup

Friday  11:06,   25 may 2018
engadget

The new features Google showed off at I/O 2018 will soon land on your Android devices if they haven't yet. According to 9to5google, smart text selection, style match and real-time results have started rolling out to people's Lens[...]

Apple blocks Steam's plan to extend its video games to iPhones

Friday  11:06,   25 may 2018
reuters

<p>Apple Inc has blocked the plans of the biggest distributor of PC-based video games to extend its reach into iPhones, according to the game distributor, a sign that Apple is serious about protecting its ability to take a cut of digital[...]

Hey Alexa, come clean about how much you’re really recording us

Friday  11:06,   25 may 2018
washingtonpost

The Amazon Echo and Google Home promise to listen only when we give a “wake word.” But how often do they go off on their own?Putting live microphones in our homes has always been an out-there idea. But tech companies successfully marketed[...]

YouTube direct messaging moves from mobile to desktop

Friday  11:06,   25 may 2018
engadget

YouTube has been flirting with in-app messaging for a bit on mobile, and now it's finally ready to roll out private video messaging to the web. It looks pretty easy to use too, according to 9to5Google. In the upper righthand corner where your[...]

Facebook will fight fake news with real newspaper ads (and more)

Thursday  18:30,   24 may 2018
cnet

The social-networking company will also enlist the help of researchers, who'll study misinformation on the platform. The social-networking company will provide the researchers with funding as well as access to "privacy-protected data[...]

AirPods are what the Apple Watch should’ve been

Thursday  18:25,   24 may 2018
qz

Apple has put out a string of iterative or uninspiring products over the last few years, from the iPhones that have looked the same since…Apple’s $160 wireless earbuds, first released after a string of delays in late 2016, are exceedingly useful,[...]

Uber opens new Paris hub to develop flying taxi tech

Thursday  18:25,   24 may 2018
cnet

Up, up and away! But in French.The research center, which will be Uber's first outside North America, will open this fall and see a €20 million ($23.5 million) investment over the next five[...]

Scientists Believe They Spotted Six 'Dark Galaxies' Thanks to New Technology, Here's What That Means

Thursday  18:12,   24 may 2018
europe.newsweek

The search for dark galaxies may have finally come to an end.Dark galaxies live up to their name, for without nearly any stars they are void of sufficient light. This trait makes them extremely important to our understanding of how gases are[...]

HTC rejoins the dual camera fray with the U12+

Thursday  10:56,   24 may 2018
engadget

There's no better Android underdog than HTC. Long before Samsung cemented itself as the high-end Android leader, HTC was pumping out innovative devices like the One X and One S in 2012. It followed up with the flagship One (M7), which featured[...]

Apple reportedly partners with VW to build self-driving shuttle vans

Thursday  10:56,   24 may 2018
msn

Apple has been working on autonomous vehicle tech for a while, but details on its progress are scant because the company likes to keep things under wraps. Now, The New York Times reports that the Cupertino giant has teamed up with Volkswagen to[...]

The Snapdragon 710 will add flagship features to mid-range phones

Thursday  10:56,   24 may 2018
engadget

Expensive flagship phones won't be the only way for you to play with advanced features like AR Emoji, Animoji and Face ID much longer.&nbsp;The Snapdragon 710 is a 10nm chipset that features a multi-core AR engine for on-device neural[...]