News: Tech & Science

The new iMac Pro is here and this is what you need to know

Thursday  21:36,   14 december 2017
T3

Apple first teased the new 27-inch 5K iMac Pro back in June 2017 at WWDC, and in an exclusive interview with T3.com, Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing confirmed that the iMac Pro release date would be in "a[...]

Spotify and Deezer urge EU to lean on Apple

Thursday  18:07,   14 december 2017
Engadget UK

Streaming is single-handedly boosting music sales and Spotify doesn't want any one behemoth (see Apple) gaining a stranglehold over the booming market. It got its wish when the EU promised "legislative instruments" to help out the little guy,[...]

Alibaba will soon begin selling cars using these gigantic vending machines

Thursday  18:07,   14 december 2017
TechCrunch

Alibaba last week announced a deal to help Ford sell electric vehicles in China but, aside from the big names involved, the most intriguing part was a proposed vending machine for sales. Now the firm has spilled details of what exactly that will[...]

Half of Amazon app users have been switched to a new, swipe-based 1-Click checkout

Thursday  18:07,   14 december 2017
TechCrunch

Has Amazon's 'one-click' checkout on mobile looked a little different to you lately? If you're in the test group, you'll notice that the one-click ordering process you're used to has been updated with a new, orange button that[...]

Disney’s massive Fox acquisition is all about defeating Netflix

Thursday  18:07,   14 december 2017
Quartz

Disney’s $52.4 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox includes a never-ending list of A-list media properties, including The Simpsons, Avatar, and the X-Men. But the…Netflix, which started out as a repository for other companies’s content, now has[...]

A NASA Algorithm Can Save Endangered Whale Sharks

Thursday  17:13,   14 december 2017
The Daily Beast

Constellations of spots on these school bus-sized animals were hard to track, until now.Despite being listed as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), whale sharks are threatened by overfishing and[...]

Finisar deal helps Apple block rivals' path to AR features

Thursday  17:13,   14 december 2017
Reuters

The key question, analysts said, is to what extent Apple's deal with Finisar will block rivals like Samsung and Huawei from being able to build phones with 3D sensors because they will not be able to secure the needed supply of lasers. Lumentum[...]

The best tech gifts for people it's hard to buy presents for

Thursday  17:13,   14 december 2017
T3

These top gadget gifts will suit just about anyoneWell don't give up on buying them a Christmas present just yet, because we've got a bundle of useful suggestions for your perusal, tech gifts that are going to work for just about anybody, and[...]

Uber Investor Sues Over Self-Driving Car Firm Acquisition

Thursday  09:07,   14 december 2017
Bloomberg

The suit, filed Wednesday by Uber investor Lenza McElrath III, comes as a California judge delayed until Jan. 31 a trial over trade-secret theft claims brought against Uber by Alphabet unit Waymo. McElrath accuses directors of ignoring “red flags”[...]

New island offers clues in search for life on Mars: NASA

Thursday  06:20,   14 december 2017
AFP

The world's newest island -- formed during a volcanic eruption in the remote Pacific three years ago -- may offer clues to how life potentially developed on Mars, NASA said Wednesday. The island of Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha'apai rose from the seabed[...]

Amazon adds support for Spotify with multiroom audio on Echo devices

Wednesday  20:07,   13 december 2017
The Verge

Amazon announced today that it’s adding support for Spotify and SiriusXM to the multiroom audio feature on Echo devices, letting users synchronize music across multiple rooms. Amazon launched the multiroom audio feature earlier this year,[...]

Google finally integrates Duo on Android call screen

Wednesday  20:07,   13 december 2017
Engadget UK

Google has been planning to integrate its Duo video chat on Pixel, Nexus and Android One phones for a couple of months. According to a report at Android Police, the company is rolling out Duo video chat in the ordinary phone dialer app, which[...]

Tidal may only have enough cash left to last six months

Wednesday  20:07,   13 december 2017
Engadget UK

Music streaming service Tidal is facing both money and user growth woes, according to Norway's Dagens Næringsliv. "We have experienced negative stories about Tidal since its inception and we have done nothing but grow the business each[...]

Fingerprint sensors under the display are going to be a real thing in 2018

Wednesday  20:07,   13 december 2017
The Verge

Synaptics, the company responsible for handling the touch input on millions of laptop trackpads and smartphone screens, has announced this week that it’s entered mass production with its first optical in-display fingerprint sensors. It was[...]

Apple to invest $390 million in Finisar to ramp up chip production

Wednesday  17:07,   13 december 2017
Reuters

Apple Inc will give Finisar Corp $390 million to increase production of chips that power high-profile iPhone X features including Face ID, Animojis and portrait-mode photos. Shares of Finisar, a Sunnyvale, California-based optical components maker,[...]