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Facebook at Work gets a messaging app on Android

Facebook has launched Work Chat, a messaging app on Android for companies that use its Facebook at Work collaboration service.<p>From the screenshots, it looks more like Messenger than rival chat services for teams like, say, Slack. Users can chat one-on-one or in groups, send photos and videos, and …

Apps

Mobile Searches Surpass Desktop Searches At Google For The First Time

Google’s search chief Amit Singhal said for the first time this summer, more Google searches were completed on mobile devices than desktop computers.<p>Singhal said Google fields more than 100 billion searches per month. The number is particularly significant because Singhal was speaking about just …

Finding life on other planets just got easier with new scientific method

Humans may feel small when contemplating the universe, but astronomers are closer than ever to at least making us feel a little less lonely thanks to …

Apple removes some apps from online store over security concerns

<i>(By Julia Love, Reuters)</i> — Apple said on Thursday that it had removed “a few” applications from its App Store, expressing its concern that the security of some users’ personal data could be compromised in certain circumstances.<p>The company said the apps threatened users’ security by installing …

Apps

Stephen Hawking says we should be more frightened of capitalism than robots

In a Reddit Ask Me Anything session, the physicist expresses more concern about economic inequality than about artificial intelligence.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>If only worries could be prioritized.<p>If only our minds and souls could …

Artificial Intelligence

People opening themselves to attack by using adblocking apps

Apple delivered an official way to block ads in Safari with the release of iOS 9 in September, but there’s a growing trend of people attempting to block <i>every</i> ad in iOS, and doing dangerous things to get there.<p>Been, which received a large amount of press coverage, is one of these bad ideas.<p>The app …

Apps

Adobe has developed an algorithm to remove the annoying tourists from your photos

The problem with being a tourist is that by the time you’ve reached your sightseeing destination, every other tourist is there too. Not exactly great for vacation photos.<p>Short of removing the crowds, Adobe’s hoping to do the next best thing—removing them from your shots. This week, the company …

Adobe

This lab makes phone batteries that charge in 30 seconds

Welcome to the lab where scientists are building smartphone batteries that fully charge your phone in 30 seconds -- and electric-car batteries …

Dropbox releases its chat app Zulip under an open-source license

Dropbox has released its recently acquired chat app, Zulip under an open-source Apache license.<p>According to a blog post by Zulip co-founder Tim Abbott announcing the move, Dropbox has released everything, including the server, Android and iOS mobile apps, desktop apps for Mac, Linux and Windows, …

Mark Zuckerberg addresses the UN, declaring universal internet access a global priority

Mark Zuckerberg addressed the UN today — twice — calling on the global panel to make universal internet access a priority.<p>During the 70th annual U.N. General Assembly session, Zuckerberg first addressed the U.N. Sustainable Development Conference, and went on to deliver the keynote address at the …

Elon Musk hopes to conquer electric car range limits by 2020

Range anxiety may keep you from driving an electric car right now, but Tesla chief Elon Musk doesn't expect that to be a problem for very long. When grilled about driving distances in a Danish interview, Musk revealed that he expects the battery technology to improve at a rate of 5 to 10 percent …

Apple could face penalty in Russia over same-sex couple emoji inclusion

Apple could potentially be facing a fine upwards of one million rubles in Russia (which is only about $15,000 USD) over its inclusion of same-sex couple emoji characters on the built-in iOS keyboard. <i>The Independent</i> reports that police in Russia have began an investigation into Apple to determine …

Russia

Google Keep is now available for iPhone and iPad

Google Keep is by no means an Evernote killer, but it's proven very handy on Android for those times when you need to jot something down, put together a quick checklist, or save an image or voice memo recording. And today, Google has announced it's finally making the move to iOS — a full two and a …

App Store

Twitter app ads now support autoplay video

App ads are about on Twitter are about to get a bit more lively; brands can now promote their products with video.<p>Previously, companies had to use regular old promoted text or image tweets as their best bet to advertise apps to their audiences. Twitter says video leads to higher user engagement and …

Microsoft launches meeting app Invite for iPhone, coming soon to Android and Windows Phone

Microsoft today launched a new standalone app for scheduling meetings called Invite. Available only for iPhone users in the U.S. and Canada for now, you can download Invite now directly from Apple’s App Store.<p>Here is how it works. First you suggest times that work for you, and then invite attendees …

Apps

The 54 countries with faster LTE than the US

The US was one of the first countries with mobile networks running 4G LTE, the predominant fast wireless internet technology. And it is one of the leaders in availability of LTE coverage, according to OpenSignal, which makes a mobile network-tracking tool.<p>But it is one of the slowest LTE countries …

Telecoms

Jony Ive (and Apple lawyers) didn’t like it when this Jony Ive puppet went viral

A silly Jony Ive puppet and soundboard went viral in the last two days, and it didn’t escape the attention of Ive himself, or the Apple legal team.<p>The soundboard allowed you to hear Ive eloquently spout words like <i>aluminium</i> in his iconic British accent. This apparently upset Ive, which on Friday …

Viral

Report: Google and Twitter teaming up for their own 'Instant Articles'

Facebook isn't the only tech company that wants to deliver #content to its users instantly.<p>Google and Twitter are teaming up to create their own …

Personalized News

Cyanogen reportedly planning "deep Cortana integration" for Cyanogen OS

Back in April we first learned of Microsoft and Cyanogen’s new “strategic partnership”, which would see the inclusion of select apps like Bing, Skype, Office, and a few others. This only applied to the commercial Cyanogen OS and not CyanogenMod ROMs, though the announcement still was met with with …

Android News

Long passwords won't keep you safe warn security services

Britain's security services have warned that complex passwords do little to reduce the risks of people being hacked by cyber-attackers<p>Complex passwords do little to reduce the risks of people being hacked by cyber-attackers, Britain's security services have warned as they advised businesses to …

Cybersecurity

Hackers Can Trick Driverless Cars With A Handheld Laser

Potentially forcing the car to slow down, stop, or swerve<p>It’s been a bumpy road for automobile security in the last few months. Chrysler is still reeling from security gaps that hackers exploited to kill a Jeep while it drove down a highway, recalling more than 8,000 SUVs this week and patching …

Roads

Android Lollipop is the OS of choice for one in five users

If you own an Android device, find four similarly outfitted friends and line up, shoulder-to-shoulder. Look to your left. Look to your right. Chances are, one of you has Lollipop, the latest Android mobile operating system. Twenty-one percent of Android devices use Lollipop, according to the …

Drunk man attacks adorable robot that was just trying to help

The second human on cute humanoid robot attack in two months has resulted in internal damage to a Pepper-brand automaton that worked in a store in …

Fancy new smart lock can see who’s at your door

Electrics giant Westinghouse is getting into the connected-home game, and its first offering is a smart lock that looks like it should be seeing if it can’t lock down a stabilizer in a <i>Star Wars</i> X-Wing.<p>The Nucli (which is pronounced “new-klee” and not “nuck-lee,” regardless of how your brain sees …

Home Automation

'Minecraft' players on Windows 10 and mobile can now build together

<i>Minecraft</i> offers wondrous worlds for solo adventurers, but it also gives groups the perfect canvas to build on and break together. With this in mind, developer Mojang is making it easier to host your friends with cross-platform play between <i>Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition</i> and <i>Minecraft: Pocket Edition</i>. …

Metal Gear Solid 5 Quiet bug could corrupt save, Konami warns

Konami is investigating the bug, but has not yet found its cause.<p>Konami has issued a warning to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain players regarding a bug that could corrupt save files. As explained on the company's website, this bug can be triggered if you have Quiet as a buddy character while …

Metal Gear

Chinese police arrest 15,000 for Internet crimes

Police in China said on Tuesday they had arrested about 15,000 people for crimes that “jeopardized Internet security”, as the government moves to tighten controls on the Internet.<p>Since taking over in 2013, President Xi Jinping has led an increasingly harsh crackdown on China’s Internet, which the …

Communist Party

Report: Kaspersky developed malware to trip up competition

<i>Reuters</i> reports that a pair of former employees have accused Moscow-based Kaspersky Labs of building malware to trick its competition into flagging and quarantining important, non-viral, files on customers' computers. Basically the malware would inject malicious bits of code into important PC files …

Apple is upgrading the Magic Mouse and Wireless Keyboard

To put it mildly, Apple's input device roster hasn't changed much in recent years. The Magic Mouse hasn't really been touched since 2009, and the Wireless Keyboard is even older than <i>that</i>. The Cupertino crew must be ready to shake things up, though: regulatory filings for both a Magic Mouse 2 and an …

Google search now shows cards with official software download links

Google search has started showing software download cards when you search for an app name preceded or succeeded by the word “download.” The card points you to the official download link, emphasizing the URL so you see exactly where you’re headed.<p>While many will probably see this addition as a small …

Google Search