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Microsoft's Director Of Programming For Xbox Live Discusses Future Of Console, Going All-Digital

Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb, Microsoft’s director of programming for Xbox Live, was at PAX Australia recently and was interviewed about the future of …

Amazon’s AWS data centers in London go live

Amazon today said that its region of Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centers in London is now live for customers to use. A wide range of services are available from the EU (London) region, along with basic cloud-based computing and storage resources.<p>This is the third AWS region to go live in Europe, …

Amazon Prime Video launched in India for just Rs 499 a year

India, meet the least expensive on-demand video streaming service you've ever seen.<p>Ahead of its media event scheduled for later today, Amazon Prime …

Forget Spectacles, group messaging is Snapchat’s most important launch in 2016

There was neither fanfare nor pizzazz, but yesterday Snap — the company formerly known as Snapchat — quietly shipped a new feature that could dent other messaging apps and obstruct upcoming social startups.<p>The feature was group messaging for up to 16 people. It’s an obvious part of any chat app but …

Google Maps Tests WhatsApp-Like Location Sharing Feature, Other New Features: Report

The popular Google Maps app is being revamped by the company, according to a report. The current version of the app offers features such as …

Now TV Smart Box review: A scrappy blend of on-demand and live TV

Now TV is pivotal to Sky's future success. More people than ever before are eschewing big, expensive TV packages for lighter, on-demand alternatives such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. For the last few years, Sky has been refining (and heavily marketing) Now TV in response. The platform has a …

Artificial intelligence has a big year ahead

In 2017, AI won't just be for the nerdy companies. Machine learning can help with mortgage applications and bridge safety, too.<p>Get ready for AI to show up where you'd least expect it.<p>In 2016, tech companies like Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft launched dozens of products and services powered …

Artificial Intelligence

Snapchat update brings AR Lenses that are actually games called Snappables

Snapchat has long offered what it calls Lenses: those silly animated overlays that cover your face and make you look like a cat or help you vomit a rainbow. Up until now, Lenses were a fun way to change your look and share the goofy image with friends.<p>Now, Snapchat has taken the concept behind …

Mobile Photography

Microsoft launches a universal translator for group conversations

Microsoft has been hard at work perfecting its Translator app, having introduced support for offline use, OCR, and dual-device translation in recent times.<p>On Tuesday, the company announced another interesting new feature that makes it easy to interact with groups in 60 different languages.<p>The …

You can now bookmark Instagram posts to look at later

Seems potentially creepy?<p>I recently moved into a new apartment, and Instagram has been a useful tool for gathering interior decoration ideas and inspirations. When I come across a cool wallpaper or clever storage setup, I simply like the post and find them all neatly displayed in my Liked Photos …

These new headphones let you talk to Amazon’s Alexa anywhere you go

Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant is slowly making its way out into the world, via third-party hardware that’s using Amazon’s developer tools to build it into their own products. That’s the case with OV, new headphones from OnVocal, a company that wants to make speaking to virtual assistants easier …

Evernote’s privacy policy allows its employees to read your notes, and you can’t opt out – but it’s a little more complicated than that [Update]

Not interested in potentially sharing the content of your Evernote notes with the company’s employees? Then your only option will be to leave the service, because you can’t opt out. Although it appears that this particular policy has already been in place for some time, an upcoming January update …

Privacy

Facebook considers video push with scripted shows and sports

Facebook's video push has been well documented, but the effort has primarily relied on content produced by others thus far. Now the company says it's in talks with television studios and other producers about licensing shows to give that video initiative a boost. According to <i>Recode,</i> Facebook's …

The hidden symbolism in how tech leaders were seated in their meeting with Trump

Earlier Wednesday, President-elect Donald Trump met with a who's who of tech-industry leaders in a summit at New York City's Trump Tower to discuss how they could work together during his presidency.<p>A lot of these leaders had spoken out against Trump or some of his statements during the …

Yahoo hack serves as reminder to change passwords

NEW YORK (AP) — Yahoo has been hacked — again.<p>News that the struggling internet company was breached back in 2013, and the personal information of …

Information Systems

Syrians Trapped in Aleppo Using WhatsApp to Post Cries for Help

The fight for control over the Syrian city of Aleppo continued to roar on the ground and in the skies on Wednesday into Thursday as thousands of civilians still trapped inside begged to be let out.<p>Among them, desperate activists are turning to instant messaging platforms like WhatsApp to reach …

Middle East

Twitter Developed Its Own Messenger Product, But Killed It

The stand-alone app was intended to be an on-ramp for new users to Twitter proper.<p>Twitter spent more than a year developing an instant messaging app for emerging markets but killed the product without launching it, BuzzFeed News has learned.<p>Built at Twitter’s Indian engineering center in Bengaluru, …

Social Media

Tech ads 2016: Microsoft best, Apple worst

Commentary: There were a lot of ads. Many sniped at competitors. Some, though, lost their way.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>If I asked you to tell me about all the tech ads you've seen this year, I wonder how many you'd remember at …

MacBook Pro

Fitbit won't kill off Pebble services at least until 2018

Following the news from earlier this month that fitness wearable firm Fitbit had acquired Pebble, fans of the innovative smartwatch have been fretting about the fate of their beloved devices.<p>The parent company is hoping to put some of those fears to rest. In a blog post, it noted that it will keep …

Wearable Tech