Friday Morning Report
By Craig Cmehil | a different view before the weekend
Apparently owning abc.xyz isn’t enough for the newly-formed conglomerate headed up by Google’s co-founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Thanks to a recent change in DNS registrant info, we now know that Google has (via DomainInvesting) acquired abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz.com, a site that was first …Google
The Apple Watch is a brand new product platform for Apple, offering a significantly different experience compared to Apple's already established platforms, iOS and Mac OS. As the device is getting onto more and more wrists over the coming days, weeks and months, we've collected a bunch of helpful …Apple Watch
Good morning! Here's the technology news you need to know today.
1. Amazon is reportedly considering making its own TV service. It has talked to CBS and NBC about carrying their channels.
2. Apple design chief Jony Ive says he can now work on "naughty, under-the-radar activities" now that he's the …Amazon
Dawn is breaking yet again – on some new astrogeology, that is. The Dawn spacecraft has been stalking the dwarf planet Ceres in the asteroid belt …Space Science
The US Geological Survey (USGS) has begun using data from Twitter to detect earthquakes. In a blog post published this week, Twitter explains how the USGS, the government body responsible for tracking seismic activity, used the company's public API to identify earthquakes across the world based on …Earthquakes
4K displays haven’t even become prevalent in mobile devices. We can say 2015 is the year of QHD (2560×1440), but as always, the Japanese are thinking …Tablets
When Andy Rubin left Google last year, he wondered what he could do after Android, the mobile operating system he created that now powers most of the world’s smartphones.
“I was mowing my grass for a while, and I thought I should go back into business. I’m an entrepreneur, I’m on optimist. Ten years …Google
That cryptic barcode contains more information than you realize and it's not hard to decipher.
If you post pictures of your boarding pass on the internet, you might get hurt -- and we don't mean by officemates jealous of your trip.
So suggests tech security guru Brian Krebs, who used his blog Tuesday …Internet
Financial services networks wield great power across the planet but they are also peppered with points of vulnerability and tend to exclude many …Bitcoin
Microsoft made a big deal today about going after Apple. And today more than ever, it's worth believing. There are two reasons why: first, Surface sales are on the rise. They accounted for $888 million in revenue during Microsoft's last quarter, up more than double from the same period last year. …MacBook
Relativity is one of the most successful theories that Albert Einstein ever came up with. It shook the world by altering the way that we think of …Theory of Relativity
Rogue Wave Software, a Colorado-based provider of cross-platform software development tools, has acquired PHP app-development and deployment company Zend Technologies. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Zend Technologies is a notable force in the PHP development realm, as it counts Andi Gutmans …PHP
Microsoft’s Surface Book is the most exciting Windows laptop in years. Actually, aside from a few hot-rod gaming rigs, it may be the only exciting …Microsoft Surface
Just 24 hours after Twitter announced that Jack Dorsey would become the company’s permanent CEO, Project Lightning, the company’s long-promised way to follow events, has finally emerged.
It’s now called ‘Moments’ and marks the first fundamental product change since the company’s launch.
The new …Twitter
Adobe’s MAX Creativity conference is famous for its keynotes — but in some circles, it’s even more famous for its signature ‘sneak peeks’ an event where the company gathers the attendee crowd to ooh and ahh at brand new code-named ‘projects’ and not-ready-for-prime-time technology that Adobe is …Adobe
The nice thing about 8-inch Windows tablets, aside from how portable they are, is that they're often super inexpensive and come with Microsoft Office pre-installed. The challenge for big tech companies is getting consumers to actually want to use the desktop on such a tiny screen. HP is the latest …Tablets
HP is introducing a number of new PCs today, but easily the most impressive — on a physical level, at least — is the Envy Curved All-in-One PC: a Windows 10 machine built into a curved and extremely wide 34-inch display. Just imagine how many windows you could have up at once. It's, like, a lot.
I'm …Intel Corporation
Microsoft unveiled the second version of its Microsoft Band today at a press conference in New York.
The first version of the Microsoft Band was a surprising devices for many reasons. First, nobody expected Microsoft to release this kind of device. Second, it was weirdly positioned compared to …Microsoft Windows
Good morning! Here's the technology news you need to know today.
1. The European Court of Justice ruled that the "Safe Harbor" agreement used by US tech companies to send data between the US and Europe is invalid. That could cause trouble for companies like Facebook and Google if European countries …Bitcoin
In today's technology-infused world, the executive assistant of today is the "avatar relationship manager" of tomorrow. Job descriptions on reed.co.uk, now include responsibilities and buzzwords that may not even have existed as few as five years ago.
And while chefs specialising in 3D-printed …Employment
Microsoft this morning announced a grip of new hardware, including Surface products, high-end smartphones, a wearable, Windows 10 for the Xbox One and its first laptop.
The laptop, called the Surface Book, stunned in an event marked largely by products Microsoft watchers were expecting.
TechCrunch …Microsoft Surface
Japanese developer H2L is making a controller for VR gaming that simulates the feeling of touch, hoping to release it by May 2016.
The visual fidelity …Virtual Reality
Bloomberg reports that Apple has acquired Perceptio, a startup that focuses on developing technology that allows companies to run artificial intelligence systems on smartphones, but without the need for sharing as much user data in the cloud.
Perceptio was founded by Zac Stone and Nicolas Pinto with …Startups
Black-footed ferrets have "a lot of hair, big bad teeth and a bad-boy attitude," says Kimberly Fraser. She and other federal wildlife officials are re-introducing the rare creatures to the prairie in a suburb of Denver.
"They're a native species. They belong here," says Fraser, an outreach …Animals
Takaaki Kajita and Arthur McDonald's breakthrough was the discovery of a phenomenon called neutrino oscillation
A Japanese and a Canadian scientist won the 2015 Nobel Prize for Physics on Tuesday for discovering that elusive subatomic particles called neutrinos have mass, opening a new window onto …Physics
The Times of India reports that police forces in the state of Uttar Pradesh requested Twitter to remove tweets and photos related to an incident in which a 50-year-old man was lynched by citizens because his family ate beef.
Inspector General (administration) Prakash D said that the state police’s …India
Google is today expanding its efforts with its newer domain registry service, Google Domains, announced earlier this year. The service, which represents Google’s initial foray into selling website addresses itself, competes with those from NameCheap, GoDaddy and others, by offering individuals and …Google
Microsoft unveiled the follow-up to its hybrid tablet/ultrabook on Tuesday: the Surface Pro 4, a lightweight alternative to a traditional laptop.
The company showed off the Surface Pro 4 at a press event held in New York City a device that is 50% lighter and 30% faster than the previous model. Not …Microsoft Surface