Friday Morning Report

By Craig Cmehil | a different view before the weekend

Google now owns

Apparently owning 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, a site that was first …


Apple Watch Tips and Hidden Features: Handoff, AirPlay, and More

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

10 things in tech you need to know today

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


NASA Thinks They Have Solved The Mystery Of Bright Spots On Ceres

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 is using Twitter to detect earthquakes

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 …


8K displays may reach tablets by 2020

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 …


Android Creator Andy Rubin Closes $300 Million Round, Hints Next Big Thing Could Be Skynet

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 …


Don't Put Pictures Of Your Boarding Pass On The Internet

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 …


MasterCard talks tokenisation, Bitcoin and biometrics

Financial services networks wield great power across the planet but they are also peppered with points of vulnerability and tend to exclude many …


How the Surface Book compares to the iPad Pro, MacBook Pro, and Surface Pro

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. …


4 Ways You Can Observe Relativity In Everyday Life

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

PHP pioneers Zend Technologies acquired by Rogue Wave Software

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 …


Microsoft’s Surface Book Will Redefine How PCs Are Made

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 …

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Twitter just made the biggest change since its invention: Moments

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 …


Adobe ‘sneak peeks’ target photobombs, 3D

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 …


HP wants you to use its new 8-inch Windows tablet to get work done

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 …


Google has a new plan to speed up the mobile web


HP’s new all-in-one PC is curved and ultra wide

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 …

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The $249 New Microsoft Band Is Microsoft’s Answer To Smartwatches

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

10 things in tech you need to know today

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 …


10 futuristic technology jobs you won't believe actually exist

In today's technology-infused world, the executive assistant of today is the "avatar relationship manager" of tomorrow. Job descriptions on, now include responsibilities and buzzwords that may not even have existed as few as five years ago.

And while chefs specialising in 3D-printed …


Everything You Need To Know From Microsoft’s Massive Hardware Event

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 …

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UnlimitedHand controller wants to add sense of touch to virtual reality

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

Apple acquires advanced smartphone artificial intelligence startup Perceptio

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 …


Black-Footed Ferrets Have 'Big Bad Teeth' And A New Home

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 …


Nobel Prize for solving puzzle of ghostly neutrino particles awarded to Japanese and Canadian

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 …


India doesn’t want citizens to tweet about how a man was lynched for eating beef

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 …


Google’s Domain Registrar Expands, Now Works With Google Apps

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 …


Microsoft's sleek new Surface Pro 4 is 50% lighter than the last one

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 …

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