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Google Cloud infrastructure expansion to continue with three new undersea cables

Diane Greene, who heads up Google’s cloud unit, often marvels at how much her company invests in Google Cloud infrastructure. It’s with good reason. Over the past three years since Greene came on board, the company has spent a whopping $30 billion beefing up the infrastructure. Today it announced …

Marie Curie

Exclusive: U.S. lawmakers urge AT&T to cut commercial ties with Huawei - sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers are urging AT&T Inc, the No. 2 wireless carrier, to cut all commercial ties to Chinese phone maker Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] and oppose plans by telecom operator China Mobile Ltd to enter the U.S. market because of national security concerns, said two …

China

Google and Coursera launch program to train entry-level IT support professionals

To address a shortage of IT talent in the U.S., Google announced today that it is launching a Coursera training program for IT support professionals. The Google IT Support Professional Certificate is designed to help students with no prior IT training get the experience needed for an entry-level …

Nonprofits

iPhone & Mac casing manufacturer Catcher once again accused of violating Apple supplier standards

Catcher – a Chinese company which makes casings for both iPhones and Macs – has been accused of violating a whole raft of Apple’s supplier standards. Catcher was one of the iPhone suppliers reporting high demand into this year, and is rumored to be developing a lightweight frame for a future Apple …

21st Century

Contraceptive app hit with complaints after being blamed for 37 unwanted pregnancies

The Natural Cycles app uses an algorithm to determine when women are fertile<p>Natural Cycles, a contraceptive app that became certified in the EU as a form of birth control, has been hit with a complaint after being blamed for causing 37 unwanted pregnancies, reports Swedish publication <i>SVT</i>. …

Health

IBM and shipping giant Maersk launch blockchain company for global logisics

IBM and Danish transport conglomerate Maersk announced today they are launching a joint venture to redefine the global shipping industry for the blockchain age. The new company, which hasn’t yet been named, will focus on simplifying the complex process of moving goods across different trade …

Bitcoin

Google Chromecast devices are messing with WiFi connections

If you've been having some issues with your WiFi connection, the culprit could be your Chromecast devices. There have now been multiple reports of users losing WiFi connections when Google devices with the "Cast" feature, like Chromecast and Google Home devices, are added to a user's network. …

Wi-Fi

Facebook Messenger chief admits the app has gotten too cluttered

“Expect to see us invest in massively simplifying and streamlining Messenger this year,” says David Marcus<p>Facebook Messenger has gotten too cluttered, its leader said today. David Marcus, Facebook’s vice president of messaging products, said in a blog post of 2018 predictions today that the company …

Facebook

AWS brings Go support to its Lambda serverless platform

AWS Lambda, Amazon’s serverless platform, now features support for functions written in Go, the increasingly popular programming language that was originally developed at Google.<p>This announcement doesn’t come as a surprise, given that AWS already announced that it would add Go support during its …

Cloud Computing

New Xbox Elite controller revealed in leaked images

Microsoft first introduced its Xbox Elite Wireless Controller back at E3 2015. The $149 controller has four interchangeable paddles around the back, Hair Trigger Locks, remappable buttons, and completely swappable components. It’s been a popular choice for Xbox One gamers, and even PC players who …

Microsoft

Amazon Fire TV becomes an interface for Live TV with select Amazon Channels

Amazon’s Fire TV is getting an update that will help viewers better discover live TV programming, and even be able to tune into live channels with Alexa. The voice integration builds on the recently added “On Now” row on the Fire TV homepage, where you’ll find the live streams from channels like …

Televisions

BitConnect promoters cover their tracks as site struggles with downtime

One of the things that made BitConnect so resilient to criticism was its wide network of promoters, shamelessly shilling the company on YouTube and other social media channels. But it seems that even these “once-passionate” supporters are leaving the Bitcoin investment platform behind – though …

Vitalik Buterin

Microsoft is working on 'building-scale' VR for disaster simulations

Scaling up VR to areas larger than your living room is a focus for a number of game developers right now, but Microsoft is working on expanding the size capabilities of the tech for a much more important reason: disaster management. In a lecture video, the Microsoft Research team explains how it's …

Virtual Reality

Google’s cloud is spreading through new undersea cables

Today, Google announced that it will be adding three undersea cables, as well as five new Cloud Platform regions, to its infrastructure in 2018. The Netherlands and Montreal regions will open in Q1 2018, while Los Angeles, Hong King and Finland will follow. The three cables will connect Chile to …

Cloud Computing

How to browse and add Alexa skills from any computer

How can I control Alexa from the web?<p>While the Alexa app on phones and tablets is the default for setting up and managing an Amazon Echo, you can do …

Amazon

Forest raises $3.7 million for its administration interface to rule them all

French startup Forest just raised a $3.7 million seed round (€3 million) from Connect Ventures and Xavier Niel, with Taavet Hinrikus also participating. Pietro Bezza and Jean de La Rochebrochard are joining the board of the company. The startup first started in the eFounders startup studio.<p>I …

Startups

Uber to introduce limit on drivers' hours

<b>Uber is introducing a new driver hours policy across the UK to increase safety for drivers and passengers.</b><p>From next week, a licensed driver on its app must take an uninterrupted six-hour break after 10 hours of either driving with a passenger or travelling to pick up someone.<p>Drivers who do not take …

Uber

Supreme Court to Revisit Internet Sales Tax Ruling

Bipartisan group of lawmakers want previous decision overruled<p>The Supreme Court will decide whether businesses must collect sales tax on online …

Judiciary

Bloated Facebook Messenger promises to simplify in 2018

“The app became too cluttered” Facebook’s head of Messenger David Marcus announced today in a post of plans for 2018 including “massively simplifying and streamlining Messenger this year.” Between Messenger Day/Stories, its Snapchatty augmented reality camera, a bot Discover section, games, and …

Facebook

BlackBerry's Jarvis fights car hackers, Nissan's XMotion is a 'fishy' concept

As the Detroit Auto Show cruises along, BlackBerry introduces a new cybersecurity software tool for automakers, Ford announces an $11 billion investment in electric vehicles and Nissan's far-out XMotion concept has a koi fish as its virtual assistant.

Detroit Auto Show

Hawaii’s missile alert system has a confusing interface

There was a one-word difference between sending a test alert and a real one<p>After the false missile alert in Hawaii on Saturday morning, a new image from government officials reveals how confusing the alert system is. Instead of pressing a button, operators of the alert system have to select a link …

War

Honor 8 won't be updated to Android Oreo

Honor is blaming "hardware and software limitations" for Oreo's no-show.<p>The Honor 8 was a truly fantastic mid-range handset when it launched in …

Android Oreo

WhatsApp reportedly testing new method of catching spam and hoax messages

WhatsApp appears to be testing a new method of catching spam and hoax messages, like the oft-circulated one claiming that a subscription is required for continued use of the service. Two elements have been spotted …<p>WhatsApp looks out for messages that have been forwarded many times, a likely …

WhatsApp

Voyage finds the perfect place to test autonomous cars — a retirement village

The golden years are looking brighter than ever now that self-driving cars are involved. Soon, the most tech-forward neighborhoods in towns won’t be …

Transportation

Lyft Doubled Rides In 2017 As Its Rival Uber Stumbled

As Uber faltered among a cascade of crises in 2017, its U.S. rival Lyft was there to happily catch a lot of the customers. On Tuesday, the company announced it had doubled rides in the last year, reaching 375.5 million rides in the United States and Toronto, its first international market launched …

Uber

WeChat users in China will soon be able to resume tipping

Apple has come to an arrangement with the $500 billion Chinese tech giant Tencent that will allow the almost 1 billion users registered on messaging app WeChat to resume sending tip-style gifts using their iPhones.<p>Tipping content creators is a big part of WeChat. However, last year Apple basically …

China

Google Doodle Celebrates Pioneering Mexican Actress Katy Jurado

Katy Jurado, a groundbreaking Mexican actress who built a Hollywood career without sacrificing her identity, is the subject of Tuesday’s Google …

Google

Google starts certificate program to fill empty IT jobs

There are 150,000 open IT jobs in the U.S., and Google wants to make it easier to fill them. Today the company is announcing a certificate program on …

PNC Bank

Google nipping at Big Auto’s heels in the race to build self-driving cars

GM leads, Waymo surges, Ford slips, and Tesla brings up the rear<p>Last year, the company that arguably made the biggest splash at the North American International Auto Show wasn’t even a company that made cars. Waymo, the self-driving unit of Google parent Alphabet, came to Detroit with its …

Transportation

Nyansa lands $15 million led by Intel Capital to grow user performance management

Companies like New Relic and AppDynamics have been offering applications performance management solutions to help operations teams track external performance issues for years. Nyansa (pronounced ‘knee-ans-sah’) is bringing that kind of performance management to internal networks. Today, the company …

Notre Dame

Vivo launches online store in India, offers discounts up to Rs. 2,000

Vivo has launched an online store in India, where you can order the company’s smartphones as well as various accessories. The manufacturer has decided to opt for the same strategy as OnePlus and Xiaomi, both of which also have an online shop set up in the country.<p>Editor's Pick<p>To grab consumers’ …

eCommerce

Nintendo Switch games could be coming to macOS

Nintendo Switch games could soon be popping up on macOS.<p>The team behind a popular Nintendo 3DS emulator for Mac is hard at work on a new Switch emulator called Yuzu. It will eventually allow fans to enjoy franchises like <i>Super Mario</i> and <i>Zelda</i> on platforms that aren’t officially supported by …

Super Mario Odyssey

BeMyEye, the startup that lets companies crowdsource in-store data, acquires rival Task360

In a move that represents further consolidation in the crowdsourced in-store data gathering space, London-headquartered BeMyEye has acquired U.K. rival Task360. Similar to BeMyEye, the company offers an app that pays users to collect data for its corporate clients, but with a greater emphasis on …

Startups

Moto E5 leaked with rear fingerprint scanner, may arrive April 3

• The rumored Moto E5 has been leaked in a new image.<br>• The device looks like it will come with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and microUSB charge port.<br>• It may be released on April 3.<p>The Moto E range of smartphones is the most cost-effective in the Lenovo/Motorola range. This series is responsible …

Tablets

Baidu and Teenage Engineering’s smart speaker is a stylish Chinese Echo

The prevailing design trend with smart speakers like the Amazon Echo has been to make them look as minimalist and unassuming as possible, presumably so they can be placed anywhere around the house. The Raven H, however, looks like it spilled out of a kid’s toy closet. I love it.<p>It’s the result of a …

Automation

8 Apps That Will Save You Real Money on Food

Make dinner a little cheaper.<p>The days of loyalty punch cards and clipping coupons are (almost) over. Just as technology has enabled us to get …

Rite Aid

Natural Cycles contraceptive app reported after influx of unwanted pregnancies

A contraceptive app used by hundreds of thousands of women has been reported to a medical regulator after a number of its customers sought an abortion.<p>Medics in Stockholm South General Hospital, Sweden, have notified the Swedish Medicines Agency after 37 women, who were using Natural Cycles as a …

Pregnancy