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Twitter is (finally) cracking down on bots

Twitter is cracking down on bots after it announced changes to its API that will massively reduce the impact of services that allow links and content to be shared across multiple accounts, i.e. the software that powers Twitter bots.<p>So that means an end to services that let those controlling large …

Social Media

WhatsApp founder gives $50M to fund future development of Signal messenger

Signal has announced that WhatsApp c0founder Brian Acton is providing $50M in funding for future development of the secure messaging app …<p>Signal said in a blog post that it has been challenging to develop the service with the limited resources of an open-source organization, but it had always …

Nonprofits

FCC to officially publish net neutrality repeal Thursday

Once the FCC publishes its order repealing the 2015 net neutrality rules, it will start the clock for legal challenges and last-ditch Congressional action to preserve the old rules.<p>The Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules will be no more in two months, as the agency takes the …

Net Neutrality

Apple reportedly adding voice activation to new AirPods this year, water resistance next

Improved wireless chip and touch-free Siri activation highlight 2018 model refresh, according to report<p>Apple’s release plans for new AirPods models have been divulged in a Bloomberg report this morning. The Cupertino company is said to be planning to refresh the AirPods, first released in late …

Tech Trends

Watch Airbus' drone taxi take to the skies for the first time

Back in late January, Airbus' Vahana team successfully flew their autonomous air taxi for the first time. Now, you can finally watch how the drone stayed in the air on its own in the video below the fold. It shows the aircraft hovering around 16 feet above the ground for a few seconds -- not …

Drones

Apple breaks down just what makes Portrait Lighting special on iPhone X

Apple is very proud of its Portrait Lighting feature for the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus, and it’s willing to let users take a peek behind the Cupertino curtain to show exactly why.<p>In a new video shared Wednesday evening, Apple gives an overview of the development process which led to Portrait …

IPhone X

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 leak points to 5,500 mAh battery, wireless charging and more

• Potential Xiaomi Mi Max 3 have been unearthed in the code of recent firmware files.<br>• The code suggests the rumored handset will include a Snapdragon 660 chip and 5,500 mAh battery with wireless charging functionality.<br>• It may also include an iris scanner, though it may be lacking NFC.<p>Details regarding …

Mobile Technology

Companies turning to apps to make it easier to report workplace sexual harrassment

While the #metoo movement has focused attention on the problem of sexual harrassment in the workplace, forcing companies to take the issue more seriously, it can still take courage to file a report …<p>A number of companies are now turning to apps to make the process easier for employees, reports the</i> …

Apps

Samsung reportedly resumes Galaxy S8 Oreo rollout in at least one European country

Can you believe we’re a measly three days away from the official announcement of the Galaxy S9 and S9+ at MWC 2018, and Samsung is yet to bring the …

Android News

Watch a 1980s electric car transform into the world’s largest computer mouse

A pair of YouTubers have turned a car into a workable computer peripheral<p>A bright yellow Comuta-car is a strange sight on its own terms, but a pair …

Felix Dennis

This could be an early Huawei P20 prototype with two rear cameras and no notch

The confusion surrounding Huawei’s oft-rumored next flagship smartphone trio is about to go into overdrive, as a massive collection of newly leaked …

Mobile Technology

Electric Bikes Want to Take On Everyone—Even Uber

Riding an electric bicycle is a bit like becoming the Hulk. When I hopped on a pedelec bike owned by Jump Bikes (”pedelec” short for “pedal electric …

San Francisco

LG to unveil new K8 and K10 phones

The new devices will be revealed at Mobile World Congress later this month.<p>LG will reveal updated editions of its K8 and K10 phones at Mobile World Congress 2018, the company has announced.<p>The update promises to bring premium features to the mid-tier phones, including improved cameras with …

Mobile Technology

YouTubers turn car into the world's biggest mouse

A YouTuber turned a small car into a massive mouse, and now we want to use it to play all the games.<p>The car is “Cheese Louise,” a canary-yellow Comuta-Car — an electric car from the 80s which looks like a sentient, upside-down garbage skip. Louise is owned by Simone Giertz, who you might remember …

YouTube

Gboard beta brings email auto-completion, unified media search, and more

• The latest Gboard beta includes email auto-complete, universal media search, and additional languages.<br>• Email auto-complete does not appear to work on every device yet.<br>• The update is rolling out to Gboard beta testers through the Play Store.<p>Google released beta version 7.0.2 of its Gboard keyboard …

Apps

Land Rover Explore is a rugged phone with swappable backs

At last, we have a Land Rover phone that doesn't look like it was built from parts found on a factory floor. The new 'Explore' is the work of Bullitt, a British company that has made handsets for Caterpillar, Kodak and JCB in the past. It was actually unveiled at the ISPO trade show earlier this …

Mobile Technology

Elon Musk steps down from OpenAI board to dodge “potential future conflict”

Tesla and SpaceX CEO departs the company he co-founded<p>Elon Musk has a difficult relationship with artificial intelligence. The PayPal billionaire …

Elon Musk

A $42 million '10,000 year clock' is being installed on Jeff Bezos' property

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos took to Twitter to announce that construction of the 10,000 year clock has begun on his property in Texas, with a view to encourage thinking about humanity in the long term.<p>Conceived back in 1986 by American computer scientist Daniel Hills, the clock’s mechanism is …

Jeff Bezos

Tinyclues, the AI-driven campaign marketing solution, scores $18M Series B

Tinyclues, the French startup that offers an intelligent campaign marketing solution that uses AI to help push the right products to the right customers, has closed $18 million in Series B investment. Leading the round is EQT Ventures, with participation from existing backers Alven, Elaia Partners, …

Marketing

Roku stock tanks 18% after sharing financials, outlook

Despite surpassing analyst expectations for the quarter, Roku disappointed Wall Street when it shared its fourth-quarter earnings after the bell on Wednesday. The digital streaming business fell about 18% in after-hours trading, in the minutes following the news release.<p>Roku posted$188.3 million …

Roku

Self-heating jacket uses machine learning to keep its owner comfy

We've seen a number of smart home thermostats over the past few years that learn just how toasty you like your living room, but these won't do much …

Amazon Alexa

Google developed its own mobile chip to help smartphones take better photos

There's a lot going on under the hood of your smartphone camera every time you push the button<p><i>Update 2/6/2018: Google originally turned off the Pixel Visual Core for everything except the stock camera app, but now the company is turning it on for use, even with outside applications. Developers can</i> …

Mobile Photography

Vectra raises $36M for its AI-based approach to cybersecurity intrusion detection

With the trend of growing cybercrime showing no indication of abating, a startup called Vectra that has built an artificial intelligence-based system called Cognito to detect cyberattacks and mobilise security systems to respond to them has raised $36 million to expand its R&D and business …

Venture Capital

Assassin's Creed: Origins now offers stab-free educational tours of Ancient Egypt

Non-gamers might be surprised how much effort goes into accurate historical recreations of game environments in the <i>Assassin's Creed</i> series. Now, the …

Julius Caesar

Apple looks to patent yoga calorie counting

Ever wonder how many calories you are burning doing yoga? Well Apple has applied for a patent for a way to do just that.<p>Why it matters: The pitch for …

Yoga

Level's activity-tracking smart glasses launches this March

Even though Intel unveiled its Vaunt smart glasses earlier this month, insurance provider VSP has actually been working on its own take on smart eyewear for well over a year now. It's called Level, and while it won't offer head's up notifications like the Vaunt, it does feature activity tracking …

Wearable Tech

Snap tells the 1.2 million people that signed petition to remove latest Snapchat update that they're out of luck

Over 1.2 million Snapchat users were rebuffed on Wednesday as the company officially affirmed its commitment to a contentious new app update which went into effect in early February.<p>In an official response on Change.org, where user Nic Rumsey posted a petition called "Remove the new Snapchat …

Social Media

Signal's secure messaging app gets a $50 million lifeline from WhatsApp co-founder

One of the first messaging services to offer end-to-end encryption for truly private conversations, Signal has largely been developed by a team that’s never grown larger than three full-time developers over the years it’s been around. Now, it’s getting a shot in the arm from the co-founder of a …

Privacy

This cloud computing service runs Windows on Mac and Overwatch on smartphones

French cloud computing startup Blade today announced its Shadow PC service is available in California, marking the company’s entry to the US market. With it, you can run Windows 10 on a Mac or play competitive shooters online using your smartphone and a game pad.<p>The Shadow PC service gives users …

Intel Corporation

Apple offers look at the development of Portrait Lighting camera feature in new video

Apple this evening has shared a new video offering a look into the development process that led to the creation of the Portrait Lighting feature on iPhone X. The video shows how Apple used the “art of portraiture” to come up with the technology…<p>Apple explains that it worked with photographers and …

Mobile Photography

IOTA is vulnerable to replay attacks but has no intention of fixing the flaw

Fledgling blockchain startup IOTA has ran into yet another technical issue. Researcher Joseph Rebstock has detailed a vulnerability in its network which makes users susceptible to replay attacks – a common exploit vector in which valid data is erroneously repeated in order to steal cryptocurrency …

Information Security

Study finds early HomePod adoption at 3% as entire smart speaker market hits 89% satisfaction

Apple’s HomePod has been available for less than two weeks, but an early survey from <i>Loup Ventures</i> aims to show its penetration into the smart speaker market. According to the survey, HomePod has captured 3 percent of the market in its early days of availability…<p>The survey, which consisted of 520 …

Smart Homes

How a French 16-year-old taught the world to build VR headsets for $100

Palmer Luckey, the founder of Oculus and the inventor of arguably the most successful commercial virtual reality headset, was only 17 when he completed his first prototype for the device. Fast-forward to the present day, and Luckey is now worth roughly $750 million at the age of 25, having sold his …

Virtual Reality

Facebook, Google, and Microsoft AI gurus say AI will help workers, not replace them

“In general, AI will not replace jobs, but it will transform them. Ultimately, every job is going to be made more efficient by AI,” says Facebook’s Yann LeCun.<p>Reports of the demise of human labor may be hyperbolic, if you believe the likes of LeCun, Google’s Peter Norvig, and Microsoft’s Eric …

Artificial Intelligence

Spotify 'on its way' to creating first hardware product

A trio of job listings on Spotify’s website are again getting the rumor mill swirling about new hardware.<p>First spotted by <i>MusicAlly</i>, one of the jobs details the company is “on its way to creating its first physical products,” and that it was seeking someone to work in its Stockholm office to handle …

Spotify

Twitter's new rules prohibit bulk tweeting to fight spam

Twitter's spam bot issue isn't new, but it came to a head when it was revealed that thousands of Russian troll accounts used the platform to influence the 2016 Presidential elections. Now, the company has announced a set of changes and new developer guidelines meant to fight off automated actions …

Internet

Facebook Messenger now lets you add friends during calls without stopping the party

Facebook Messenger is making it easier to invite friends to your calls. Starting today, you can add friends onto an ongoing session.<p>Previously you had to close your call, create a new group, and then initiate a call again. Now you can just tap on the screen while on a call and select the ‘add …

Apps