Tech Trends

The sad truth about the excitement over the Nokia 3310

The industry hype around the classic ‘dumbphone’ betrays a pointed fact – there is only so much you can improve a smartphone that already does it all<p>Mobile World Congress – the showcase of the most cutting-edge technology on the planet – is in full swing in Barcelona this week. Phones, wearables …

Nokia 3310

Intel hopes 5G will breathe new life into its smartphone business

Intel lost the last battle for smartphones. In May, the company quietly announced that it was canceling plans for its Broxton mobile processor, effectively acknowledging that it couldn’t compete with Qualcomm and in-house chips from powerhouses like Apple and Samsung.<p>But the war is far from over, …

Innovation

Medium’s new Snapchat-like story format is called Series

As Medium seeks to find ways to turn itself around, the company has launched a feature aimed at getting more people reading interesting stories. It’s not exactly an original idea, but it’s a model that has proven to work for companies like Snap and Facebook. On Wednesday, Medium introduced Series, …

Snapchat

This Company Is Building a Tech Campus to Dwarf Apple’s

U.K. appliance-maker Dyson is taking a leaf out of the Apple and Facebook playbook.<p>The U.K. company known for its vacuum cleaners and, more recently, …

Innovation

Newswire: Twitter’s new anti-harassment features let you mute words and eggs

Twitter continues its (belated) efforts to battle online harassment, adding new muting powers to its arsenal. After giving its users the ability to mute whole conversations they don’t want to participate in (but are probably berated in), Twitter has announced it will now let them mute specific …

Social Media

Microsoft Azure Stack reaches final preview before its mid-2017 debut

Microsoft is releasing Technical Preview 3 of its hybrid-computing Azure Stack platform, paving the way for mid-2017 general availability.<p>Microsoft …

Technology

The promise of 5G is still years away

Tech companies are terrible at tempering expectations. Really, really bad. Take last month, when Qualcomm CEO Stephen Mollenkopf told the audience at his CES keynote, “5G will have an impact similar to the introduction of electricity or the automobile, affecting entire economies and benefiting …

Innovation

Twitter rolling out better muting features in new safety controls

Twitter has heard the feedback when it comes to abuse on the social networking platform and has been working to make changes to improve filtering, …

Twitter

Twitter will now try to clamp down on abusive content in real-time

Twitter on Wednesday launched a wider effort to use algorithms to identify accounts as potentially engaging in abusive behavior, a departure from its practice of relying on users to report accounts that should be reviewed for possible violation of its rules.<p>Twitter and rivals like Facebook have …

Social Media

In What Direction is Battery Technology Going?

Electric vehicles (EV’s) have been steadily on the rise for nearly ten years now. Originally it was just Tesla stealing the show with its electric …

Batteries

We’re continuing our work to make Twitter safer, moving faster than ever to do so. During the past few weeks alone, we’ve made a number of changes on …

Technology

Octane AI opens to the public, launches Convos feature to bring blog posts into Messenger

Octane AI has hit a milestone four months after introducing its bot creation platform to the world. The company announced today that it is moving out of private beta and is giving the 10,000 people on its waitlist access to the service. In addition, a new feature has been launched — called Convos — …

Chatbots

Does Amazon control the Internet, or does it just feel that way?

SAN FRANCISCO — It's really not true that Amazon controls the Internet, though it can sometimes feel like it — especially after Tuesday's four-hour Internet backend outage that slowed or stopped bits and pieces of tens of thousands of websites from loading.<p>To paraphrase the German statesman Klemens …

Amazon Web Services

Please don’t post more than five photos to your Instagram album

Last week, Instagram added a new photo album feature that allows you to put up to 10 photos or videos in a single post.<p>Albums could have turned out …

Instagram

Intel on 5G: Millimetre wave is the way forward, and it will start with fixed wireless networks

Mobile World Congress 2017: Intel discusses the benefits and challenges of using millimetre wave for 5G.<p>For the longest time, millimetre wave was …

Wi-Fi

SoftBank CEO updates his plan to help humans avoid the AI apocalypse and live in harmony with robots

For several months now, SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son has been trying to explain how his vision of the future has driven him to make some audacious bets.<p>There was the $31 billion acquisition of mobile chip leader ARM Holdings. There was the $100 billion vision venture capital fund. Back in October, …

Robots

Apple’s biggest assembly partner wants Toshiba’s chip business

Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has said the company is “very serious” about acquiring Toshiba’s memory chip business.<p>If this happens, it would cement Foxconn as potentially Apple’s single biggest manufacturer, with it having already purchased a controlling interest in iPhone display maker Sharp, in addition …

Innovation

Slack bug grants hackers full access to your account and messages

Security researchers have disclosed a concerning vulnerability in popular chat client Slack that allowed attackers to hijack your account and take control of your entire communication line.<p>The flaw, which was initially spotted and documented by Frans Rosén from cybersecurity firm Detectify, …

Cybersecurity

Innovative tidal technology gets $4.6 million funding

The European Commission has awarded 4.4 million euros ($4.63 million) in funding to a European tidal energy consortium to demonstrate innovative …

Innovation

Google says its CDN Interconnect ecosystem has grown to 8 providers

Google this evening has announced that with the general availability of Google Cloud CDN, it has expanded the number of CDNs in the ecosystem to eight. This move, the company says, offers “choice and speed to Google Cloud Platform customers.”<p>Google made the announcement in a post on its Cloud …

Google

Trump Names New Head of Economic Council for Cybersecurity, Technology

3/1/2017<br>09:00 AM<p>50%<p>50%<p>Grace Koh will be special assistant to the President for technology, telecom, and cybersecurity.<p>The White House has appointed …

Cybersecurity

The case of the rebirth of the Nokia 3310: why our appetite for retro-technology is increasing

Last night I was interviewed on ABC News24 about the rise of ‘retro-tech’. The story was sparked by the re-release this week of the 17-year old Nokia …

Nokia 3310

Your Amazon Echo will soon unlock doors

Amazon debuted a Door Lock API today that gives the makers of locks connected to the internet the power to lock or unlock doors with Alexa. The API is part of the Alexa Skills Kit.<p>As part of the launch, smart locks from Schlage, Yale, Kwikset and Z-wave will use the API.<p>August and Vivint smart …

Smart Homes

Singapore's Defence Ministry hit with first cyber attack

Personal information of 850 employees and servicemen was accessed, but no classified information was stolen.<p>Singapore has become the latest government to be hit with a cyberattack.<p>A security breach into an internet access (I-net) system at Singapore's Ministry of Defence in February resulted in the …

Cybersecurity

Telstra seeking network efficiency through LTE-B

Telstra is aiming to improve its network performance and efficiency by enabling LTE-Broadcast, saying it 'never wants to have to say sorry' to its …

Telstra

The Evolution Of The Car

Over time, we have seen the mobile phone evolve from a device for simply sending and receiving calls to an indispensable tool with many uses -- with capabilities that include calendars, notes, photos, videos, games, and maps. A similar thing is happening with automobiles, which are evolving to …

Internet of Things

New Cybersecurity Regulations Begin Today For NY Banks

New York's new security regulations for financial industry viewed as potential model for other states.<p>Today's the day the much-anticipated new …

Cybersecurity

Should You Relocate Your Startup?

Different places in the world favor certain kinds of businesses so, depending on your industry, you might need to relocate your startup to improve …

Startups

Report: Only 2 in 3 Cyber Attacks Can Be Stopped with Current Defenses

A recent Bitdefender survey of 250 US IT execs in companies with 1000 or more PCs paints a disturbing picture of cybersecurity preparedness in the …

Cybersecurity

Welcome to the Future of Finance Month

This month The Memo makes it rain<p>We’ll be exploring ways technology is changing the way we earn, save, invest and spend. With interest rates refusing …

The Future