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Microsoft launches new Surface Pro  👤2038

2017-05-24 15:48:32

Microsoft has launched a "faster, more powerful" Surface Pro tablet, with a battery life of 13.5 hours.

Amazon adds live TV channels to Prime Video  👤2982

2017-05-23 17:40:19

Amazon has announced it will offer live television channels via its Prime Video service, for an extra fee.

People will be able to subscribe to popular channels such as Discovery and Eurosport individually, without paying for a bundle of channels.

Snail's DNA secrets unlocked in fight against river disease  👤2723

2017-05-18 10:02:49

Scientists have decoded the genome of a snail involved in the spread of a deadly parasitic disease.

They say the information will help in the fight against schistosomiasis, an infection caused by a parasitic worm that lives in streams and ponds.

Indian teen builds world's 'lightest satellite'  👤2463

2017-05-16 17:41:18

An Indian teenager has built what is thought could be the world's lightest satellite, which will be put into orbit at a Nasa facility in the US in June.

Ransomware cyber-attack a wake-up call, Microsoft warns  👤2361

2017-05-15 09:18:32

A cyber-attack that has hit 150 countries since Friday should be treated by governments around the world as a "wake-up call", Microsoft says.
The computing giant said software vulnerabilities hoarded by governments had caused "widespread damage".

Ransomware infects computers worldwide  👤2379

2017-05-13 10:19:05

A massive cyber-attack using tools believed to have been developed by the US National Security Agency has struck organisations around the world.

Lone workers' phone has red alarm button  👤2733

2017-05-11 11:54:01

Swedish mobile phone company Doro has unveiled a hard-wearing handset designed for people such as social workers, carers and builders who work alone.

USA Today asks FBI to fight Facebook bots  👤2590

2017-05-09 12:59:43

The Facebook page of US newspaper USA Today has been swamped with fake users, its parent company has said.
Gannett Co has now asked the FBI to investigate, after it estimated that half of the newspaper's Facebook following was automated.

Apple and Microsoft still haven’t saved the tablet market  👤3060

2017-05-06 09:49:27

The tablet market continues to shrink worldwide, with the beginning of 2017 marking the 10th straight quarter where shipments declined year over year.

Million hit by Google phishing scam  👤2232

2017-05-05 14:34:53

Google says it has stopped a phishing email that reached about a million of its users.

The scam claimed to come from Google Docs - a service that allows people to share and edit documents online.

Facebook nears two billion monthly users  👤2590

2017-05-04 12:02:26

Facebook's profits have jumped in the first three months of the year, as the social network closes in on two billion users, according to its latest results.

Apple sees surprise fall in iPhone sales  👤2187

2017-05-03 13:40:30

Apple sold fewer iPhones than a year ago in the first three months of 2017, the company said in its latest results.

The California firm, which is due to release a new phone later this year, said it sold 50.8 million iPhones in the period, down 1% year-on-year.

Facebook denies targeting insecure users  👤2505

2017-05-02 13:41:47

Facebook has denied it is targeting insecure young people in order to push advertising, amid a row over a leaked document.

A research paper, reported on but not published by The Australian newspaper, was said to go into detail about how teenage users post about self-image, weight loss and other issues.

Game guide malware 'targeted more than 500,000 users'  👤2419

2017-04-27 19:29:13

App-based guides for games, including Fifa and Pokemon Go, were used to target more than 500,000 Android users with malware, a cyber-security company has said.

The apps, discovered on the Google Play Store, were designed to take control of devices before downloading malware.

Unwanted ads could then be displayed to users, for example, according to researchers at Check Point.

Google acts against fake news on search engine  👤2884

2017-04-26 20:25:14

Google announced its first attempt to combat the circulation of "fake news" on its search engine with new tools allowing users to report misleading or offensive content, and a pledge to improve results generated by its algorithm.

The technology company said it would allow people to complain about misleading, inaccurate or hateful content in its autocomplete function, which pops up to suggest searches based on the first few characters typed.

'Call of Duty' Is Headed Back to World War II  👤2550

2017-04-25 14:18:01

I knew it, you knew it. Who didn't assume Activision's first-person tentpole Call of Duty was bound to time-travel back to its 20th century roots sooner or later?

Credit card with a fingerprint sensor revealed by Mastercard  👤2727

2017-04-21 12:18:32

A payment card featuring a fingerprint sensor has been unveiled by credit card provider Mastercard.

Facebook team working on brain-powered technology  👤2507

2017-04-20 18:12:59

Facebook says it is working on technology to allow us to control computers directly with our brains.

Beware the unintended consequences of a robot revolution  👤1904

2017-04-17 17:49:53

Ask an economist or a technology expert and they will happily tell you that decades of data reliably show automation has created more jobs than it has destroyed.

Samsung's Bixby voice assistant delayed  👤1395

2017-04-15 10:02:17

Samsung has confirmed that its much-anticipated answer to Apple's Siri will be delayed.

Nikon’s D7500 is a mid-range DSLR that takes after the D500  👤1599

2017-04-13 13:45:23

Nikon has announced the D7500, a mid-range DSLR that succeeds the D7200 and shares much in common with the higher-end D500. It has the same 20.9-megapixel APS-C sensor (without an antialiasing filter) as the D500, and the same Expeed 5 image processor.

Renewables' deep-sea mining conundrum  👤1541

2017-04-12 09:12:39

British scientists exploring an underwater mountain in the Atlantic Ocean have discovered a treasure trove of rare minerals.

Twitter Drops Lawsuit Against U.S. Government Over Anti-Trump Account  👤1796

2017-04-08 16:30:54

Twitter Inc on Friday dropped a lawsuit it filed the previous day against the U.S. government, saying the government had withdrawn a summons for records about who was behind an account critical of President Donald Trump.

Apple planning new iMac for 2017 and 'completely rethinking' Mac Pro  👤2845

2017-04-06 19:35:21

Apple has taken the rare step of pre-announcing major new products, confirming that it will release new iMacs later this year and a "completely rethought Mac Pro" at some point in the future.

UK public to test driverless shuttle  👤3655

2017-04-05 19:15:03

Members of the British public are getting their first extended trial of a driverless shuttle bus.

Apple exit sends UK chip firm's shares into freefall  👤2568

2017-04-03 20:34:34

Shares in UK chip designer Imagination Technologies have slumped nearly 70% after it said Apple, its largest customer, would stop using its graphics technology in the iPhone and other new products.

Google is delaying a wider release of Android Wear 2.0 to fix a software bug  👤2270

2017-03-31 19:02:40

Those patiently awaiting Google's second iteration of Android Wear will have to wait just a little longer. The company says that the general availability of Android Wear 2.0 is being held back by a software bug it's working to fix. As it stands today, the company's two LG-made smartwatches, the Watch Sport and Watch Style, have the update along with a few new third-party models that received the update just yesterday.

iPhone users fooled by fake ransomware  👤2492

2017-03-30 16:01:25

Apple has issued an iPhone software update after reports of fake ransomware attacks where money was demanded in order to unlock the handset's browser.

Samsung mulls 'exploding' Note 7 relaunch  👤2561

2017-03-28 20:59:29

Samsung hopes to refurbish the 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 devices that it recalled after a battery fault led to some catching fire.

Group Chats Will be Way Easier on Facebook Now  👤3401

2017-03-27 14:45:10

Facebook is adding two new features to Messenger that could make group chats more manageable, the company announced on Thursday. The chat app will now support the ability to leave reactions on specific messages and tag individual members of a conversation.

German Scientists Just Tested the 'World's Largest Artificial Sun'  👤2943

2017-03-26 17:03:11

(BERLIN) — Scientists in Germany flipped the switch Thursday on what's being described as "the world's largest artificial sun" and which they hope will help shed light on new ways of making climate-friendly fuel.

Can a mountain wind really make you ill?  👤3939

2017-03-25 17:18:07

It's common to hear people say that weather affects their health. Many, for example, claim that joint pain, the increased twinge of an arthritic knee perhaps, is a sure sign that cold wet weather is on the way. But how much do weather phenomena, or changes in the weather, really affect our health? That's a question BBC World Service programme Crowd Science is investigating this week.

Twitter considers paid membership option  👤2722

2017-03-24 19:37:37

Twitter is considering adding a paid membership option for businesses and power users.

Arctic Sea Ice Has Disappointing Winter  👤2213

2017-03-23 12:13:27

The high point for Arctic sea ice levels hit a record low this winter, sea ice monitors said Wednesday.

Say hi to Samsung Bixby, the new voice assistant in the Galaxy S8  👤1922

2017-03-22 20:07:34

Samsung has a new voice. And it has world-changing ambitions.

Hacked sites increased 32% in 2016  👤2085

2017-03-21 20:30:38

Google published its State of Website Security in 2016 today, reporting that there was a 32 percent increase in the number of hacked sites in 2016 compared to 2015. Google added that it doesn't expect the trend to slow down any time soon.

British Scientists Get Approval to Create Babies Using DNA from 3 People  👤2043

2017-03-20 12:20:35

(LONDON) — Britain's Newcastle University says its scientists have received a license to create babies using DNA from three people to prevent women from passing on potentially fatal genetic diseases to their children — the first time such approval has been granted.

See Buzz Aldrin's Plan to Colonize Mars in Virtual Reality  👤2019

2017-03-19 13:49:34

Buzz Aldrin wants to be remembered for more than just "kicking up moon dust." He wants his legacy to include laying the groundwork for permanent human settlement on Mars, and he has a plan.

This Is One of the Best Point-and-Shoot Cameras You Can Buy  👤2516

2017-03-18 15:19:55

 

As a person with a little bit of knowledge about cameras and a lot of experience spending far too much money on them, I often get asked: "Hey Alex, what's the best point-and-shoot camera I can buy?"

H-2A rocket launches with Japanese radar reconnaissance craft  👤1724

2017-03-17 16:46:57

A Japanese spy satellite launched aboard an H-2A rocket Friday, heading for a 300-mile-high (500-kilometer) orbit to track North Korean and Chinese military movements as tensions run high in the region.

Why It's So Hard to Save Coral Reefs  👤1953

2017-03-16 20:13:40

The fight to save coral reefs just got more complicated. New research found that even if humans succeed in protecting reefs from pollution and overfishing, global warming will still pose a deadly threat.

ADL Tackles Online Hate Speech With Silicon Valley Command Center  👤1368

2017-03-15 17:35:20

A leading civil rights group in the U.S. plans to build a command center in Silicon Valley where activists, educators and experts will work to combat online hate speech and harassment.

The jacket with Google woven in  👤1979

2017-03-14 15:24:45

A partnership between Levi's and Google has yielded the Jacquard, a denim jacket with technology woven into the fabric.

Google's Doodle Comes Alive in Honor of Holi, the Festival of Colors  👤2169

2017-03-13 19:12:05

On Monday, Google's homepage Doodle in much of the world loads first not in the usual combination of colors, but a faint shade of gray.

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