News: Tech & Science

Pinterest makes it easier to collaborate on group boards

Monday  11:41,   16 july 2018
engadget

Pinterest is adding some new features to group boards that will make it easier to message the group members as well as keep track of what's being changed and who's joining. The new activity feed will show you when a member has saved [...]

HTC hints at multi-room VR using Steam

Monday  11:41,   16 july 2018
engadget

You may know that VR in large rooms is becoming a reality, but what about venturing between rooms? It might happen sooner than you think, albeit with a few caveats. HTC has shown off an experience that used a SteamVR beta, a Vive Pro and 16 [...]

Google’s Phone app can now prevent some spam calls from interrupting you

Monday  11:41,   16 july 2018
msn

Google’s Phone app can now automatically filter out calls that it detects to be spam, sending them directly to voicemail. Your phone won’t ring, and you won’t even get a missed call notification for any calls that Google weeds out. If the spam[...]

Motorola is launching an Android Oreo Go version of its E5 Play phone

Monday  11:41,   16 july 2018
msn

Motorola only announced its new Moto E5 Play and E5 Plus in April, but this week the company unveiled a new version of that E5 Play that’ll run Android Oreo Go edition. It’ll include fewer pre-installed apps, as well as apps that are[...]

Firefox Focus can lock your tabs behind Face ID

Friday  15:52,   13 july 2018
engadget

If you use Firefox Focus for its privacy features, you'd love its latest version for iOS. You can now set it up so that it auto-locks when it's relegated to the background. The only way to unlock it if you choose to switch the feature on is by[...]

Apple’s new MacBook Pros get a much-needed performance boost

Friday  15:52,   13 july 2018
washingtonpost

Apple released two new models of the MacBook Pro, giving the 13-inch and 15-inch models a performance boost but keeping their controversial keyboard.The new models — one 13-inch model and one 15-inch model, both with Apple’s Touch Bar — have new[...]

The New Story of Humanity's Origins in Africa

Friday  15:51,   13 july 2018
msn

There is a decades-old origin story for our species, in which we descended from a group of hominids who lived somewhere in Africa around 200,000 years ago. But some scientists are now arguing that this textbook narrative is wrong in its[...]

Hinge’s newest feature claims to use machine learning to find your best match

Friday  15:51,   13 july 2018
msn

Hinge’s newest feature — Most Compatible — attempts to use all your cumulative data to find the perfect match for you. Most Compatible, he says, uses machine learning to figure out each user’s taste. It primarily relies on the Gale-Shapley[...]

You can now use Alexa to control your DirecTV set-top box

Friday  11:05,   13 july 2018
msn

Amazon first announced an update to its Alexa Video Skill API back in March that would make it easier for set-top box makers to add DVR and playback controls via voice, but it’s taken a little while for its initial partners to enable the feature. [...]

Apple will end its photo printing operation in September

Friday  11:05,   13 july 2018
msn

Apple is planning to cease its Photo Print Products service at the end of September, as spotted by 9to5Mac. The feature let users order albums, photo books, prints, and other items featuring pictures stored in Photos (and previously iPhoto). Final[...]

Chrome has a new way to keep Spectre hackers at bay

Friday  08:45,   13 july 2018
cnet

Too bad it means Chrome needs even more memory.Since Google first released it publicly in 2008, Chrome has divided work among multiple computing processes. That approach helps keep one tab's work from interfering with what's happening in another.[...]

Women in private Facebook group for cancer gene carriers found marketers could get their names

Friday  08:45,   13 july 2018
cnbc

The leader of a private Facebook group for women with the BRCA gene became alarmed after discovering a Chrome plug-in for marketers that let them discover group members' names and other info.Facebook's decision came after members of a private[...]

Twitter follower counts drop after a change in how they are counted

Thursday  15:45,   12 july 2018
msn

An effort to bolster the integrity of the platformMost people will lose four followers or fewer because of the change, Twitter said. But large accounts could lose hundreds of thousands of accounts. President Donald Trump’s account lost 100,000[...]

Report: The Mac mini is finally getting an update after nearly 4 years

Thursday  15:45,   12 july 2018
msn

The Mac mini is the cheapest Mac, but it’s also the one Apple seems to care the least about. Case in point: the last time it got an update was October 16 of 2014. There hasn’t been so much as a spec bump in the four years since.That’s finally about [...]

Facebook lets you 'try on' clothes and makeup with AR ads

Thursday  15:45,   12 july 2018
cnet

Your News Feed is getting augmented.The AR ads appear the same way as any other in News Feed, with a new "Tap to try on" option in the photo. If you do so, Facebook accesses your phone's camera and allows you see how the item would look on[...]